Today is the day before the Lent season begins. Pancake Day, as it is known to many. But what is up with this idea of eating pancakes on this particular Tuesday? Pancakes are traditionally made on this day because many Christians believed in giving up things like eggs, butter and fat (the main ingredients of the beloved pancake). But there is more to this day then just eating pancakes...
It is also know as Shrove Tuesday. Shrove comes from the ancient word "shrive" which means "to confess".
Today our community is gathering to celebrating the eating of pancakes, as well as introduce the idea of confession.
Below is an interactive prayer activity on confession. It links together the growing obsession with PostSecret (an art initiative that involves people anonymously mailing in homemade postcard with a secret written on it) and the value of confession (telling God the wrong things we've done).
This prayer activity can help people understand the concept of confession from the understanding of "keeping secrets"...
Paper/Printer: to print pictures of PostSecret postcards
some container or box for confessions to be posted in (I painted a red box and set it on a low table)
(I also just printed out the blow fact/statements and hung them on strings around the "postbox" in our communities prayer room, so people could read for themselves how to walk through what confession is and how to engage... but really it could be set up whatever way suit your group)
See for Yourself
What people are saying about it…
SHROVE TUESDAY is a day to confess any wrong in our lives… This is not to separate us more from God, but to give God and us the space to be honest, build better relationships with each other and be forgiven.