Children at Nettleham Church of England Aided Junior School completed their own interpretation of ten of the Stations of the Cross recently using only items in the church yard of All Saints Church that will biodegrade and 'return to dust' in time – so this included flowers, leaves and twigs.

In preparation for the actual assembly of their item they had spent some time in the school room looking at the work of environmental artists and thinking about the words of the Stations of the Cross liturgy. 

You can watch a video of the children as they talk about their interpretation of their Station on YouTube. See here for the school's website.

Station 1 – Jesus is condemned to death - a bowl filled with water and surrounded by daffodils and stones to depict Pontius Pilate washing his hands of his actions.

Station 2 – Jesus takes up his cross – Jesus’ crown of thorns is represented by a circlet of twigs.  Twig crosses have also been added and the leaves of a plant growing in the churchyard represent his tomb.

Station 3 – Jesus falls for the first time – Jesus is represented by a cross of twigs and red paint has been added to depict blood on the body and on the floor.

Station 4 – Jesus meets his mother – represented by two daffodils, one for Jesus and one for Mary.

Station 5 – Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross where Jesus is represented as a cross made of twigs, decorated with daffodils and Simon is a rock.

Station 6 – Veronica wipes the face of Jesus represented by twigs and small branches fashioned into a square and outlined with daffodils.

Station 7 – Jesus falls for the second time – depicted by a cross laid on its side to show Jesus, with small stones and daffodil petals depicting rocks scattered about the cross.

Station 8 – Jesus meets the weeping women – the pupils arranged an upright branch with a skirt of smaller branches with daffodils depicting their tears seated behind a taller twig cross representing Christ.

Station 9 – Jesus falls for the third time – a cross of branches with a daffodil at the join laid on its side represents Jesus with daffodils daffodil petals and bluebells

Station 10 – Jesus is stripped of his garments – his feet are represented by daffodils and his clothes are represented by a pile of leaves. The whip he was beaten with is represented by a twig.

This item was published on Wednesday 7th April 2021.