Mosaic Communion Plate
In the communion service, we say that we "break bread," and at Trinity one of the phrases often used when the pastor breaks the bread is "in the broken bread, we recognize the brokenness of life." Indeed, the communion service is a time of remembering Jesus' bodily brokenness in his death on a cross. But as Easter people, we recognize that the brokenness is not the final word.
In creating this plate, the children were first invited to break plates donated by church members and then used those shards to make a mosaic. They also used mosaic tiles that we had in the supply closet leftover from another project and letter beads which they spelled out into words -- CUP, JESUS, BLOOD, JOY, FORGIVE -- which were the words that they themselves chose. We think it turned out beautifully. It was used for the first time Easter Sunday, 2014 and has been used in several communion services Since then.
The lesson used for creating this mosaic can be found here.
The original idea came from Seekers Church in Washington DC. Their mosaic is larger and decorates the front of their building. They used broken plates from each member of the congregation, and an artist put them together as a sign of the congregation's unity. You can see a portion of this mosaic at the top of their website.