For the past several weeks, the Fourth and Fifth grade children at Knox Presbyterian have been encouraged to think through issues related to worship space. After hearing the weekly "Godly Play" story, these older children separate out into a group we've been calling "Godly Trek." Basically, we're hoping to transition them into age-appropriate activities more smoothly than just having them jump into middle school programs (which our church doesn't yet have, since we've had few children of that age, but that will change in just another year or two). One of the activities these "Godly Trekkers" have undertaken is to build their own church out of Lego bricks. The "finished product" was presented to the rest of the congregation this past Sunday.
This church has a number of notable features demonstrating the theological reflection of the children, and I apologize that I no doubt won't remember everything as I try to cover it here, but I'll give it my best shot. Just outside the main church building (visible in the picture at the top) is a pyramid. This is not some New Age reference (which most of our kids would have no understanding of to begin with!), but rather a reminder of the Exodus, and how the people of God were led out of Egypt and into a new life of worship as a community. The picture here to the right is of a huge cross in the center of the worship space, which itself is said to be the pulpit (apparently, the preacher is to stand on top of the cross, which also gives him/her room to move around while preaching).
Another feature that was discussed was that this church building doesn't have any doors, but rather lots of open spaces from which to enter, symbolizing the fact that the church is open to all who wish to enter in. I wasn't actually able to see it myself (much less get pictures!), but we were also told that, on the ceiling of the interior space, the Ten Commandments are printed, enabling all of the worshipers to readily see "The Ten Best Ways to Live" (as the Commandments are sometimes referred to in one of the "Godly Play" stories). It's encouraging to see these examples of how the next generation of Christians is being led at our church!