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Christian symbols, Part 1: The cross

To show the children the meaning of one of the symbols of Christianity the cross, using a simple origami illustration.

by Rebecca Parkinson

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)


To show the children the meaning of one of the symbols of Christianity – the cross, using a simple origami illustration.

Preparation and materials


  1. Talk to the children about the variety of signs that can be found round the school. These may include teacher names on doors, ‘No entry’, ‘Please walk along the corridors’, etc. Ask the children what these signs/symbols are for.

    Explain to the children that the religion of Christianity has various symbols associated with it. These symbols are important to the Christian faith for different reasons and this assembly is about one of them.
  2. Explain to the children that you are going to teach them a simple origami trick that will remind them of one of the Christian symbols. Follow the instructions on the Fellowship of Christian Magicians’ website to make the cross. (Just use the cross part of the illustration for this assembly.)
  3. Show the children the cross. Explain to them that Christians believe that the cross symbolizes the love that God has for us. It reminds us that Jesus died on the cross to take the blame for the things that we had done wrong. That means that God will always forgive us for things that we have done wrong when we ask him to.
  4. Show the children how one part of the cross points in a vertical direction, i.e. from heaven to earth. Explain that this reminds Christians that God loves us. God showed how much he loves us by sending Jesus to earth. Remind the children about the Christmas story, when we remember Jesus arriving in the world.
  5. Show the children that the other part of the cross points horizontally. This reminds us that God’s love spreads throughout the world and he wants us to show his love to those people around us.

Time for reflection


Close your eyes and think about the cross. Remember the vertical part that reminds us that God cares about us. Think of the horizontal part that reminds us of how we should care for others in the world. How can you do that today?


Dear God,

Thank you for sending Jesus into the world to show us a good way to live.

Thank you that he died on a cross to teach us about your love for us.

Thank you that you care for everyone in the world.

Please help us to do the same and to spread your love to other people.



‘Make me a channel of your peace’ (The Prayer of St Francis)

Publication date: December 2008   (Vol.10 No.12)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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