Tried and Tested Ideas

Use this page to guide you through the process and help you get your community involved in creating Stations of the Cross.

Create a One Friday exhibition with your community

At the start of Lent, allocate each of the 14 themes to an individual or group in your church or community. Provide each group with a 3’ by 3’ piece of garden trellis (or a large empty picture frame from a second-hand shop.)  Ask the groups to think about the theme and create something in response to it. During Holy Week, invite all the groups to bring their contributions together in an event or exhibition.  Download a free event guide from our resources page.

longsight-featured

One Friday in Longsight

Make a One Friday trail through your town or village

Display poster-sized versions of the 14 Stations of the Cross in prominent places around your village, or in shop windows on your high street. Make a leaflet with a map or clues to where the stations are located.  Offer the leaflet through people’s doors, or through the local school or post office counter.   You could offer a reward for anyone who has completed the trail and located all the stations (or taken a selfie with each poster.)

eyam-featured

One Friday in Eyam

Host a One Friday music or drama event

Invite local drama or music groups to rehearse a song or piece of drama to accompany each of the stations.  Suggestions are provided on our resources page.  Bring all of the contributions together in a community concert on or near Good Friday.

Music and liturgy guide – coming soon!

More resources can be found on our resources page.

Involve local schools in a One Friday project

This year we are producing resources for use at KS2 and KS3.

Visit the resources page for more details.

Resources for Schools guide – coming soon!

More resources can be found on our resources page.

Start a One Friday study group

Invite friends from the community to join in a series of home-based groups using the One Friday Study Guide.  Alternatively, invite individuals to use the guide themselves on the fourteen days up to Good Friday.  The Study Guide is available on this site, or can be downloaded from our resources page.

Study Guide – coming soon!

More resources can be found on our resources page.

One Friday publicity materials including posters, banners and invitation cards are available from our resources section.  These can be customised for your event.

When it is all coming together and you start to think publicity may be helpful here are some ideas.

  • Remember your audiences. Who could be interested, who would benefit by coming and seeing your project?
  • Brainstorm all the different ways you can communicate information to your primary audiences.
  • What promotion ideas will give you the most cost effective return on what you spend on it? How best can you communicate most directly with people you’d like to see enjoy your project?
  • Get your timeline right, because developing advertising, news releases, social media campaigns etc. all take time, and should be ready to go well in advance of when they are needed. Then nobody panics!
  • Create high quality materials! That does not necessarily mean expensive! Use the right branding and logos for your church, make sure you have a core message that is clearly stated in all promotional materials. Always remember that first impressions greatly influence whether people show up.
  • Get in the news. If your project/event has one or more of the following attributes, you should contact local media outlets and let them know – they may just want to give you some free publicity:
    • Timeliness: the event coincides with one or more current events
    • The event is happening locally, or is relevant to local people
    • Prominence: involving high-profile individuals
    • Impact: having a major effect on a large number of people
    • Magnitude (again, large number of people involved)
    • The focus of the event may be considered controversial
    • Human interest: the event offers an opportunity for personal feature or emotional appeal
    • Potential for good visuals
  • Promote your church or ministry at your event. Make sure you have promotional material available for people to learn more about who you are, where you meet, etc. It’s a great opportunity to get in front of the public who live around you.

A series of posters are available to customise, print or download. Please visit our store here.

Ideas

There are many ways to take part in One Friday.

You could…

  • Organise
    • A public event
    • An exhibition
    • A study group
    • A walking trail

 

  • Involve
    • Local schools
    • Churches
    • Businesses
    • Community groups

 

  • Commission
    • Local artists
    • Writers
    • Musicians

 

  • Make Stations of the Cross
    • With iPads
    • In flowers
    • Using Lego

 

  • Set up stations
    • In shop windows
    • In gardens
    • In your church
    • In a community building

     

How can you use modern means to communicate timeless truths?

Share This