If your nursing facility has a Bible Club or other spiritually-focused group, then you are probably already scheduling activities for the members to worship, sing hymns, and fellowship with one another. But have you thought about organizing religious crafts for these members? If not, then keep reading to learn about a few fun crafts that you can begin planning for your religious club today from notjustbingo!
1. Footprints in the Sand
Use the Footprints in the Sand kit for residents to assemble, using footprints, sand, seashells, glue, and the classic poem. Encourage residents to give the finished poem craft to a loved one as a gift.
2. Wooden Cross Trivets
Since your residents may not need baking supplies anymore in their own apartments, schedule a craft activity for them to make such supplies like Wooden Cross Trivets to donate to the kitchens of a few local churches. For the project, supply residents with tiles and grout to fill the wooden crosses.
3. Stained Glass
Invite residents to make their own stained glass using colorful paper. Hang the finished stained glass in the windows of your Activity Room to show off the pretty designs.
4. Beaded Cross Necklaces
Show residents how to assemble beaded cross necklaces that they can wear using glow-in-the-dark beads and cording. As a fun project, invite the Sunday School class of a local church to join your residents in crafting the necklaces.
5. Wooden Mezuzahs
Provide your nursing facility’s Jewish residents with pine mezuzahs that they can decorate to place around their doors. Use smaller brushes and paint for the design.
6. Rosary Beads
Provide residents with a Rosary Bead Kit to make rosary beads that can be given out to practicing Catholics or others who worship using the beads.
7. Velvet Art
Supply residents with uplifting velvet art designs to decorate with markers. Encourage residents to color in the spaces in between the velvet, and then display the finished inspirational sayings during your upcoming religious special events.
8. Cross Suncatchers
Assist residents with using paint to fill in cross suncatchers that residents can hang in the windows of their rooms. For the project, have residents pick out their desired cross design and begin filling in their cross with paint.
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