Lent 2024: The Great Restoration Project

17 March 2024

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Over the last ten years, there has been an explosion of television shows focussed on building and furniture restoration.  Shows like The Repair Shop, Fixer Upper, The Block, Flip or Flop all focus on restoring the old and bringing life to the discarded.

For Lent 2024, we invite you to join us as we learn about the greatest restoration project of all time.  Over seven weeks we’ll focus on God’s plan for humankind – a plan for restoration, a plan for new life, a plan that was both unexpected and brilliant.

There are two parts to the resource:

  • Worship Resource (for worship services): (PDF attached)
    • Including Lectionary Readings, Bible Themes, suggestions for Interactive Activity, Liturgy and Prayers, Tool and Restoration Facts, Restorative Practices, and Conversation Starters that can be used in worship. This resource is intentionally designed to help churches prepare worship services during the season to engage people of all ages and will be suitable for all congregations regardless of size, demographic, or location.
  • Bible Reflections (for Church members and families): (PDF attached)
    • Connected to the weekly worship resource with tool and restoration facts, prayer ideas, bible readings, reflection, discussion questions, restorative practice, and links to additional resources for use by individuals, groups, and families of all ages and sizes during the season.

For more information contact Jess Pinkerton and Paul Wetzig at discipleship@ucaqld.com.au.

Lent 1 – 18 February: The Great Restoration Project
Lent 2 – 25 February: What’s the plan? Setting up a Good Project Plan
Lent 3 – 3 March: A Labour of Love – No Pain, No Gain
  • Sandpaper is a special thick paper with a rough, abrasive surface. Painters will often sand a wall with sandpaper before painting it. Woodworkers use sandpaper to smooth wooden surfaces, and sandpaper is also useful for removing loose paint, grit, or dirt when you’re painting or refinishing something. https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/sandpaper
  • The first recorded instance of sandpaper was in 13th-century China when crushed shells, seeds, and sand were bonded to parchment using natural gum. Shark skin (placoid scales) has also been used as an abrasive, and the rough scales of the Coelacanth are used for the same purpose by the natives of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandpaper
  • Sandpaper isn’t made of ordinary sand – it’s made of abrasive minerals like aluminium oxide or garnet that are glued onto a paper backing. https://indianapublicmedia.org/amomentofscience/the-secrets-of-sandpaper.php
  • Often it takes a long time, and a lot of ‘blood, sweat and tears’, to restore furniture and houses. (see Grand Designs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iqQYZwL-Qo)
Lent 4 – 10 March: Flip or Flop?!
Lent 5 – 17 March: Master and Apprentice
Lent 6 – Palm Sunday – 24 March: An Unexpected Treasure
  • Ancient Egyptians used reeds with crushed ends, their own hieroglyphics depict people painting quite frequently.
  • By the 15th century, quills were the favoured style of brush using soft hairs or bristles.
  • Fun fact: the end of a brush is called the bristle. This is because they used to be made exclusively from the bristle of hogs, pigs, and boars, all noted for their particularly rough hair. https://primetimepaint.ca/blogs/news/a-brief-history-of-the-paintbrush#.
  • Old painting kits, estimated to be around 100,000 years old, were discovered in a cave in modern South Africa.
  • Paintbrushes are usually made by clamping bristles to a handle with a ferrule and are available in various sizes, shapes, and materials. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paintbrush
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