In less than two weeks at the Easter Vigil, adults all over the world will be joining the Catholic Church and receiving the Sacraments of Initiation for the first time. As a school, we love to celebrate with our these new members of our parish family. Since our 5th grade curriculum centers so heavily on the Sacraments, we make a special gift that connects to the three Sacraments of Initiation- Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
One of our favorite kid-to-RCIA-candidate gifts is this Exploding Sacrament Book. You can find a step by step guide for folding here. We used three sheets of 12" x 12" cardstock for each book.
It folds down to a 6" x 6" book, but opens up to a fun mini poster.
Usually two or three students work on the book together. We added the title "welcome" across the open book:
On the various folds and flaps on both sides, the students then added personal notes:
And art relating to each Sacrament:
And Bible verses for each Sacrament:
The kids do such great work, and really put a lot of effort in making the RCIA candidates feel welcome. Here are a few more pictures of their art and notes:
Finally, we fold them up, add a cover, tie them together with a bow, and deliver to our newest Catholics! This project would also work so well for any school/CCD students receiving their Sacraments for the first time.
If you have less kids, less time, or want to do something less complicated, you could make a simple trifold card with a section for each of the Sacraments of Initiation
We welcome all those joining the Church this Easter!