Giants & Pilgrims were invited to a church down in Denver to lead an Almanac Adventure. St. Andrews United Methodist was so kind to have us! Betony Coons brought lots of supplies- felt stickers, old curtain rod samples, antique buttons, plastic “bling”, etc. Somehow, when you throw all these together with some scissors, a glue gun, and children’s creativity you get: Capes and Crowns.
Both the young and old fabricated a cape and a crown or two. Those who love such fashions wore theirs the entire night.
We also did something a little different during the making. With a felt pen special messages were written into the materials- on the underside of the cape or the tie-strings of the crown. These hidden proclamations came out almost like prayers. Things were written like,
“You are braver than you believe”.
“You are loved.”
“Do not be afraid. You are never alone.”
Extra capes and crowns were made by everyone who participated with these words of encouragement written into them. We took the surplus collection and are donating them to A Woman’s Shelter here in our home city of Greeley. Our hope is that there in the play area of the shelter, kids who are going through difficult times will play dress up, donning these capes and crowns. That they’d feel in this moment adventurous and strong and beautiful. That they’d experience an extra touch of human dignity in their play. And that our secret messages hidden in the capes and crowns would speak courage and strength over them.