In the Year in Our Church section of Finding God, Grade 7, young people learn about and reflect on Holy Week and the events that led to Jesus’ Death on the Cross for our sins. Have young people illustrate the story of Peter denying his friendship with Jesus. Encourage young people to include themselves as part of the crowd in the scene. Invite young people to render the scene in a surprising or creative way. For example, they might set the scene in a contemporary context or develop a slide-show presentation with reflective music.
While young people are working, say: Think about the position Peter is in. His friend has been arrested and faces harsh punishment. People start pointing fingers because they are scared, and Peter, who is only human like the rest of us, doesn’t know what to do. He panics and claims not to know Jesus. He betrays his friend. Imagine if you were in the same situation. It’s not always easy to go against the crowd and to stand by what you know is right and good, and Peter realizes this when it is too late. Think of Peter when you find yourself in a similar situation.
Close the activity by encouraging young people to reflect privately on their personal choices.