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A Reformation Day Craft: The 5 Solas Hand Garland
What do you celebrate on October 31st? When everyone else is celebrating Halloween, many Christians choose to celebrate Reformation Day. This is not just an alternative to celebrating Halloween. We are celebrating real historical events that are worth remembering.
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This act is considered to be the spark that lit the Protestant Reformation. So on what we call Reformation Day, we take time to commemorate the brave acts of Christian men and women before us to cleanse the Church of corruption.
This is a holiday that our family has come to treasure. It allows us to spend an entire month deeply entrenched in Church History and the Gospel. We have many traditions that we have built in both as a family and with our church.
The 5 Solas
The 5 Solas are five fundamental statements based on biblical truth born out of the Protestant Reformation. These doctrines have become a sort of shorthand today to encapsulate Reformed theology. They capture the core of the Gospel just as revealed in the Scriptures. You will most often see them written in Latin, but I will explain their English translation below.
The 5 Solas are as follows:
- Sola Scriptura - Scripture Alone
- Sola Fide - Faith Alone
- Sola Gratia - Grace Alone
- Solus Christus - Christ Alone
- Soli Deo Gloria - To the Glory of God Alone
For a more thorough explanation of each of these Solas and where these doctrines are found in Scripture, I would ask that you hop on over to the article: The Five Solas Understanding the Reformation.
If you would like to utilize our 7-day family Bible Study chalk full of activities to help you learn more about these beautiful truths, we recommend that you check out The Five Solas: Signs to Follow on the Narrow Path Family Bible Study.
The 5 Solas Garland Craft
Need an easy craft to do with your children as you teach church history this month in preparation for Reformation Day on October 31st? We used this 5 Solas Garland Craft to help our children understand the Five Solas. It may be simple, but the truths you can teach using this tool are far greater. Get the instructions here:
What will you need?
- pastel chalks
- coloring pencils
- Trace your child's hand on a piece of paper.
- Take various colors of pastel chalks and draw lines outward and around the hand template.
- Rub the chalk out to mix the colors.
- Write each of the 5 Solas in each of the fingers:
- Sola Scriptura
- Sola Fide
- Sola Gratia
- Solus Christus
- Soli Deo Gloria
- String all of your hands up, hang, and enjoy!
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Lindsey Stomberg is wife to Caleb Stomberg and co-author here at Reformed Faith and Family. She is a work-from-home, homeschooling mom of seven children. Lindsey has enjoyed blogging for over a decade. Lindsey is the former owner of The Road to 31 Blog and author of The ABC’s for Godly Children Bible Curriculum. She enjoys reading, writing, and graphic design. Her favorite pass times are family read-aloud time, snuggling with her babies, and going on walks with her family.