Stations of the Cross Coloring Posters
Invite your community on a journey for Lent this year with our newest set of posters, our Stations of the Cross Coloring Posters, illustrated by artist and pastor Adam Walker Cleaveland. The eight coloring posters will take you on a journey following the footsteps of Christ, and will immerse your community in the biblical account of the last hours and days of Jesus' life.
These posters were created with children in mind - however, it is our experience that communities that use our coloring posters inevitably have the most meaningful experiences when children, youth, parents and older adults gather intergenerationally to create art together. We have also had youth groups, campus ministries, hospitals, camps and nursing homes/assisted living facilities use our coloring posters.
We also have a brand new Stations of the Cross Devotional Guide we just released - and you can find that here.
Important Poster Details & Ordering Information
- WE ARE SOLD OUT OF PHYSICAL POSTERS. But we will continue to sell the digital files, which includes instructions on how to print the posters from the files.
- Size: Each of the posters is 36" wide and 24" tall.
- Digital Files: We have a large international community, especially from Canada, New Zealand, England, Ireland and Australia, and we have found that our international customers have had success ordering the digital files from us and having them printed locally. Depending on where you live, you may not have the exact 36"x24" size, but you can resize the files to work for you and your context.
- Color Digital Files: Although we are selling coloring posters that are meant to be colored in, we've had a few requests from people who wanted to purchase the completely colored in versions of the digital files. Some wanted to simply print them out as color posters to display for people to participate in the Stations of the Cross during Holy Week. Coloring all eight of these posters took a significant amount of time, which is why I wasn't able to launch this product until the end of March 2017. When you purchase this version, you will ALSO receive the B&W digital files.
- Physical Posters + Digital Files Bundle: $100 - SOLD OUT
- Physical Posters ONLY: $75 - SOLD OUT
- Digital Files ONLY: $50
- Color Digital Files ONLY: $100
- S&H: $12 (for one set), $18 (for 2-3 sets) and $24 (for 4+ sets)
We are really looking forward to seeing how churches, schools and communities around the world use the Stations of the Cross Coloring Posters. As you begin to use them with your community and share photos on Facebook or Instagram, we encourage you to use the hashtag #illustratedstations. Thanks!
The Scriptural Form of the Stations of the Cross
Given that the Illustrated Children’s Ministry community comes from over 25 different denominations, some of whom may not be familiar with the Stations of the Cross, we decided to go with the scriptural form of the Stations of the Cross, which Pope John Paul II introduced on Good Friday 1991. The stations are listed below, along with their accompanying scriptural reference. You'll notice that we are also including a 15th Station which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.
- Station 1: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-41)
- Station 2: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested (Mark 14:43-46)
- Station 3: Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin (Luke 22:66-71)
- Station 4: Jesus is Denied by Peter (Matthew 26:69-75)
- Station 5: Jesus is Judged by Pilate (Mark 15:1-5, 15)
- Station 6: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns (John 19:1-3)
- Station 7: Jesus Bears the Cross (John 19:6, 15-17)
- Station 8: Jesus is Helped by Simon the Cyrenian to Carry the Cross (Mark 15:21)
- Station 9: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem (Luke 23:27-31)
- Station 10: Jesus is Crucified (Luke 23:33-34)
- Station 11: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief (Luke 23:39-43)
- Station 12: Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciples (John 19:25-27)
- Station 13: Jesus Dies on the Cross (Luke 23:44-46)
- Station 14: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb (Matthew 27:57-60)
- Station 15: The Resurrection of Jesus (Mark 16:1-6)
About the Artwork
If you do a google search for "Stations of the Cross Coloring Sheets" - we think you'll see why we felt there was a need for a re-envisioning of the stations in a way that could be accessible to children (and "children at heart"). Each poster takes an aspect from the accompanying scripture and focuses on that specific piece of the narrative. So whether it's a tear from Jesus' eye (Station 1), a close-up of Judas giving Jesus a kiss (Station 2) or Peter's arms crossed as he denies knowing Jesus (Station 4), the illustrations will draw you into the story in a way that some of the kitschy cartoons of the past aren't able to.
All of the artwork is illustrated by artist Adam Walker Cleaveland, an ordained minister with years of experience with children and youth ministry.
When you purchase the digital files, you will immediately receive a download link to get your zip file. Detailed instructions will come with the download as to how we suggest getting the posters printed. If you have the files printed somewhere like Staples, we recommend having them printed as engineering prints (and specifically asking for "engineering prints" and not "posters"), as that is the most inexpensive option available. You can learn more about engineering prints here.
Or for $100, you can purchase the color digital files, which will allow you to print out completely colored versions of the prints. Keep in mind that printing out color posters at 36"x24" will be quite expensive, and we recommend pricing those prints with a local printer before purchasing the digital files.
Ideas for Using Our Stations of the Cross Coloring Posters
This is our second year using coloring posters for Lent, and we continue to be excited to see how churches, schools, and other communities decide to use our coloring posters. Below are just a few ideas for how you might be able to incorporate our Stations of the Cross coloring posters into your programs or communities:
- Children’s Ministry: Find ways to incorporate the posters into your Sunday morning programs for children (whether that’s during Sunday School or during another time).
- During Worship: Dedicate a section in your worship space to allow young people (and those who are young at heart) to color during worship. We’ve heard this is a great way to allow children to engage with worship in a fun and creative way.
- Youth Ministry: Children aren’t the only ones who like to color. We’ve had hundreds of youth programs around the world use our coloring posters.
- Intergenerational ministry opportunities: By far, one of the most popular uses for our coloring posters is to create intergenerational worship and fellowship opportunities during Advent and Lent. Many churches do a Wednesday night Lenten supper program, or have weekly opportunities for gathering, and our coloring posters work great in those settings. Whether you just have the posters out on tables for people who are waiting to eat, or you create an entire program around the Stations of the Cross for an intergenerational group, you’ll be amazed at the conversations that can be had while multiple generations get together and color.
- College/campus ministries: We’ve also had many campus ministries use our coloring posters and this would be a fun opportunity for a campus ministry to do during Lent.
- Private/Parochial Schools: Some private Christian schools have purchased our posters and found ways to engage multiple classrooms in creating a collaborative art project. Many schools could use these Stations of the Cross coloring posters to create a really unique educational opportunity by creating art together.
Again, these are just a few ideas...and we know that you can come up with more!
What about 8.5x11 coloring sheets?
If you're looking for the 8.5x11 versions of these poster illustrations, along with a simplified design for the youngest colorers, you can find them here.
Easter Resurrection Poster ONLY
If you are interested in purchasing ONLY the final Easter Resurrection Coloring Poster in this series you can do so here.
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