The Bible says, "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ..." 
2 Corinthians 5:17-18

Before we trust in Jesus, the Bible says we are enemies of God; our sin separates us from his love. But when we are "in Christ," we are reconciled, which means our friendship with God is restored. And when this happens, the Bible tells us that we become new creatures. The word to describe this change is the same word that describes the change that happens to a caterpillar that becomes a butterfly. This is why the butterfly represents new life to Christians, and why we will make butterflies today.

2 white, round, paper coffee filters, 1 black pipe cleaner, water color paint, paint brush, clean water.

Step 1: Flatten the two coffee filters.
Step 2: Scrunch the filters in the middle. Fan the outside edges.
Step 3: Loop the pipe cleaner around the two coffee filters. Curl the ends to look like the antennas on a butterfly.
Step 4: Hold onto the butterfly with the pipe cleaner. Dip your paint brush into your water colors. Dab the paint onto your butterfly. (Butterflies are symmetrical in their coloring.) Be careful not to let your colors get muddy. Keep your water clean! You may want to lightly wet the filter first, then apply the paint for a soft effect. Let the butterfly dry.

USES: You may want to hot glue your butterfly onto a hair clip and wear it in your hair, or onto a clothes pin with a magnet on the back, for your refrigerator. My daughter suggested using the butterfly on a wrapped Birthday present instead of a bow! You could even use it on your Christmas tree as an ornament symbolizing new life in Jesus Christ! 

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