St. Louis, Missouri


Flat Jesus Is Back and Ready to Travel in 2020

FlatJesusThumbDuring the last few summers, many children, families, and adults here at
Hope Church took a special guest with them on summer vacations: Flat Jesus!

Who is Flat Jesus? The original “flat” character was Flat Stanley, star of a book
by Jeff Brown in which a boy has remarkable adventures after waking up one day
to discover he is flattened to half-an-inch thick. This was the beginning of the Flat Stanley project in schools to help children with literacy and geography and from
this grew the Flat Jesus Project.

The Flat Jesus Project reminds us to keep Christ at the center of our lives even,
or especially, when we are far from our church home. As you are out and about
this summer, take Jesus along for the adventure. You’ll love taking Flat Jesus out
to dinner, to the park, to exotic locations such as Europe or St. Charles, to the zoo
or to camp – wherever you go.

Then document the adventures with pictures you share with your Hope Church family. This project is for EVERYONE, not just families with children.

Click here to print a Flat Jesus template.


How to create your own Flat Jesus

  1. Pick up a Flat Jesus template in the church office or print the template from above.
    If possible, print on card stock paper which is heavier.
  2. Get creative!
    Decorate Flat Jesus – what color hair does he have? What color skin tone?
    How should his robes be decorated? How do you see Jesus?
  3. If you have access to a laminating machine, cut out and laminate your Flat Jesus.
    That way if he attempts to walk on water or spills a lot of wine, he’ll be protected!
  4. Take your Flat Jesus everywhere with you and take plenty of pictures.
    Share your pictures with us throughout the summer.
    E-mail your pictures to Pastor Sarah to post on Facebook.
    We’ll also share them in a slide show at the end of summer.

How many miles will Flat Jesus travel this summer?