Looking for some fun Reformation Day activities? You have come to the right place! Below you will find nine ideas for fun things to do on Reformation Day and in the days leading up to it.
Nine Fun Things To Do For Reformation Day:
Watch the movie Luther (2003) with Joseph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, and Peter Ustinov. This is an excellent movie about Luther’s life beginning with the incident of him being nearly struck by lightning and promising God to become a monk if he would spare his life.
Memorize five bible verses, one each, based on the five Solas of The Reformation using Coloring Workbooks’ The Reformation coloring workbook. This coloring workbook offers a unique way to memorize scripture through coloring, fun activities and puzzles. Scripture Memory Cards come with the coloring workbook, or you can download just the Scripture Memory Cards for free from Coloring Workbooks here.
Read the book Martin Luther: A Man who Changed the World, by Paul L. Maier. This is an excellent book on the life and times of Martin Luther and has beautiful illustrations.
Carve a Martin Luther pumpkin or a Luther Rose pumpkin. Patterns are available from Old Lutheran. Click on this link for the Martin Luther pattern and click on this link for the Luther Rose pattern.
Decorate your home with Coloring Workbooks’ Free Reformation Day Banner. This decorative banner spells out Reformation Day with one letter on each banner piece in three different patterns to color. Download your free decorative banner and print it. Then color it any way you like, cut it out, and string it up to decorate your home for Reformation Day!
Sing hymns with your family and friends. The Lutheran church is known as the singing church and Martin Luther was a lover of music and a writer of hymns. In fact he once stated, “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” Here you will find texts, recordings and sheet music for Luther’s hymns including the hymn for which he is most well-known, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.
Burn the Papal Bull. A little history… On June 15, 1520, Pope Leo X signed a papal bull, a document calling for Luther to recant, or to take back, forty-one statements gathered from his writings, or risk excommunication from the church. Luther refused to do so and instead publically burned the papal bull on December 10, 1520. In commemoration of the burning of the papal bull, put some beef on the grill or in the oven for dinner. But don’t burn it, just grill it or roast it.
Have a Diet of Worms. A little history… On April 18, 1521, Luther appeared before the Diet of Worms, assembled heads of state of the Holy Roman Empire, including the Emperor, Charles V, in the city of Worms on the Rhine River. At this assembly, Luther was asked if copies of writings laid out on a table before him were his and whether or not he would recant them. Luther refused to recant and this is where we hear the famous quote of his… “I cannot and I will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. I cannot do otherwise, here I stand, may God help me, Amen.” In commemoration of this event, have a Diet of Worms for dessert after dinner. Use either chocolate pudding or chocolate ice cream and cover it with crushed Oreos and gummy worms.
Go on a journey. Take a hike, go horseback riding, or go on a hay ride. Back in Martin Luther’s day, travel occurred either on foot, on horse back or if you were a little more fortunate, in a cart or carriage. And if you have been studying Martin Luther even just a little, you know that some pretty interesting things happened to him while he was traveling.
For starters, there was the whole lightning episode. Martin had been visiting his parents in Mansfeld, Germany and was walking back to school in Erfurt when a storm kicked up. Terrified of being hit by lightning, Martin cried out to God for help. He promised God that if he spared him from being hit by lightning then he would become a priest-he had intended to become a lawyer.
And then there was the time he was kidnapped. After the Diet of Worms, Luther was allowed to leave and go home but he had been declared a heretic which meant that anyone could kill him with out risk of punishment. Prince Frederick the Wise liked Luther and so had him “kidnapped” and spirited off to Wartburg Castle and hidden there.
In commemoration of the way people traveled back in the day of Martin Luther and in commemoration of his difficulties traveling, take a hike, go horse back riding, or go on a hay ride.
Happy Reformation Day!