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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Bible Journeys: All-age activity and a base for talks


Last Sunday we looked at the long journey of Abraham with the help of a very simple children’s game.
A volunteer from among our children was blindfolded and then steered from the back of the main aisle of the church to the front, by instructions called out by his parent at the front, having to avoid 5 large objects laying in the aisle on the way.
Once the journey had been negotiated, each of the objects was then used as a topic for a short talk explaining its relevance to the story. So for Abraham we had
• A tent (two chairs covered with a blanket) – symbolizing the itinerant nature of Abraham and his fellow-travellers.
• A tray of damp sand in small mounds (the hazards of the desert and hilly parts of the journey)
• A bucket half full of water (the hazards of river crossings)
• A toy animal(s) (demonstrating that Abraham must have been busy managing flocks and shepherds and negotiating with local chiefs and tribal leaders – but still found time to talk with God
• A large star atlas (The promise of many offspring and the commencement of the family of God who became the race that Jesus belonged to and therefore the predecessors of the Christian family)
The very same game could be played with any Bible Travel story (altering the obstacles appropriately) the story of Moses - and the Israelites in the desert: the journey of The Magi: the Flight into Egypt: St Paul's journeys.
We ended with two Abrahams(!) and depending on the number of children you have, it is good to be sympathetic to the enthusiasm of children to join in the fun once they've seen one of their peers succeed - and being spontaneously applauded as happened at the end of our first successful negotiation of the hazards!
The obstacles were, of course, moved round once the second child was blindfolded.

The talk encompassed,
·      the perseverance needed for our faith journey
·      the importance of finding time to listen to and talk to God
·      the faithfulness of God to his promises 

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'