curiouswombat: (Summertime)
posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 08:58pm on 08/07/2013 under , ,
Traditionally the church children have a special service in July to celebrate the end of term as we do not have children's lessons over the summer, so many of them are off-island, and it gives the teachers a chance to charge our own batteries.

This service was on Sunday - and our theme was sheep! We looked at a number of the times sheep occur in the Bible a few weeks ago - and then we made sheep! Lots of sheep. And rehearsed a story, and made more sheep...

I took some pictures -



We first made sheep from paper plates and cotton wool - this kept people busy on a week when we were short of teachers!

They were, like people, all individuals! And took their place in the Sanctuary at church...

paper plate sheep

paper plate sheep 2

We reminded everyone that sheep were a valued and well cared for commodity throughout the times written of in the Bible- to be considered His sheep is to know that you are valued. And we thought about the shepherds in the Bible - from Jacob, Joseph, David, and those in the psalms to those in the Nativity story, and Jesus request to Peter to 'feed my sheep'. Readings and prayers focussed on these - and then we told the story of Daniel, the lost sheep who was found by the Good Shepherd... For which we had made lots of masks!

flock of sheep

There were a couple more sheep - but there are always a couple who get away before the camera comes out after the service. Also - look closely to spot the two black sheep near the back! As well as the cast and the narrator (young girl at left), who was very good as she paced it properly, there are a couple of teachers too. Oh - and Daniel the lost sheep is the sheep wearing a purple eye-mask!

And the final flock of sheep produced by the children in the preceding weeks were handed out to by the smallest people to everyone to write either their own name, or that of someone else they felt needed prayers onto, then my small shepherds collected them all back in and they were stuck onto their own pasture -

prayer sheep

Where they will remain over the summer to remind the adults of the children, and for anyone and everyone to take time to sit prayerfully and consider those named.

Making all the sheep was good fun - and hopefully some of the service will remain in the memories of even the smallest people - and I know some of the adults appreciated it because they said so!





In other news - it is definitely summer today - S2C has taken his jumper off. And even his sweatshirt for an hour or two!

Actually the temperature was about 25C today - and I met one of my patients who has a small son, about 18 months old. She said he was a bit fretful in the heat - but then it occurred to us that it has never been as warm as this at any time in his life - no wonder he was making strange!

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