Enter the Tandem – Ruth and Naomi

This Sunday we combined the Blessing of the Bikes with the story of Ruth and Naomi. Inspired by the Spill the Beans resource to use a Tandem bike to tell Ruth’s beautiful promise – ‘Wherever you go, I will go, your people will be my people and your God, my God.’ Cycling enthusiasts, Tim and Meredith, managed to comply with the request that they dress in ancient Middle Eastern costume and ride their tandem down the aisle. Ian had a few questions for them and they re-joined us for the Blessing of the Bicycles outside after worship.
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Wayne helps the Preps build model bikes
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Helmet decorations were a feature with the upper primary group
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Blessing of the Bikes

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Thanks to the young people who painted this banner in All Age Worship. Next week, Oct 18 the Blessing of the Bikes happens after church at 11am.During the children’s address word has it that we may be visited by the biblical figures of Ruth and Naomi appearing on a tandem bike… ‘wherever you go, I will go’ says Ruth, so clearly the OT writers had tandems in mind! BYO bike and helmet, children will decorate helmets during Sunday Morning Program.

Ten Commandments and the Great Commandment

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Today, the first week back for Term 4 the Primary aged SMP talked about ‘Moses and the O.T 10 and Jesus and the NT 1.’ The children soon cracked the code of this summary and wisely agreed that probably the hardest commandment for us to keep is ‘Don’t compare yourself to others’ – a neat translation by our Scottish resources Spill the Beans of the commandment not to envy.

We learnt a new gestural prayer to remember the Great Commandment:
Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbour as yourself.
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