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Church Weekend Away

Building according to the pattern

This autumn our church had a weekend away at Cefn Lea. We were pleased to be involved in the planning, as rather than having preaching sessions the whole weekend was much more creative.

During the weekend we learnt about the Ark of the Covenant, the Tabernacle and the Temple in group work that involved both discussion and craft activities and together saw how these related to God’s pattern for the church in some engaging interactive sessions. Rather than having separate sessions for the children we were all involved together and Nettes and others helped resource a lot of the other sessions.

The group I was in looked at the Temple. As well as studying the patterns in our groups we also improvised a drama and did some art and craft to illustrate our presentation. The other groups did the same with some wonderful art work being produced and a wonderful piece of living art illustrating the Ark of the Covenant.

I had planned a session using De Bono Six Hat Thinking. It was to be done in small groups back in our chalets. There were a number of situations about how God might work with his people – specifically about how the church might be more inclusive. By throwing a dice people in turn had to make comments on the situations in the mode of the specific hat. This produced some really interesting comments in our group and I think it did in the other groups too.

It was tied together nicely on Sunday morning through a quiz on the relevance of the patterns we had been looking at and activities illustrating how we are living stones being built together. It was wonderful how we celebrated and prayed for each other using the photographs at the end and then broke bread in a big circle.

This was a great weekend and it was great to see all ages interacting and worshipping together.

 

December 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm
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