Bibles and Shoeboxes

Church News | Tuesday, 31 October 2017 |

By Joan

Oh, my goodness - King Solomon looked so stern...

Oh, my goodness - King Solomon looked so stern...

At the close of this morning’s service the lady sitting in the pew behind me said… ‘The puppets always make me laugh, but today they made me cry!’

Sunday was our annual ‘Shoebox’ service where people donate purpose-filled shoeboxes destined for underprivileged children throughout the world. The charity ‘Samaritans Purse’ organise the putting-together, the collection and distribution of these gifts every year. The puppet crew chose a moving, heart-felt song to perform, which we hope enabled the congregation to appreciate how special these shoeboxes are to children who may not have enough food or clean water to live on, let alone get anything to celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

The song used by the puppet crew was entitled ‘Love in a box’ which was performed by one of Australia’s youngest artists Melisa Bester when she was just eight years old. The song was used by Samaritans Purse in 2010. It can be seen and heard on ‘youtube’ and has been viewed some 84 thousand times.

As it was also ‘Bible Sunday’ it became a very busy service which enabled Revd Carolyn to come into her own directing children and a few adults in showing just a few of the many hundreds of characters that we can find in our bibles. One of the characters ‘King Solomon’ was seated on a special throne, and with a cloak, crown and very fierce demeaner threatened to cut a baby in half in a bid to stop two ‘mothers’ fighting over one poor baby, a baby that was dropped on its head some way through the fracas, (don’t worry it was just a very life-like doll). One poor guy ‘King David’ had to don not only a throw-over but a set of armour also, in a bid to fight the giant ‘Goliath’.

Once all had settled down and the characters had all gone back to their seats, Carolyn blessed our special bibles before we all went off to calm down and reflect after such a very active and inspiring service.

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