I have had the privilege of spending this week in Victoria Village Primary School, running a Bible exhibition for the children on the Life of Jesus, with the Open Air Mission (OAM).
The Exhibition comprises of 17 boards that start with the prophecies of Christ found in the Old Testament and then continue to depict their fulfilment in the person of Jesus, through His birth, miracles, teaching, death on the Cross, Resurrection and pending return.
The pupils came into the hall for around an hour per class. They then sat in the middle of the exhibition, polishing the floors as they shuffled to each board under the narration of friend and partner in the Gospel, JP Earnest (who came all the way down from Anglesey to deliver the exhibition for the Children).
As the children journeyed through the boards they were met with characters from Jesus’ life who then gave their testimony.
I had great fun dressed up as the Roman Centurion, going into the gruesome details of the crucifixion with the children. They really got a sense of the suffering our Lord left Heaven for.
However, I must stress we were not acting. We were giving testimonies from the truth known in Scripture and worked very hard not to embellish on the historic facts.
I also enjoyed being “Pastorix Johnicus,” marching around the school to the children’s great pleasure, winding them and their teachers up. One child commented on my standard issue “iPhonicus VI” in my hand – the piece of tech was a great distraction from the star wars socks I was wearing (yes, with sandals).
The older Children (Key Stage 2) enjoyed a fun quiz at the end, where they went around the exhibition with clipboards to find the answers and meet the characters in person.
The quiz was collected in at the end and the children all left knowing more about Jesus Christ and the scriptures that have held the test of time.
We ended the exhibition with a school assembly. I invited Mayor Giles Davies to give out the prizes for the best quiz answers. He jumped at the chance to help his local school!
The children were then all sent home with a folder (courtesy of OAM) which included; their marked quiz papers, word search, a personal letter of introduction, a poster advertising our youth ministry and a flyer promoting our Valentines Family Friendly Service, this Sunday 5pm at Noddfa Chapel (all are welcome).
The Exhibition was a real pleasure, not only because we had the opportunity to share the Gospel with 220+ pupils (as well as the teachers and staff), but also for the insight I gained into how this most wonderful school ticks.
The teachers are fantastic and have a genuine love for each Child. Miss Dando (Headteacher) knows every child by name and would often receive a big hug on meeting them, or would be in receipt of a friendly update on their lives. The children were all polite, well mannered, disciplined yet also given the freedom to explore and learn. The environment was one of peace, safety, fun and learning.
Tuesday was an emotional day for all in our community. Teachers, staff, parents and pupils were all distraught when news broke about the pending closure of our beloved school. Yet in this darkness, by God’s Grace and providence, we were able to bring light through the exhibition, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and give the children something to take their minds off the closure of their school.
The children were shocked to hear of Jesus’ death, they could not understand why a man who did no wrong, who helped the poor and sick, would be treated in such a way. But this is how God often works.
It is in such weakness that He defeats the strong for His Glory. By God’s Grace Moses took on Pharaoh, David beat Goliath and when God’s Son was nailed to a cross breathing His last, He beat the curse of death and reunited the lowest of the low (like me) to their loving God. In Christ’s weakness and death, by God’s Grace, I now have eternal life (2 Timothy 1:10).
The Bible repeatedly tells us that we live in a fallen world, opposed to God and driven by Sin (Ephesians 6:10-12), so bad things can and do happen. Yet in such darkness God gives us light (John 1:5), in such weakness God gives us strength (2 Corinthians 12:9) and in trials He comforts us (2 Corinthians 1:4).
I pray that God will work in our weakness as we share the Gospel in our community, for His Glory!
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:10-12
A big thanks to all those that volunteered.