Schools Bible Exhibition 2018

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Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

This month our church took over 600 children from Garnteg, Cwmffrdoer and Victoria Village Primary school(s) on a journey through the Bible.

The exhibition (provided by the Open Air Mission) comprised of 18 boards that included pictures, infographics and bite size narrative for the children to follow*.

The first board told the story of creation, the second the Garden of Eden and so on.

The children could see how wonderful the world was when God first made it. There was no death, no pain, no sickness, what a wonderful place to be.

God then made Adam and Eve and gave them all that they could possibly have wanted. With just one rule to follow, “do not to eat from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” (Genesis 2:17).

This rule gave Adam and Eve freedom, they now had a choice, to love God or disobey Him.

As we all know the devil entered into the garden as a serpent and convinced Adam and Eve to break this rule and partake in the forbidden fruit.

The children were then invited to share some of their school rules and the punishments they would receive if they break them. (Times have changed).

The children could all see from this simple exercise that (just like in school) God gives us rules for our own benefit and safety. They could also see that God has every right to punish people for breaking His rules (which is what the Bible calls sin).

Adam and Eve sinned, they broke God’s rule. For the first time they knew that they were naked. They felt ashamed at what they had done and were banished from the garden to live in this cold, hard, fallen world.

But in love, we are told that God covered their shame and comforted them with animal skin.

The children could see right at the start of the exhibition (and the Bible) that rejecting or ignoring God’s life giving rules, logically leads to death. God loved Adam and Eve and did not want them to die, so innocent blood was shed, so that Adam and Eve’s shame could be covered.

This theme pointed all of the children forward to the promised Messiah who would fix the problem of sin in the same way by His death.

The display moved on to Noah, then the Tower of Babel, we looked at Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (Israel, God’s family whom the promised Messiah would come into the world). The Exhibition took us then to Joseph and his journey to Egypt, the Story of Moses, the Ten Commandments, the Passover and Exodus. Always reaffirming the point that God (who made us) gave us rules to live by so that we could be happy but (just like today) the people in the Bible constantly rejected God and broke His rules (sin) and that such action requires punishment, just like when you break the school rules.

The children could see for themselves that for the guilty to be reunited with our loving God, innocent blood had to be shed, so that God can also remain just in His punishment, whilst at the same time remaining merciful to those who He love who did the wrong.

The exhibition progressed onto Elijah, the Judges, then King Saul and David, the Babylonian captivity, Daniel and the prophets, before ending with Christ’s birth, death and resurrection, explaining again the significance that for the guilty (us) to be reunited with God by grace, innocent blood has to be shed to make atonement for our wrongs, so that God can remain just whilst at the same time being merciful to us.

The display ended with a clear lesson.

Christian’s believe that Jesus is the promised Messiah, the one who God sent to deal with the problem of sin (that alienates humanity from our loving Father in Heaven).

Jesus did not break a single rule, He was totally innocent, yet on the Cross He took the just punishment for the sins of all people who love Him. (1 Peter 2:24).

A truth that we asked each of the children to consider.

Volunteers from the church dressed up as characters and spoke through their story (in first person) at different stages throughout the exhibition. The children then had the opportunity to interact one to one with the “heroes of faith” that brought the teaching alive.

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The exhibition gave clear Biblical themes throughout to help the children come to their own conclusions.

The Christian world view was presented to them fairly and in the greatest of love without putting any pressure on them that could damage the witness in the future.

The exhibition takes just one hour out of the school day and is interactive (so the children stay focused throughout). Head teacher Garnteg Primary School Susan Roche said: “The whole week last week was great as it gave the children something different. It combined very important aspects of the curriculum like RE, history and the humanities and brought it together in an interactive way which made it very meaningful.

We can thank God that many children still know the key events of the Bible today; from the fall to Passover, David and Goliath to the birth of Christ, but the exhibition illustrates superbly how all of these historic events fit together as one big story of God’s redemptive plan for humanity.

 

 

At the end of the exhibition the children filled out a quiz, which volunteers from the church marked. The following week the Mayor, local councillor and the press joined us to present prizes to the children.

Each child was rewarded with an information pack that includes games, treats and information about the church.

We hope that such outreach will inform the children and their families of the many services that we provide for the community and that through this outreach the elect would come to church, hear the gospel and know a changed life that will glorify God.

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Read the Article online here

 A huge big thank you to the wonderful volunteers at the church who gave up significant time and resources for this to happen and to the OPEN AIR MISSION for their support.

*Narrative by JP Earnest (Field Operations Manager) Open Air Mission

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Pray for the children

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6)

Two much loved institutions in our little community, Victoria Village School and Brynteg Nursery are set to close in twelve months’ time.

The church at Noddfa have been publicly against the decision and it has been our prayer that the schools would remain open as both are performing well and were in high demand.

I have seen it as a privilege to be able to serve the schools with regular visits, Bible missions and talks over the last two years. As a church we remain committed to this ministry until they both close.

Thank you

As a father and someone passionate about this community I want to thank all those involved in both schools for their professionalism and honesty throughout the process.

Miss Dando, Mrs Ryan and their respected Governors have shown excellent leadership and my children’s education has continued to improve despite all the pressures imposed.

I want to thank; the parent committees who have worked so hard to challenge the decision, our MP, AM and the Councillors that have made our voices heard in the county chambers.

I want to thank all those that have taken time to attend various protests, media interviews and public meetings. I also want to thank everyone for their prayers, the 770 letter writers and the thousands of people who signed petitions.

Save our School

I am thankful to God for; allowing my children to be a part of the school’s history, to have had the opportunity to attend a village school that is at the heart of our community, where the head teacher lovingly knows every pupil personally and takes the greatest interest in their lives, a school that they could walk to with friends and feel as safe and loved as they do at home.

Let us now celebrate these wonderful institutions whilst we still have them in our community and help our teachers, school workers and children have the best year of their lives, so that the memory of Victoria Village Primary School and Brynteg Nursery can continue for generations to come.

What to do next

I will be committing substantial time to pray for all those affected by the closure (including my family).

Below are some thoughts that I have listed if you would like to join me.

Please Pray for;

The children at Victoria and Brynteg as they come to terms with losing their school. Pray that they will not be anxious by the pending move and that friendships will not suffer as they begin to part ways.

The children at Garnteg and Cwmffrwdoer primary schools as they have to deal with significant change. Pray that their education will not be interrupted by the building work to expand the schools and that they will make new friends as
the children integrate.

Pray for the teachers and school workers at Victoria and Brynteg. Pray that their future will be made clear as soon as possible and that many opportunities will be made available for them.

Pray for the teachers and school workers at Garnteg and Cwmffrwdoer primary schools as they lead their pupils through the change, managing the expansion with all the pressures that this will inevitably bring.

Please pray for the families who will be significantly affected by the closure of the schools, pray that their employers will give them flexibility to adjust to the alternative school runs and changes to their childcare provision. May there be as little disruption as possible.

Pray for the Councillors and the education authority (1 Timothy 2:2) as they work through this process. Pray that the changes will deliver the results as promised for the good of the wider community and our children’s future.

Pray for us as a church as we seek to serve our community and witness the Love of Christ amidst such uncertainty.

To all those saddened and anxious please know that we have a God that will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6), in such weakness we are strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-11) and that all things work together for good for those who
love God (Romans 8:28).

As a church we are of course here to help you.

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