April 4th – April 8th
There were 26 scenes in all, starting from the story of the Creation and progressing through the Old Testament with stories of the history of the Israelites. Everyone was fascinated by the creatures going two by two into the ark and turtles, ladybirds, pigs and zebras were admired in this Noah’s Ark menagerie. The observant visitors noticed the dove holding a leaf in its mouth after it had spotted land! The stories from the New Testament showed the Nativity, Jesus’ baptism, miracles of healing and parables of the Lost Sheep and the Sower before concluding with the Easter story.
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What a wonderful exhibition this was! We all marvelled at the skill, perseverance and dedication shown in the making of these wonderful scenes from the Bible and how the stories were so beautifully and skilfully portrayed in the knitting of the characters.
Rainbows, Brownies and Guides from Radford Road and Dale Street visited and we had over 100 children from local schools who all enjoyed seeing the exhibition and hearing the Biblical stories explained to them. Several children had a good knowledge of the stories whilst, for others, it was a new experience.
During a discussion with the children about the names of the characters in the stories and realising that some of his friends had been given Biblical names such as Daniel, Peter, James and Andrew, one child asked if anyone had the same name as he did. He said his name was Riley! No adult could recall Riley featuring in a Biblical story though one certain Minister did suggest that it might have been the name of the Prodigal Son who ‘lived the life of Riley’ before returning to his father’s house!
One child commented, very logically, that really the angels did not need a ladder to move between heaven and earth in Jacobs’s dream because they had wings and could fly!
Our adult visitors were each given a handbook with an explanation of the background of each scene which many found extremely helpful.
The exhibition brought the Bible to life through the wonderful knitted scenes and has been a huge success. Many thanks to Jenny and David for sharing their talents with so many Leamington people and for allowing Radford Road Church to be the very first church to host these fantastic scenes.
£420.18 was donated at the Exhibition and is to be shared between the Mission Aviation Fellowship and our own church.