Ahhhh, love! We were all wishing for warm weather, spring time and lots of love last week as the Faithweavers focused on 1 Corinthians 13, one of the most quoted chapters of the Bible.
Faithweavers Friends, the mid-week Bible study program of the Methodist Church, used songs, sign language, art projects and puppets to explore what Paul meant when he wrote to the Corinthians about loving one another.
First there was singing and sign language. The lyrics "love is patient and kind, not boastful or proud" were accompanied by a soothing and memorable melody and made the energetic group of 30 kids ages 4-4th grade settle into a sweet peacefulness.
Then, our favorite puppet, Theo (aka Trish Warren), became impatient and got into a fight with his younger brother. The kids helped Theo learn that love means putting others first and that being patient and kind are two ways we show love. The kids also learned that we should show love to others in the same way God loves us. The scene ended with everyone blowing kisses to Theo as he ducked out of sight with some new ideas about dealing with his challenging brother.
The action continued as each child made a card for a loved one. Maddie Shahan made a card for her Chocolate Lab, Cocoa. Juanita Ramirez made a card for her musical hero, Michael Jackson. Ryan Mathis made a card for his best friend, Risien Shahan. Jaden Owens and Christian VanBibber sat side-by-side and made cards for each other. Audrey Nagle made a card for Tracey Thomas (one of the adult leaders) whose mother was recently in the hospital. Most kids made cards for their mom or dad.
One of the most dramatic moments occurred when Faithweavers leader Monica Shahan began to offer a prayer. The children were a little noisy and Monica wanted the group to be silent before she started. So, picture this. Monica says "I’m just going to be patient and wait for everyone to be quiet before I start." Then, she smiled her loving smile and patiently waited……and waited. Soon, all 30 kids were completely still and silent as her love and patience enveloped them and God’s presence permeated the room.
Finally, the people of the Methodist Church hosted a hamburger dinner for all the Faithweavers and their families. A group of devoted volunteers led by Linda Parks lovingly prepared the lavish buffet.
Faithweavers Friends is for all kids ages 4 – 4th grade. It meets on Wednesdays from 3:45 pm – 5:30 pm (no Faithweavers during the week of Spring Break). Cost for the rest of the school year is $15 which includes a t-shirt, snacks and supplies. Scholarships are available. Come around the back to join the fun. Everyone is invited.