Zion Mennonite, Elbing, KS had an exciting kick-off to the year of the Bible on Sunday, June 9 at East Lake shelter. As people gathered they were encouraged to write a Bible verse or story that had meaning for them (we alllowed up to 5) on a sticky note which was then placed on our Bible time line (creatively designed with the books of the Bible arranged by sections, ie, law, writings, prophets, gospels, etc). After a gathering song (Praise Him, Praise him) and welcome, the children led the congregation in the BIBLE song by holding up signs with the letters printed on them. The youth lead a call to worship entitled "The Bible - who reads it, who needs it" (a corny reading with too much truth to it.) After singing "I love to tell the story" Sunday school classes of all ages acted out a Bible story for the rest to guess. We "heard" acted out Noah's Ark with almost real animals, Peter attempting to walk on water, the Tower of Babel, Jesus' temptations, and the prophet Elisha being laughed at. There are some good actors at Zion, watch out Broadway! Pastor Rosie shared about the Israelites' return to Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile and not only rebuilding the city and temple, but needing to relearn and rediscover the Law, citing Nehemiah 8. Our final interactive event was a Bible quiz game where the congregation divided into three teams to answer Bible questions in five categories: People, places, things, parables, misc. We managed to stump everyone with the question: Who hid in a cave with 100 prophets? Of course the morning ended with a great potluck lunch. See photos on Zion's facebook page and on this site.
Questions? Contact Pastor Rosie