This last project was by far my favorite! We made a stole. What is a stole? It is a long piece of cloth, like a scarf, made of fabric, that Pastors wear around their necks. They are long and sometimes they are seasonal, colorful and they are filled with meaning. Pastor John Grimm shared with us that when a Pastor becomes ordained they receive a red stole-it signifies the power of the Holy Spirit over that person’s ministry. I love that!
Pastor John said a lot of things that touched me and I will be blogging about those later!
Here are the pictures of the kids making their stoles…
The first thing we had to do was draw and color a cross in the middle of the stole-this sits at our neck in the back. As a Christian, we “carry” the cross of Christ into the world.
The next thing we were told to do was to write our name with several adjectives about ourselves under it. This side was about us and what was important to us, like family and then some things we did as a family together. ( of course mine has a motorcycle on it! haah!)
Here is my dear friend, Carolyn Snow, from the Fancy Gap church. She is hard at work on her stole! ( Shhh….don’t tell anybody but she’s an awesome cook too!!!!)
Pastor John is at the end of the table and Jeremiah is in the right front corner.
Here are Emily,Elizabeth, Chloe and Laura.
On the left side of the stole we had to draw something that showed the Father, Son, the Holy Spirit. 3 names of Christ and our “Holy” place. Then we wrote a name of someone who has been significant to us in our walk with Christ. The last thing was a bible and our favorite scripture. I loved doing this project because it really showed me what was important in my life and to have it all in one place and hanging around my neck was most inspiring.
Here are the finished pieces…
The adults wore their stoles first while reading John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer from 1780.
Then the adults “stoled” the kids…
and finally here we are as a group.
First United Methodist Church Hillsville.
Fancy Gap UMC, FUMC Hillsville, Max Meadows Circuit.
A wonderful time was had by each person and we couldn’t ask for a better behaved bunch of kids! Praise be to God from whom all blessings flow!
Thank you church!