A lovely sunny morning wooed me into thinking
about biking to church, but, upon checking the Weather Network and discovering
the temperature was 2°C my resolve wavered and I opted for the bus!

      It was a good choice because Pippa and Tighe
were on the same bus, and Sue and Matthew soon joined us so there was plenty of
lively conversation on the trip!

      At church I whipped out my hacksaw in order
to replace a wobbly curtain rod (aka tree branch) in the Toddler Room. Fred
appeared and offered to help but it was soon discovered that the replacement
branch was too thick to fit through the curtain casing and it was deemed easier
to just bring the panel home and sew a new, wider channel.

   Before the Sunday Gathering I also set up,
in the kitchen, the ingredients for baking Communion Bread and cued this video
to illustrate our “Emmaus Road” story.

    Pippa had suggested the Toddlers share
the video with the older children but as we gathered in the Worship Room it was
soon apparent that there were no older children, just toddlers and babies. So
we joined together and the toddlers had a great time helping to make the bread!
After we had washed their hands (again!) and dusted off all the flour, Pippa
took them upstairs for play and I scrubbed down the kitchen while baking the
bread.

      It was interesting to reflect on the different
ways in which one needs to connect with toddlers and I was grateful for the
opportunity to share in their world and to approach our group time in a way
that would best engage them. 

        Once home, Alexander and Sarah came by to collect various packages for the Huyer family in Ottawa as they are driving
up to see them this afternoon. Then there was a short session of garden work,
some drawing and painting, a Wil walk and now a few computer “chores” before
dinner.

      From Cousin Ron’s early call, to a quiet
afternoon, this Sabbath has offered plenty of peace and a gentle, less frenetic
pace than my usual daily routines.

  Yes, I think I will be suitably refreshed to
leap into the week tomorrow morning!