Bright and cold! But I bundled up well and found the bike ride to church
quite exhilarating. Some of the children’s ministry
“regulars” were not going to be there today but I was very pleasantly surprised to see Ralph
and Gaelle (brother and sister, ages 15 & 12). Things worked out very well
as there were also 2 little 3 year olds so we all joined together for snack and
a storytelling then separated into different rooms so  our older group was able to have a
good discussion. I had prepared a collage craft fitting with
today’s passage: – Acts 10:1-23 “Peter’s Vision” and was surprised when my group
wanted to do the activity. It made be realize just how little art is taught in
public schools and how children with any sort of interest in the arts lack
encouragement as everyone is pushed into the Sciences stream.
   As is often the case, we were able to
discuss more freely the meaning behind Peter’s vision while our hands were busy cutting and
gluing. This passage is hard to get one’s head around but the commentaries seem
to indicate that it is almost like a parable, pointing to much more than a
lessening of food restrictions and more towards Jesus’ call to welcome Jew and Gentile
into His family of Faith. I like this idea when it is linked to food (ahem!)
because it provides a visual image of people from all cultures coming together
at a new sort of “table” where Kosher, or Ha’Lal or customs from other cultures
and faiths no longer matter and we are all one in Christ.
 After we had joined in a prayer time it was
good to hang out with these young people and learn about their daily lives.
Their family is from Haiti and their dad has returned there to work while they
live here with their Mum. They are both such nice young teens, I do wish they
came with greater regularity. I’m going to encourage them to consider helping
at our St. Stephen’s/ Emmaus Day Camp, they would benefit greatly from interacting
with the Travelling Team Members and Ralph especially is very good at
connecting with the tiny children and helping them with crafts and snack.
Hopefully they will be at church again closer to the Summer and there will be another
opportunity to invite them.

 Now there is just one hour at home and then I will head out with Wil for his afternoon
walk before continuing on to Isaiah 40 for the AGM. There are some signs to
make and refreshments to pack up so I’d better get moving!