It has been a very long day. I'm still awaiting a moment to slow down for a breather after returning from Baltimore. Nae luck so far. However, it was a fun and extremely varied day.
Worship planning for Sunday first thing, a trip to Costco as soon as they opened to pick up a wedding cake for the afternoon, a disagreement with the staff at Costco about the pricing of Cadbury's Hot Chocolate for Cosy Café (I eventually got the refund!), and then a visit with a family about a baptism before lunch.
In the afternoon, the mock wedding with the P3 class from David Livingstone Memorial Primary School was good fun (and thanks to the folks at Livingstone Memorial Church for hosting and making the afternoon special for the children and parents who attended). I was asked at the reception after the service, "So do you think that will make them more likely to get married in the future?" A good question in a culture where a formal commitment between couples is becoming ever less common. [There's more...]
When I went into the P3 class on Monday afternoon to go over the vows that were used, the big question from the children was, "Will the bride and groom have to kiss!" I said that I would leave that up to the bride and groom to decide... At that moment in the service I bent down to whisper the question, "do you want to kiss?" and was met with a quick shake of the heads and laughter from the adults present.
All the children did a fantastic job, whether the bride and groom, bridesmaids, best man and ring bearer, official photographer, ushers, and many more! Well done to Brenda Jeffrey at the school for organising the afternoon.
After a few hours of ferrying the kids around from activity to activity, I joined the Cosy Café team in Hillhouse this evening to plan, amidst a great deal of hilarity (I think we were all tired!!), the Palm Sunday evening which I'm looking forward to. It will be an open event for all ages, and we will be sharing a meal together during the evening. Please do feel welcome to come along and join us: 6:30 p.m. on 1 April at Hillhouse Parich Church.