Our All Age service this week was all about forgiveness: God forgiving us and the need for us, therefore, to forgive others. In our three activites we learned about God writing off our ‘debts’ or sins – we experienced ‘demands’ being torn up and put in the bin, and we received back the little we had to offer in payment – our ‘gold coins’ were returned to us. After lighting a candle of thanksgiving we then used these coins to pray for people we needed to forgive – those who have hurt us, those who owe us an apology.
There was also the opportunity to sit on a throne, wear a crown, and imagine what it might feel like to be God who forgives. There were also inspiring stories from The Forgiveness Project http://theforgivenessproject.com/ to read – many people continued to read these after the service over a cup or coffee.
The seocnd half of our service was a celebration of the Eucharist – here adults and children alike share in the Eucharist.