The first annual Moses and Miriam boat race!

The children at Heath Street have been learning about symbols in the Bible. It is hard to resist the poignantly frail safety communicated by the image of someone cradled in a basket. We see it in Acts 9 as the recently converted Saul is lowered from the city walls of Damascus. Sunday Club were recently focusing on the inauguration of this memorable symbol in Exodus 3: the precious baby entrusted to the care of the Nile by the Hebrew mother with few other options. Scripture has it that the baby’s sister Miriam "stood at a distance to see what would happen to him". And surely our young competitors in ‘The first annual Moses and Miriam boat race’ had an inkling of how she may have felt, as their paper mache babies were laid in homemade vessels to be carried downstream by the stately currents of St Albans’ river Ver. Of course, I would love to tell you that no babies were harmed during the event, but paper mache is especially vulnerable to water damage, and many a little Moses fared rather less well than their namesake in scripture! However, the children made brilliant boats (as you can see), and we had prizes not only for 3rd, 2nd and 1st places, but also for Driest Baby, Most Beautiful Vessel, Most Original Design and sundry other categories. Well done everyone, and here’s to next year’s race!

[Photographs are available in the full version of the August-September 2022 church newsletter here.]


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