We did this one and thought afterwards that it shouldn't really
have worked, but it did. Was it the work of the Holy Spirit, or did people feel
sorry for the all age team? It was fairly clear that we had run out of
ideas and were resorting to an extremely literal metaphor.
if that is not too strong a word for it, was that Paul wrote about the fruit of
the Spirit and so we should use, as illustrations, fruit that went with each,
er, fruit. We decided to charge ahead with this despite there being no obvious
connection between lemons and love, or between Jaffa oranges and joy, or
between any of the fruits and their accompanying, er, fruits.
we soldiered on, and after a talk about Galatians 5, the banners were produced
and handed out to nine people who walked off to various corners of the church
(and some places that were not corners, St James's possessing only the usual
four) where there were tables furnished with piles of the same fruit. Well,
actually we cheated and had lemonade, Jaffa cakes, fig rolls and grapefruit
juice; but the other fruits were real fruits.
And then the congregation
was encouraged to visit the various tables, have a bit of fruit and pray for
the spiritual fruit thus represented. So if they felt they needed to be more
patient, they would go to the pear table, and eat a bit of pear, and pray for
more patience. Most of the children felt they were in need of Jaffa cakes of
Much to our surprise, many people said that they found it a very
helpful encouragement to pray for the Spirit to give them his gifts. And weeks
later people would come up to us and say how they had eaten pineapple of peace
the previous evening.
The banners were made from paper which was
available online (search for "fadeless art paper"). It came in rolls and had to
be ironed to keep it flat. I stapled the paper to bits of wood at the top and
bottom so it hung straight, and used string to hang the banners from long bits
of wood. The bottom was tied too, so the banners didn't flap about, twist round
or generally act in an uncontrollable way.
The lettering was printed on
coloured paper using an outline font (Word lets you do this in 'font - text
effects' - give the letters an outline but no fill). Then they were cut out and
stuck on the banners using Spraymount. It take ages.
You can listen to
and talk on the St James' Muswell Hill web site.
The lemon of love