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Children Taken on 'Lifepath' Journey

Wednesday June 22

Where will your path in life take you?

This was the question 120 West Lothian school children were asked to consider during a day-long event in and around Abercorn.

During ‘Abercorn Lifepath’, the upper primary-age children were encouraged to explore Christianity through the life of St Serf. They engaged with the topic through drama, arts and crafts and quizzes. Highlights from the day for the children were a drama on a boat down at the shore, weaving their dreams into a hermit’s cell made of willow and dressing up as Christian monks to experience ‘a day in the life’.  

The event was run by members and staff of Abercorn linked with Pardovan, Kingscavil and Winchburgh Church and based on a Scripture Union England and Wales model, supported by Scripture Union Scotland staff and volunteers.

Initial planning began back in October, and local estate Hopetoun gave permission for the event to take place on its land, as well as providing willow and craftsmanship to weave the roof of the hermit’s cell and sourced peacock feathers for the calligraphy workshops. They also provided a ranger for the event, who led children on a scavenger hunt.

Around 40 people offered their time and talents to the event, and probationer minister Ali Pandian said: “I was amazed by the enthusiasm and commitment that they brought with them. The project provided a fantastic opportunity for Church members to work together and get to know one another better.”


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