What does a church do on Canada Day – 150 years? Open their Bargain Bin and extend it to a yard sale of course. Just like the several Saturdays preceding.
And then a church someone suggests ringing the church bell to mark the occasion and the church Pastor counters with “why not ring it 150 times” and then the idea takes off.
Visiting tourists, locals shopping the incredible bargains are asked “would you like to ring a church bell?”. We had no idea it would be on a couple’s bucket list, but it was. We had no idea it would elicit responses like “really?” And “I’d love to”. Some of us attending the church for years had never rung the bell and why not today? There were at times, line ups of interested people – youngsters and oldsters and even Charlie the dog who was also celebrating his birthday. Brief instruction was needed by all prospective pullers: “the rope needs to be pulled firmly and slowly – the bell at the top is heavy – and let the rope up slowly or there will be a “wind around” and that will be the end of the bell ringing”. Picture a serious face to this instruction and most but not all listening carefully. Let us begin.
The awe struck faces as the rope was pulled and then the big grin on those faces was almost universal as the bell rang out. It was a moment like no other for those of us in the church guiding the visitors as they became pros at bell ringing. They were grinning and expressing their thanks as they happily moved down the church steps and carried on with their Canada Day 150 – with an experience they never expected to have.
We might have rung the church bell 300 times that day and hopefully the neighbours didn’t notice because we were fulfilled beyond our imagination.
These were God filled moments and memories made for sharing