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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Science Celebration at a Country Church 3

Regular readers will know that we recently held a Science Sunday and Science weekend at our two country parish churches. The theme was 'Celebrating the wonders of Creation revealed by Science'. On the Saturday we held a 3.30 - 5pm event for children and it was a delight to hear the church full of laughter and excitement as lots of children experimented with the ideas illustrated in the cards shown below. Tea and cakes followed!

On Sunday we had two speakers, an Astronomer talking about The Cosmos and a Neuroscientist talking about the brain. The service order we used is set out below and the service was followed by a discussion group that almost the whole congregation stayed for. It was an exciting two days, Now, for those who requested materials, and others who might be interested, you will find the following below


JPEGs of all the Children's experimental stations with Bible allusions.

JPEGs of the Order of Service for the adult focussed service

There was also a Powerpoint presentation for the All-age/Family service which I will send on request to anyone who would like it. Also a doc version of the service order can be obtained in the same way: Email me at crossandcosmos@gmail.com


The brilliant children's slides were produced by our friend and colleague Chris Campbell who also organised the children's activities with her friend Holli. Brilliant!














In addition to these activities, we had

A Marine Biologist with a fascinating collection of shells

A member of our fellowship with a demonstration of his employers' technique
 for detecting lymphomas with nano particles

A craft area where among other things
children could make colour spinners

And this is the service order we used
in place of a regular 'Morning Praise'












If you want to copy the words of the first hymn
'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory',
you can access them Here

We were helped to find our scientist speakers by
Christians in Science/ The Faraday Institute
who have contacts across much of the world.
They can be found at this link

There is other material on this blog, which might be useful for any similar event, and can be accessed through the special index HERE

Other poems, meditations and songs with a SCIENCE & FAITH theme can be accessed HERE



Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'