Asi’s monthly contribution
The day before Ash Wednesday traditionally is Pancake Day. I thought to myself what is the meaning of these Pancakes. As every year I would usually get some pancake mix and the kids and I would make Pancakes at home. My research into the meaning behind Pancake Day led me to discover that by buying the pancake mix defeated the purpose of Pancake Day, which was to empty the house of all the fatty foods which included using up all the milk and eggs. For Christians it is also a time to reflect on and let go of anything you might be holding to and give it to God. This would prepare us for the period of Lent, when we are supposed to use that time to draw closer to God, jousting with Jesus.
Following an assembly I led at Thomas’s as Pancake Day approached it was amazing how many children knew so much about the meaning behind Pancake Day, even different traditions like ‘Mardi Gras’ from the language of French meaning Fat Tuesday. The clever children of Thomas’s helped me to discover new things as I helped them to take some time to think about letting go and letting God.
This was the theme of our pancake party which we had in the crypt on Pancake Tuesday. Many parents took us up on the offer to save their kitchens and brought their children to have pancakes with us. A great party with new flavours like banana, strawberry and chocolate pancake mix. The most popular flavour being the original pancake mix, which I found very interesting. Surprisingly, like me lots of the children like lemon and sugar as toppings. The children had a great time singing with Libby. Debbie’s amazing pancake maker, which had six perfectly shaped hobs for pancakes was so popular that Thomas’ Kindergarten kept it for a week making pancakes. We closed the party writing or drawing what we were going to let go of, placing them in the Wok and burning them outside, a cleansing ritual.
The burning and purging
Master Chef Debbie serves up Pancakes
Master Chef Debbie serves up Pancakes from the fabulous maker. Sunny, Libby & Ella could not resist.
Would you be tempted?
If you were Adam or Eve and the Serpent came to you with lot’s of wonderful promises of what you would get just from eating an apple, could you resist?
We explored that a little in Junior Church and our younger group Pebbles made paper apples with Cal. Some of which interestingly resembled a bunny with ears. I guess we are on our way to Easter!
As the days get brighter, with the sun out for longer, we remember, God is with us, Jesus is our friend and we trust the Holy Spirit to guide us.
Kind regards, Asi Munisi
Families & Children’s Minister