Jesus said ‘I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life’. Each one has so much to explore we decided to split them into three separate weeks. This week Wei helped us think about ‘I am the Way’. She took the idea of maps and compasses as the things that help us orientate ourselves in the world and give us direction and looked at how Jesus might do that for us.
We started the evening by making compasses. Most of us are familiar with the sort of compass that you might take out walking, but it is possible to make your own . Wei gave us instructions using needles, corks, sticking plasters and a strong magnet. The needles were magnetised, stuck to the corks and then placed in bowls of water.
Much to some of our surprise the needles gradually moved around to align with the earths magnetic field and to point North. We checked this using Wei’s compass she had brought in.
Having made compasses we then moved on to map making. We were given a large sheet of paper on which to draw a life map. The map could either be retrospective (a sort of timeline from birth to now) current (a sort of mind map of all that was currently in our lives) or something that was future facing (showing what directions and draws there might be in our futures).
Many of us chose to draw a combination of the current and future. Key to the map was reflecting on where Jesus was and how our relationship with him helped to make sense of the map. As we drew our maps we talked and reflected upon how the different aspects of our lives (study, leisure, family, friends etc.) changed in their significance over time. We shared about how our relationship with God helped in life’s changes and the challenges of sustaining that relationship.