The exercise was to document of the church through significant events in the Church from 1985 to the present. A twenty foot roll of paper with a line had been place on the wall. The first 10 feet was for 1985 to 2005 and the first 10 feet was for 2005 to the present. The thinking is we would remember more from the last ten years and was probably more relevant as to where we are now.
For a short while the group just looked at the blank expanse. Then slowly in ones and twos they began to fill in events. Some were personal-“joined the church”, most were more general-terms of different pastors. Missions were prominent-our three youths who have done Missions of Peace trips. Our Mississippi trips. Mission to South Carolina. Problems and Celebrations.
Groups of people would gather to discuss when something happened and one event would prompt the memory of the other. A lot of giggles and wow’s-particularly how time has flown past. Events that seem so recent are quickly fading into the past. In about an hour the sheet was pretty full.
We spent a little while what we could observe from the timeline. I think that each person may have had their own take away from the night. Mine was how strong and resilient the congregation has been in the face of all of the changes we have been through.
The time line is now posted in the Northeast corner of the Fellowship Hall.