150 years ago one of the most popular children’s books, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, was first published. We’ve been celebrating this at St Chrysostom’s, and having great fun in our celebrations.
Alan produced a wonderful Alice radio play for us all, and, of course, for guests. It was good fun. Church members read out scripts and the audience joined in with the sound effects. Those who came will never forget how to make a hedgehog or a flamingo sound effect! Alan chose the cast wonderfully and it was great to see our church friends giving it as much as they could – special mention must be made of Fr Chris as the King of Hearts, Fliss as the Queen of Hearts, Desmond as the White Rabbit and the wonderful contributions of the children – and not to forget Abate directing sound effects. Well done Alan!
A week or so later we prepared a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for children (and adults). Of course there was lots of tea, jam tarts and lovely food. Children wore splendid hats and we all had a fun time.
We stayed on for an Alice themed Sunday Vespers at 5pm (was that a first?).
Lewis Carroll, (the pen name of the Revd Charles Dodgson) we feel would have been delighted! He encouraged children not to separate the delights and fun of childhood from religious belief. He would have encouraged us in our sense of enjoyment and fun, and he would have encouraged our willingness to hold a range of beliefs and outlooks among us.
Revd Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) wrote:
More and more, as I read of the Christian religion, as Christ preached it, I stand amazed at the forms men have given to it, and the fictitious barriers they have built up between themselves..(and others)…
I believe that when you and I come to lie down for the last time, if only we can keep firm hold of the great truths Christ taught us … we shall have all we need to guide us through the shadows.