It was an early morning, but we got up and dressed. Erin put up Micah’s hair in pigtails.
James had planned on taking the students on a hike up to Kinder Scout (tallest peak in the Peaks District) and having church there, but it was raining, so we weren’t able to do that. Instead, after breakfast we found a large room in the hostel and had our service.
James organized the students into leading the service. Multiple students led songs, read scripture, and prayed.
We also shared Communion together. The hostel sold some juice that contained grape juice, amongst other juices from concentrate. It worked.
The scriptures that James picked out for the students to read were all Psalms about God’s creation, especially the mountains and, of course, Psalm 23. The idea was that as they explored after the service, they would think about those things. Speaking of sheep and shepherds, we hiked down to the bus to put our stuff into it (had to be out of our rooms by 11:00). On the way, the sheep were just chilling out by the road.
It was cool, wet, and rainy outside.
After we put our stuff in the bus, we hiked BACK up to the hostel. Due to the weather, most of the students decided to relax inside.
Holly shared part of her Twix candy bar with Micah.
Erin played spades with the students and had a lot of fun.
Zeke and Micah played with various students and also John.
After a few hours, we packed up what was left and headed down the hill one last time to get on the bus.
On the bus, Zeke asked if he could close his curtain so he could take a nap. That’s pretty rare for him, but I guess he was just that tired. He slept for about two hours.
Micah fell asleep too. You can see in the background that we were watching The Fellowship of the Ring. It was the perfect movie for an Oxford trip, especially a bus ride that would take about 4 hours. We got through the entire movie and then watched the first 45 minutes of The Two Towers.
When Micah woke up, about two hours later, she had fun giving her stuffed animal – a wooly mammoth – a bath with a wet wipe.
Back at home, it was bedtime, so Aunt Shelley read a bedtime story to Zeke from his new book about dinosaurs.
It was quite an exhausting day.