Reader turns Mamil* to explain faith

Ian Grange explaining le Tour de FaithIan Grange, Lay Reader from Christ the King, Battyeford, rose to the challenge when his vicar asked him to lead an All-Age Eucharist based on le Tour.

Riding into the service on a bicycle, he quoted Albert Einstein’s advice to his son that “Life is like riding a bicycle - to keep your balance you must keep moving”. Ian said much the same was true of faith.

IAn Grange and tricycleRiding a child’s tricycle, he explained that when we start out in faith, we need friends and family to help, rather like extra stabilisers or someone holding the back of the saddle.

On an adult bike, he compared our journey of faith to bike riding – we have to keep moving on, changing and growing, understanding more about what God wants for us and from us.

At this point Ian showed a picture of Sarah Farrimond and Steve Rochell on a tandem – 2 members of Battyeford congregation who’ve were recently ordained  (see their stories). Sometimes faith takes us to places we never expected to go.

Revds Sarah Farrimond and Steven Rochell on a tandemLastly he rode the vicar’s electric bike explaining that even long-time Christians need a bit of a recharge when life gets difficult, and meeting with others for prayer and worship just as they do at Battyeford means faith can help even when you don’t feel able to help yourself.


Ian Grange and battery assisted bike

 “Faith is like riding a bike … to keep your balance you have to keep moving on.”

(*Mamil is an acronym of "middle-aged man in lycra")

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