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By Joan Crooks
Castlehill and Dalintober schools stepped out in bright sunshine for their end of year service at Lorne and Lowland church.
The service was led by Reverend William Crossan who welcomed the children and their families and friends. Major Ben Russell gave the address and Father Tony Wood the lead in prayer.
Stepping out, running , marching and finishing the race were themes in the service with the children enthusiastically leading the congregation in singing ‘One more step along the world I go’, ‘Step by step, on and on, we will walk with Jesus till the journey’s done’, ‘Blessed be the name of the Lord’ and ‘We are marching in the light of God’.
The scripture passages from I Corinthians 9, Hebrews 12, 2 Timothy 4 and Philippians 3 were read by Aimee Ross, Niamh McLellan, Rachel Robertson and Douglas Kenny and all contained references to running a race.
The Salvation Army’s Major Ben Russell captured everyone’s attention in an amusing, dramatised re-telling of the story of the hare and the tortoise, with a twist, in which the hare won the race.
Both the hare and the tortoise received loud applause as they crossed the finish line and Major Russell emphasised the importance of finishing the race, regardless of who finished first.
He encouraged the children by saying that although they may not be good at everything they should aim to be the best that they can be and keep pressing on to finish well.
The Salvation Army’s Major Ben Russell showed a Dalintober boy, playing the tortoise, how to run in slow motion to the Chariots of Fire soundtrack. NO_c28endofterm02_Major Ben Russell shows the tortoise how to run in slow motion
Douglas Kenny reading from Philippians Three. NO_c27schoolservice02_Douglas Kenny reading from Philippians 3