Sunday, 10 July 2011

Ark of the Covenant – The Service

Ark - by Michael Reeve used under Creative Commons License

A touch of Indiana Jones is coming to St Paul’s, in Camberley in the form of a replica, life sized, Ark of the Covenant - the biblical chest built by the Israelites, to contain the Ten Commandments etched on Tablets of Stone.

St Paul’s are remodelling the church for the occasion, setting up the Ark in a Tabernacle, guarded by Temple guards.  A golden lampstand and altar will complete the transformation, as the “Making of the Ark” is explored, in the interactive services on Sunday 17 July, at 9.30am and 11.15am.

Rev Graham Shaw says: "Anyone  familiar with the Indiana Jones movies will know about the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of the Lost Ark. But not many people know what the Ark of the Covenant actually was, who made it and why it was so important to the Israelites in Biblical times. We want to invite everyone to come and find out more on July 17. We're planning a really interactive service that will bring the true story of the Ark to life, with lots of opportunity to explore the artefact’s and discover what life was like for the Israelites around 1480 BC."

The Ark of the Covenant has inspired everyone from Dan Brown to Steven Spielberg, making the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. The ‘hands on’ service will take a look at why the Ark is so special and why thousands of years later it still sparks stories, adventures and discussion.

The Ark of the Convenant inspired Steven Spielberg

Want to know more? Tune in the local BBC radio on Sunday 17 July at 7.20am, and hear Geoff Andrew on the Faith programme.