Bird Life in Wington Author:John Calvin Reid In seeking to stimulate the interest of children and young people in the worship services of the church, through the years I have used a number of ideas for Sermonettes. Just one has succeeded beyond all expectations - "Bird Life in Wington." — Picture on a stand beside the pulpit a little white cardboard church with steeple and miniature bells -... more » the First Birderian Church of Wington. Perched around the church, in front of it and on top, are various bird members - Mrs. Robin with a new spring hat; Senator Starling, with a cane under his wing; Professor Magpie, wearing his commencement cap and gown; Baldy Eagle, with a baseball cap; Mr. Heron, with a fishing rod. These are all colored cardboard cut-outs subtly suggesting human traits as well as bird characteristics. Each Sunday a new "member" appears. I hold the new bird in my hand as the new story is told, then place him among the others in front of the church.
Parents seem to enjoy the Wington stories as much as, if not more than their children - often observing slyly that I am aiming over the heads of the children for the grown-ups. But far from objecting, they have not only called for more (which has caused me to prolong the series far beyond my original intention), but have urged that I publish the Wington stories. This little volume is my response to their request.
It is published with the hope and prayer that both parents and children will enjoy it in their homes; and also that ministers and Sunday School workers will find it helpful in worship exercises and special story hours for children.« less