Did you know there is a menagerie of animals roaming the lower level of our church?
That two giraffes are stretching their necks over the toddler classroom door? Welcome to the children’s department where a host of intriguing animals have disembarked from Mr. Noah’s Ark! Thanks to Gary & Sue Moore’s labor of love over the past six months, this lively mural now dominates a hallway and engages the children.
NMC’s artists-in-residence spent over 100 hours painstakingly sketching each part of the scene and then applying bright-colored paints. Many of the animals greet you with winsome facial expressions. There are two of each kind, as you would expect, except for the woodpecker hanging on the side of the ark. This guy’s mate may be hiding inside the boat or perhaps she has already flown off. The artists decided to leave this a mystery.
Children’s delight in responding to the scene as it came to life was noticed by parents and teachers alike. Two-year old Savannah Ackerley pointed to her favorite cheetah on her way to the restroom one Sunday. One-year old Gracie Stiger calls out “Moo-Moo” and “Quack ! Quack!” when she walks by. Seven year-old Andre Hurst counted the animals and proudly announced there were 34!
Fish swim in the sea, and seagulls take fight in the sky in a peaceful world. It is our hope that this Bible story on the wall–with its overarching rainbow–will remind the children of God’s love and protection. Adults are invited to stop by and enjoy it as well. You may even find the monkeys swinging from the tree playful, too!