Last Sunday we heard the story of Enemy Pie, by Derek Munson. It was going to be the perfect summer... until Jeremy, the bully from school moved into the neighbourhood. Luckily, Dad had the solution: Enemy Pie. We all wondered what would be in the enemy pie... worms, bugs, beetles? But the recipe was secret. The only catch to the Enemy Pie Plan, was that the boy had to spend the whole day with his enemy, before giving him the enemy pie.
After spending some time playing on the trampoline at the enemy's house, then back at his own, up in the treehouse and racing around in the back garden... the boy in the story had got to know Jeremy, the bully, and realised he wasn't actually that bad after all. He wasn't being a very good enemy!
The story reminded us of the story in the bible about the tax collector, Zacchaeus. He climbed a tree to see Jesus. He was a bit of a bully, not well liked by the crowd. Imagine their surprise when Jesus called out to Zacchaeus and invited himself over to his place for a meal.
We talked about not judging people too harshly, giving lots of second chances, and remembering that everyone is capable of change. Above all, that Jesus loves everyone, even the bullies among us.
In Awesome Time we made 'enemy pies' (chocolate crackle cakes with worm and snake lollies - yum!) with Rev Anne.
If you'd like to hear the story of Enemy Pie, you can watch it on the Storyline video here: