Ministry

Fairy Houses

This afternoon, five girls (and two older ones who wanted to help) gathered for our first meeting of Beginning Youth Group. It’s a funny age bracket, designed to include two students with no grade-mates at all, a One Room Schoolhouse approach to youth ministry. We had planned to go apple-picking, but the orchards here have closed early this year, and we found ourselves seeking a different activity at the last moment.

One of the nicest places to go for a walk around City By the Sea is Mackworth Island, and one of the great features of Mackworth Island is a Fairy House Community. Under a roof of tall trees, on a soft bed of pine needles, with a view of Casco Bay and the Islands, this community is built and re-built and then built once again by anyone who wants to build a little house. There are a few rules: only natural materials are allowed, nothing living is to be sacrificed, any materials you bring with you that go unused must be taken away, and any local materials collected but unused must be left behind.

What do you need to build a fairy house?

Pine cones
Bark
Sticks
Leaves
Moss
Wisps of Pine
Shells
Stones
Feathers

We were three adults and seven girls. Boys were of course welcome, but since we didn’t have any, and since the girls themselves suggested Mackworth and Fairy Houses, it felt like a happening. We had a lovely short walk, and then the young architects got to work. They gathered materials, searched for building sites, in some cases paired off, then got to work. This one featured a moss bed, that one a circle of upright sticks, the next a large flat stone turned on its side to create a wall. Voices rose and fell. The Princess and a friend discussed the nature of fairies, intensely. (The Princess is in middle school, and she has become realistic.) The mom along for the trip had glitter, and the kind-hearted pastor allowed that perhaps a little fairy dust was not completely unnatural. (The pastor is in middle age, and she has become imaginative.)

Our time grew short, and we inspected the new constructions. Girls from a little sister of 6 to the 10th grade helper, almost 16, smiled at compliments on their efforts.

What do you need to build a fairy house?

Pine cones
Bark
Sticks
Leaves
Moss
Wisps of Pine
Shells
Stones
Feathers
and Friends

10 thoughts on “Fairy Houses”

  1. Jane Dark, does that really work? Or does it just make you not care? 😉
    You wouldn’t find any at my house, nothing but the occasional bottle of wine someone brings as a gift and a dusty old bottle of kahlua used to make a holiday glaze for the Apocalypse Chocolate Cake. We lead a pretty quiet life around here.

  2. that’s so sweet! wish i could see photos, but i can vividly picture the girls working together to create their fairy homes.

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