Friday, August 17, 2007

The Mennonite Visitors Center

Before we headed home we stopped to visit the Mennonite Visitors Center. My dear friend Tawdra highly recommended it so I really wanted to go. We looked around the displays & the gift shop while we waited for the next tour to begin. Dave & I decided the boys wouldn't make it through the 45 minute tour so the girls & I planned to go by ourselves. Dave took the boys to the outlets across the way and visited the candy store. No complaints about that! LOL! We met up afterward & bought a couple of postcards and a little booklet containing pictures of the inside of the tabernacle as you are not allowed to take pics inside it on the tour.

Looking at the displays & watching the short film.

I found this to be very interesting. There was also a plaque explaining the differences between the Mennonites & the Amish. I took a pic of it but it doesn't show up well here.

This place was great! They even had a corner with toys for the kids to play with. I could have hugged them for this!

Beautiful handmade quilt with Christian symbols

Our Tour Begins

This was a huge, beautiful mural. Our guide is explaining the courtyard of the Tabernacle.

The Courtyard of the Tabernacle

This photo & the one above it are a display of the courtyard.

The tour before us was big but ours consisted of only the three of us. At first it felt a little weird but our guide Kristin was very nice. She was pleased to find out we were home schoolers & tailored the tour to us. She gave examples that the girls could relate to and we were able to ask as many questions as we wanted. It was terrific! We learned a lot.

Gemstones of Aaron's Breastplate & Incense

After our tour we roamed in the gift shop again. This time everything made sense! We knew exactly what certain things were & the meaning and symbolism behind them. Very cool!

If you find yourself in the Lancaster area be sure to visit the Mennonite Visitors Center. You will learn so much!

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