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Day 4 - Town Centre

Wow you’ve made it to the fourth walk of Walktober.  After yesterday’s huge walk today’s one is much shorter but just as interesting and there’s a couple of super surprises along the way 😊 If you walk quickly then you might only need about 30 mins to go right round but there is a short cut if you feel that is too much or if the weather isn’t very nice. We hope you enjoy yourself and learn a little bit about some Bible stories along the way.

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The walk starts and ends at the car park in York Street.  It’s free to park here and if the car park is full there could be some spaces on the road as well.  If you’re not sure where this is it’s the street opposite Buchan House and the one where you’ll find Hawco Garage.

Head out of the car park and turn left.  You might think this is strange as you’ll be heading away from the town but we’ll fix that soon! 

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Going up the street you’ll see York Street Hall (hopefully we’ll be able to be back there for Sunday School soon) and at the corner turn right to go along King Street.

 

Keep going along King Street on the right hand pavement, you’ll pass the Baptist Church and further along look across to see a house that needs some work done to it.  Can you think of a Bible story which has houses being built in it?

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There was one where one man build on rock and the other man built on sand.  The house built on sand didn’t last long once a storm came!

 

Continue on until you come to the Prince Street junction.  Before crossing towards Queen Street take a moment to go a few steps down Prince and read the information board.

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It tells you a bit about crime and punishment.  The Bible is a bit like that as well – it tells us about sin and the punishment we deserve (thankfully we’ll find out later that God has a way for us to be forgiven).

There’s also an interesting story on the board about a man who fell off of a whaling ship.  That man went on to write a famous book about Sherlock Holmes.  In the Bible you can read about a man who was thrown off a ship and was swallowed by a whale.  That man went on to write an even more important book.  You can find the book of Jonah in the Old Testament of the Bible and it’s an amazing story!

Cross over Prince Street and continue along King Street until you get to the traffic lights. 

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In front of you is Clifton House which was mentioned on the information board.  Cross over at the lights and turn right heading down Queen Street towards the town centre.

Before you get to the next set of traffic lights you’ll pass a couple of hairdressers/barber shops.  You’ll maybe have heard the story in the Bible about Samson who lost his strength after his hair was cut.  On the opposite side of the road you’ll see the library which has lots of books in it.  The Bible is one book but it is made up of lots of books.  Do you know how many books there are in the Bible?

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I don't know how many books there are in Peterhead Library but I know that in the Bible there are 66 books - 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament.  There are all kinds of different books in the Bible, some about history, some with poems or songs, some about battles and some about love stories with princesses and queens.  The whole reason we have the Bible is that God wants you to know that he loves you! 

Go straight ahead at the traffic lights and get ready for a treat 😊

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The first 30 people to go into Bon Bon will get a special free bag of pick and mix if you tell them you are taking part in Walktober and show your map or the route on your phone.  Thank you to Fiona and the Bon Bon team for helping with this.

Enjoy your sweets as you continue along Queen Street.  Before the next traffic lights you’ll see Gray & Gray which has photos of lots of houses and tells you how much they cost. 

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I'm sorry but you can't go in here and collect a free house!  Some of the houses so look great but they cost a lot of money.  The Bible tells us about the best house ever – Heaven – Jesus called it his 'father's house' and it doesn’t cost any money to get there 😊  All you need to do to get to Heaven is believe in Jesus and take him into your heart as your saviour.

 

At the traffic lights cross over to go along Chapel Street.  On your right you’ll see a shop called Elmar which has some brides’ dresses in the window.  

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There are lots of stories about weddings in the Bible and it was at a wedding that Jesus did his first miracle when he turned water into wine.  He went on to do lots of other miracles.

 

At the junction you can turn left to do the full walk or if you want to take a shortcut you can turn right towards Drummers corner (if you can I'd recommend doing the full walk today!) 

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If you are doing the full walk head down towards Broad Street staying on the left side.  Go as far as the cute teddy bear shop or Clydesdale Bank then look across to the top of the monument in the car park.  What kind of animal do you see?

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That’s right it’s a lion! Don’t worry though it won’t bite you - that reminds me about the story about Daniel in the Bible who was very brave.  He ended up being put into a den of lions but God kept him safe and the lions didn’t eat him.

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Speaking about eating things, I think it's time for a great treat for the grown ups …

Cross over Broad Street towards the Bank of Scotland then turn right back up towards the Marischal Keith statue.  To the left of the statue you’ll see Simpsons Tearoom.

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The first 30 people to go into the shop will get a free homebake if you let them know you are doing Walktober.  Their homebakes are famous for being so big you can cut them into four parts to share!

They also do lovely teas, coffees, sandwiches, toasties and soup if you want something more but you don't have to buy anything if you don't want to, just show them your map or your phone to let them know you are taking part in Walktober to get your free homebake to take with you.

Once you leave the tearoom take a moment to look around the Marischal Keith statue.  As you look at it you'll maybe notice it looks down Broad Street but points towards Narrow Lane.

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One day Jesus told some people about a broad way that leads to destruction and a narrow way that leads to life.  You can read about it in Matthew chapter 7 verses 13-14.  If you look across to Narrow Lane you'll see there is a One Way sign which reminds me that there is only one way to get to Heaven and that is to believe in Jesus. 

After looking around you should now head back towards the Chapel Street junction then go straigt ahead towards Drummers Corner.  Along the way you'll pass some things that might remind you of some of Jesus other miracles:

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The statue with the basket reminds me about the time that a boy gave his picnic of 5 loaves and 2 fish and Jesus was able to use that small picnic to feed at least 5,000 people.

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As you pass some opticians and glasses shops you can think about the times that Jesus was able to help people who couldn't see to get their sight. 

 

Keep going past Drummers Corner and you'll pass the new cinema on your left.  It's called the arc (I think because of the shape of the seating area) but it kind off makes me think about Noah and the ark.  The cinema can seem like a nice place to go on a rainy day but the Ark was definitely the best place for Noah to go so he and his family would be safe when God sent the flood.  It also reminds us that it is important to believe in Jesus if we want to be safe in Heaven for eternity.

 

If you want to get a book about Noah and the ark or any other Bible story you could visit the Faith Mission Bookshop.  They have a great selection of books about the Bible, including colouring or activity books as well as some pencils and gifts.

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You’re almost finished now.  Go towards Buchan House and see if there are any police cars in the car park. 

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Before you get to the junction have a look across at the fish factory and think if you know any Bible stories about fish?  Jesus did some miracles with fish so that might give you a clue.

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Some of Jesus disciples were fishermen and when Jesus asked them to follow him Jesus told them that he would make them fishers of men.  So those disciples realised that people are more important than fish and they ended up telling lots of people about Jesus and why it is important to believe in him.  If you a Christian already you could maybe tell someone else about Jesus love or even make up your own map with ideas of Bible stories so that you can go on a walk with your friends.

Take care at the busy junction as you cross back over to York Street.

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Well done for finishing today’s walk and hopefully you were one of the first 30 to get the treats.  Make sure you don’t miss out on getting to Heaven.  God doesn’t say only 30 people will get to go there! The Bible tells us, in John chapter 3 verse 16, that anyone (WHOEVER) who believes in Jesus will have everlasting life.  There’s one more exciting walk tomorrow so join us again then 😊

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If you have any questions about the walks or the message of the Bible you can get in touch with us here

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