Knights of the Lord's SupperShield Maidens of the Holy Eucharist
Knights of the Lord’s Supper
The name we chose was to be able to have boys, girls, men and women to become knights. A shield maiden was a female warrior, but some women were knights. So in our group girls can decide which they would rather be known as.
Knights are not physical warriors; we do not condone violence. Our war is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (See Ephesians chapter 6)
I am mostly hoping for a brotherhood and sisterhood will develop among the people we are teaching and ministering to; both the youth and adults alike. A knight is not my knight, the pastor’s knight or even the church’s knight. They (myself included) are God’s knights. They will understand the power of God in the battles they will face in life. The Bible is their sword, their faith is their shield, and the whole armor of God will be their protection. Along this journey, we will have fun learning history: what a knight felt like in real battle, how their strength did not come from their physical body alone but their spiritual strength is what kept and keeps them strong.
As we progress, my prayer is that God will impress upon the hearts and minds of the knights and maidens that they have strength in God and in their brothers and sisters to help them overcome any situation they may face in life’s quest. I pray that fathers may teach their sons to become knights and that mothers will teach their daughters to find husbands with the characteristics of a knight. Honor, love, giving, caring and integrity are some of these virtues we should all have.
I have done many historical demonstrations where I show armor and weapons. These assist me in explaining the Armor of God and showing the spiritual aspects of the armor. Each piece takes on new meaning where those in attendance are able to feel and see the various article which we are called to clothe ourselves in to do battle with the spiritual forces against God’s kingdom. Once we understand the spiritual meanings of each, we are better suited for the task we are each called upon to complete.
If you or your church would like to learn more about this unique ministry, would like to have a demonstration or even would like to start a gathering in your church, please feel free to contact me. Here at PLUM church, we feel it is an honor to use the talents God has provided us with and are willing to go wherever God would send us.
About Bob Ayers
I was born in Flint, MI in 1947. My parents were not religious and did not attend church. They divorced when I was 10 years old. I was forced to live with relatives until I was around 14 years old. I had pretty much gave up on life, and I started to get into drinking and not going to school. I had flunked two grades and quit school to join the Army. I got my GED in the Army. I became a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, where I served between 1965 -1967.
I got into the hippie scene while living in California. There, I dabbled in all sorts of religions and even witchcraft and I had no real use for God. I moved back to Indiana where I met my wife Janet. We married in 1971. She and I then started attending church. I was saved in 1972. The church was very legalistic and I found it too hard to be a Christian and quit attending. My spiritual life began spiralling out of control. I started drinking again and was becoming abusive. The morning after my last drunk, Janet told me to get help or get out. I checked myself into a rehabilitation center for alcoholics in 1983. After getting out, I decided to start attending church again. God moved me in some different directions over the years. My wife and I ran the Steuben County Rest Home for 10 years. I then went to work at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department in confinement. I retired from there after 10 years of service. This is a short version of my life. God has been directing me all the way, however, I sometime did not listen and paid the price for it.
After I had quit drinking, I started looking for something to do with my time. I had always been interested in the history of the Vikings, knights and the Middle Ages. In 1993, I got into the SCA: Society for Creative Anachronism. They more or less recreate history from 500 AD to 1600 AD; just before guns were created. I became a heavy weapons fighter, and recreated a persona for a Viking and Crusader.
Over the years, I collected swords armor and articles used in these time periods. My last combat fight in the SCA was when I was 60 yrs. old. I got my ribs cracked for the third time and decided it was time to retire from fighting. I then asked God to direct me in how to use my knowledge and armor for Him. He opened doors for me. Pastor Jon Bruney allowed me to start a knights group at Zion Missionary Church in Fremont, IN. I was also a crew member for Pressing the Limits; a strength and evangelizing show Pastor Jon does. Many adult knights assisted in the crew. I have also done the Armor of God in a few churches in the area as well.
Pastor John Boyanowski has allowed me to form a knights group here at Pleasant Lake United Methodist Church (PLUM church). It is an honor to be doing the will of God while having fun at the same time. Pastor John also has an interest in knights of history and knighthood, so we are working together to make this not only work, but to grow into a unique and blessed ministry of PLUM church.