Just finished helping to run a 3 day holiday club in our village hall. This is how it is for me:-
* The number of volunteers who gave up huge swathes of their own time and the quality of what they did left me feeling amazed and grateful.
* The amount people are prepared to give to short term intense commitments.
* I absolutely love doing things like this: working with children, with people who have no or hardly any church background.
* Networks: I am lucky enough to be in a place and to be in enough ‘third spaces’ within that place to build them and access them. I would get so frustrated in a ‘traditional’ Methodist Church appointment where the majority of time it seems is spent with those who come into a church(I love the mix of people I minister to). I am not knocking this; I know some are called to this.
* Sustaining weekly kids work is proving really hard at the moment: I am wondering if these kind of ‘temporary community’ events may be a way forward- the level of relationship seems to grow deeper.
* ‘Christendom’ is breaking down: we had a break from doing this holiday club for 5 years & I have noticed doing this has become ‘harder’- the gaps between church and community are growing.
* I live in a wealthy area: the number of people who go away most school holidays (summer, Oct half term, Christmas, Feb half term, Easter, May half term) seems to be growing.
*I need a holiday! As a good introvert with extrovert features, I love being around people, but most afternoons have been spent in my study working away from people.
But I am just so grateful to God to have the chance to do this….