Busy Bees

Dear Friends

This coming week, I shall mostly be resting!! The first half of the school holidays has been exhausting – but the most fun ever! Word seems to have spread that the welcome we offer at St Columba’s is amazing, and this summer we have been at capacity every session. This is wonderful, but also very tiring. What keeps us going is the superb volunteers we have – dedicated, reliable and keen.

I have relished the excuse (if I ever needed one!) to reconnect with my barely hidden inner child. To whoop with delight at the demonstrations of the “Science man”, to play with sticky stuff – even though I hate sticky hands! To dance to silly tunes and not care who is watching (or taking videos!) The joy of children is contagious, and I can’t help joining in. It does us good, I think, to “let go” every now and again. To remember those “first times”, to remember our joy at new things and reconnect with the child within.

You might ask “where is God in this?” “Why should we do this if they never come to church?”

I believe churches should use their talents to reach out to show the love of God in a practical way – and it seems to me one of our talents is the way we work with young people. Watching those children having fun right there in the centre of our church, in a safe place, with people who care – and to read the online comments from parents about how much their child has enjoyed the sessions. God’s love is right there, in the middle of the noise and the messiness of it all.

And if that isn’t “Life in all its fullness” (John 10.10) then I don’t know what is!

I hope the rest of the school holidays is just as much fun for all of you – if a little quieter!


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