2 Corinthians 8:23 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
“Now about Titus—he is my partner. He is working together with me to help you. And about the other brothers—they are sent from the churches, and they bring honour to Christ.”
That’s the first day done! I am relieved…have learned some things…and found it a fabulous experience. I didn’t mess up my actions or speaking parts and watching the whole team doing their roles was like watching a ‘well-oiled machine’! I am a proud wearer of THE PURPLE SHIRT.
So here is the team I am working with…
There is Andrew, keeping us all on task (ish) and who has planned, organised and brought everything we could ever need (except arm bands) and has a plan for any eventuality. He’s like Doctor Who…I’m his assistant….
Liz, who sits majestically at the computer, all the pictures and song words coming up at the right time, in the right place. (And who courageously volunteered to do all the cutting out for tomorrow)
The music team – John, Janet, Agnes and Susan. wonderful sounds from keyboard, clarinet, saxophone and drums. I particularly appreciate how John went at a pace slow enough for all the guests to keep up with the signing and singing. This is a really important and considerate aspect of making the worship accessible to all.
Karen, our signer. She’s fascinating to watch and enabled those who couldn’t keep up with the verbal information and those who could not hear to access the meeting. She even coped with my ad-libbing when I threw in some quick testimony!
Christine, Audrey, Nigel and Steven – the welcome and bookstall team. I noticed that no-one came in without being warmly welcomed, old friends hugged and delighted in and people who were new to the meetings were looked after individually.
The lovely Anne who provides us with all the brews we need. She is my hero after not being bothered at all that I’d asked for a China mug instead of a polystyrene cup because polystyrene goes through my teeth. She is the lady who draws a smiley face on the bottom of the [polystyrene] cups so you share a smile with those around you every time you lift up your cup to drink!
And finally there is Gill, who never stopped talking, supporting and helping anyone who needed it all through the session, and managed to be the official photographer as well.
The quote from 2 Corinthians 8 seems to illustrate just what is going on here. A variety of people, from different churches, with different skills, experiences but with one heart for people with learning disabilities to access the life God promises through Jesus.
All we want to do is bring honour to Christ…please pray that we will.