Saturday, 18 October 2008

GOd had a plan when he made me, me because....

If I were a butterfly, I’d only have about 24 hours to live

If I were a robin in a tree, I’d be a right little bully.

If I were a fish in the sea, I’d was

SO I just thank you father for making me, me.

For you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile,
You gave me Jesus and you made me your child
And I just thank you Father for making me, me.

If I were an elephant, I’d CHARGE!

If I were a kangaroo, .............BOING!

If I were an octopus, I’d probably end up in a tangly inky mess ( can't cope with two legs let alone 8!)

SO I just thank you Father for making me, me
For you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile
You gave me Jesus and you made me your child
And I just thank you Father for making me, me

If I were a wiggly worm, I’d not be tricked into coming to the surface by a bird tapping on the grass - uh uh NO way!

If I were a fuzzy wuzzy bear, I’d be really embarassed, as bears are not generally overly fuzzy wuzzy, would you say?

If I were a crocodile, I’d be a streamline supoer predator related to dinosaurs.

SO I just thank you Father for making me, me

For you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile
You gave me Jesus and you made me your child
And I just thank you Father for making me, me.


PS I hadn't realised just how resourceful this blog would be when I cut and paste the words to customise. If you click on the coloured words, it'll take you to a little craft idea about that particular animal!

Friday, 10 October 2008

Library Evangelism

Watching the news this morning, I was surprised to find that librarys are trying to think of others ways to get people to use them by, for example, putting a coffee shop in them.

One of the tv presenters has JUST said,'I saw the value of Libraries when I was a child, but as I got older, I felt that I didn't really need them any more. However, now I have my own children I really want to encourage them to use the library'

For Library, insert the word the Church.

The Librarian has just said that Libraries and more that just books, there is so much more to a library and people just need to come along and see. Librarians are normal people, just like me and you!

Seems like libraries have the same problem as churches and it's going to get worse for them too. With the internet, a whole generation of children will be raised without knowing the benefit of a local library, until one day, they will just become obsolete....unless..... The reality for churches is that we are a generation along and many parents have never experienced the value of church and a relationship with God, and so are not aware of the choice available.

Coffee - the way forward :)

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Safe and Sound Off!

For my friends who don't have a clue WHAT hat I'm wearing when they talk to me.

Liz Hall has a problem, she knows the policy and that means she is in a state of compromise the whole time.

As the DCO she sits in her Ivory Tower providing page and paragraph references to folks who actually can't believe what they have been told or what they have heard, and also a little bit of advice here and there....while trying desparately NOT to undermine the policy, as it shapes the world in which she works.

As the Children's Ministry Team Leader, she is trying to apply this policy to her Corps situation and finding it tough ( she's not alone here) so is considering tweaking it here and there, to be best fit....but her integrity is in danger. How can she say one thing from the safety of The Ivory Tower, but advocate doing another because it's what easiest for her, her team, people that support, and those that provide children and young people who attend the programme...parents, and the wider Corps.

As the Parent, she doesn't have a clue what's going on really. She isn't involved in high level conversations with the Youth Team. I suppose she could be, but she can't have her finger in all the pies - because she doesn't have enough fingers, but mainly because she likes pies and it would be a crime to stick your finger in one and not eat it and she's a bit overweight as it is.

HOWEVER she is concerned for the spiritual development of her kids and their friends, and she sometimes wonders why they don't want to be 'at the Army'. She wonders why some things that used to happen when she was a kid, don't happen any more and what might replace them.

While this might not be the best platform for my heartfelt feelings here comes my heartfelt feeling.

The SA Child Protection Policy has been in place for a really long time, but still issues arise around the safety of kids in churches, so it has been revised and the training is now longer ambiguous nor does in rely on people searching for implied meaning - it tells us what to do and how to do it.

For safety read not just physical, but emotional and spiritual too.

YES there's red tape and YES the cynics would say that it is actually only there to protect the SA, but here's what I believe the benefits are:

It means that we now have to think harder about what we provide for our children and young people and the people that work with them and it demands the best. It means that we have to consider recruiting more and better qualified human resources to support them and forces us to think and hopefully have constructive discussions about the way forward. It invites parents to have their say, it invites us to communicate better with parents.It empowers the children and young people and YES it makes us feel irritated and uncomfortable because the things that used to 'just happen' can't anymore, without more planning and provision.

It starts a conversation that might never have happened 'last year'.

On the face of it, it appears to say YOU CAN'T , and in a world where time is an issue, sometimes we may not get further than that but if Churches and Corps want to invest in their young people then this policy could be the tool to materially get us to start doing that, when looking through the sieve of common sence and sometimes under the banner of 'working towards....'

This blog does may not necesserily represent the opinion of The Salvation Army, but I would hope it comes close and it's what I think.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

To Do List

My 'To Do' list is pretty long at the moment and I'm trying to work out ways to spread this stuff out as there seems to be an imbalance from time to time.

Sometimes, I am figuratively twiddling my thumbs and other times I feel like so many things are coming up at once that as long as I'm pointed in the right direction I'll hit at least a few of them with a resounding YES, and the others will just get 'done'

I'm not appealing for your sympathy - we are all busy and often in fairly unmeasurable ways.

SO, if you asked me,' Are You Busy?' I'd probably say no...which is totally mad.

At the moment I'm blogging, so not busy in real terms, but once this is done and I've crossed it off my list.....*sigh*.....there are other things and people queuing for my attention.

Maybe I should patent a 'To Don't' list, would the Dragons fund me?