Sunday, 16 August 2015

Thankyou To Some Wonderful People

We have just come back from our second week of camp - I was grateful to have a week in between the two weeks of camp to recover a little!

I have been impressed by the wonderful leaders we had on the camps. The last camp was for the youngest campers - so more tiring, especially when many of the leaders had done the previous camp. 

The tent leaders worked hard…. very hard! They made themselves available to the children, and they didn’t complain when doing extra chores such as cleaning toilets, washing the huge cooking pans, laying tables for breakfast late at night etc.

I was blessed by them, and so were the campers.

They  knew how to have fun - and pulled the campers into that fun. They made me laugh out loud every day.

They also loved Jesus so much - they wanted the kids to know about him too…. the seeds of an evangelistic heart.

As I looked at these leaders, many of them quite young, I thought - “the future of kids work at our church is in safe hands”.

It was good to see a range of gifts coming to the fore - not just the up front ones, but gifts that keep the essential background stuff going and the camps running safely.

As an ageing children’s worker living in a world where it feels as though everyone wants to be a worship leader rather than a children’s worker - that did my heart good!

But on a more personal note - I was blessed by how the leaders related to me. Even as an older, disabled leader, I felt accepted.

I often feel guilty because I can’t do the extra stuff and end up sitting down whilst all the extra work goes on around me. On a site where I can’t use a wheelchair, my energy gets used up quickly. If I have £5 worth of energy, £3 is used up just getting to the showers, getting ready and then across to the 7.30 leader’s meeting. That leaves me with £2 worth of energy for the rest of the day….

I didn’t have to explain any of that to these lovely leaders - they just accepted my limitations, no questions asked, and that tells me another important thing…
The gift of a servant heart - so vital in children’s work - is alive and well in the leaders of Activate camp.

Thankyou all - you blessed my socks off!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

It's Fibromyalgia awareness day.

As my lovely hubby said: "I think you're aware of it every day!"

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Just Call Me Kay

I have come across folk with disabilities who have scared me witless.

This is not because of their disability, but their attitude to those around them.

When I’m doing disability consultancy I fear being summoned by them. It’s terrifying waiting for them to access what I have put in place because I know I will get a tirade if I have got something wrong - even a small thing. 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Talk to me... Sensibly

Having said yesterday about the ‘arm strokers’, there are some folk who are the exact opposite.

Some people won’t come near me, or my other disabled friends. They will give a wide berth, look away quickly and avoid any eye contact.

Some will stare from a distance

Monday, 13 April 2015

Arm Stroking Christians

I tend to view my body as my own.

I don't think I'm unusual in that.

Only those with permission or those who I count as friends and trust are allowed to touch, even if it’s only a hand on my shoulder.

This is for many reasons….. 

Sunday, 12 April 2015

“People In Wheelchairs are Weird”

“People In Wheelchairs are Weird”

Yes, somebody actually said this. Horrendous isn’t it?

Let me add some context to the comment.

A young friend of mine uses a wheelchair. He’s a bright kid with a wicked sense of humour and was attending one of the children’s programmes last week. In his team was a little girl who asked a few questions about him and then announced, in surprised fashion, that he was actually quite ‘normal’. One of the leaders in the team gently asked why she was surprised by this. Her answer was worrying: “My mum says people in wheelchairs are weird. But he isn’t”.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Thankyou Spring Harvest

I love the way Spring Harvest have embedded disability awareness into the centre of their being. They do what they can to be inclusive within the constraints all organisations have, whether Christian or secular. It is standard practice for health and safety to ‘trump’ inclusion when it comes to large events, and I believe Spring Harvest balance all these things really well. They do the best they can with the resources they have at their disposal.