Actually this post title should be the other way round because—first     the Team Gathering!

   
After publishing yesterday’s post everything here went quite berserk, as
predicted!! Starting off with my mid-afternoon discovery that the media
projector, which I expected to find sitting on its shelf over at our Supply
Room was actually still in someone’s truck with all the other SYC supplies. Not
very helpful 3 hours before it was needed. There followed a flurry of texts, which
resulted in Angela coming to the rescue by agreeing to bring a large monitor on
loan from her (mercifully) high-tech, home!

 
Meanwhile some Team Members were phoning to say they were not coming
while others were texting to say they were, AGH!!!! All of which necessitated
removing and then reinstating plates and cutlery on the buffet table.

 
Eventually people started tumbling in out of the rain with wet feet and
bags and boxes containing food. The dog was barking, the cat was streaking
through the melee, ah, just a quiet afternoon at The Taylor’s!

  The
dinner ran fairly smoothly, except for various latecomers arriving just as we
had cleared up and were settling for worship. A low point was reached when a
huge drawer full of cutlery crashed onto the dining room floor and our speaker,
Steven, ended up on his hands and knees helping to restore order.

  But
soon we were able to begin the singing led by Jilin on guitar and Joshua Djembe. With 14 voices
raised in praise, everything was once again beautiful and calm.

  Of
course this did not last long as Wil kept sneaking out of the kitchen and
whacking his tail against Jillian as she tried to keeping playing her guitar.
Sigh.

 
Everyone very much enjoyed Steven’s talk about his recent Mission trip
to China and there was good conversation afterwards, as well as prayer and more
singing, which was rounded off by a very lively rendition of our 2014 Theme
Song, Agheko Ofana.

  All
in all it was good, very good.

  
This morning I cycled down to church with gloves on as it was only 9C,
but at least the skies had cleared.

 
Those in authority have, once again, set quite a challenge for Children’s Ministry as the adult congregation spends the next few weeks looking
at the “Characteristics of God”. Today was “humour”. Having rejected the first
suggestion of the Genesis passage in which Sarah laughs
at the prospect of having a child in old age (a bit too full of landmines for
explaining to 4-7year olds) I opted for the second suggestion of Balaam’s Donkey,
coupling the theme of animals with a segue to the
Feast of St. Francis (which falls on this weekend) and rounding things off by exploring all the funny
creatures our Lord chose to create, thus helping the children decide that, yes,
God must have a sense of humour! Whew!.

    
Actually it turned out to be a very good thing that there was a lot of
content to cover since the discussion going on in the Service, and the
subsequent time of prayer meant that our group met for almost 90 minutes, way
longer than usual.

    
They enjoyed the 2 different videos we watched, drew some very amusing
animals and we even had time for them to help with some sketches I am working
on for a new Children’s Ministry Logo.

    
And so home to a quite hectic afternoon of raking, dog walking and setting
up for the SYC Bible Study. Any moment now I am to be joined by Debbie, who is
coming for another knitting lesson and supper prior to the Bible Study.

  
This weekend certainly flew by!!