A couple of weeks ago, we launched our new after-school club Activate, for children in school years 4-5. This group would be centered around activity, having fun and talking about God. The first lot of sessions were going to be based on the Scripture Union game 'Guardians of Ancora', the plan being that the kids would play the game for a bit and then we'd talk about the mission they just completed, as each mission in the game is about retrieving lost Bible stories.
On that first day, we had three kids come, three kids…from yr 6. Although these guys weren’t in our target group, we weren’t about to kick these guys out; if their parents were happy for them to be there (which they were) then so were we. So we pressed on.
The first few minutes went to plan, we introduced them to the concept of the game and got the tablets out. It was at this point that we learned that the game hadn’t been downloaded (as I thought it was going to be). We attempted to download the game there and then, but it was installing so slowly that we had no choice but to wing-it.
In the end, we had to pass the time by playing as many games as we could think of, with intermittent drinks breaks. Yet, despite having to improvise almost the entire session, the kids who came had fun and were eager to come again the following week.
Which they did. The second session saw another child join us (also from yr 6), and the certainty that the games must have downloaded by now! Sure enough, the game had downloaded, but when it came to point of the session where the kids had to play it, we came to an unexpected hurdle…THE LOADING SCREEN! The little wheel that showed the game was loading span round and round infinitely. Once again, we were faced with having to improvise the entire session, and again, despite it all, the kids seemed to have fun; and we even got to share with them why we (the leaders) believe in God.
All of this showed me that we can have all these amazing plans, but sometimes God has different plans, and if we’re not willing to change our plans so that God can do what He wants to do, then we really need to re-evaluate our motives.
I’m here in Swanage, not to start anything new; God was here before me and He’ll be here after. I’m just joining in with what he’s already got going on.