You may have noticed I haven’t written on here for a while (well, obviously you would have noticed, if you are a regular on my blog!). For a while I just didn’t have much to say so I decided to ease up and give it a break for a few weeks. About a year ago I formed a mini-philosophy that since the world has done just fine without my blog for roughly 5,000 years, it could probably continue doing fine for a few days or weeks! But I’ve been seeing my Mum write for her blog recently and it inspired me.
We had a Character First! Family Seminar on Saturday. The Australian Director for Character First! (Mr E) came up for the long weekend to do a couple of things around town. If you don’t know what Character First! is, it’s an organization that teaches character to all sorts of spheres – individuals, families, schools, and businesses. On the Saturday we had an all-day community seminar, which introduced Character First! and explained the importance of character. I ran the kids club, with my siblings’ and friends’ help. I felt a bit stressed by it, because I felt under-prepared and like I was leaving things too last-minute, but really, it worked out OK. I probably could have done a little more prep for the afternoon’s activities, but we managed to have fun and I hope they learnt something! We looked at self-control in the morning and then gratefulness in the afternoon – two of the 49 character traits Character First! teaches.
That’s me teaching self-control to the kids. I have a brilliant talent for closing my eyes for candid camera shots! By the way, that is a pinboard behind me. How funky is that?! The coloured paper is the definition for self-control and its five ‘I-Wills’, or statements.
So what did I learn from this weekend?
- Us four and two friends who helped run the kids’ club took Mr E out for lunch on Friday after he arrived and we had a fantastic time talking about our identity in Christ. I’m encouraged that God has given us such an awesome identity, we just need to take hold of it and live by it!
- For a kids club like I ran on Saturday; have a couple of extra ideas up my sleeves. I did for self-control, but not so much for gratefulness.
- Don’t stress Jess!
- To do such a thing with God is so important! (Psalm 127:1)
- I definitely have room for improvement when it comes to leading a group in an activity. It’s one thing to talk up from the front, but another to do a craft activity with 15 kids! My friend did an excellent job in getting the kids to harmoniously get the craft done; maybe I need to ask her for her secrets.