Rough Edges

October 17th, 2013

Hello everyone. I hope you are ready for this. Today’s episode will include an audio visual presentation. We are stepping things up here on The Thursday Blog. This and more and maybe a monkey in todays episode called:

Rough Edges

Kidshaper is the Kids Ministry organistion – Kids R Us National conference. Kids R Us is a fantastic not for profit organisation that exists to champion the cause of the local kids ministry around Australia. Run by our good friend Andy Kirk and his wife Christy, this organization and the yearly conference is one of our highlights of the year.

The team from my church have been going for years and I was joined along for the ride for the last 5. During that time I have managed to do everything from doing the announcements using flannelgraph, to starting a very intimate relationship with Pastor Steve Adams by jumping on his lap while dancing to eye of the tiger (such a long story – ask Steve next time you see him). Every year it is seems we are pushed out of our comfort zone and try something we have never tried before, so far without flopping. Mind you it is honestly the best audience you could ask for. 800 or so adults who have dedicated their lives to serving their kids ministry……… insane people are really fun.

So this year after much deliberating we decided to go with an idea that Barry Newton (aka Squirt the Clown) had last year. It turned out he has been pitching the idea for 7 years but no one listened. It was a omarge to Monty Pythons ‘4 Yorkshire Men’. For those who haven’t seen it, it is basically a skit about 4 men trying to top each other about how bad they had it in the day. We decided to do the same but for Kids Ministry.

Now you remember I said push out of our comfort zone, this fit that category to a tee. I was working with the one and only Dave Wakerley who is famous for pasting his scripts on objects when we film so he can secretly read it. Also there is Squirt who has never used a script in his life, let alone has a terrible speech impediment which is one of the reasons he doesn’t use a script so he can dance around it. Finally there was Dylan…. who was perfect but for the point of the story lets just say he sold life insurance.

We practiced……………. ok, we are all from different states besides Dave and I so we our first run through was on stage during the soundcheck. We prayed….. oh boy did we pray and then we got on stage to perform.

Was the performance perfectly polished.? Not at all.
Did the script get followed to a tee? Not even close.
Did anyone forget their lines? They sure did.
Did everyone love it? You better believe it.

There were some hairy moments. Like when Dave forgot that he was supposed to stick up for himself as we were teasing him out for having a building. Instead he joined in a started to tease someone else for it. On when Dylan stalled and when I looked at him he was shaking in fear due to not knowing the lines. I even called a Gold Fish a Cold Fish but no one seemed to mind, in fact they were some of the best bits.

You see we had honestly tried our best. We couldn’t actually put in more rehearsal time in but we all very busy with helping out at the conference. We did the best we could with what we had and left the rest to God.

‘God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV’

In life you will have a lot of chances to beat yourself up about not being perfect. Stop it! You never know, your rough edges might be all apart of your design.

Have Fun



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