This week Hils and I spent our time off on a one day training course at the ‘DIY School’ in Stockport. The school has classes for people who want to know everything about DIY but are too afraid to ask! During the day, we worked with lots of useful tools and practiced some new skills, from the basics of how to safely bang a nail into a piece of wood to tips on getting the most out of power drills. I was particularly proud of my sawing technique and I felt a real sense of achievement once I got a bracket secure to a block of masonry.
Some of us may already be a dab hand with a hammer and a drill. But there are others, like Hils and I, who never had the chance to perfect these techniques before. We constantly come across odd-jobs in the house that need doing but don’t get done because we lack the confidence. So for us, this beginners course was just the ticket!
And it wasn’t just designed for us. Men and women from all walks of life also signed up for the day, some were even inspired to take it further going on to take up some of the other courses on offer at the school such as joinery, plumbing, plastering or electrics.
My adventures into the world of DIY led me to think about life at Brunswick this week. Our church, both on Sundays and during the week, also draws together people from different backgrounds and experiences, giving them the chance to try out some of the tools and skills for mission. Overtime, through worshipping, praying, sharing stories and eating together we gain the confidence to take small steps towards new and better ways of doing life, which not only benefit ourselves and those in our church community but also those who we serve in the local area.
This Sunday, as well as continuing to explore prayer with Andy who will be our preacher this week, we’ll also be looking at mission. In particular, those organisations that we support either through financial donations or prayer, finding out more of what they do and how we can continue to help them as they go about building their corner of God’s Kingdom in the places where he has called them.
Now that I have my DIY certificate I can’t keep avoiding those coat-hooks at the bottom of our stairs that fell off the wall a few weeks ago! I hope that you find something to do this weekend that will also give you a sense of achievement and satisfaction.