A few years ago I was very glad to be off school at this time of year but this morning I was equally glad to spend half term back at school, not teaching Spanish but doing some painting – DIY that is. I’m so not artistic!!
It’s all part of the 10000 hours project Causeway Coast Vineyard is running all this week to REWRITE THE STORY.
“We’re inviting our community to give 10,000 hours to help rewrite the story of our city. During this week, together we will make a huge impact on the lives of individuals and institutions. You can signup with family, friends, colleagues, and neighbours to get involved in various projects ranging from painting and gardening, to cleaning and giveaways!”
I am thrilled to be a part of this as a few years ago I felt God show me a picture of children of CCV leaving the the old Dunnes Stores building we were in at that time, spilling out onto the nearby precinct and with chalks, they were writing words of their vision for the city, words of hope and renewal, on each of the paving bricks of the street.
This picture took place on Queen Street leading towards the site of the plaque marking the former 1859 revival in our town and I felt God say that not only were the children “rewriting the story” for revival in our town again and this new story would be even better than the old story but also they were rewriting the story of our town in recent years so that the stories of poverty and family breakdown among others would be stories that belonged in the past and not in their future.
So this week children who are off school for half term have been turning up at school after school in our community to “rewrite the story” by spending their holidays painting school buildings and classrooms and doing what they can to help with the tasks each school wanted to get done. And they even allowed us bigger kids to join in on the fun 🙂
This morning I had the privilege of working alongside a 2 year old who would be following his brothers to attend that school right up to a 15 year old who wanted to go give back something to the primary school he used to attend!!
It’s only day 2 and there are so many stories to share but this is one of my favourites:
‘We went for a family walk yesterday after church in Mountsandel Forest, when our 1 year old saw a bottle on the ground, pointed and said ‘oh oh’! Thinking about what was said on Sunday morning, Rachel (4) and Ben (1) with a little help from myself, decided we’d go back today and go on a rubbish hunt. We collected 2 bags full of rubbish and enjoyed a lovely chocolate treat afterwards! We had a really fun morning and Rachel was very excited to tell everyone what we were doing as they walked past.
I love that all our family is getting involved, from the 1 year old right through to the almost 81 year old!!!
I noticed a headline this week that said the north of Northern Ireland was the “third worse place to live in the UK”. I didn’t bother to read the full story because I think that is being rewritten, don’t you??
PS the kids didn’t just do painting … during their tea break time, they prayed for one of the team who had learnt from the physio the day before that his back problems were caused by one leg being shorter than the other. Not anymore!! That story is rewritten too :-))