Last Saturday, Tanya and I were thinking, what can we do more of as a family and yet still reach out more. Sort of making sure we are spending quality time with our children, but being open to other people coming along and joining in.
Saturdays can be a bit boring, especially with no money, snow and rain outside, a 12, 10 and 1 year old children, the house can suddenly feel a bit constricting. Tanya is quite good at the old creative stuff and there are games, but keeping everyone involved and enjoying themselves can be nigh on impossible. I suddenly thought of the church, with a lounge and a sports hall, a pool table and other things, which is nearly always closed and unused on Saturdays. I had a word with the church leader and manager, to see if we could use it.
So, as a family, on Saturday, we are going to take our lunch along and go and run about a bit inside, play some pool, etc, in a different environment, hopefully going to be good for us all, and on top of this, we started thinking, there are probably others, who may struggle as families on a Saturday, especially in the current cash strapped environment, and there may be other people who may just want to drop by and have a cup of tea and a chat.
We are going to tell lots of others what we are doing and if no one else turns up, no problem, we as a family are still there, if others do turn up, there can be a great social and family space, nothing organised, just family enjoying the space and resources of the church, in fact you might even call it church.
This is also an answer to one of the questions I asked myself the other day, how do you advertise intimacy?