PATHWAYCommunity: Church Community
AGE GROUP14-16 years
Anticipate Time240: 4 or more hours min
GROUP SIZE2-5, 5-15, 15-30
ValuesCompassion, Cooperation, Kindness, Reliability, Service
Participants videotape or audiotape church services for the benefit of those who are sick, infirmed or out of town.
Through participation in this Pursuit, the Pathfinder will:
- Express care for others through an act of service
- Practice responsibility in following through with an assigned task
- Contribute to the organisation and planning of an event
Colossians 3:23-24In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing if for the Lord, not for people. Remember that you will receive your reward from the Lord, which He promised to His people. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Christ’s ministry was all about service.
When He could easily have ruled, He chose to serve. Continually serve. Humbly serve.
Being a Christian is all about copying His example. Continually serving. Humbly serving.
The success of this Pursuit will be dependent on the availability of a person who is proficient with videoing techniques, as a period of instruction and practice will need to precede the start of the ‘service’ to be offered. Audio taping is a viable alternative should this option not be available to you.
- Video Camera
- Blank video tapes
- Editing equipment (Optional)
- Delivery vehicles
- Storage facilities
- Share the following scenario.
“Sarah sat alone. Her hands, freckled with age, rested in her lap. She wore her finest dress. Her nursing home room spoke of springtime; daisies in the vase, a poinsettia blooming outside her window.
“Sundays are special, you know.”
Her nursing home wall spoke of family; an enlargement of grandson Jason hugging Brando the terrier; a framed portrait of her son Jerry, the dentist and his family in Phoenix; Sarah and her late husband cutting their fortieth wedding anniversary cake. ‘It would have been fifty years next May.’
Sarah sat alone. ‘They came last Christmas,’ she said brightly (as if defending her family). A telegram and a birthday card were taped to the dresser mirror. A church group sang hymns down the hall. She had done her best to make the small room look homey, but a person can only do so much.
A thousand miles away a family played.
Sarah is not sick or ugly. She is not useless or decrepit. Sarah is simply old. Sarah is not senile, though at times, she confesses, the naïveté of senility is tempting. She doesn’t suffer from cancer or arthritis. She hasn’t had a stroke. No, her ‘disease’ is much more severe. She suffers from rejection.
Our society has little room for the aged. People like Sarah come in scores. No one intentionally forgets them. Maybe that’s why it is so painful… “1
- Share how your group is to embark on a service project which will lift ‘Sarah’s’ spirits and provide her with spiritual food. Share the intent of the Pursuit. Instruct participants (with the assistance of a video ‘enthusiast’ if needed) in the basic art of videoing. Allow time for participants to practice these techniques.
- Make the participants aware of the commitment involved in establishing this service for a specified period of time. NB. Specific roles for each participant may be organised from the outset of the Pursuit. Alternatively, participants may be placed on a roster system so that all have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the sequence.
- A production sequence needs to be organised before commencement. Features to consider include:
- Compilation of rosters (for videoing / processing / delivery)
- Record of videos lent
- Duplication of videos in large Church contexts
- Identification of suitable contact people to pass on names of those who could benefit from the service you provide (ie. Leading Deacon/Deaconess, ADCARE leader, Minister).
- Suitable place for the storage of cassettes (Church Library?)
- Possible availability of a video player for those who do not own one, to view the videos.
- Distribution roster.
5. Some time prior to the delivery of the videos, the group should read some of the texts outlined in the Biblical References
The videos should be delivered with loads of love and caring interest. Pathfinders should be willing to give time to ‘visit’ with them. They crave company in many cases.
Leaders, be sure to follow up on discussing when and how the Pathfinders saw the memory text in action throughout this Pursuit.
Select from the questions below:
- Was this a valuable exercise? Why or why not?
- How did those who received your service respond?
- How did their response make you feel?
- What did you learn in this Pursuit about working as a team?
- Did your group work together well, sharing and fulfilling their responsibilities?
- Did any one person emerge as leader in the Pursuit?
- What characteristics did they exhibit which contributed to this leadership role?
- Was the working atmosphere on this Pursuit a positive one?
- Was there anything that could help your group to work better as a team next time?
- Say something about reliability and how it relates to this Pursuit.
- What have you learned about Christian Service through this Pursuit?
- Talk to your Pastor and other people about other ‘isolated’ people they know of and what they need.
- Choose one ‘isolated person to befriend on a permanent basis. Decide how often you will contact them and how this can happen. Write down their name and when you will first contact them. Put it up on your mirror.
1 “On the Anvil” by Max Lucado (1985) Campus Crusade Asia Limited, Singapore. p145