Kid’s Day And Me…

Derek Ouellette —  August 8, 2010

Keeping things professional

As the marketing guy for a local Christian bookstore, events kinda fall into my department, and no event we do causes more anxiety for me then Kid’s Day! The store manager thinks that I have some sort of a “Freudian thing” going on. I can’t speak to that, but what I can say is I have paced a long and deep hole on the officer floor during the past three weeks worrying about Kid’s Day, making sure everything is in place and racking my brain wondering what I forgot to do.

The tarp survived 3/4 of the day

Yesterday was Kid’s Day and I write this post in celebration of a hitchless and near perfect day and event! The weather could not have been better. The turn-out was exciting. All of our helpers showed up and did absolutely wonderful – our facepainter tirelessly painted one face after another in what seemed to be a never ending line-up, without complaint. Our professional puppeteer who doubled as a back-up facepainter was full of energy to the end, our clown Patches and the Church of God District Youth who organized and ran the games and a barbeque added a huge extra level of energy to the event. A smashing hit of appreciation goes out to all of them!

Two of our helpers "clowning" around

I found that the most difficult part of the whole event was learning to trust and have faith in the volunteers I had helping me. I was in dialogue with the puppeteer, the facepainter, the clown and leader of the COG District Youth mostly through email correspondence. Only once did we all connect in a joint email, the occasional phone call and the clown was the only person I had spoken to in person.

Everyone said, "take a picture of this little boy!" So I did

When the day of the event came, I had no idea what kind of games were going to be run or what images the kids were going to have painted on their faces. (Our puppeteer and clown were a part of last years’ Kid’s Day, so I had an idea of what to expect.) I had to trust. I had to let go and fight against every inclination in me which wanted to be a control freak.

Gathering for the Puppet Show

A part of being a good leader is learning to trust those who have delegated responsibilities. This is good ministry training! I don’t particularly see myself as being a good leader, more like a timid (Timothy?) person who doesn’t see himself as a leader at all. But in the end, it paid off. I could praise our helpers again and again. I could go on to mention the hired staff who were willing to bend over backwards to help me get organized and prepared for the event and I could mention the store manager for being a constant support for me to lean on in the weeks leading up to the event.

Never Ending Line

Thank you to everyone who helped to make Kid’s Day 2010 at Cameron’s Christian Bookstore a success.

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Derek Ouellette

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a husband, new dad, speaker, writer, christian. see my profile here.