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