Many of us at Metropolitan come from a West Indian background. As such, the scenario I'm about to describe is probably very familiar to you (this is probably familiar across many cultures, so include yourself if you can relate).
You get home from school one day and your mom announces, "My best friend is coming to pay a visit this weekend. We have to get the house ready." You and your siblings immediately start groaning - cause you know what that means:
- You and your sister will be bunking together for the weekend, so best friend can have your room
- Everyone will be involved in a massive cleaning project, which includes sweeping cobwebs from windows and underneath beds
- The special "church dishes" will be used for each meal
- The lawn will be specially mowed and the outside of the house spruced up
The bottom line is that a special effort will be made to make sure that the house is "extra" clean and ready for best friend's arrival, and that everyone will be involved in the clean up. (Yes, I can hear some of you moms grousing and saying you don't agree with me because your house is always clean and ready for visitors. That's fine - just play along with me).
Every week, our Best Friend visits His house - the place where He comes to meet us. And, unfortunately, it's in bad shape. It could definitely do with a little spucing up, don't you think? So...we're asking everyone to plan to come out for an hour or two on Sunday, September 9 for Church Work Day. We're going to go through the classrooms and clean out anything that doesn't belong in them. We could use some people to bring their lawn mowers and some mulch and help us give the yard a little make-over. We're not going to paint, but we're going to prepare for painting (this will happen on another day). This is a great activity for you to bring your children to - let's all help to clean up OUR church.