It’s been a busy year at Streetworks, even now as our last big event is all tied up the momentum continues as we launch into a few final monthly classics and begin the process of looking ahead. We recently had a great night with our project leaders at Milk and Honey to thank them for the huge effort of Find Your Place and to debrief to assess how it went and where we need change. It’s got me starting to look back over this first year that as a core team we have been left to control the day to day running of Streetworks without any of the original crew that started it. It’s been an adventure! And such a blessing to be part of.
Russ Walker: Project Leader
What did you want to be when you a kid?
I don’t really remember anything specific.
What do you enjoy about Streetworks?
I enjoy getting out into the community I grew up in and giving something back. Its great to be able to help out those in need and sharing God’s love through serving them.
What do you do when you’re not doing Streetworks?
I’m a toolmaker by trade, and any spare time I like to spend working around my own yard or tinkering on some project.
How did you get involved in Streetworks?
After attending a bunch of events, mostly helping with the firewood chops, I was offered the chance to take over the role of project lead on the firewood chop and thought it would be a good challenge for me.
What is something not many people know about you?
I have one eye that has two colours, blue with a patch of brown.
Find Your Place – a wee summary
When event day came on a sunny Saturday October morning, over 130 keen volunteers arrived hopeful for a day that was going to affect many hearts. After hearing Claire Hart’s inspirational words as she talked to the history of Streetworks whilst we all chowed down some crumpets and cereal, the crew headed off to their two locations – St Marks church in Nawton and HamSouth Baptist in Melville.
Our main aim of this day was to not only support two churches in the work they already do in their community, but also provide a permanent space for those people in their community to return to when we left at the end of the day. As a team, we saw ‘Find Your Place’ as a way of emphasizing the idea that EVERYONE has a place in their community and that EVERYONE has something awesome give back to their community.
So this is what happened on that Saturday at Find Your Place…
At St Marks – a team went and beautified a couple of gardens, another group held a Family Fun Day at Dominion Park, some others chopped and delivered firewood, more painted an amazing mural, one small group baked some delicious goodies for the Family Fun Day, while the last group prepared a huge end of day meal to share with the Nawton community.
At HamSouth – a group chopped and delivered firewood, a few teams beautified a number of gardens in the Melville area, another group held a Family Fun Day complete with a petting zoo, some put on a wee community cafe, while others got more than a little wet washing cars at the community carwash.
In a nutshell, it was an amazing day! God put on some seriously good weather and totally opened our hearts. As a team at Streetworks, we really hope that each person was touched as well as challenged to keep the momentum going and find their place.