So Proud Of My Boy

Two weeks ago I took my Son to our Church youth group Amplified for the first time, he used to go to the group for younger kids before it was closed, but as he’s now 11 and in September will move up schools, he’s eligible for the older youth group which I have been attending as part of the A.V. Team.

Two weeks ago it was games in the local park, not the normal meeting at Church, so yesterday evening he came along for the first time.

Well if you’ve seen my post “Alone In A Crowded Room” then you will know how hard I find it to mix with new people, so Ben is the same, he’s shy and quiet, not a natural mixer, like me he’s okay when he’s included, but not great at being forward.

In regular Church meetings on a Sunday morning, he sits with the other from Kids Church, whilst most of the girls dance and sing along to worship, my daughter Eve included, Ben sits quietly at the side, not getting involved, when I see him from my camera position or indeed from my old seat, I see myself in him.

Also he doesn’t like change too much, in fact he doesn’t want to move school, he told has last teacher at his primary school he does not want to go to secondary school, point blank he refused to go, they managed to convince him he has to, told him to see how it goes for the first few months, then they would speak with him after that, somehow they got him to agree.

He met with a few of the kids at the park a few weeks ago, so he knew a few last night, but at times I could see him alone, but trying.

When it came to worship last night, he stood up at the front with the others, I half expected him to stay seated at the back, but he moved forward and I’m certain I actually saw him clapping along with the music.

In the social time after he stood alone a while, so I engaged in a game of table tennis with him, which he enjoyed, then he was joined by a group of others and seemed to be in thick of things, so I left him to it. By the end of the evening he knew quite a few of the other kids and had signed us up for the BBQ next Friday. I glad he’s making friends, many of these kids although older than him, go to his new school, I think it’s good for him to have some older friends he knows in his new environment who can help him.

We helped tidy up and put out the chairs out of Sunday’s service, he got involved and didn’t complain even as it got late.

Although he’s a quiet lad (unless he’s fighting with his sister) he seemed to enjoy it and I hope it will help him, both with his new school and shyness, but more importantly with his faith.

I’m proud of how he handled it last night and proud of how he got involved, it may be a small step, but it’s a start.

CHILDREN OF GOD by THIRD DAY
Praise to the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ
Our God and our King, to Him we will sing
In His great mercy, He has given us life
Now we can be called the children of God

Great is the Love that the Father has given us
He has delivered us
He has delivered us

Children of God, sing your song and rejoice
For the love that He has given us all
Children of God, by the blood of His Son
We have been redeemed and we can be called
Children of God
Children of God

A mystery is revealed to the universe
The Father above has proven His love
Now we are free from the judgment that we deserve
And so we are called the children of God

Great is the Love that the Father has given us
He has delivered us
He has delivered us

Children of God, sing your song and rejoice
For the love that He has given us all
Children of God, by the blood of His Son
We have been redeemed and we can be called
Children of God
Children of God

We are the saints
We are the children
We’ve been redeemed
We’ve been forgiven
We are the sons and the daughters of our God

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