On Saturday 14 February, the young people made biscuits and cupcakes and decorated them. Below is a picture of their creations. They took them home to their families. In between baking, Tosin spoke to them about relationships and the Christian view of love. If you are a teenager or know someone who is, please invite them along on Saturdays from 4 – 6pm and they, too, will get to make yummy treats!
This Saturday, they will be rehearsing for the Youth Service.
On Saturday, Tosin, Marcia and I went to Clapham Baptist Church to take part in a training day for Junior Apprentice.
We were sent to Brixton Market to sell either records or cakes. The purpose being to put ourselves in the place of the young people who participate in Junior Apprentice and experience what they do, so to speak.
My team sold cakes and Tosin and Marcia's team sold vintage vinyl records. Before we started, I assumed our cakes would sell the best, as everyone likes cakes, whereas vintage records are a specialist item. I thought everyone downloaded records from the internet these days and no one bought Vinyl.
We set up our stalls side-by-side and sold cakes to passers by. Our team did very well, giving out small tasters and selling nice large slices of delicious cakes. It was absolutely freezing and spitting with rain, which did not help us to sell. Nevertheless we made around £123 in about two hours, which was wonderful.
Everyone worked very hard and played a part in the selling.
This was right outside my comfort zone and I thoroughly enjoyed it, even though my team lost and I got fired! It was interesting to experience being fired for myself, which is a new experience for me. Whilst it does not feel nice to "fail", I have learned so much participating in the process so that, should we do something similar in the future, I have much more confidence in my ability and I may even win next time!
I have learned from this that whilst it is good to win, it is also good to fail sometimes. By doing so we learn so much more from why we fail and hopefully how to succeed next time. As I once said to one of the candidates, failure is the key to success!
This last week has been very busy for me. On Wednesday evening Christine and I went to a showing of the new film "Selma" which is about Dr Martin Luther King. It was being shown at Bloomsbury Baptist Church, which we discovered was a church that Dr King preached at when he came to London. History was in the making!
Before the film was shown, there was a Q & A session with the star of the film, David Oleowo , live at the church, not on a screen! This is the first time I have been in the same room as a movie star. He shared with us why he took on the role - God chose him - and what it meant to him playing such a character as Dr King.
The story of Martin Luther King is very prescient for this time as we are nearing the next general election. Dr King campaigned for African Americans to be given the right to vote and thus be on equal terms with the white Americans. Nowadays we have a tendency to take our right to vote for granted and over 45% of people do not vote. My personal view is that each one of us has a duty to exercise our democratic right to vote, unless of course we are too frail or out of the country or not a British national. There are so many countries where there is no democracy and no right to vote, freedom of speech or any freedoms whatsoever. I am not trying to put guilt trips on people who do not vote perhaps because they think their vote doesn't count. If you think your vote does not count, think again! Every vote is counted. No party gets elected without votes. My message to all of you is to get out there and vote in May. If you know you will be unable to do so on voting day, you can apply for a postal vote. Details on the government gateway website or ask at your local library or Citizens Advice Bureau.
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