Last night we curated alt worship at NCYC. The planning for the worship caused sleepless nights for all of us involved, and i honestly don’t think i thought it was possible to make it work. But it did, way beyond our expectations, due both to the fabulous imagination and hard work of the team, and also to the willingness of the 1400 people who came through the spaces in the two hour period to make it work.
The team was the regular basement space crew, minus Blythe, and coordinated by Bindy – I love working with these guys, and we know how to work together really well now. I love that we’ve never chickened out on an idea – this space included tying over 1000 postal tags onto twigs as a ‘take home’, a corrugated iron water tank in the auditorium, suspending half a gum tree from the upper level of building, installing scaffolding to hold multiple tv’s and dvd players, a last minute Gaza ‘wailing wall’ space that was simply amazing, and much, much more – and with only half an afternoon to set it all up. I feel so lucky to be doing these spaces with a group of people who think no idea is too hard, or too much work, even if it means we end up waking at 3 every morning for weeks beforehand to think through the permutations yet again.
We were saying today that everything else we do will seem easy after this.
I’ll put up photos and details later, for those who were there and want to know what we did [and welcome if you’ve come here from ncyc!]. For the moment, though, it was a good reminder that if you trust the process of planning, and do the work that puts flesh onto imagination, then people will get it and respond. It was a big lesson in taking ownership of what we had responsibility for, letting go of the variables that were out of our control, and doing it even though we couldn’t imagine that it could be enough. And it was proof that if you expect a lot of those who come through a space, then chances are they’ll live up to it…