It’s nearly four years since I started working at Kerith Community Church. There are lots of reasons why I love that, but I think one of the most exciting is the fact that I get to invest in people over a long term period. The most visible is the opportunity to teach guitar.
I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few years teaching guitar, but nothing makes me more proud than when the people that I’ve taught progress into one of the worship bands at Kerith. Often, the sustained periods of teaching leads to strong friendships; Beth, one of my best friends started as one of my first guitar students at Kerith. There are also three fourteen year-old boys who I have been teaching guitar for between three and four years respectively who, after all these countless hours, I feel like an older brother to. It’s such an honour. Beth is already well established as an electric guitarist in the adult worship team whilst the three boys are real assets to our ‘Revolution’ youth band. This morning, one of the boys made the leap up to the adult worship team for a morning, and to put it bluntly, he was fantastic.
I’ve been playing electric guitar on Sundays now for a long time. It’s always a great privilege, but to share it with someone who, only a few years ago struggled to muster the dexterity in his fingers to play even the most basic of chords filled me with pride (the good kind!). Still in his early teens, yet with an ability that surpasses most adult guitarists, he was outstanding. He was sensitive to the music and free in his worship. I couldn’t be more proud of him. Well done Andy. Brilliant!
What excites me even more than that is that Dan and Max will be leading worship in the adult team over the next few months too. I’m so proud of how far they’ve come and how gifted they are at such a young age. They are significantly better than I was at fourteen! I can’t wait to see what fruit we’ll see from another four years!