At the Piano

“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.”
– Paul, to the church in Ephesus

Being brand new to NETwork as the Arts Director, I shadowed existing programs for the first two weeks to see how art is already being integrated into their daily activities. I was really excited to start interacting with everyone and build relationships with some of the kids. This seemed like a perfect way to begin.

For my first week, I helped out with Kids Club. Time seemed to fly by as I met child after child and tried to remember all of their names. One thing continuously remained in my mind: their precious smiles. From art activities to snack, playing games outside on the court, or digging in the garden, each child loved being here. I could see God moving within the fast-paced environment and, in some ways, felt overwhelmed by the events of the day.

Soon enough it was time to drive everyone home. As I grabbed a few things, a noise caught my attention and I had to stop. There sitting at the old piano in our office was a little boy and a volunteer playing the tune “Falling Slowly” from the movie Once. The music drew me in and I couldn’t take my eyes off the two of them. As the volunteer counted 1, 2, 3, 4, the duet repeated over and over again. When mistakes were made they would stop and start over, and the volunteer would patiently encourage the little boy to keep trying.

Tears welled up in my eyes. After a crazy afternoon full of activities this little boy want- ed to step aside and play the piano. The volunteer dropped what he was doing to give the boy time to practice. Through this artistic outlet, he demonstrated Jesus to the child. As mistakes and wrong notes were played, he patiently, gently, and humbly taught him perseverance. He made allowance for his faults and loved him in a unique way that not everyone gets to experience. I was overcome with joy and appreciation of how music can impact a child’s life.

God has BIG plans for NETwork through this new arts ministry. This summer we will be offering piano lessons and programs in the performing and visual arts. Sign up, volunteer, or stop by and check us out!

- Jen

NETwork Ministries

Our mission is to share in the love of Christ with those who are most vulnerable in our community. We especially seek to equip children and young adults with the skills necessary for spiritual growth, academic achievement, life management, and Christian leadership.