Thoughts

 
John Boon
Group Leader

Now retired after over 30 years as a Social Worker, involved in all areas of society and its problems, John works as a full time voluntary Boys Brigade Captain and has for 45 years. as well as being husband and carer to Enid.

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People’s Thoughts on 2nd Witham Boys’ Brigade

No Group or gathering of people would be the same without full knowledge of their history. Below is the full text of my speech, at the 30th. Birthday celebration in September 2002. Much of it was not said, but it will give insight into our past and why we are here now !

Nicholas Robinson Devotional at Juniors in September 2018

Nicholas is 13 years of age. Thanks Nicholas this was great !

We work best when we work together

 

How many teams are you on? Sporting teams, family teams, BB team. We are all part of many different teams and we all bring something different to that team to make it work. Jesus had a team, he had 12 disciples and each of those disciples was different. When he sent those disciples out to talk to people he sent them in teams of 2. Each disciple gave something different to the team. Perhaps one was good at talking to large groups and one was good at directions! Both of those skills were needed to be useful to Jesus’ first team.

You’re only as successful as the team is. What would it be like being part of a team where everyone was great at scoring goals, but no one was good at defending. How would that work out? Teamwork is all about using our own talents to serve and encouraging other to use theirs too.

Our everyday life is like a team sport. To achieve success we need to know how to work with others. Pride and selfishness stop a team from being successful. Jesus instructed everyone, even leaders, to lay aside pride and live to serve others.

The Bible says:
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).

If we focus on ourselves and our own interests at the expense of others it will ultimately leave us lonely and ineffective.  We need to consider others at all times. But we live in a highly competitive world. We know that winners are rewarded. No one wants to be a loser. But perhaps what the world views as a looser, God views in a completely different way.

Matthew 20 v 16 says ‘The last shall be first and the first shall be last’.

I think this is telling us to put other people first and we shall be considered number one with God. But if we are always putting ourselves first we are not doing God wants us to do and will end up being considered last.

We all have great gifts given to us, we could be great at sport, music or art. We could be great at listening to others, cooking or computers. No one is good at everything and we should use the talents that we have but we should also remember that what God has given to others is important too. Each of us has something unique to give and we should value each person here for the unique person that they are.

God honours us when we are not selfish. It is this attitude that will make us winners in the end.


Leigh, 16

Hi ! I am Leigh and 16 years of age. I have been a member of 2nd. Witham for 10 years. I was asked to write about the following questions:

What do you get out of Boys’ Brigade?

When I first started going to BB I found it fun, as it was a good place to socialise. It still is but since I have become more involved the more I seem to get out. When I go to a badge work session (because I often run them) I find them enjoyable and interesting as I am learning or doing something. When I lead a group I found just as good because I get to know people

A Parent’s View of 2nd Witham Boys’ Brigade

The 2nd Witham Boys’ Brigade (2nd. Witham BB) has been open in Witham for 29 years and currently caters for boys aged from 5-21 years. According to their age, boys are placed in the appropriate section when they join (Anchor Boys 5 - 7 years old, Junior Section 8-11 years old, Company Section 12-15 years and finally Senior Section). My 13 year old son attends Company Section on Friday evenings and my 8 year old son attends Junior Section on Wednesday evenings. During the course of the evening the boys participate in badgework and are also involved in many outings and

Sam

Hi my name is Sam. I have been coming to BB on and off since I was about 11. I’m 19 years old now. Over those years I haven’t been what you’d call the perfect BB member. Although going on and off, this has given me the perspective of life inside BB and outside BB.


Outside of BB there was a distinct lack of opportunity, and good things to do that I wouldn’t normally have the chance to do. I also found it increasingly difficult to carry on my life as a Christian. I did get into a lot of things I shouldn’t of done, and turned my back on God. In time I had become someone who I really didn’t want to become.


When I did return to BB it wasn’t because I wanted to, it was mainly because a friend asked me along. I think I went because I had nothing else better to do. I realised what I had missed by leaving. This certainly did help me to stop turning my back on God, but it did take time and plenty of it. My problems still come back to haunt me but I’ve got God now, and friends within BB (as well as elsewhere) to help me.


I have learnt and experienced many things within BB that I would not of normally done. I currently have a level 2 basketball coaching course and aim to complete my level 2 by January 2004. I have enjoyed my time greatly in BB, and glad that it still continues to run.
Further update - November 2006 - Sam is currently working back in Witham, as a Church based youth worker. He spends time as coach with our boys, on basketball and football on Mondays and Wednesdays.

>Do you think there is a God and if so, does He care about you?


The Boys’ Brigade is a Christian organisation dedicated to helping young people become a Christian but in doing so, we at 2nd. Witham want our young people to experience God for themselves, not through our eyes or our experience, as staff!


Here’s what an 18 year old, Kevin says,
” Through The Boys’ Brigade, at 2nd. Witham, I finally became interested in Christianity. After about 8 years of being ‘religious’ but never going to Church, unless I could avoid it, I went on a summer camp at Dartmoor, in 1995, I found out for myself what God is really about. I became a Christian a month or so after the camp, just before starting at Southampton University. I attend Bethel Church on the Sundays I am home in Witham, but all the staff at BB really helped me in my Christian life and I’m grateful to everyone there…...” Kevin currently lives in the south and works for the government on Connexions Service but lives away from home. he contacted us again at Christmas 2005.


So what is a Christian ?
A Christian is a person, who believes in God and his Son, Jesus Christ. They believe God created the world and us! A Christian has accepted the fact that we all sin, ( do wrong things) - see the Bible and the book of Romans, in the New Testament - chapter 3 and verse 23. Because of this we are seperated from God . If we stay in this sinful condition, we separation from Him forever.(See Romans chapter 6 and verse 23) But God by sending His Son, ( see Romans chapter 8 and verse 2 and 3 3), to be our in our place of punishment, we are free from our sin and eternal death. Jesus’ death on the Cross and His continued work on our behalf since He rose again from the dead, show God’s real love for each of us! ( see Romans chapter 5 and verse 8) When we say a real “sorry” for our sins, trust in Jesus’ finished work, we become a Christian and become one of God’s children. ( See Romans chapter 10 and verse 9) - the separation from God is gone! We are saved!


Our separation from God is replaced with a warm, friendly relationship with Jesus, ( see 1 John chapter 5 and verse 20). All you need to do is to ask God into your life, through prayer! This is for everyone - not just BB members! If you want some help, or have a question, please e mail me!


The Boys’ Brigade can show you WHO really God is - but you must look also!


God’s Creation is all around you - look out and look up at it!


Don’t be put off by what others say - talk to an Officer or Church friend about it.


Read God’s Word - The Bible - it has all the answers you need - but get help finding your way around!


Spend some time praying with God, and if possible, with friends.


Tell someone you know about what you feel, believe and have done.


Get involved with the Church either through BB or other youth activity. If you want to e-mail us and tell us about it, 2witham@boys-brigade.org.uk

What Boys’ Brigade has done for me

Hi my name is Sam. I have been coming to BB on and off since I was about 11. I’m 19 years old now. Over those years I haven’t been what you’d call the perfect BB member. Although going on and off, this has given me the perspective of life inside BB and outside BB.


Outside of BB there was a distinct lack of opportunity, and good things to do that I wouldn’t normally have the chance to do. I also found it increasingly difficult to carry on my life as a Christian. I did get into a lot of things I shouldn’t of done, and turned my back on God. In time I had become someone who I really didn’t want to become.


When I did return to BB it wasn’t because I wanted to, it was mainly because a friend asked me along. I think I went because I had nothing else better to do. I realised what I had missed by leaving. This certainly did help me to stop turning my back on God, but it did take time and plenty of it. My problems still come back to haunt me but I’ve got God now, and friends within BB (as well as elsewhere) to help me.


I have learnt and experienced many things within BB that I would not of normally done. I currently have a level 2 basketball coaching course and aim to complete my level 2 by January 2004. I have enjoyed my time greatly in BB, and glad that it still continues to run.
Further update - November 2006 - Sam is currently working back in Witham, as a Church based youth worker. He spends time as coach with our boys, on basketball and football on Mondays and Wednesdays.

>BB has got me spending more time with other people other than my friends which I dont spend much time with them as they either work,don’t like going out because of confrontations from other people in the street, or they get negative about nearly everything.
BB has got me to know people who i think are really cool guys like John Luke,James P., Ross P,Liam M, Matt West,Keith Meredith and John Boon who is good to make fun of.
Going to BB has got me into some new interest like powerboating and bastketball.
Also going to BB has got me to fill up my week more, by helping out on a Tuesday and Wednesday and being a member on Friday.It has also helped me to do more things at the weekend, where I have nothing to do, such as powerboating and weekend camps.
By James Toddington a Senior at 2nd witham BB