Journey has put together a few suggestions to mark World Kindness Day on 13 November in your church community. Visit us on Facebook to add your own ideas for random acts of kindness.
You will need a strong stomach, a calm disposition, and rubber gloves. Open the door, descend into a gentle squat (avoid locking the knee joints) and fully extend arms. Do not inhale. Place items carefully into a plastic bag and seal. Remove old notices from the door and replace with your own set of rules. Add a smiley face.
Again, this job should be approached with caution as items such as self-published memoirs and Christmas decorations are often stored on the uppermost shelves. We recommend performing this act of kindness with the discretion of the poor widow tossing her last mite into the collection box, as throwing out items may cause discord. Beware of crawly things in dark corners.
We know that the supper roster comes around too quickly, but the arbitrary redistribution of property according to need is quite properly frowned upon when it comes to church biscuits. If you must dip into another group’s supplies, a truly kind person would replace the arrowroot biscuits you ate with some decent shortbread creams.
Surely even the saints struggle with this expression of Christian unity, but try to remember that someone in your congregation actually chose this hymn for specific reasons, however misguided. And believe it or not, a musician spent time writing this song, so give it a shot. If all else fails, simply move your lips slightly and look upwards, as though transported by musical bliss.
This Sunday, break away from your normal clique and chat to people you don’t know well or at all. And while you’re at it, take time to listen to people who are grumpy or just plain sad. Giving time is one of the greatest acts of kindness.
Offer a lift to someone who needs a ride to church and back. Cook a meal for a family who are going through a tough time. Small things can make a world of difference.
We hope you do this anyway. The Uniting Church is a community centered on sharing stories of faith, hope and courage, so help us spread the word.