Melloney Kaye is part of the team which provides WiFi Wednesday in the church in Blagdon. WiFi Wednesday is an informal weekly gathering where people come for help with mobiles, tablets, computers and the internet; and also a ‘catch up’ over a cuppa.
It is important to me that the Church is serving the community. WiFi Wednesday gives people technical support but it also brings people together for a social time and a chance to chat through any concerns or worries. It is known that social support is really important for emotional and mental well-being and I just love people and the opportunity to sit down one-to-one.
I see WiFi Wednesday as a part of my Christian discipline – just to be there every week. But it is also a way of sharing my gifts and skills – I am, after all, ‘techy’. We help with a variety of problems, everyone uses technology these days. It might be that someone doesn’t have a computer and needs to get online to solve a practical problem, they might want to share photographs or learn how to text their grandchildren.
No two Wednesdays are the same. Sometimes we can have a queue of people with tech questions and sometimes it might be just a question of a gentle chat. I might never know whether an interaction might have held the simple word of comfort that was needed at the time.
WiFi Wednesdays is as much about the social web as it is about the world wide web. I see it as a window for me to be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. I love the unpredictability and surprises that the day brings.
“The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Melloney’s openness to the unpredictability of the sessions at Wifi-Wednesday is a good reminder of how Christians aspire to be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. It is not something that one can control or make happen in a particular way. Like the wind, the Holy Spirit is not to be tamed or told! We are to offer ourselves and our gifts to God and to be open to what might happen as a result. Like Melloney, we may never even know what that result might be -we are called to trust that blessings might be released for others, for the world and for ourselves.
May you be patient and steadfast in your Lenten discipline and may you be open to the surprises of the Holy Spirit.
We first shared Melloney’s story as part of the Bishops’ Lent Appeal 2017