Let me in

Posted on 23 August 2012 | Narrative

This story was told by Brenda Banks, Young Church Leader at Holgate Methodist Church for many years. Brenda is now 80 years old and still leads the Splash group for children aged 7-10.

“Nowadays there often aren’t many children in Young Church, but we used to have so many, we filled all the classrooms which line the church, as well as Room 1 (ie. the hall), and the vestry, and the rooms which are now the playgroup.

I used to help with the little ones, but then there came a vacancy for someone to lead a group of Juniors (7-11-year-olds). I was given the class – about fifteen 7-year-old boys – and a room just off the church.

Now, we had terrible problems with noise from the Young Church classrooms disturbing the congregation during the service. Only one thin door separated the classrooms from the rest of the congregation, and you can imagine with hundreds of young people, there was a lot of commotion sometimes. So we decided to soundproof the classrooms a bit: we blocked the air vents, and we put in a second door outside each classroom door, with a little gap in between.

One day, my class of boys was feeling mischievous. They got into the room before me and locked the inner door, so I couldn’t get in! The service was carrying on around me and I was standing there knocking the door as quietly as I could and whispering, “Let me in! Let me in!” Well, they wouldn’t, so I couldn’t think of what to do. In the end I opened the outer door and shut it behind me, so I was pressed in between the inner and outer doors and could hardly breathe! Luckily I was quite slim then.

Eventually they let me in, thank goodness! The following week I told them very sternly it was not to happen again. I told them, “I don’t know how I managed to fit in between those doors at all!” And one little boy said, “That’s what my mummy said too!”