Every week a different fellowship will take charge of cleaning up the church. These pictures are from back when we still had the awful vertical blinds that fell off the window frame with the slightest pull. Thank God for the new ones!
A whole lot has changed since these pictures were taken. You can see Bao painstakingly putting in the new carpet, peering closely at the ground to make sure every inch is laid down perfectly. The window blinds have since been replaced with simple pulldown curtains. And the stage–that’s a whole other post in and of itself 🙂
At this point we all have our workload figured out. The very first step is always to stack the chairs high so the vacuum people can do their thing. In the dining hall and kitchen, others will be busy sweeping and then mopping the floor with inefficient tugs (or maybe that’s just me). So much to do besides that: clean out the fridges, vacuum the back of the church, wipe down the kitchen counters, Swiffer-mop the stage…
The fun part is when we don’t realize it’s our turn to clean and get the last minute text from someone who’s noticed that we’re up next.
Which is when we all go into panic mode.
But we always pull together and the job gets done. There was even one time we finished everything in record time (45 minutes), and ordered a pizza to celebrate as we cooled down from the work. It’s always fun to take care of the church together, and it really feels like teamwork because everyone pitches in without holding back. After all, this isn’t just a job to get out of the way–it’s a chance to help maintain God’s house so others can come and enjoy His Word without being distracted by random cobwebs or trash on the ground. So really, cleaning up the church is a task and a privilege we all savor.
I think we should probably rotate duties though. I’ve become an amateur expert in sweeping and mopping the dining hall, but haven’t even touched the vacuums yet -_-