Spoken Word by Martin King, resident of Matt’s House in Hull.
Matt’s House is a pre-loved vicarage in the Boulevard district of Hull, owned by Church Mission Society and used by Church Mission Society and Hull Youth For Christ (who lease the property) to facilitate mission in the community.
Springing Up by Martin King
Something’s happening on the Boulevard.
Pops is up to something.
We know it’s him, ’cos like when the Springtime comes along
and things start to grow and flourish,
bringing colour and joy and relief,
it’s almost effortless,
ike we aren’t really doing anything ourselves,
we’re just getting up and getting on and it’s just sprouting up all around us.
And it’s beautiful.
Yeah, it’s Pops all right.
He’s on a mission, Pops.
Through the seeds he’d planted long ago,
and the people he’d left in charge of tending the garden,
through the fruit of his spirit, they’ve persevered,
stood, endured, watched, watered and weeded,
and now that their roots have become nourished deep in the earth,
Something’s happening in the old vicarage.
New gardeners have come, old ones have been re-inspired.
A community of intentional living is starting to sprout.
It went quiet for a while. The birdsong.
But now the sound is back and it’s such sweet music to the ears.
Like that birdsong, it’s diverse; many breeds and backgrounds
all flocking together under Pops’ feather,
fed from the fruits of a well nourished soil.
He’s got big plans, Pops.
He’s using the old vicarage as a beacon,
and expanding his garden here.
He’s branching out,
showing the Boulevard that there is hope in community.
He’s encouraging the sharing of possessions,
the breaking of bread,
the making of music,
the moulding of character and the shaping of mission.
No matter how long the dark night,
the sun always comes up,
and no matter how bleak the winter,
the Springtime always follows…