If you started humming a tune in your head when you read that question – then congratulations! You’re demonstrating right now the power of great songs that were sung when you were young to help you learn and have fun! And you haven’t forgotten!
Our neighbourhoods have always been an important part of our lives – they directly impact our physical and mental wellbeing. Knowing the people around you gives you and your family a sense of belonging and the security of connectedness – which is important for coping with every day life as well as being vital in times of an emergency!
Unfortunately, modern life has thrown many obstacles into our communities. We are working longer hours, commuting further away, building higher fences and using social media rather than participating in real social time. In fact, a Statistics NZ study in 2015 showed that 44% of New Zealanders felt they did not have any supportive people living close to them – and the same year a Social Wellness study found that only 4% of New Zealanders strongly agreed that they felt close to people in their local area.
So how do we get to know our neighbours? Where do we look to find them?
For those with young families, the mainly music and mainly play group run from the local church can be a place where community connections happen. From the largest cities to the smallest towns, mainly music and mainly play groups have become important community hubs – and places where life-long connections and friendships have been made.
No where was this better demonstrated than in Christchurch, after the 2010/11 Earthquakes. The city centre and people’s homes were in ruins. However, where they could, many mainly music groups kept going – becoming places where families could gather, kids could sing and play, and adults draw strength.
Our neighbourhoods are not just to be driven through – but to be a part of. Which is why at mainly music and mainly play, we see connection as one of our core vales: you can connect with your child and with your community through your local church. And, of course, at mainly music and mainly play your children will learn great fun songs that perhaps they’ll still be humming many years to come!
From the Bible: “Each of us should please our neighbours for their good, to build them up.” Romans 15:2