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Marion Corps' odd socks day handy solution to lockdown blues

Marion Corps' odd socks day handy solution to lockdown blues

Marion Corps' odd socks day handy solution to lockdown blues

27 July 2021

Administration assistant Alison Fallaize frocks up in socks to mark last week’s Odd Sock Thursday, which was part of Marion Corps’ series of activities to help people in Adelaide’s seven-day lockdown pass the time. 

By Darryl Whitecross

Some Facebook images posted during Marion Corps’ COVID-19 ‘Lockdown Lollygags’ ... from dogs in odd socks to corps officers scoffing lamingtons.

Lockdowns introduced as a mitigation measure against the spread of the COVID-19 virus create a surreal environment calling for creative ways to pass the time – away from in-home learning for students and work-from-home situations for adults.

At Marion Corps in suburban Adelaide, the creative types and social-media geeks came up with a daily way for their faith community and others throughout South Australia to while away the hours of home confinement – called Lockdown Lollygags.

Corps administration assistant Alison Fallaize said that a different post was put up on the corps Facebook page each day, encouraging people to participate in a particular task over the seven days of the lockdown. These included completing the task and posting a photograph on the Facebook page.

Alison said the lockdown week began on Wednesday with National Lamington Day, followed by Odd Sock Thursday, Favourites Friday, Shoutout Saturday, Fun Day Sunday, Mingle Monday and Tasty Tuesday. The posts were accompanied by an encouraging word or Bible reference and a specific hashtag.

For Lamington Day, participants were asked to post their favourite lamington flavour. Corps Officers Captains Chris and Cherie Clarke went one better. They had lamingtons in the freezer, so they took them out, defrosted them and posted pictures of the various stages of the eating process with their children – Noah, 14, Emma, 13, Lucy, 11, and Jude, 6.

Odd Sock Thursday was the day when most people were in “boots and all”, being encouraged to “go all out” with their choices. Even the family pets were drawn into the activity, with the encouragement theme being: ‘Find hope in God when life doesn’t always go as planned’.

Favourites Friday was probably the sweetest of all, with people encouraged to post their favourite lolly: ‘Nothing is sweeter than Jesus’.

Marion postAn example of a daily post on the Marion Corps Facebook page.

Shout Out Saturday was all about posting a ‘shout out’ to someone who was a personal inspiration or encouragement: ‘Shout out to God with a voice of triumph’.

Fun Day Sunday, in the absence of attending collective worship, people were encouraged to post a GIF image of how their day was going: ‘Begin your day with God’.

For Mingle Monday, participants were encouraged to take a close-up photograph of an object, and others would try to guess what it was: ‘But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit’.

Tasty Tuesday encouraged people to post what the plans for dinner would be: ‘Taste and see that the Lord is Good’.

Alison said the idea was formulated by the corps leadership and social-media team literally hours before South Australia was plunged into another seven-day lockdown.




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