Friday, October 27, 2006


It's gonna be a busy one. Although I have lots of helpers, we've got a really big light party tomorow! I've come in to write three talks of 5 mins with maximum impact. So far I haven't written anything.

In some really good news I'm feeling really confident about my talk on Sunday. It's not as interactive as it could be, but I'm not feeling it at the moment. Maybe one day.

And did you know, it's only 5 weeks to go until Christingle @ St Hugh's? Oh yes, and guess who is organising it... argh, me! (for those non-Anglican or non-British out there Christingle descriptions here)

Talk about being thrown in at the deepest end. Between now and then hopefully lots will happen, I'm really excited about Christmas this year. It's good to know that for the first time in a while I'll be able to be part of ongoing Christmas traditions.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Thorpe Park for all it's worth

Had a great time at Thorpe Park yesterday. It didn't rain at all!! I went on some rides but found solace in a coffee shop and started writing. You'll probably get a glimpse of that later.

Just a short one today, I'm sitting in the office as a long day comes to an end.

There is a party going on in the hall, celebrating someone's life. It's a mix of sadness and joy that these people come together. Maybe I'll go home soon. Sleep seems to be consuming me. I'm not as young as I used to be.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Lost and leaks

I now have the entire first 2 series of Lost on DVD! Looks like I'll be having a busy weekend!

Sadly my car has started to leak again. It survived the rainiest part of summer turning into autumn, but as in winter it rains most days (with some snow) I think it may not survive. Poor little car.

Better do some work now. Have a great weekend every one!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Photos and sermons

This time next week I'll be in Thorpe Park trying to build relationships with the Young People. Most of whom have promised to take me on lots of rides.

Honestly is the best policy, along with a really loud no!

Pray for good weather and lots of fun.

The church in general is getting on with life. Lots of planning this week. It all needs to be quite concise and dealt with so I can make phone calls and do my job.

I'm really excited about Christmas already. I think I talked about this last year. I love having the responsibility of organising things. Call me strange, but that is the way God made me.

Going to spend some time gathering pictures for a sermon now. Wohoo!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Well, it's been just that, a lovely weekend.

Haven't really acheived much, which means that my sermon writing has all but stopped. I never realised how hard this could be. Part of me wants to scrap what I've got and just write something like I'm talking to my mates, the other part of me wants to keep going with the church family in mind.

Who has ever heard of some one who has been stopped by their own sermon? Mental.

Sadly one member of the church died yesterday morning. He was well loved and well known, though I never got to meet him. He was too ill when I arrived. Please pray for the church and the family here.

Again I find myself dealing with loss that I can't appreciate. Tears coupled with deep down joy for the person who is now in Heaven having a great time. I struggle.

On a more cheery note, funding from the diocese (how on earth do I say this word and it's variations?) has been aquired. There is hope yet that the youth work will break even! Or not - a trip to Thorpe park might break the bank!

Do you remember my welsh/english dictionary thing? Thought about doing a bit of Luton/english translation...

Friday, October 06, 2006


I'm on my 15th (I'm not exaggerating) go at printing a sermon... the printer in my office is quite rubbish. The heating, however, is not. I'm toastie warm.

As the rain comes down outside, I'm reminded of the fun we had a soul survivor... and it much easier to have memories when you are being prompted by a podcast from trax16. It's really fantastic to be able to hear other peoples experience, especially when you go as a leader and don't really have the freedom the young people do.

So we are on Friday again, heading for the weekend and more writing. Considering that I had a day off yesterday I should actually do some work now.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Slowly, slowly

Life as a youth worker continues! But be warned, it can't remain this way forever.

At the moment my dreams seem to be the most fast paced thing about me. Two nights a go I found my self in London and my friend had just got engaged. Last night I was in the states (I assume) and another one of my friends was telling me they were in Love. Absolutely mental, I really don't know what goes on in my head! Rest assured, these dreams really do mean nothing! Freudian thinking stopped ages ago, so no analysing thankyou!

Two hours left of 24 and it's pretty addictive, so I'll probably finish tonight. Wohoo! Any body want to lend me series 3?