Thursday, March 29, 2007

Its over

The lessons have finished, for now. Didn't end great, but at least I've got 2 weeks to recover and a weekend of reflecting.

So, yawning aside, Sex God is a brilliant book. You should read it. As always Rob Bell has an amazingly simple way of writing and he enhances his stories by putting references and recommendations in the back of the book.

I would love to hear him talk about this book. By the way, the book was definitely meant for me. God is great.

Monday, March 26, 2007

I smell

School is over for another day. The lovely boys this morning were fantastic, they listened, they had questions (sensible ones) and generally responded, with a bit of respect.

The girls this afternoon are a whole other challenge. Numerous times I asked them to be quiet, with no response at all, or cries of 'But Miss, we are talking about Sex'.

One exercise invovles covering a hand in perfume and shaking hands with others in the room. I really smell of the perfume now, but the example really works. If its an active class, then a whole class might put their hands up. The aim is to point out how quickly an STI can spread through a population.

That's the one thing that James Bond never has, never suffers from... Don't you just love what Hollywood film makers have done to our world?

Friday, March 23, 2007

Sex God

I'm not joking... I could have started this blog with 'I wanna have your babies'.

In a world obsessed with sex, I hope I'm teaching so that they young people I know will be able to make an informed decision - or at least consider the danger they put themselves in every time they have sex.

Whats the one thing James Bond doesn't have? I wonder how the boys may answer this question on Monday morning.

'I wanna have your babies' is a song from Natasha Bedingfield, shes a genius! Single is out on 16th April. I was very scared of this song until I heard the lyrics, then I just laughed for a good ten minutes.

Things I've heard this week
'But miss, I'll never get HIV'
'Girls should get on their knees more often'
'I could never do that miss' (she was talking about faithfulness)
'Miss, that's what I've chosen' on virginity and abstinence

Sex God is Rob Bell's new book, written in the same style as Velvet Elvis. I got given it twice this week. However I have this really strange feeling that the book is aimed at me and not who I will be teaching! I'll let you know when I've finished.

Monday, March 19, 2007

On form

I'm pretty much back to normal after all the car trouble last week. It got me down, but is probably a symptom of bigger things.

So this morning as part of my job I headed into first lesson at the school across the road from work. And went head on against a lovely bunch of guys who are hopefully a little bit more aware of the choices they have to make before they have sex.

I'm teaching all girls this afternoon. So we will see how differently that goes.

Its a bit more hard-core next week. Going to try and teach the boys how to use language without being derogatory.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Spaces in between

You'll be happy to know that a mechanic looked at my poorly car and is fitting a new battery tomorrow morning before I head to school dressed in red.

Comic Relief has come around again, with a brilliant series of Fame Academy. Well impressed with the courage. I've done my singing on stage, so I no longer feel the need to ever ever do it again.

In other news I head in to the local school next week. For teaching and a meeting about Mentoring. Well excited. This is the start of a busy time, I feel. Lots of socail stuff happening, and hopefully lots of learning.

Easter shall be an interesting time this year. The last time I was properly away for Easter was a Spring Harvest trip, this time I'm going to be working flat out and hopefully blag a few days away afterwards.

But I am looking forward to it.

If anyone wants to join in with St Hugh's traditions, just ask. This does include a dawn service (what's dawn? Seriously I have been asked...) on Easter day and then breakfast after.

Monday, March 12, 2007

My own car

Owning my own car has been interesting from the day my mum drove it up a kerb and broke the front bumper... it seems I started with more problems than I thought.

It's been a journey (no pun intended), but I've learnt alot. One thing is, don't leave the interior light on over night.

This morning I had to get a taxi into work due to my own stupidity...

Oh well life goes on, I've certainly deal with worse things in this car.

Here's to the next one, I think it's time to start looking! Any one want to come shopping??

Friday, March 09, 2007

Joseph's Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

I have the privilege of working with some amazing young people, who are talented in many many ways.

One example of this was a school play I went to see last night. In it were young people I've known since I've been in Luton and I'd have to say I'm absolutely amazed by their abilities. Musicians, dancers, actors, stage hands, costume designers and makers. To stand on a stage in front of a full house (opening night as well!) and perform as well as they all did, wow!

They have all done more than I ever could. I was on stage about 4 times during my whole school career, these guys already have impressive CV's and they will all go on to do great things (some of them will be doing it for Jesus too).

Today sees the end of a randomly busy week... and making the tough decision of whether to spend the day at Bedford Corn Exchange on Monday and what to teach now I've made connections with Halyard.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


Youth Alpha weekend away was excellent! Great to hang out with a good bunch of people, see Liz and meet Ant again.

It was good to be away, but being active... I've got a lovely throat infection which meant I felt abit rough and got tired very quickly.

I've been sno-tubing (only the second time in my life that I've been on a dry ski slope, there is still time for me to learn to ski though), swimming, and talking. The Holy Spirit is great! I was a bit hyper on Sunday and every one else was tired, so interaction was a bit hard, but we got there in the end.

I think I'm gonna talk more about the Holy Spirit in Luton, we had some interesting chats about dreams and thoughts last night.

So life is pretty much back to normal, and routine. I intend to give my brain a full relax tonight and hopefully my throat will benefit too!

Thursday, March 01, 2007


This word sums up how I currently feel. My head weighs 10 times the amount it should and I really want to go back to sleep, but I know if I do I won't sleep tonight.

Weekend away this weekend, and I'm ill.

Bonus! I shall be snoring so loudly I intend to keep everyone awake.

The most exciting thing I've done this week is go all the way to the top of St Alban's Abbey tower. I've walked right next the the Rose Window, it's amazing up close. Make sure you say yes if someone invites you up the tower!