Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly pt 2

The poster a few of the young people made.

The second attempt at building a slum, which was a luxury. The roof stayed up all night and they really worked as a tem. I'm proud of them!!

Brave, brave souls, who stayed out both nights and did an amazing job at pulling together. They stopped complaining after a bit and even polished off the dhal I made.

Iain very kindly brought heat and light, so we went to bed warm on Saturday night.

So there we have it. We survived the weekend and have begun to collect money, starting with £200 from church! (there is still time to give at http://www.justgiving.com/slumsurvivorlewsey It's amazing the amount of support we had during the weekend. Lots of people came to visit us and some people stopped on the street to ask what was going on.

Sunday morning was spent leading the 11am, and they did so well, for having about 8 hours sleep all weekend!

Back to school and back to routine. Really looking forward to this term church-wise. I just love the run up to Christmas!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly Pt 1

Well, yet again St Hugh's youth and friends were blessed with amazing non-rainy weather for Thorpe Park. I'm sitting at home with Jed (the goldfish) reflecting on a very interesting day!

Thats the main social trip of the year and now we are gearing up for a full-on weekend.

Prayers, if you can/are willing:

* That we have good weather
* That we learn something about God's heart for the poor
* That we don't get on each other's nerves too much
* That we get some sleep
* That the service we are running would be real and honest, teaching the church about the one billion that live in Slums
* That we raise our target (give at http://www.justgiving.com/slumsurvivorlewsey - thanks!)

Hope everyone who gets a half term is enjoying it, and if you are doing Slum Survivor this weekend, my prayers go out to you!

Sunday, October 14, 2007


It's been a weekend for many church services, I got a good cross section of what it means to be part of church this weekend.

Yesterday was Dad's Licensing as a Reader (which means Lay Preacher, with privileges). So here he is in his robes

I got to see lots of family and friends.

Then this morning the Bishop of St Albans confirmed 10 peole from St Hugh's. Then this afternoon I attened the wedding of Lorraine and Edmore.

Was a great afternoon, day, weekend... now I'm all churched out an ready to have a great week.

Monday, October 08, 2007


I'm a task related person, if there is a task to do I will put it off right until the last minute!!

Most days this is how I feel, but I know I don't work like this. Doing tasks, completing things you said you would do is a lot easier if your laptop at home works.

But actually sitting in my office, I realise I've done a lot more than I would normally do at home. It's a shame that online seminars start this week, otherwise I'd be quite happy that my laptop didn't work.

The solution is a simple one, get a new adapter (which I think is the broken thing). Luckily I have a twin and we buy the same things, including similar laptops. So I potentially have the simplest of solutions at my fingertips... wednesday afternoon will be the test for that one.

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) not all solutions come as easily or as simply.

This month Soul Action is calling young people across the UK to live in a slum for a weekend (by live I mean build, inhabit, and dismantle). Just one weekend, it's not a lot, and it doesn't make the problem go away.

One sixth of the worlds population live in slum conditions every day for years on end. We're just raising money. Soul Action is here and our fundraising page is here. Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.

Monday, October 01, 2007


Went to see the Chinese State Circus on Saturday night, was a lot of fun. Quite hard to understand at some points, but that would probably be the thick Chinese accent and bad acoustics. I feel sorry for the people who live over the road from the site.

The 'funniest moment' of the night is awarded to the small child who was sitting behind us, who said as the monks who were trained in the art of pain management left the stage "that was sick!". I think he meant "it was good". Or maybe it should have gone to Chris' reaction when the mum said 'shhh now, and watch' before talking for the next 5 minutes! I think I've seen C.S.C. before and they are a bit different than the Moscow guys.

Last week was 'back to school' week for me. Back in middle school and back to breakfast club. Back to admin and back to church. Also back to half of the blogger site being in German.

The rest of this month is a bit hectic... keep an eye out for random up dates.