Friday, February 20, 2009


"What else will distinguish us?"

{ONEL!FE} is an organisation designed to support and encourage young leaders. They do this by holding conferences and taking some of those leaders to Uganda in the summer. Many of the young leaders from St Andrew's Chorleywood are on the team, and they did a brilliant job at looking after us while we were at conference A.

This years theme was "what else will distinguish us?" based on Exodus 33 and the transformational leadership of Moses. Not only were there some great speakers (Mark Waterfield, Pete Wynter, Greg Downes, Emily Vesey and David Pytches) there were also some great people to hang out with.

Of course we are distinguished by God, by what he has called us to do and be part of (and did you know that calling is irrevocable? Rm11v29) but it's about letting that call distinguish us in the way we live, lead and work. We know we are different, but we don't live it out much.

Pete Wynter talked about going deeper into the presence of God and taking it with us wherever we go. Hark back 3 months and Youth Work the conference is talking about the exact same thing. Maybe there is something in this deeper thing!

Small conferences are great, big conferences are great (if you know a small group of people). I'll be taking some young people to YLC next year, wherever I might be.

I really love church! I love going to different places across the world and knowing that I can find home there.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Twin-ness is great. I really love being a twin.

And no, we don't have a sixth sense, but our brains are wired pretty similarly. this is really helpful when attempting to find each other in a crowd or when arriving seperately at the biggest shopping mall in Europe/a tube station with a million exits.

We're better friends now than when we were growing up, and the skill of finding each other becomes better each time we meet up.

Saw Hairspray tonight at the Shaftsbury Theatre with said twin. It was brilliant! Especially an ad-libbing Michael Ball wearing a dress. Ben James-Ellis ('of any dream will do' fame) left a little to be desired and he over-acted his dancing in places (didn't know you could do that, but you can), apart from that he was very good. Leanne Jones makes a great Tracy and probably held the Baltimore accent for the longest! Tough work. And Raquel Jones who plays Inez has an amazing voice.

Go and see Hairspray!

Monday, February 02, 2009

Worth a mention

It has snowed a lot in England in the last 2 days. So naturally for us, everything has ground to a halt.

The last time it snowed this bad was 18 years ago. Which I remember as one of my most vivid memories.

It was one of those days where we went to school in the snow in the morning. We (sister and friend) got picked up by a neighbour eventually. And got to spend the afternoon at home. The next day I think we played in the snow, dad pulled us around the top of our cul-de-sac on a sled. Our next door neighbour helped the milkman deliver the milk.

The snow plough came up the road and dumped the snow on our front lawn, and we made thrones our of the mountain of snow! We were 5/6 at the time, it was the funnest thing ever.

I'll attempt to go into work tomorrow, but school is closed and it remains to be seen if we do breakfast club on wednesday.