7-12-12 Yet another catch up post

So after writing a blog entry out my chrome decided to break, hence my frustration with all things blog related meaning I didn’t post for a while. However I am going to attempt as quickly as possible to sum up my life in the last week.

Last Saturday I went to Argos in Leek to do some fundraising for TCT by giving out chocolate in exchange for donations, this clever tactic seemed to work and we raised quite a decent amount of money. I’m doing the same this Saturday in Hanley. Whilst on the TCT topic I’ve also joined a gym to help me train for the marathon. More details of my epic first encounter with a gym can be found (like the rest of my life) on Facebook.

Unite is pretty much dusted an planned. All you people need to do now is get yourselves there. It will be quality is my gut instinct and I was overcome with excitement when yesterday I walked into the office to find my flyers on the desk. They look beautiful if I do say so myself.

Lighthouse is going well, over the last few weeks we’ve been doing some filming of different things (football, drama, dance, craft etc) and the films have come out really well. We’ve had very low numbers over the last few weeks but I’ve been informed this is normal over the Christmas period.

On Wednesday we had a Junior Church meeting. We have (finally) changed the name to Swan Bank Kids, we introducing some new stuff and are trialing the Hillsong package DVDs so things will be a bit different (TShirts and everything) come February but I think that can only be a good thing.

Today we hosted a day for the Y3 classes at John Baskefield. I actually had a lot of fun leading games, an assembly on DNA and bread, crafts and an impromptu music workshop. The less fun part was spending an hour sweeping and washing dishes, I’ve discovered children are not the tidiest of people. 

Finally I’ve got an interview for Leicester Medical School on Monday, with one for Keele the week after, desperate for these to go better than the Manchester one, if you’re the praying type please pray!

RandomFactOfTheDay: In the original version of “Little Red Riding Hood,” the wolf and the girl eat the flesh of her grandmother together

24-11-12 Yet another ‘Catch-up’ Post

So it seems to have been a very busy few weeks, hence the lack of posts but I shall try and give a very brief summary.

Unite is happening on the 2nd of Feb and I have discovered it takes an immense amount of time to plan and then advertise something like this. It’s huge. Anyway it’s looking like it will be a phenomenal event so if you’re aged 5-23 be there. We’ve confirmed The Big Event to lead the 5-11 stream and have 2 worship bands confirmed for the evening. Food is now sorted and things are starting to come together quite nicely.

3generate happened on the 16-18th of November. Bit of a tiring weekend with not much sleep involved and a 7am til 1am work day but other than that it was quite good. Kids work was quite a good laugh.

I had an interview at Manchester Medical School last Monday, felt like it went a bit poorly though which was disappointing but there’s not much which can be done now. Just had an email inviting me to an interview at Leicester on the 10th Dec so hoping that will go considerably better. Still not heard back from Keele or Leeds. I’ve decided i’m not a very patient person and I’m certainly not a fan of waiting.

Marathon training has been hard, finding the motivation to go out when you’re shattered and it’s freezing cold has been tough, i’m strongly considering a gym membership for the winter months. Up to £1000 with fundraising though now so 40% of the way there. Going into Argos stores on the 1st and 8th of December so will hopefully get a bit more then.

I also spent a few days up in Durham with my wonderful girlfriend. This however came with the disadvantage of being in Durham which I have discovered is still the single coldest and hilliest place on the planet. On the bright side I met Rachel’s house mates who are all lovely and inspired me to set the goal of ticking 10 things of my bucket list this year. Game on.

 

RandomFactOfTheDay: Pomology is the study of fruit.

 

8-11-12 The days of great excitment

So first things first, really good night at Lighthouse tonight. Did an apprentice style challenge where they designed a new sport and it worked really well, despite the fact we had half the number of helpers as normal and one girl managed to cut open here hands we had an absolutely brilliant time. 

Secondly I’m really excited about two events which are officially in the pipeline. Firstly a youth conference for all local churches, I’ve asked two guys who I’ve worked with on a similar thing before to work with me, I’ve booked every room in Swan Bank and we are running the event for people aged 5-23. I’m already excited. There will be different age streams with different stuff going on depending on your age and what you want to go to. We are hopefully partnering with the one big event to run the youngest stream and there’s some really exciting idea’s on the go! It will be February 2nd from 2pm til 8pm. If you’re the right age, be there.

Secondly on 12th June I’m running a 5-a-side football tournament for all local primary schools. I’m hoping to use dimensions and I’m really excited about this also as it could be potentially a very big and very good community event!

RandomFactOfTheDay: Every human spent around half an hour as just a single cell

8-11-12 The days of great excitment

So first things first, really good night at Lighthouse tonight. Did an apprentice style challenge where they designed a new sport and it worked really well, despite the fact we had half the number of helpers as normal and one girl managed to cut open here hands we had an absolutely brilliant time. 

Secondly I’m really excited about two events which are officially in the pipeline. Firstly a youth conference for all local churches, I’ve asked two guys who I’ve worked with on a similar thing before to work with me, I’ve booked every room in Swan Bank and we are running the event for people aged 5-23. I’m already excited. There will be different age streams with different stuff going on depending on your age and what you want to go to. We are hopefully partnering with the one big event to run the youngest stream and there’s some really exciting idea’s on the go! It will be February 2nd from 2pm til 8pm. If you’re the right age, be there.

Secondly on 12th June I’m running a 5-a-side football tournament for all local primary schools. I’m hoping to use dimensions and I’m really excited about this also as it could be potentially a very big and very good community event!

RandomFactOfTheDay: Every human spent around half an hour as just a single cell

1-11-12 The day Lighthouse didn’t happen

So today is Thursday, therefore James will be blogging about Lighthouse tonight I hear you think. Well no, it’s half term, and Lighthouse doesn’t meet and this will mean a joyously short blog post.

Yesterday consisted of a standard 12 hour shift at Alton Towers, from which I genuinely can’t think of a single interesting thing to talk about. However on Tuesday I took 10 of our Lighthouse kids up to Old Trafford for A Question of Sport consultation held by the Methodist Church. The kids seemed to love the tour of the stadium and some of the other activities we did. The day seemed to go quite well, despite the fact one of my kids took one of my dares a bit too seriously and threw a tomato into the fact of the Methodist Youth President.

The day also confirmed to me a few more idea’s I’d been planning which you will all be hearing about soon.

RandomFactOfTheDay: If you try to suppress a sneeze, it is possible to rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

29-10-12 The very dull Monday

So Saturday involved working all day and today has consisted of shopping, visiting the Optician and chasing buses, therefore despite being titled ‘The very dull Monday’ (as this is the day of writing) this post will actually be about yesterday (Sunday).

Yesterday morning I preached at Biddulph Park Church and I think for the first time in my (rather short) time as a local preacher I felt quite comfortable and happy with the message I delivered, so much so I plan to use it again this Sunday at Swan Bank. The message was all about how the church needs to go out and do, I described how more and more I am starting to dislike the Church as we seem to have completely forgotten what ‘Church’ is all about. Ourselves, our interests and the members of the church seem to be the priority, when actually to steal someone else’s quote ‘The church exists solely for the purpose of serving it’s non members’.

The problem is we seem so often to forget this. We’ve turned into a generation of church goers, not proper Christians, we’ve forgotten the purpose of church and the fact that our first priority should be serving the people outside of our building. We’ve taken the greatest story ever told and made it dull, boring and irrelevant. 

It sounds stupid but it took a lesson from my girlfriend to show me that actually all the people who make a difference in this world are people who don’t just say, but then they go and do. The problem is Churches seem to be full of ‘sayers’ and fairly short of ‘doers’. I’ve don’t really see myself as a ‘doer’ but have started to realize actually we all should be ‘doers’, regardless of whether we think we are called to it or want to do it. Therefore stay tuned as I’m hopefully going to be coming out with some exciting developments over the next few weeks.

RandomFactOfTheDay: 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their butts.

  

26-10-12 The day after ‘That Day’ at Lighthouse

So today I’ve been at work, with nothing worthy of recording happening except the fact I managed to bag a 5 o clock early finish. However my main reason for this blog post is Lighthouse last night.

If i’m honest I’m still buzzing about it. We invited a load of the parents of the kids to come along for a family quiz and a bit of food. We normally get about 50 at Lighthouse and we reckoned about half wouldn’t come because of the whole bringing parents thing and the other half would bring 1 parent or share parents so we decided to cater for around 50, thinking this would be plenty. There’s no official figure but headcounts varied between 110 and 130, loads of parents showed up and what’s more they all seemed to love it. The atmosphere was amazing, had a bit of a mini rave, the kids had a great laugh and we spent time getting to know loads of the parents, most who we’d never met before. Absolutely blown away by how well everything went down but also incredibly proud that we managed to pull it off it (despite frantic trips to buy more burgers and cake).

All the team did amazingly well and everyone really pulled together, this made me incredibly happy. Topping it all off next week I’m taking some of them up to Old Trafford in Manchester. I’ve concluded I’m currently well excited for the next half term.

RandomFactOfTheDay: Thought I’d spice up today with 3 animal facts… 

  1. A shrimp’s heart is in it’s head.
  2. A pregnant Goldfish is called a twit
  3. In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.