Saturday, 16 December 2017


Sunday School party today. I got to join the big kids' party this year :-) (because I'm teaching an older class)

No Hokey Cokey or musical islands, but we had:
  • A Malteser & spoon race
  • A wheelbarrow game where you had to pick up Oreos with your teeth

  • The Mars bar game

  • Bottle flipping

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Matthew's begats

Our service on Sunday was based on the genealogy in Matthew 1.

Which made me think of this song!

Memory foam

Looks like my memory foam insoles have senile dementia.

Interestingly, the only place I could find new ones was not Timpsons, Boots, or Superdrug, but Poundland!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Don't buy walking sticks in Pound shops

Fortunately it was bought to be a shepherd 's crook, not a prop for old age.

You don't make the handle of a walking stick by just cutting out a handle shape across the grain :-D

(Wood glue sorted it)

Friday, 1 December 2017


I've read this many times before, but never noticed it:

Then Jesus, knowing everything that was about to happen to him, went out and said to them, “Who is it that you’re seeking?”
John 18v4

He took the initiative, fully knowing the consequences.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Nativity girls

The Nativity play we're doing looks back at the prophecies of a great King to David and Isaiah.

This exacerbates the problem there always is with Nativity plays - lack of female (biblical) main characters (i.e. not just members of crowds).

Male parts: David, Samuel, Nathan, Isaiah, Gabriel, Joseph; also shepherds & wise men
Female parts: Mary

Fortunately we have more boys than girls, and the play will also have some present day characters, who can be girls.

So I was thinking - how could you do a Bible based nativity play with lots of girl parts?

Aha - the women in Jesus' family tree!
  • Bathsheba - tricky, but totally do-able for kids if you're circumspect
  • Ruth - definitely
  • Rahab - yes, just don't mention her profession
  • Tamar - Ah. Maybe not, then :-)

Saturday, 25 November 2017


There's something wrong with a society in which all these perfectly good containers are just rubbish, to be thrown away - or at best, recycled.