Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Looking forward to cleaning the church floor!

Well, it's a job I always enjoy, but it will be even better if it looks clean afterwards :-)



Thanks to the guys at Elite Floors

Monday, 27 June 2016


It is very easy to sit and listen to a sermon on Pride, and think, 'that point applies to so & so.'

Friday, 24 June 2016

Sunday School Passover activities

A couple of Sunday School Passover activities - totally unseasonal, I know,  but I've just finished my Passover illustrations, and I want to make a Pinterest board.

At the appropriate point in the story, we taped crepe paper 'blood' round our door (unfortunately the inside, as there's another class outside).

Each child got a torn strip and they took turns to add it to the door. This did take a wee while, as only one or two could do it at a time, and the higher pieces involved standing on chairs or lifting the children up.

They loved doing this.

I do wonder what other users of the room think about its new decorations :-)

Then we had a 'Passover meal'. Food at SS is always a Good Thing.

I concentrated on the three foods specifically mentioned in Exodus.

Lamb This is an unfamiliar food to many small children (Yuk), so using lamb burgers made it more accessible. Non-minted would have been better, but it was all I could get.
I precooked them the night before and cut them in cubes. Two quarter pounders was just right as a wee snack for about 8 or 9 people.

Bread In the past I have used Matzos, but this year was unable to find any large ones. So I got pita bread. I know it's not unleavened, but I couldn't find any unleavened bread - even wraps and chapattis have yeast. I don't think it really matters in this instance - it's a SS lesson, not a kosher passover. Four mini pitas was just right for 8 or 9 people - everyone got half.

Bitter herbs I used watercress.

As  I just used half of each packet, I froze the pita and lamb burgers for when we did the Last Supper - the syllabus worked out really well this year, as we had both in the same term - I'll see if I can wangle that again, as it really helps with our understanding of both. For the last supper I also added wine (grape juice).

And, finally, here's a simple worksheet. The idea is that they draw blood round the door - not necessarily quite as much as this example!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016


King Caspian has just discovered he had some pretty dodgy and disreputable ancestors:
'I was wishing that I came of a more honorable lineage.'

'You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve.' said Aslan. 'And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. Be content.'
C.S. Lewis, 'Prince Caspian'

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Another quote

'Aslan,' said Lucy, 'you're bigger.'

'That is because you are older, little one,' answered he.

'Not because you are?'

'I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.'
C.S. Lewis, 'Prince Caspian'


Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do.
C.S. Lewis, 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'

Things that make you feel old

I was talking to a friend, and mentioned Dolly the sheep. She had no idea what I was talking about :-o

I've just Googled it, and discovered Dolly was born 20 years ago (at which time my friend was six). But to me this is a recent event.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016


I will sing into the night
Christ is risen and on high
Greater is He
Living in me
Than in the world

No surrender, no retreat
We are free and we're redeemed
We will declare
Over despair
You are the hope

And here's the whole song if you want to listen to it:

Friday, 10 June 2016

Keeping Motivated & Excited About Your Work #TalkINK 5

Here's a good quote from it:
If I'm going to invest myself into this, if I'm going to beautify - use my skill to beautify - this message, I need to really make sure that it's a message I want to beautify.
Jason Brubaker

Tuesday, 7 June 2016


This man is from another planet. His ancestors left earth millenia ago, and have developed separately, advancing far beyond us. They can walk through walls and send messages to light years away in a few minutes. They consider quantum physics to be a 'misconception of elementary science'. They call us primitive.

Omoc from Stargate SG1 episode 17, 'Enigma'

He fastens his clothes with a standard zip.


in a social anthropological experiment, researchers deliberately bumped into hundreds of people across the country*, and found 80 per cent of people barged into apologised.

*i.e. the UK

Monday, 6 June 2016


Teal'c under arrest

I'm working my way through the first two seasons of Stargate SG1, and was struck while watching episode 16 ('Cor-ai') by the similarities between Teal'c and the apostle Paul (there are of course many dissimilarities too).

Some interesting things in there about guilt and forgiveness and repentance.

TEAL'C: Hanno's father died by my hand. No one else's. I am responsible. What I did while serving Apophis, I will not hide from.
O'NEILL: Even if the punishment is death?
TEAL'C: Then that is what I deserve. 

O'NEILL: Tell us what happened to your wife.
DANIEL: Her name is Sha're. She was captured by Apophis' serpent guards, and changed [...]
O'NEILL: And how did she get to be one of the victims?
DANIEL: The leader of the serpent guards picked her out of a crowd of other women, at random, really.
O'NEILL: Who was this serpent guard?
DANIEL: Teal'c.
DANIEL: The OLD Teal'c. At that time, he hadn't joined us yet. He didn't know me or that Sha're was my wife.
O'NEILL: But the fact is you now work side by side with the man responsible for your wife's fate.
JACKSON: It was difficult for me at first; I wanted to hate him. But now I know that it was a different Teal'c that chose Sha're and I know that if there were any way for him to help me get my wife back, this Teal'c would do it gladly. Even if it meant giving up his own life. This Teal'c is my friend. 

TEAL'C: There were fifty human captives. All were unarmed. Apophis ordered me to slaughter them all.
CARTER: But you didn't, did you?
TEAL'C: I did not.
CARTER: What did you do?
TEAL'C: I turned my weapon on my fellow serpent guards.
CARTER: It was a huge risk for you, wasn't it, Teal'c?
TEAL'C: I made a decision. 
The moment when he changed direction (literally and figuratively)

HANNO: I have just one question for you.
DANIEL: What is it?
HANNO: Can any of his present or future actions bring my father back from the dead?
DANIEL: No, nothing will do that.
HANNO: Then obviously no amount of good done in the past or the present will erase the guilt of what he has done.

HANNO: You would protect those who want to kill you?
TEAL’C: I would protect those who deserve to live.
HANNO: I was mistaken. My memory was faulty. You are not he who killed my father.
TEAL’C: I am the one.
HANNO: No. He is dead. You have killed him.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Heart vs Mind: What Makes Us Human?

Very interesting programme currently on BBC iPlayer here.

Slightly complicated in places as it seems to switch between 'heart' meaning physical organ and 'heart' in the more metaphorical sense - although one of the things it is also exploring is what the connection between those two definitions of 'heart' is.

Things it made me think of:
“In our world,” said Eustace, “a star is a huge ball of flaming gas.”
“Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is but only what it is made of."
From the Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis 

Sonny from iRobot (the film, not the book). Specifically the scene where they open him up to see what makes him tick.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Gnosticism is wrong.