Monday, 30 April 2018

Vineyard workers

Another one I forgot to post - the parable of the workers in the vineyard. This was one I did for my church a few years ago, but I felt it needed a couple of extra slides before selling it.

It is kind of odd to have a parable in a modern setting with people being paid with silver coins! But, while you could retell this story with modern money, for my PowerPoints I want to stick to the exact wording of the Bible, which is more useful for teachers.

Thursday, 26 April 2018


I wonder if this will help my work? :-D


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Island names

If you wanted to call your children after Scottish islands, you could have a pretty large family before you ran out of sensible names:
  • Lewis
  • Harris
  • Iona
  • Skye
  • Isla
  • Arran
  • and, if you had twins, Ailsa and Craig!
[General view, Ailsa Craig, Scotland] (LOC)
The Ailsa Craig

Monday, 16 April 2018

Literal & Symbolic

A while back I posted a quote & a few thoughts on how bits of the Bible can be both literal and symbolic at the same time.

Here's a non-Biblical example:
Her majesty was all ablaze
She was burning hot but not consumed
Our shoes removed in that holy place
In the hallowed ground of the living room
~Andrew Peterson (The Queen of Iowa)
This is obviously symbolic. It is likening the woman to the burning bush - expressing the fact that he was aware of the presence of God in the room.*

It is, however, also literal. She was running a high fever, and they had to remove their shoes before entering the room to prevent infection.*

If Andrew Peterson can write something that is poetic and symbolic and literal, I'm willing to bet God can.

Btw here's the song. If it sounds like a song about a woman dying of AIDS would be depressing, it's not!

Also, I love what he does with the rhymes.

*I picked up these facts from various places on the internet but can't be bothered to link :-)

Ignore this post!

Just trying something out - will delete when I've sorted it.


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Sunday, 15 April 2018


Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. Jesus has entered there on our behalf as a forerunner...

Thursday, 12 April 2018

How we got the Bible

Planning a 30-40 minute lesson for 6-8 year olds on how we got the Bible is like herding cats!

This video is hugely helpful*.

Obviously most of this will NOT go into the lesson!

But I want to be sure that what I teach - though vastly simplified - is true. 
'Distilled, not watered down'**.

*I'd occassionally disagree with his interpretation of things, but not the gist of what he's saying.
**I got that phrase from Rory Bell at the TnT training days.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Home made fish fingers

Normal bought fish fingers are good, but I thought I'd try making some from scratch. Very easy!

You will need:
  • White fish
  • Flour
  • Egg
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Paprika
  • Butter or oil for shallow frying (I used butter, because I thought that might taste better)
What to do:
  1.  Mix breadcrumbs and paprika together. It's not going to be as orange as bought ones, but it makes them a bit orange.
  2. Cut fish in strips.
  3. Dip in flour.
  4. Dip in egg.
  5. Dip in breadcrumbs.
  6. Fry.
  7. Eat.

Saturday, 7 April 2018


Just realised I never said that I'd - finally - finished my Jonah PowerPoint.

20 pictures! But could be taught over 2 weeks.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Anya & Perena Lewitz

A picture that has been in my head - good to get it out! Though it doesn't really look like I imagined.

These are characters from Chris Walley's Lamb among the Stars series, but imagined as children.

I tried to get over their appearance, personalities, tastes and future occupations (biologist/space captain) - no attempt at looking futuristic!

Love your enemies quick crafts

I'm making a Pinterest board for Jonah, and it was hard to find crafts that didn't focus solely on the whale/fish.

The fish is fun and all - but it's only in a couple of verses in the book.

So - while I have nothing against doing fish crafts for this story - I thought I would also mock up a couple that focussed on the more important points of the story.

These were so quick and easy, made with stuff I already had.
  • Face stickers from a pound shop - or print out some angry emojis.
  • Hearts from The Works - or you could cut your own heart shape from foam or card. 

The only difficulty here would be finding enough angry faces for a lot of children.
And you'd need to check the sticker set you bought - some don't have angry ones.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Cuckoo Chicks?

I'm not convinced these chicks hatched out of any of these eggs.

Monday, 2 April 2018


This must have been a bad week for Thomas - not only was Jesus dead, but his friends had all gone mad :-)