Author Archives: Chris

About Chris

Dad to the fab Daniel and Josh! Passionate about Jesus, youth work & sport.

Office move – not easy

Recently there has been some talk and thought about me swapping offices with the photocopy type office. But at the moment it all seems to be getting more complex. The theory was that it is a nicer room (actually has proper windows), more space, and a bit farther away from the noise produced by our […]


What a day it’s been. It’s only 7:19am, and 44,561 people have died already, and more importantly, 4,276,540 bicycles have been made this year so far. How do I know? Through a website called Worldometers, which keeps the meter running on all sorts of statistics (How many fish have been caught this year? How many […]

Thank you

Tonight we said thank you to our Associate Minister, Colin Hunt. Colin has been a non-stipendiary minister (i.e. he doesn’t get paid a salary) here at the church for the last twelve years helping the church through two interregnums. It was great to be able to have a big tea for those who were able […]

Year plan

I have finally got my year planner up-to-date and back on my office wall. It looks like it could be a fairly busy year – lots of exciting things happening including taking volunteers away to Children’s Ministry Conference and Youthwork the Conference, the possibility of running a residential for some of my older young people, […]

Busy times

I seem to be very busy at the moment, lots of great youth work stuff going on at work, and lots at home, especially with trying to move home and all the paper work that goes with that. Hannah seems to have masses of work at the moment as well so I guess it is […]

Middle-class syndrome

I am running a session next weekend on reaching the middle-class syndrome. How do you show a young person that they need God when they have three i-pods etc. I am planning on throwing out some big questions for people to discuss and share ideas but I don’t know if anyone has any pearls of […]

School assemblies

What topics do you do for assemblies. Working in four local schools (two primary and two secondary) I am regularly invited to do assemblies. However, it is interesting that topics and details that I am given. Sometimes we get great topics and a lot of freedom and at other times we get very bizarre titles […]

Schools work

Earlier today I wrote a post about exciting things happening in our schools work but didn’t save it, and for some reason it got lost during publishing so here I am trying to rewrite that post now in Word! Our primary schools work has really taken off in one of the schools. Yesterday was the […]

Blogger deleting posts

Why does blogger always delete your post when you highlight the whole of your post to edit it in the create box? I have just written a post about the schools work I did yesterday and then it is gone – it is so frustrating. I must remember to write my posts in Word etc. […]

Great day off

For the first time in ages I had a great relaxing day off. I got up late, played a bit on Championship Manager 4 (I seem to be getting quite addicted), made some bread, did a whole load of gardening and then did some cooking. It was the first day off, on my new schedule […]

Happy Days

I love that phrase made famous by Jamie Oliver. The last few days have all been good. Thursday was preparing for and then running volunteer leader meetings with the different teams who run some of our mid-week groups. They seemed to go quite well – all the volunteers seem keen to develop the groups and […]

Living in Brentwood x being male = Long life!

Recently The Daily Telegraph had an article on some figures from the Office for National Statistics about how where we live links to how long we will live. The statistics basically show the gap between different local authorities is the biggest since comparable records began in 1991. This isn’t good, but I was surprised to […]