I’ve been really hectic recently with going to the Children’s Ministry Conference at the weekend, some big events at youth groups and trying to organise the spending of our grant money. I’ve felt quite frustrated about my lack of blogging but as Hannah, my wife, said it is from the busy times that you get good things to reflect on. Let’s hope that is the case next week!
Over the weekend our grant cheques from the county council arrived. It is really fun looking to spend £6000 and the joy that it will bring to the young people. Had some great conversations with some really helpful companies, looking to give discounts and provide some quality advice on picking the correct products. If their service continues to be as good I will put some plugs/comments up here.
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 coffee bar and people playing badminton. However, I have found the one of the walls has a whole load of electrical piping on it so putting shelving on it while possible will require a lot more thought, and that the internet connection is a lot weaker in that room. I guess I am just going to have to try temporarily working there and see how the internet goes. If it isn’t upto scratch then I will either have to look at the possibility of a booster for the signal or just give up on the whole process. Frustrating hey!
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 to come and share saying thanks to him as he officially retires from the ministry. As everyone knows he will still be involved – just on a lesser scale, hopefully allowing him to really enjoy his retirement now. Anyhow a big up to Colin!
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 just that time of year when everyone gets busy. Probably means that blogging will continue to be a little slower for the next week or so as I continue with lots of school assemblies, some meetings about community work, starting planning for holiday club and summer camp, and continuing thoughts on how we do work with families.
Some things from around the web:
Justin Taylor highlights how BibleMap.org integrates Google Maps and the ESV text to create an interactive Bible atlas. He refers people to the ESV blog for more information.
Out of Ur, the online side of Leadership Journal, has a series of posts on resolutions and how in several sittings over a one-year period, Jonathan Edwards drafted 70 resolutions by which he governed his life and ministry.
Josh Griffin has posted a series of youth work training videos, each a couple of minutes long, on his blog and you tube. Check them out and pass them onto others – well worth keeping an eye on.