”To the world you are a mother, but to your family you are the world.”
This quote is so true of Sarah she is such a wonderful and amazing Mum not just to her two beautiful children but now to an extra two children as we grow our blended family.
I’m a big fan of libraries. I grew up regularly going into town to get out a wide range of books – especially biographies, sport and history books.
Hampshire Library Service, like so many others across the country, has been going through a review as part of the austerity measures. A paper on ‘Library Service Transformation â Strategy to 2020‘ is due to be considered at the Culture & Communities Select Committee on 22nd March.
With my current role I find it difficult to make the time to regularly get to the library, let alone read for enjoyment. But one of the best discoveries I made in recent years was the opportunity to download and read e-Magazines for free from the Hampshire Library Service.
More recently I’ve learnt that you can borrow up to 5 e-books and/or audio books for up to 14 days for free? You can download eBooks and eAudio books onto your ereader, desktop, laptop or mobile device using Overdrive.
For more information please do visit the Hampshire Library Service website.
Lots of questions whizzing around my head at the moment make this poem very appropriate:
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you,
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!
Rudyard Kipling, 1909
As I wrote last week, I am standing to be a member of General Synod. Rather than doing a physical hustings, the Diocese of Winchester gave members of the Deanery Synods a chance to ask written questions to all the candidates. The responses from the candidates for the Houses of Laity and House of Clergy, in the Diocese of Winchester, for the 2015 General Synod Elections are below:
I am standing for the Church of England General Synod, as a member of the laity, in the Diocese of Winchester. You can find out information about the other Laity and Clergy candidates in the Diocese of Winchester here. Find out more about the General Synod here.
The Diocese of Winchester has a tradition of sending to General Synod experienced men and women, with many years of service to the Diocese and considerable understanding of a range of issues. I hope to complement that experience and understanding with my own fresh perspective, and links to young people across the Diocese. Currently I am a lay member of the Lyndhurst Deanery Synod, the Diocesan Synod, and one of the five lay members of the Bishop’s Council.
I believe strongly in a representative group of both lay and ordained sharing in the governance of the church. I am passionate about collaborative ministry and have experienced, and can worship God through, the rich diversity of churchmanship across our diocese.
I am married to Hannah (since 2004), and we have two children, Daniel (aged 5) and Joshua (aged 3). I enjoy sport, blogging (www.chriskidd.co.uk) and reading.
Having been brought up in a Christian family I have always been involved in, and enthusiastic about, church. I became aware of the need to make a response to Christ as a teenager at the Sheffield Alliance Music Festival in 1997 where someone spoke on the need to not be an armchair Christian. This sparked something in me, I realised that Christianity is about being an active disciple of Jesus, not just knowing Bible stories. Support and follow up from my youth leaders led me to make a commitment to Jesus, and to be Confirmed in 1998.
I greatly enjoyed my studies in 2001-2004 at Exeter University in the Theology Department. I felt that this was positive and challenging and that it deepened my understanding of the Bible and the Christian faith. Theology gave me the skills to both ask questions about faith, but also to answer other people’s questions.
Over the last 11 years since leaving university I have worked as a Children’s & Youth Worker for three different churches. Currently I co-ordinate a team of over 60 volunteers who run the programmes and activities for nearly 250 children and young people aged 0-18 for St. Andrew’s Church in Dibden Purlieu. I am passionate about encouraging children and young people to engage with their faith in a holistic way.
I am involved both in the church and the local community. I was a Local Authority Governor and Vice-Chair for a Federation of Schools (2012-2015), I chair the Partnership Board for the local Children’s Centre. I also sit on the New Forest Local Children’s Trust Board developing strong links with statutory bodies.
I was privileged to attend Cape Town 2010 – The Third Lausanne Congress as one of 4,000 delegates, where I led a small group of six people from four continents, and was the Lead Blogger for the Congress. In the summer of 2016 I will be attending the Younger Leaders Gathering in Jakarta.
A Missing Generation: I am eager for children and young people to have life changing encounters with Jesus. I am passionate about people discovering that they are loved by God and the holistic hope that can bring them. I want people to realise that faith has an impact now and not just in eternity. We are missing a generation in our churches and so we must keep mission and evangelism as the highest priority for the Church, facilitating the new and ancient ways of sharing the hope and the life transformation that the gospel brings.
Safeguarding: We can barely comprehend the terrible damage that has been inflicted on those vulnerable children and adults for whom the Church should have been a place of safety and hope. In my role working with some of the most broken youngsters in our local community I understand how crucial it is that nationally, and locally, we continue the great strides in improving our safeguarding practices, training, and policies so that the church truly can be a place of safety and hope for the most vulnerable in our communities.
Poverty & Welfare: Through my work I am sadly all too aware of the need of an increasing proportion of our communities for basic necessities. It is essential that everyone works together to highlight these issues and that the Church focuses its resources towards the communities most at need.
Lay Leadership: I long to see the Church committed to making disciples and releasing its members to serve Jesus in the church and in the world. To enable this I want to see clergy and local lay leaders supported and developed so that every congregation is encouraged in maturity and growth. The Archbishops’ programme for Reform and Renewal will be critical for this, and I will support initiatives that free up the laity to live out their Christian potential.
With all issues that will be discussed at General Synod, I will prayerfully consider each on merit. Listening carefully to all sides of the argument, both locally and nationally, whilst at the same time seeking to be obedient to what I understand the Bible to be saying and the Holy Spirit to be prompting.
Your vote is important in this election. I ask for your first preference vote and should I be elected, your prayer in the months ahead.
Do please contact me if you have any questions or would like to discuss any issue.
Hannah, my wife, did her annual questions about daddy with our two boys. There’s some entertaining answers!
1. What makes Daddy happy?
D – Giving him food.
J – Building something.
2. How does Daddy make you laugh?
D – Tickling me.
J – Tickles me.
3. What was Daddy like as a child?
D – Good behaviour.
J – A scarecrow.
4. How old is Daddy?
D – 32.
J – 5.
5. How tall is Daddy?
D – Really tall.
J – Bigger.
6. What is Daddy’s favourite thing to do?
D – Play games.
J – Work.
7. What does Daddy do when you’re not around?
D – Look for me.
J – Go on a train.
8. What is Daddy really good at?
D – Driving our car.
J – Being in a castle.
9. What is Daddy not very good at?
D – Flushing the toilet.
J – Squirting me.
10. What is Daddy’s favourite food?
D – Meatballs with chicken nuggets.
J – Chicken.
11. What do you and Daddy do together?
D – Play games.
J – Puzzles and games.
12. Where is Daddy’s favourite place to go?
D – Portsmouth.
J – The park.
13. What does Daddy like most about Mummy?
D – Going in her bed.
J – He loves her.
14. What does Daddy do for a job?
D – Work at church.
J – Opens the shed.
15. How are you and Daddy the same?
D – We’ve got the same hair.
J – We’re both boys.
16. How are you and Daddy different?
D – We’ve got different colour t-shirts.
J – Because I’ve got white hair and he’s got brown hair.
17. How do you know Daddy loves you?
D – When he gives me cuddles.
J – Because he tickles me.
18. What makes Daddy sad?
D – When there’s not enough room in your bed.
J – Writing.
19. What makes you proud of Daddy?
D – When he’s good at playing football.
J – Swimming.
I love this! Can any other parents relate?
Someone once told me it’s a good thing toddlers are so cute and sweet and loving because that’s what keeps you from killing them. Grant Snider of Incidental Comics has an 18-month-old daughter and is well aware of the extremities of that difficult, dangerous, but oh-so-memorable age. He created this wonderful comic for Fathers Day.
The children’s and youth ministry I help to lead has had a fantastic 2013, check out these facts to give you a flavour for what’s been happening:
Last week, Hannah blogged about the cookie Christmas tree she made for the family using a set of cookie cutters from Lakeland.
It looks amazing and tastes brilliant – we’ve certainly enjoyed eating it bit by bit this week and the cutters seem to have been lent to half the church since who want to have a go at doing it too:
Even though I’d count myself as a knowledgable football fan I wasn’t too aware of who Robert Enke was until he sadly took his own life on the 10th November 2009 by stepping in front of a passing train. Enke was a German goalkeeper who played for Barcelona, Benefica, and a number of other top European clubs. As a fellow struggler of depression I was interested to read Robert Reng’s award-winning account of Enke’s life, A Life Too Short.
Robert Reng was a close friend who spent a lot of time using his own memories of time with Robert Enke, his wife Teresa, and Robert Enke’s personal diaries. The book follows Enke’s life and career, sharing the highs and lows of being a professional footballer, but showing the human side of footballer’s, in this case, someone who even whilst his career was on the up, struggled with anxiety and depression. The book is challenging to read – I really felt for Enke at a couple of points in the book – the match he played for Barcelona against Novelda where he and his team imploded; the moment he and Teresa lost their first child due to a heart defect; the fear that sharing about his depression would lead to his adopted daughter being taken away.
The book highlights that regardless of outside success – in his case being the German national goalkeeper – it means nothing when the inner turmoil of depression exists. It was the well deserved winner of the William Hill Sports Book in 2011, and if you haven’t read it, do grab hold of a copy, it will certainly be one of the best football biographies you will ever read.