The weekend that was: Friday night was a nice chilled out night.  I met with a young person to finish their baptism preparation, and then met with a leader to plan a fundraising event and just generally catch up.

Saturday was focussed around the arrival of Hugo and Alice, two cats which had been dumped outside of our church.  Hannah and I have adoped them.  They spent much of the day exploring the donwstairs of our house, finding all the nooks and crannys they can squeeze themselves into.

In the evening we ran our swim and BBQ for the youth work (we had 75 young people and leaders) down at our local pool.  It was a very simple event to run, with very helpful staff.

Sunday morning was an early start (the reversal of the two services means I get up a lot earlier, but I also get home earlier).  We had a wonderful all-age family parade service which included the baptism of two of our young people.  It’s always a privilege to be involved in those kind of services.

Sunday evening was a tough night – some of the 11-14s were in a funny mood last night, so it was a bit of a tough night.  Made it home to see the very end of Top Gear.

On my task list this week: on a couple of conferences this week so trying to pare down the task list.  Away next weekend speakin at a Boys’ Brigade camp so will be head down doing some writing .

Procrastinating about: Sorting my emails and computer filing – it will get day – one day!

Book I’m in the midst of: Continuing with Crazy Love by Francis Chan and The New Breed: Understanding and Equipping the 21st Century Volunteer by Jonathan and Thomas McKee.

Music that I’ve been working along to: Zero 7

How I’m feeling about this week: Hoping the conferences will be worth the additional pressure in the week.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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  1. Hi Chris! Ed passed your blog to me thinking I might be able to offer some ideas…

    I’ve used the slogan from the ‘No Fear’ surf t-shirts before, which says ‘He who dies with the most toys still dies’ and used this alongside Matthew 16:26. Asking questions like ‘How much are you worth?’ You can figure it out in monetary value in terms of athletic ability, education level, income, amount of exercise, weight, and sense of humor at Or what about today’s news headline about how much people think Beckham’s worth in LA? Is he really worth all that money? All this may help you talk about what’s really valuable and lasts beyond death. Jesus gave his life so that we could live life fully and forever etc.

    Hope that helps. Have fun!

    Also if you want you could check out my myspace page for more resources!


  2. Hey Dave

    Thanks for those thoughts. Had a quick look at your myspace – I am sure I will be emailing you for some of your resources. How is stuff going with handmade?


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