A Merry Christmas dear friends! Thank you for your company over the course of 2011 on a journey in faith, youth ministry, life and humour. See you here in 2012
(and if your Christmas still needs a little more Muppetesque celebration, enjoy the 12 days)
Having saved some annual leave up I get to go home this evening and not re-appear at the Diocesan Office until January. I feel very blessed to have such a chunk of time off, a very Cool Yule indeed.
A reminder that the Diocesan Youth and/or Childrens’ workers retreat is early in January (17th-18th/19th). If you are thinking of coming please let me know and book in. I look forward to catching up with those coming to the wonderful Douai Abbey.
I’ll also be going to SOULNET and am looking for chalet buddies!
Anyway, back to operation ‘Clear the Desk!’
and a social media Nativity
Mrs B White
Worry ye not, I’m not advocating a naturist approach to Christmas, just flagging up the (IMHO) best ever Christmas Album: Barenaked for the holidays by the Barenaked Ladies.
I love it, it’s funny, moving, quirky, original (but includes some classics) and is musically phenomenal. Enjoy! (The link is to LastFM so you can even listen to it without handing over crinkly stuff)
I had a great time at a youth group last week who were having a kind of ‘Britain’s got X Factor’ Talent competition. I was one of the judges (eek) alongside the vicar (sporting the glasses here and the fine pair of lice ladders) and a lass from the Diocese.
It was a fabulous evening! There was a great sense of how much the young people were encouraged and valued at the group as I’ve never known such a great range of ‘acts’ ….. even improv comedy and Scottish dancing!! (with the young people as young as 11).
To complete the evening the leaders delivered their own act which they had spent weeks rehearsing, choreographing and costuming. Hilarious beyond belief and I will never hear Bucksfizz’s “Making Your MInd Up’ in the same way again.
Really fab to spend an evening with such a great church and the young people from the local community. #Ilovemyjob
Closer to home the teenagers here are a constant source of delight. Loved the Youth Carol Service …. particularly the shepherds out on the hillside washing their socks and hanging them up to dry as part of the unfolding nativity tableau.
Last night we were playing Giant Jenga … and the suggestion was made for ‘Foot Jenga’ instead. Rather than the normal 3 and 3 layout with spaces (as per giant jenga instuctions) the tower was made 4 on 4 with no spaces. Despite my skepticism about this working, it did … and was brilliant. The teens managing not only to remove bricks with their feet but to place them on the top. HILARIOUS!
No more youth groups want me until the new year now 🙁
Looking for a christmas present?
You’ll be the toast of your family with this divine snack maker
Spam continues to be a problem on the blog with incoming hits arriving at approximately two a minute, thankfully the filter is managing to identify most of these and file them under ‘B’ for Bin. One piece of spam that made it through was advertising ‘anti spam’ software, I was amused by the idea of self nullifying spam!
Despite the frustration of endless dueling with the misplaced energy of the evil (although *probably* ultimately forgivable) Spambots it’s been an encouraging sort of a week on the blog. A suggested link to a whole bunch of V-dub accoutrements (Thank you Sandra) and bumping into Tim who ministers under the flyover (and also reads the blog) , has been a great blessing.
Well, I have very little idea who actually reads this, apart from a few commenters and the odd friend (I also have friends who aren’t odd ….. no, probably don’t actually) so coming across people who access it in this our now Twitter/FB paradigm is great, I may have to go on scribbling stuff.
I’m trying to bring the blog a bit more up to date at the moment but Moveable Type is more complex, it feels to me, than wave particle duality or deriving the proof of centripetal acceleration.
The web master is trying to make sense of it all but so far I have no ‘like’ ‘dislike’ or ‘whatever’ options on posts ….. or a sensible two way link with FB and Twitter. I’ve been blogging for about seven and a half years now, how weird is it that something can become old school in that time frame?
Anyway, if you do still find the blog useful/funny, fab!
Thanks for calling in to this back alley of the t’internet
The “Wing Clips” site is currently offering some free downloads from the film “Jesus of Nazareth”, you can pick from:
- Mary visiting Elizabeth
- The Shepherd’s Visit
- The Wise Men’s gifts
Humorous competition anyone?
Oh good ….. read on
A while back (ok, a goodly while) we had a good go at listing songs where the word ‘Love’ could meaningfully and humorously be replaced with the word ‘lunch!’ Here
In a similar vein it was pointed out to me that fun could be had by taking songs with the word ‘Christmas’ in and substituting the word ‘Breakfast’
So, as I’m going to ‘step into breakfast’ …….. it’s over to you 🙂
Prize for the one that makes me laugh the most!