Posted in Church, tagged Cadburys, chocolate, Christ Church Central, Christianity, Church, Creme Egg, Dave Crofts, Easter, egg, faith, Jesus, meditation, poetry, resurrection, Sheffield, spoken word, video, YouTube on 31 March, 2014|
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Spotted this excellent Easter meditation yesterday, with the starting point of considering a Creme Egg (which I know that a good number of people will be doing over the next few weeks). Delivered by Dave Crofts of Christ Church Central in Sheffield. Think this might get a showing in one of our services before Easter.
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Posted in Fun, tagged Baggies, Black Country, charity ball, Cyrille Regis, homelessness, Open Door, Teenagers, The Hawthorns, WBA, West Bromwich Albion, YMCA on 25 March, 2014|
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Last week I found out that our local YMCA branch are auctioning some pretty cool stuff. There’s a whole bunch of activities and items being auctioned in a very good cause – their Open Door project which arranges supported lodgings for homeless teenagers. You can bid for
- Dinner and round of golf with West Bromwich Albion legend Cyrille Regis
- Tickets to a West Bromwich football match (vs Stoke or vs Tottenham Hotspur)
- Free personal training or a taster Scuba diving session
- A family day out at Conkers or West Midlands Safari Park
- Or lots of other stuff
There is also a charity ball this Saturday night at The Hawthorns (the West Brom football ground) to celebrate 5 years of Open Door, and to raise money for this brilliant scheme. There are still a few tickets left for a great night out to support Open Door. The Vicar and I have been invited too and will be there. It’s our first night out like this in I can’t remember how long. I shall have to do a serious shoe audit this week to check if I have anything that I can actually dance in. Maybe see you there?
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Posted in Church, tagged degu, Genesis 11, Gospel Coalition, Joshua 2, Kathleen Nielson, Rahab, rodent, Tower of Babel, Vicarage on 24 March, 2014|
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I met with my prayer support group this weekend. We’re now in our 22nd year of meeting, and on Saturday (in between eating and talking and praying and taking a short walk together) we listened to recordings of two talks by Kathleen Nielson. Kathleen heads up Women’s Initiatives for the Gospel Coalition in the US and brought some wonderful insights into Old Testament narrative. We listened to her talks on Rahab and the Tower of Babel. Her teaching is engaging and stimulating – highly recommended.
The great encouragement of meeting for prayer and bible study helped with the fact that I was away from home when a sad accident befell the Vicarage Rodent. Those of you who follow on Twitter will know that our degu had a sweet habit of escaping at bedtime. Alas, this weekend his escaping habit ended very unhappily, and Squeak is no more. There was a solemn funeral in the back garden, where he joined his erstwhile companion, Snuffle, who predeceased him. What with Squeak’s demise and some stressful adventures with trains (I nearly ended up in Glasgow instead of London, for starters) I am very thankful that I’ve got no further trips away planned for a while.
Happy Days: Snuggling with the Vicarage Cat
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