This morning's sermon for my trial service to become a Methodist Local Preacher "On Trial".
While I have been preaching for a while, I'm not officially qualified to preach within the Methodist Church. This is the second level (should I pass following reflection on today's service.).
Tried to do something different with this one. No point in staying with what's safe, or sticking to what I'm good at... The chance for feedback was too good!
The wisdom of Disney as reminded by being in the same room as the boy watches "Zootropolis."
If you've not seen it, do...
The basic premise is that in a world where predators no longer eat prey (best I can work out they have replaced meat with doughnuts), Judy Hopps wants to become the first "Bunny Cop" in Zootropolis. Typical ups and downs with twists follow.
But this is the exchange that caught me again this morning:
A sneak preview of what we're going to be looking at on Sunday night at our "Generate" youth gathering at The Church on Rise Park. This time's theme is the "I am's" of Jesus, to help us think about who we are in the future sessions.
It's embarrassing. I have no idea what I'm supposed to be asking for forgiveness for!
Chapter two of my trying my hand at fiction...
This is assuming you've read "Dystopia: 'Day One...'"
An ice-breaker made to encourage young people to mingle at a District-wide gathering today. Upward of 80 young people and some leaders playing at once. Seemed to do the job.
There are plenty of these templates out there, but none of them quite seemed to be what I needed for a mixed group of young people, so I made my own. Feel free to steal/amend accordingly!
Rules are simple:
1. You can only use yourself once, in the box marked "You";
2. Each box has to have a different person signing their own name in it;
3. No lying.
(Click the image for a PDF download version... Aren't I nice to you?!)
Another cheat blog...
This time is this morning's welcome service for the new Year 7's at National Academy, which was conducted at St Mary's in the town.
The theme was "Blank Page", encouraging young people to use the fresh start and the blank page that is in front of them...
Prepping for a series of assemblies at one of the secondary schools I am linked with, with the theme of "Hope".
Remit is 2 classes of young people, for about 15 minutes. Numbers are for references to slides/visuals/transitions used.
Feel free to "borrow" any ideas, and let me know how you get on...
NOTE: This is for a church school. Even then I am careful about how I present Christianity. Be sensible with what you say when you do assemblies ANYWHERE! You're entrusted with a privileged position and you represent us all...
Here's a little something I've started.
I'm not sure it's really my thing, but I decided to try my hand at fiction.
Over the next few weeks I'll upload the opening chapters of a dystopian piece I've started.
Be gentle with me!
It's a first-person diary account of a man who becomes obsessed with the notion that he is the central character of a story he doesn't know the plot to. He is fixated with dystopian fantasies and reads himself into the plot. The diary starts as therapy following his release from an asylum, as he is believed to be recovering.
Different post today...
This is just a thought I shared with the Boys Brigade Awards evening at Nuthall tonight... (and a big plug for a new game!)
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