Living in a Field of Hats

some ramblings and reflections on working with students in Herts and Beds.

The far far north! January 22, 2009

So, I have been in the far north for a week now which has flown by that is for sure!imag0246

First few days were a great chance to relax and see northern friends and family (as well as loosing a wisdom tooth 😦 ) But, sunday saw the start of the main reason for my northern trip – Lancaster University Mission Week!

This is my second mission week this year (both in Lancaster but at different Universities). Read about my first one here.

I planning on heading to bed soonish so this is going to be short but here is a brief update so far . . .

This is week one of a two week mission so it is less intense that the one at University of Cumbria in November but an average day is prayer with the whole CU at 9, CUG (Christian Union Guest) meeting and breakfast at 10. 11-1 is the main time for doign flyers and questionnaires which usually absolutly petrify me and the whole time I was a relay worker in Lancaster I hated it- the whole idea of stopping someone in the street to tell them what I believe is so so scary!! But this week I am loving it. It’s still difficult and still have to remind myself why I ‘m doing it but being able to get alongside the students and see them gain in confidence in doing them for the first time has been fantastic. Evenings are dinner parties with small group members and their friends and small group events including things like text a toastie.

The lunchbars so far have been really well attending with numbers starting at 75 on monday and reaching 111 today! They are being held in a marquee quite central to campus (which is pictured with the signs and me and Alex a student, showing off the FREE hoodies). I do still find it miraculous that people will come and listen to a 20 minute talk about the gospel and even ask questions! It’s just so bizarre (to my mind!) but it just shows how powerful the gospel is. I’ve been reminded over and over this week to not judge people in terms of who will and who won’t be interested in finding out more about it. There is no one too cool or sorted. So many people are willing to take FREE gospels as well which is amazing. Michael Ots, the speaker has been keeping his blog up to date with more info on lunchbars.

Being a CUG on this mission has been great (so far and don’t think it’ll change!) for seeing God work, having a bit more time to spend with individuals, but also to spend time with the other CUGs, a lot of whom I know but some I don’t and just talking honestly with them about living as a Christian is so encouraging.

Tomorrow night is my small group event which is free cocktails and a quiz at which I’m giving talk on ‘is the gospel relevant to me’ so watch this space  . . .

 

To live is Christ, To die is gain January 13, 2009

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Yesterday was my first funeral at Ferndale which was quite emotionally tough its fair to say but also was so encouraging. The funeral was of a 90 year old Christian lady and the talk so clearly reflected how the title of this post was true to her and was such a reminder of how much the gospel should be worth to us.

But the most encouraging thing was speaking to the widower and I said I was sorry. To which he answered, “What are you sorry for, She is in a better place. I miss her and the house is empty but who I’m I really mourning for when I know that she is with the Lord and not suffering. I’m just mourning for me”

What an encouragment to see someone facing the death of his beloved wife with his eyes firmly fixed on the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

True Essex January 12, 2009

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Now, when most people hear that I am living in Essex or especially in Southend, I’m greeted with a whole host of stereotypes e.g. “Saafend” “where are your white stillettos” and so on. I’m sad to inform you all that actually on a daily basis that isn’t actually the Essex I see . . .well it is still “Saafend” and there are a lot of white shoes . . but living in Essex isn’t actually like living in a stereotype. Although I must admit that I am getting used to the accent (which is scary because I used to almost need an interpretator!)

Anyway, I went to the hairdressers over the weekend and it truly was like stepping into a stereotype! It was brilliant! The hairdressers were “Trace” and “Stace” (both with amazing accents) and it was like being in Eastenders . . . there was the reading out of the gossip magazines, the peroxide blonde hair, the talking about everyone’s news (even if they weren’t there, in fact especially if they weren’t there . .) but the one thing that made me think. ” i live in Essex” from this whole experience was the chair. I have trawled google images and can not find a picture of one so you’re going to have to use your imiaginations!

It was like a posh office one, so faux leather on wheels with quite a high back. But, the fauz leather was pink cow print! It was amazing!!! Very very Essex!!!!

 

Build This House January 8, 2009

Was searching on youtube for a song that we are adding to the Ferndale Song Supplement, and came across this song . It’s by Lou Fellingham (from her album Treasure) and I heard her singing it when she was lauching her album at Forum 06(?) and loved it then. But, today listening to the lyrics was a bit of a challenge. I’ve pasted them below:lou-fellingham

All I am and all I have is yours
There’s nothing that I have on earth
that doesn’t come from you
I lay aside my pride and worldly wealth
To serve You is the greatest thing
that I could ever do

For unless you build this house
I am building it in vain
Unless the work is yours
There is nothing to be gained
I want something that will stand
When your Holy fire comes
Something that will last
And to hear you say well done
Giving glory to you Lord
Glory to you Lord

So easy to desire what others have
Instead of seeing all the gifts that
You have given me
So help me fan the flame
which you began
And burn in me a love for you
that all will clearly see

(c) 2005 Thankyou Music/The Livingstone Collective

The first verse was particulary apt for me today. Had an interesting meeting with the Council earlier this week and was trying to explain what I did and how payment worked (which is slightly weird to be fair) but they just couldn’t work it out at all. They didn’t get (and I quote) why someone with a University degree would choose to work for no money.  The only way in which what I am doing makes any sense whatsoever is in the gospel. Laying down everything that I have and acknowledging that however I earn money “there’s nothing that I have on earth that doesn’t come from  [God]” and knowing that “To serve [God] is the greatest thing that I could ever do”. Now I’ve learnt that that is so much easier to say than do over the past eighteen months or so especially! But I remain completly convinced that it is the truth and that there is nothing is on this earth that I want more than my relationship with God.

The chorus, was what initially struck me today though.” For unless you build this house I am building it in vain, Unless the work is yours, There is nothing to be gained” Now, I am quite convinced that  this isn’t actually about house building . . . but that actually unless God is in the work that we all do as Christians,  then it is being built in vain. It won’t last. This is such a challenge for me. I know intellectually that we need to pray to ask God to work and that he is majestic and powerful and he will work for his glory in so many situations where we think it is impossible, yet time after time after time, I don’t pray and think  (very mistakenly) that I can do things without him! But the bible teaches, as this song reflects, that  things done in our lives on earth will be destroyed by God’s holy fire unless done with and for him.

Therefore, I want God to help me build this house, my life, my ministry, my everything so that glory is given to him and that one day I will hear him say “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23)

 

2009! January 4, 2009

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So, Sherry has taken the first post of 2009 and she has absolutley thrashed my highest hits! She got 150 on one day where as my highest has been about 50!

I’m back in Southend after a lovely break in the North for Christmas and then spent New Year here. Walking down the pier on New Years Day was quite fun and having friends from the North around was VERY exciting although two worlds colliding was pretty weird!

So, all I really wanted to say was Happy New Year and here’s to 2009!

 

Number one blog person hahahaha geek off lol x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x January 1, 2009

Filed under: Random — Sarah @ 7:09 pm

FIRST BLOG OF 2009

well this is gunna be one random blog lol

WELL……

its been a very adventureable day today lol

well it was news years eve larst night and i invited myself to brunch with the other peeps lol

so i got up and then jon number 1 arrived to me pick me up with elaine in the car

we had a very good cruise down the road x

then we got to sarahs crib and just jumped on her sofa’s and then just chilled

then linda,pete,garaeth,ebuck,jon number 2 and we all stuffed our faces with lots i mean LOTS OF FOOD !!!!!!!!!!!!

THEN WE TOOK ALONG WALK DOWN THE PIER AND TOOK THE TRAIN BACK AND THEN WE ALL ROLLED INTO COSTA COFFE AND ENJOYED SOME YUMMY HOT CHOC AND OTHER THINGS

then we went back in sarah car to the DRAYS HOUSE#

THEN THERE A NEW ARRIVEL OF THE CLUB GARAG INSITED THAT I NEW BUT IO REALLY DID NOT

then we all stat down and played this game well Northern SARAH was the slum it was very good watchign her suffer AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH GOOD TIMES X

thats my day to 20009 lol

new word of the week: bees knees

cya later peacse out

shez

welll i am back to add a few more word to this amazing i mean AMAZING blog that i wrote.

umm well i am sitting on this rug i think its a rug lol x

umm i think i made there stomachs in twirls lol

well i have decided that ni 2009 i am going to rewrite the bible in sheridan style at the end of it its gunna say CHRISTAIN ARE GEEKS LOL’

I THINK IT WILL BE BEST SEELLER OF 2009 LOL

UMM WELL UMM I DUNNO WHAT ELSE TO SAY SO I AM GUNNA LEAVE YOU NOW TALK MORE NEXT WEEK

BYE XXX

BYE

BYE X

P.S EBUCKET IS NOT A CJHRISTAIN WELL I DUNNNO LOL XHHBAHAHAHAHHHHAHHA AND SARAH HAS THIS REALY WERID STUF ON HER FACE SO WHEN U SEE HER JUST POINT AND LAUGH…..MWAHHHHHHHHHHH MWAHHHH MWAHHHHH MWAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

OW YES THERWE MORE I WILL BE BACK INA MOUNTH TO TELL YOU MORE AHHAHA ITS GUNNA BE BETTER ITS GUNNA BE MEANER AHHAHAHA BYE BYE

PEACE OUT

ITDS THE SHIZZEL

BYE  XXXXXXXXX