Living in a Field of Hats

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

Looking Back December 3, 2009

Filed under: Random — Sarah @ 9:42 pm
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Last weekend I was back in Preston for a friends (well two friends!) wedding, which was a great opportunity to catch up with lots of people. Also though, I found it really weird to be back in Preston. Preston was “home” to me for three years and I’ve now not lived there for nearly as long, so as the train was going through Preston and I saw my old lecture halls, my old flat and places once so familiar I got to thinking about how much I have changed and how I am not the same person that left Preston (which is a good thing!)

Seeing places evoked memories (good and bad) and the more I saw and thought, the more I realised that God has been changing me and as much as I didn’t want my time at uni and CU and church there to end, I’m really glad it did!

Maybe the above doesn’t make any sense to anyone else . . . sorry!

Also, found this video (through some facebooks statuses!) which kinda underlines the above! When I was on UClan CU committee, I grew to having some of these convictions but wouldn’t have verbalised them like this, or held them so strongly. It’s so great to see that the CU has grown in boldness and is totally set on the vision on “Living for Jesus and Speaking for Jesus” on their campus with a passion that is so strong! I am really passionate about CUs and how they can really impact their campuses with the gospel, but as a student I wasn’t that passionate about CU, because (to be honest) I was a little ashamed of the gospel. That’s why I’m now so excited to see a group of students at UCLan so passionate and holding firm to the truths of the gospel 🙂

Awesome!

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Two Months On October 20, 2008

Filed under: Random,Update — Sarah @ 11:43 am
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 Two months is now up! Madness! Thought I’d list all the things I’ve done (well that I can remember!)
  • i’ve driven 300 miles to Southend
  • i’ve taken 12 girls to Chessington
  • i’ve led a sunday evening bible study for the first time
  • i’ve met the Mayor of Southend (twice!)
  • i’ve been mistaken for Stephen’s wife (just the once!)
  • i’ve relearnt to play the clarinet
  • i’ve learnt who Robert Peston is
  • i’ve watched things on youtube more that I ever have before!
  • i’ve played the clarinet in church (twice to date)
  • i’ve scrubbed out a baptistry (just once)
  • i’ve still not cried
  • i’ve got addicted to Arrested Development
  • i’ve taken a ridiculous amount of photos
  •  Sarah and Phils Weddingi’ve been to one wedding

 

 

 
 

  • i’ve learnt that church work is very different to student work
  • i’ve given a talk at Womens Fellowship
  • i’ve bought an Oyster Card
  • i’ve been to London (once)
  • i’ve gained a housemate
  • i’ve made some really good friends in my church family
  • i’ve learnt that Southend High Street has duplicates of most things
  • i’ve learnt that the longest pleasure pier in the world is the most boring
  • i’ve talked a lot about Graines Power Station
  • i’ve realised that church work shows you so much more of the pain that there is in living in this world and is really heartbreaking
  • i’ve retaught myself to play the piano (only to grade one so far)
  • i’ve started reading the Bible with Sarah and had the joy of seeing her being baptised
  • i’ve started to get to know mums at mums and tots
  • i’ve experienced a ‘Shelia buffet’
  • i’ve ‘prettified’ the office
  • i’ve had an ‘Alice and June’ cooked breakfast
  • i’ve felt homesick
  • i’ve had a flooded bathroom
  • i’ve taught 11+ sunday school for the first time (three times to date)
  • i’ve led Explorers devotions at Girls Brigade
  • i’ve planned, written and given Junior Devotions at Girls Brigade within an hour!
  • i’ve done Senior devotions at Girls Brigade
  • i’ve spoken to nearly every church leader in Southend trying to get a full list of churches in Southend
  • i’ve been knee deep in mud in Shropshire
  • i’ve met John Piper
  • i’ve scrubbed a cafe floor
  • i’ve avoided doing a single notice sheet for sundays
  • i’ve survived two deacons meetings (and started a new tradition of being taken to the Exhibition by Maureen and Robin afterwards)
  • i’ve watched a French Film (actually in French!)
  • i’ve convinced the Jo(h)n’s (Delves & Dray) to watch High School Musical 3
  • i’ve played bingo
  • i’ve decided I never want to have children (after the Chessington adventure)
  • i’ve fallen in love with most of the babies at mums and tots
  • i’ve lost at ping pong to everyone!
  • i’ve won a couple of games of pool (by default!)
  • i’ve been to ‘Ye Olde Smack’
  • i’ve written two prayer letters (actually one a month! amazing!)
  • i’ve discovered the south is cold
  • i’ve nearly booked flights to Norway for £2
  • i’ve been to Harrods
  • i’ve ‘borrowed’ & cleaned a filter coffee maker and milk frother
  • i’ve had my first ‘Northern’ visitor
  • i’ve been ill
  • i’ve applied for a Masters
  • i’ve been to Oak Hill
  • i’ve drunk a lot of tea
  • i’ve learnt there’s very little chance of getting any work done before 11am most days
  • i’ve settled in

Did not think that the list was going to be that long and there’s going to be things that I have missed! And I don’t think that there is any way that I would have guessed that most of these things would ever happen! It’s been a mixture of ups and downs and just plain random but it’s definetly home now. Here’s to the next random two months!!

 

Still coping! August 27, 2008

Filed under: Update — Sarah @ 4:25 pm
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Mr and Mrs Wren

Mr and Mrs Wren

I’m back in Southend after Phil and Sarah’s lovely wedding which was a great chance to catch up with some of the UCCF team from the North West that I’ve not seen in a while. Made me realise that although I’d only known most of these people for a year I’d formed some really deep friendships with them over that time and I’m really grateful for their continuing support, challenge and rebuking when necessary!

I managed not only to navigate crossing London but also ,diverted from the Trainline’s itnerinary to go and visit another girl I know from doing Relay, Rachel, which was great. I saw most the main sights of London from her roof terrace (the Gherkin, the Eye, BT tower and what we think is St Paul’s Cathedral!).

This afternoon moved some books and photos into the office (that seems quite strange that I have an office!) to make it more ‘homey’ which appears to have worked so far and I can now get around without Paddy! Woo! Tomorrow’s challenge is going to be walking to the church with just my trusty A-Z to help me . . .should be interesting!