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  • Hellos and Goodbyes

    A great morning at church... packed to the rafters - well we had to use the upstairs overflow anyway.

    A couple of photos and a video link (a new departure for us) of some post service African drumming to give a flavour of of it all.  I had a whale of a time!

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    All media (c) Ken Fisher

  • Shiny Happy People...

    005.JPG... Had a great time with P and N walking the Shine half marathon - which we reckon was more like 14.1 miles than 13.1 given how some of the signage and odd detours worked.  Really good fun and we managed it in a very respectable 4 hours or there abouts.  So that'd be 18 minutes a mile on average if it was ~13 miles, and we certainly got in a few 15 minutes miles along the way.

    Really well organised - even if the start was delayed by about 15 minutes as Strathclyde Police weren't ready.  Lots of freebies - mostly sample sized things.  Lots of refreshments en route - water, juice, caramel wafers (yum), crisps, etc.  Friendly marshalls and shiny happy people - about 3000 of them - having fun on a beautiful clear moonlit night.

    Very humbling to see so many people and to read their back messages.

    003.JPGVery humbling to be one of the "survivors" (don't like that word in that context) who were clapped (en masse) before the start.

    Very humbling to see one or two people participating who are currently undergoing treatment for cancer

    Very touching when a couple outside a pub asked us what we were doing and why, then thrust £15 into our hands

    Very tired now - and need a shower before bed before getting up to lead worship... the last of the walkers won't be back much before 8 a.m. so the marshalls have a VERY long night ahead of them.

    I have raised well over £1000 so I'm really pleased.

    Edit: pictures added - complete with ridiculous bright pink hat

  • New Beginnings

    Today Dibley Baptists induct their shiny new part-time minister.  A Scot.  A NAM.  A man who with his wife has left his home to follow God's call in a 'foreign' land.

    I am really pleased that the service is being held in the school hall that has become the meeting place of this little church, with the tea being in held in the school's other hall (fortunate to have two!).

    I really pray that this new beginning will be the start of great blessing for church and minister.  This is a tiny little church with enormous quantities of grit and determination, a church who put up with my strange ideas about mission and ministry and who will always be part of my story.

    God bless you Dibley BC, God bless you P&C, may you each know growth, fulfilment and love in the years ahead.

  • Ready for Off...

    shine front.jpgSo here I am in the Shine teeshirt, using the self-timer on my camera, trying to look as if I'm not looking at the camera and wondering how long before everyone susses I take these pics in my bathroom so I can use the mirror to see what's in field?!

    In between now and this evening I will be getting together the other items...

    • clear plastic poncho in readiness for rainstorms of biblical proportions (it is Glasgow after all)
    • ridiculous bright pink (just for Julie's benefit) beanie rain hat
    • borrowed head torch - not sure it's needed but it is advised
    • if I can find them, some reflective/fluorescent armbands so I show up a bit more
    • a whole pack of glow sticks to share with team members
    • my fancy new water bottle
    • my hiker's "utility belt"
    • some 'squirrel bars'
    • GSOH
    • Grit and determination
    • bag of stuff for Cancer Research UK to sell in their charity shops

    003.JPGIf you happen to be in Glasgow late tonight and find yourself trampled under the feet of thousands of nutters in black teeshirts, lookout for 10248 (I like the geometric progression of the last three digits, I think the '10' is a red herring) and say 'hello'


    And another 'altered worship' yomping song...

    Shine Glasgow walkers

    Step out in the darkness

    Head torches so they can see

    Black are the teeshirts and coloured the glow sticks

    Walking around the city


    So here we are to step out

    Here we are to raise cash

    Together we will be beat cancer

    And it's all together worth it

    All together needed

    All together we will beat cancer...


    And we still don't know how much it costs

    To make this become a thing of the past...


    repeat chorus ad nauseam and fade.  (apologies to Tim Hughes)


    PS If you are in NW England you may still be able to get tickets for Annie's bash in Ormskirk tonight

  • Avian In-jokes and Bird-brained Stupidity

    Recently I posted on approrpriate and inappropriate humour in relation to Christianity.

    Over the last day or so another area of inappropriate and, to some people offensive, humour has come to light in relation to charitable fundraising.  I would have to say, my view on this teeshirt is that it is just plain wrong.  It doesn't offend me but it is totally inappropriate. 

    When I was being nuked, I nicknamed myself Robyn, an avian in-joke which was readily understandable but was amusing because it came from within the relevant context.  I understand that women who have sentinel lymph node biopsies are injected with a blue dye which turns a certian part of their anatomy blue for a while... they have another avian in-joke.  And of course oral yeast infections are offically referred to as thrush, which brings a third possibility.

    great tit.jpgI am astounded that a tee-shirt manufacturer and a respected charity can think it is funny or appropriate to sell a tee-shirt featuring two of these birds strategically located, when many of those affected by breast cancer would, to be blunt about it, be pleased to have two t*ts at all.  As someone on the forum noted, would someone sell undies in aid of prostate or testicular cancer with equivalent images or implied comments strategically placed?  I think not.

    Humour is a powerful tool, but sometimes it seems that some important filters of taste and decency have got lost along the way.