Friday, 7 November 2008

Green Fingered?

Together with other locals, at our community allotment planning meeting, I carefully considered my answer to the chairperson's skills matrix question 'what do you bring to this project?' I listened as people offered their suggestions; key holder, logo designer, treasurer, children's craft co-ordinator. I offered 'motivation and encourager' for my input. Graciously the chairperson welcomed each offer, then asked - 'do we have anyone who can actually dig?'!!!!!!

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Life on demand

Current baby feeding advice is 'feed your baby when they ask for it, ie on demand'.
Without live TV we can watch any of our prerecorded dvd's whenever we like 'on demand'.
You can now buy seasonal fruits and vegetables all year round 'on demand'.
If you want to purchase something - anything - online auctions are available 24/7 'on demand'.
We know we live in a consumers society but the danger is we might end up treating God the same way.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

A moment of silence

I feel compelled to suggest that anyone who reads this blog takes a moment to acknowledge the safety they have been granted today and to pray or offer thoughts for the extended family of David & Michelle and their four children Reece, Jay, Mason & Elouise who tragically died on the M6 on Monday night. The pain must be unbearable.

Colour: Why church should be green

During modernity some people viewed God as Transcendent: we'll assign them the colour YELLOW. These people were soaked in the creator God.

During modernity some people viewed God as Immanent: we'll assign them the colour BLUE. These people were soaked in creation.

In post modernity and Rachel's gloop church there is a recognition that Jesus draws together the creator and creation and in so doing mixes the colours equally.

(Taken from ReIMAGINE community of artists in San Francisco and from Emerging Churches by Eddie Gibbs & Ryan K Bolger)

Gloop Church

My emerging church would be called 'Gloop Church', a multisensory experience of fun, colour, and experiment. Different styles of church doesn't change the message or impact. God spreads out like cornflour in water, allowing for experiences of solid and liquid forms. Goop can be any colour but its often GREEN, my emerging church would certainly aim to be the ethical shade of green.

What would your emerging church be?

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Fabulous Cornflour

Once upon a time cornflour was used only for making sauces like gravy thicker but I have discovered it as a fabulous ingredient for making craft activity things; so i take time out to share with parents and childcare workers (though i accept i may actual be behind on this discovery!)

You've probably all made goop before: 2 cups cornflour, 1 cup water, few drops food colouring, mix together and play. It goes solid when you touch it and runny when you don't.

But i've discovered if you add salt you get a dough that dries hard in a few days but is different from salt dough.

However if you add sugar instead you get a mixture that remains gooey like paint.

Cornflour is made up of lots of long, stringy particles that don't dissolve in water. However, they do spread themselves out, which allows the goo to act as both a solid and a liquid.


Tuesday, 14 October 2008


A bizarre new language or cryptic code to be cracked? Neither just the initials of the days of the weeks as they go rolling by, now we've entered a new routine in the land of Spenceshire:
Jacob's response has been to activate the crawling mode on his launchpad as if to find the old routine just round the corner. He's learning movement, speech, cause and effect, signing, active play and how to get the response 'touch no'! Reuben's response has been more subtle; a kind of new found independence mixed with a dollop of insecurity an increase of affirmation soon sorts that out though. He's learning shapes, sets, numbers, alphabet, phonics and crafts, much of which takes place with his imaginary friends Leo & Jane.
Meanwhile Rachel leapt into 'hyper organised mode' for September and was worn out by October! Some of her plans remain in tact whilst others have proved to be one thing too many for the tribe to fit in. The best idea of all time has to be a 4 week rotating plan which tells me what to buy, cook, eat and wash without me having to remember what we've done recently. Brilliant!
We like to analyse and consider the 'what if's' of lifes circumstances, this has brought us into bloggingland, a place where we can ask, consider, mull over and generally assess the goings on of both our lives and the global society in which we are residents.
To find out how Ian is surviving this new routine check out his own blog via
I conclude these ramblings for now in the words of Reuben 'oh no mummy what happened?'