Antics and Ramblings of Kat

Saturday, July 29, 2006


I'm going to blame the heat for the lack of blogging activity of late. When I've not been at work (roasting) I've been attempting to keep cool at home, while intermittently preparing my talk for this week, and compiling a Powerpoint presentation of truly epic proportions for use in worship (part of my role as worship coordinator!)

Later on I face the drive up to Cheshire, fortunately in a car with air conditioning, unfortunately at the enforced speed of 60mph as I try and keep in convoy with Stephen who has the uneviable task of driving a minibus plus trailer, packed with a gaggle of overexcited teenagers. So perhaps travelling at 60 is a small sacrifice to make in that case, when I think about it!

This week promises to be busy, very tiring, but so exciting and rewarding. I'm getting progressively more nervous about delivering my 'talk' (more an interactive session, but still!) on Wednesday morning... but with the power of God working in me, I'm sure he'll make it into something useful and relevant to the members. With props including masks, mints, coffee, chocolate and a backpack full of fizzy drinks I don't think it'll be boring!

I'll leave you to speculate on what those could possibly have to do with a talk on the Holy Spirit... and update you in a week or so when I've recovered from the coming week!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

New Challenges...

In just under a month's time, I'll be heading up to Cheshire for Jodrell Bank 2, a CPAS CYFA Venture. This will be my second as a team member, having also cooked for one year.

As time gets closer, people are beginning to find out what their particular 'responsibilities' are on the venture. Last year as a fledging team member, I was started at the shallow end with just a dorm group and a few other small tasks to take care of. This year, it seems God wants to stretch me a lot more than that!

I've been asked to co-ordinate music, which I'm really looking forward to - I love playing (flute) and singing, and to be honest I just don't do it enough anymore. This should be a great opportunity to dust off my instrument, as well as encourage the members to get involved with worship.

The scarier part though, is that I'm also leading a morning meeting, entitled "Who is the Holy Spirit?". We're basing our talk scheme on the Youth Alpha framework this year, so I do have some initial ideas to begin my thought process... but I have to admit to some feelings of trepidation! Although I spent a year cell leading, and done other things in the past such as Youth Alpha and CEx, I've never done anything like this before; leading a meeting for a large group of teenagers! So herein lies the challenge. Yes, it's quite a long way out of my comfort zone - but I've agreed to do it, and more importantly, God obviously wants me to do it! He'll give me the inspiration and the courage to see it through... and I'll keep you posted on how I get on with preparing this! And of course... your prayers would be incredibly appreciated!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Good Times!

I've been back at home for just over two days, and already there have been crazy antics and fun times aplenty!

Yesterday included a meal with my fellow youth group leaders, followed by an impromptu trip with Kathryn to Stony Stratford to meet up with some work people in a pub - good times :)

Today, I ventured back into my secondary school with Kathryn to see how things have changed... which is a LOT. We managed to find a handful of teachers that we actually remembered, and marvelled at the new double glazing and new buildings that have sprung up in the past two years! This was followed by a random trip to a park to play frisbee with some good friends, and then covering the lovely Ross's car with newspaper and writing the legend 'I <3 ROSS!' in masking tape on one of the windows... the look on his face was priceless. Good times :) Loving the summer!