Archive for October, 2006

Aqua Aerobics

This week a few of us gathered together and went swimming at Bletchley Leisure Centre. The evening was well organised by Felicity (her first Amicus event) and enjoyed by all. We were also joined by two future Amicus members: David Putman and Lucas Churchill. We played a number of different games including piggy in the middle and volleyball, and started a number of water fights, and Lucas led a number of us in some Aqua Aerobics. By the end of the session I was shattered.

“When my toes get cold my hip dislocates.” – Felicity Jones

Next Week: some of you will be pleased to hear that there’s no Samba Band Practice. Instead we’ll be having another Nooma evening. If you haven’t experienced a “Nooma” before, please make sure you come along.

With infinite complacency…

Tonight we had a film evening and were probably the first people to use the new “multimedia room” for its true purpose. Tim brought along a wide selection of films and we voted to determine which we should watch – and “The War of the Worlds” was the winner by one vote.

Once we’d fended of our fellow building dwellers (grr!) and the film had ended, we engaged in some Theological Reflection on the film (although people probably didn’t realise it at the time!). We discussed how parts of the film mirrored events/themes from the Bible and our Christian faith. There were some obvious and subtle references throughout which we talked through briefly. One of the more obvious, was found in the final line from the Narrator:

“From the moment the invaders arrived, breathed our air, ate, and drank, they were doomed. They were undone, destroyed, after all of man’s weapons and devices had failed, by the tiniest creatures that God in his wisdom put upon this earth. By the toll of a billion deaths, man had earned his immunity, his right to survive among this planet’s infinite organisms. And that right is ours against all challenges. For neither do men live nor die in vain.”

Confirming the idea of an infinitely wise, all-knowing, God, who’s Creation is far beyond our understanding.

One critic wrote:

“The one thing the film does quite well is subtly underscore something that is quite obvious to those who study the Bible. When you have an enemy who is not of this world, that’s where you have to look for your deliverance.”

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13 – TNIV

The new programme is now online. Please check it and make sure you know what you are responsible for and when ;o)

Next week: Swimming

Details will be confirmed by Felicity shortly and emailed out to everyone. Keep checking your email…

Wash those pots and pants!

This evening we dabbled in the world of the artist and had a go at some creative painting. We started with a free-for-all, where we could paint whatever we wanted. Then we played a game of “film pictionary” where team members had to paint a film and the rest of the team had to guess the title from the picture. We finished the painting session with an individual competition to determine who could paint the best Pooh (not what you’re thinking, honest!). There were four “independent” judges and they decided that Matt Chapman most deserved the prize. You’ll find pictures of our creations in the gallery. Thanks to Steph for organising an excellent evening – and to Tim for linking devotions in with the subject of creativity.

We finished the evening with a mammoth game of Unihoc – the first for a few months. Thankfully we haven’t lost the knack – or the passion!

Please pray for Laura Cope as she is currently in hospital with suspected gallstones (small, hard, pathological concretion, composed chiefly of cholesterol, calcium salts, and bile pigments, formed in the gallbladder or in a bile duct – NICE!). Get well soon Laura!

Those of you who are coming to Drayton Manor Park on Sunday, please meet at Lovat Hall, Newport Pagnell, at 9:10am on Sunday morning. We’ll be travelling to the park by minibus and cars. The cost is £20 and you’ll need to bring a packed lunch or money to by something. We’ll be back at Lovat Hall by 6pm, and The Hub begins at 7pm and ends at 9:30pm. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Next Week: Film Night

Me Winky Super Chimp…

Back to Amicus after a weeks break for the 80th Celebrations. It was a strange evening which started very slowly. Firstly there were three leaders and only one member. Then a second member arrived and we started playing cards, then another turned up about 30 minutes later, and a fourth about 20 minutes after that. So the evening had an odd feeling to it.

We had planned to play Trivial Pursuit but decided against it due to someone present having a game allergy. So we spent the majority of the evening playing cards and chatting, oh, and eating sandwiches and cakes which had been kindly left to us by another group which uses the building. We spent some time talking about our names, middle names, strange names, what we might have been called if we’d been born the opposite gender, and about how carefully girls need to pick their husband (ensuring a suitable surname). Following on from that topic, why not find out what your name would be if you were born a monkey with the Monkey Name Generator. I’ll start you off with a few:

– Ricky Rew = Winky Super Chimp
– Nick Lingard = Iron Grub-eater
– Alex Bradley = Crazy Gorilla
– Tim Young = Fingers Van Howler
– Felicity Jones = Curious Bone Man
– Chris Buttenshaw = Iron Knuckle-dragger

I have started to put together the programme of events for the next three months, I just need to fill in the names of those who will be organising. I’ll update the programme and post it here in the next day or two (see the link on the right). Please take a look at it and let me know which activity you would like to organise – remember everyone needs to play a part. If you don’t volunteer to a particular activity, I will select one for you.

Following the Parade Service and Synergy events on Sunday 24th September I have received very positive feedback from various people/groups. People commented that the music was “fantastic” on Sunday morning, and “upbeat but reverent” and “very worshipful” – they particularly congratulated Matt for the drumming. Some of the young people who attended Synergy said that it was “the best one yet“! Tim Cutting from Bridgebuilder sent his congratulations to you all too for a “really enjoyable Synergy which hit all the right buttons“. So thank you and well done to everyone involved!!

Important information:
We’ve been invited to join the Newport Pagnell Amicus Group for a trip to Drayton Manor Park on Sunday 15th October. I don’t have the final cost yet, but as a guide last year we paid £10 each which covered the cost of transport and entrance to the park. You will need to bring a packed lunch, or buy something there. I need to confirm numbers to the NP Amicus Leaders by Monday next week – so if you are intending to join us please let me know by text or email before then. If you let me know after Monday you may be disappointed – depending on numbers for transport.

Next week: Painting with Steph