Archive for November, 2006

With This Rabbit, I Thee Wed…

This week we returned to a classic Amicus activity which always gets the creative juices flowing: Play-doh Modelling. That might conjour up images of Amicus members parading up and down a catwalk wearing clothes made of Play-doh, but I promise you that’s not that case. Petra was a star and made three batches of home-made play-doh and encouraged us to make models on one of two themes: Christmas, or the Rew-Cartwright Wedding. As you’ll see if you look in the gallery, the wedding won. There is also a new Caption Competition available – go for it…

keep this date free!Most of the organising for the wedding is now complete. Steph will be making the cake and sourcing flowers, Sarah is in charge of the buffet, Petra is taking the photographs and Tim will be organising the entertainment.

At the end of the evening, after scraping an inch of play-doh from our hands, we played table-tennis and had a round-the-table tournament. Sarah started off hating it and ended up playing quite well – a massive improvement. Nice one!

Please remember James and his extended family in your prayers – they’re having a particularly difficult time at the moment. Thank you…

Next week: TV Favourites – bring your favourite TV-based shows on DVD.

Amicus Rules!

This evening was something of an oddity – even amongst Amicus activities. I had planned a theme for the evening, and tied it into devotions too, but we got off to a slow start with people arriving in dribs and drabs. Steph and Sarah were having a conversation about the morning episode of Friends where Ross challenges himself to write down all of the US States – and fails. We started trying to name all of the English counties – and managed to come up with 33 before consulting an Atlas and finding another five. There is some dispute about what actually constitutes a county these days – but it is believed that there are 46 (6 metropolitan and 40 non-metropolitan). Feel free to consult the Wikipedia entry for the full story.

keep this date free!Then, after a lot of requests from Sarah, and to the annoyance of James, we started on the US States. We successfully listed 43 states before we gave in to James’ moaning and stopped. For the record, we got 40 correct: New England, Washington D.C. and East Virginia aren’t states. The ones we missed were: Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The full list, and all the related useless information you could ever want about each of them is available online.

A couple more geography questions came out tonight and I said I’d look into them. The first was “how many countries are there?”. It seems the best answer is 193, with only one, Vatican City, choosing not to be a member of the United Nations.

Then related to the first, the next question was “how many languages are there?”. The best answer I can find is 6912, which is vastly above the 300-400 we guessed at tonight.

After the random geography lessons we played a game of Monopoly, which is always a challenge when you bring together various different “house rules”. So we decided to compromise on most rules, and play the official rules where there was any threat of violence, and we termed them “Amicus Rules”.

Quote of the night:

“What am I? Oh, I’m a dog.” – Yvonne Lingard

Next week: Play-doh modelling. [In my humble opinion, one of the classic Amicus activities.]

Tap-Dancing Jesus and a Bearded Lady…

This evening was a bit of a mix and match. We started by practicing the songs for the Parade Service on Sunday, we also tested out an activity for use in the service; then spent some time catching up with each others’ news, prayer concerns and things we are thankful for, before spending some time in prayer. Then once the Youth Hall had been vacated we tried out a manic game which we’ll be playing at The Hub on Sunday night, before finishing off with a gentle game of French Cricket.

Big news: James surfaced after about four weeks without being seen, and Nick L. was wearing snazzy new trainers. We attributed his excellent moves during French Cricket to the new footwear – then Ali and I had a weird theological conversation about whether he was “powered by the trainers or the Holy Spirit” and then decided that perhaps “Diadora” is Greek for Holy Spirit – sadly we’re wrong.

Quotes of the week:

“Last week at school we had Jesus tap-dancing…” – Steph Dungate

“That’s right, I’m really a bearded lady.” – Nick Lingard

On the way to Amicus, after seeing the compass in Nick’s car, Steph enquired about “who invented north” – and we had to admit that none of us had a clue. So I’ve done some research (partly because it links nicely with the theme of “direction” for the Parade Service on Sunday) and discovered the following which may be of interest:

Compass
The compass was developed in China more than seventeen hundred years ago, however the original inventor remains in dispute; legend has it was invented by emperor Huang Di.

North: Cardinal Direction
Etymology
The word north is traced to the Old High German nord, and the Proto-Indo-European unit ner-, meaning “left” (or “under”). (Presumably a natural primitive description of its concept is “to the left of the rising sun”.)

Next week: My first essay deadline (Biblical Studies) – prayers appreciated. Due to a shift in the programme because of the Samba Band change, we don’t currently have anything set for next week. I’ll organise something suitably exciting – perhaps we can collaborate on writing my next essay.

Double Whammy

Some of you spotted that I didn’t manage to update the website after Amicus last Wednesday. Sorry for any disappointment caused. It was a bit of a strange week and I had to take my day off in the middle of the week, so I travelled down to Andover straight after Amicus, and the 100-mile journey made updating the site pretty tricky. But it’s only about the fourth time I’ve failed to update it in about four years. Anyhoo – that means you get a special double edition tonight!

Two weeks ago we were disappointed by the attendance – with only two members attending, and three leaders. But we pressed on once Alex arrived and watched the latest Nooma in our collection: Bullhorn. We had some interesting discussions about the perception of Christians, and particularly those who try to scare people into believing the Good News; and we tackled some difficult questions too.

During the course of the evening, we had some excellent quotes to add to the collection:

“those who don’t believe won’t have a very nice afterlife” – Steph

[speaking about Alex] “how are *you* normal?!” – Steph

“Jesus has B.O.” – Alex

“Crusty old Christians” – Alex

Tonight it was Flic’s turn to organise again (so soon?!) and she had us making Pizza with a twist. She brought along two “special” ingredients – things that you wouldn’t normally associate with Pizza. The first was Kidney Beans, and the second was Kiwi Fruit. No-one was brave enough to use the beans, but the Kiwi Fruit was well used and absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to try it again. One group also had “cheese-stuffed crusts” – also delicious. Unfortunately Flic’s own Pizza crust somehow suffered from Elephantitis and the crust almost took over the entire oven – but it didn’t stop her munching her way through most of it with Alex’s help.

We didn’t have devotions tonight, as the person on the rota didn’t turn up (shock! horror!). Hope you’re Ok James – cos no-one has seen you for a while.

In fact, there are an increasing number of members who haven’t been around recently. Please hurry back – we miss you all!

Next Week: Music Practice for the Parade Service on Sunday 19th November – followed by Prayer Huddles, Matt leading devotions and then games.

Possible future activity: Will it Blend? check out the videos here – especially the ones labelled “do not try this at home” (although I don’t fancy doing the risk assessment for these!).