Archive for September, 2007

The Sweet Scent Of PVA Glue

Palette at FlickrTonight it was once again a chance to let our creative juices flow freely, and this time through various art forms we hadn’t touched since primary school! Thanks go to Sarah for “acquiring” a variety of bits from work, including some poster paints, glitter, tissue and sugar paper, as well as the classroom staple; polyvinyl acetate (PVA glue to you and me).

Inspiration came partially from our own rather-disturbed minds, but also from a wide selection of CBeebies characters, and these fuelled a great deal of debate – without looking at a picture, could you correctly colour in each part of Noddy’s clothing…? Mr Buttenshaw couldn’t. A new leader calls for a new cameraman, and after a short delay the pictures from the evening can be found in the usual place.

After all the arty-fartiness, Steph led us in a short devotional look at Luke 2:39-49, in which the young Jesus is separated from his family and stays at the synagogue in Jesusalem. Once this serious moment was completed we regressed once again, with an energetic game of what has unanimously become known as “Skittle Ball”.

This Sunday all Amicans left in Milton Keynes have another two chances to sample something a bit different in the church. Firstly, at 5PM the latest Cafe Church will be held at WECC. Here’s the full story from someone who knows what it’s all about:

Food & drink, chance to chat, time to worship and pray; time to learn and to discuss your faith and your experiences of God: Do you believe that you can be the person God intended you to be? Do you believe that you can fulfil His plan for you? Or are you guilty of being down on yourself, holding yourself back? Perhaps you don’t believe you’re good enough for God and his plans. At the next Cafe Church We’ll be exploring what God thinks, and seeing just how much faith He has in us! Come along this afternoon at 5pm and be surprised and excited by what God thinks of you.

Following this (or instead of, depending on what you fancy) is the latest Synergy event, organised by Bridgebuilder. Each month a different youth group from an MK church is invited to host everyone else, for an evening of whatever they normally get up to. This Sunday Newport Pagnell Baptist Church are hosting a “Sunset on the Summer” party, with ice cream and cocktails promised alongside the more usual worship time. Speak to one of the Amicus leaders if you would like further details.

Uncanny at Flickr

Well, if I’m going to keep you entertained in the same way Captain Rew manages, I’ll need to leave you with at least one odd but ultimately funny web link. This week, I think it should be something for the latest crop of Amicans off to University to perhaps try, cos let’s face it – freshers don’t do much right? I present – Billy’s Balls (trust me it’s safe…).

More Funner Than Ever!

Last week there was no “normal” Amicus meeting (is there ever anything normal about Amicus?), ickyas some of the group members presented a short piece about Camp 2007 at the BB Promotions evening, which we had prepared the previous week. Here’s the presentation which walked through a typical Camp day:

Programme IdeasThis week we spent more time planning – this time sorting out ideas for the coming programme and volunteering to organise and lead the activities we’d come up with. The list (click image for full details) includes a twilight walk, ice skating, poker night (including a look at the moral and theological implications), inviting a guest speaker, a joint activity at Gambardo (formerly ActivityLand) with Newport Pagnell Amicus, Rock Climbing and much more.

After the planning we set about a game of Big Taboo [a few pics here]:

The game of unspeakable fun is now bigger than ever! Put your powers of communication to test as you play The Big Taboo. It now contains four fun Taboo challenges — 15 Words, Draw It, Pose It, and regular Taboo. Test your concise, quick thinking and creativity but don’t mention the Taboo words or actions as you play.

During the game there were many moments of hilarity and a few wonderful quotes (all of which I’ve forgotten as I’ve been asleep since then). Luckily though I caught the best one on video – below [quote from 1:26]:

Although it was a good evening, it was also slightly sad as we said our goodbyes to some Amicans who are heading off to University this week. We send them on their way with our very best wishes and a plea that they keep in touch!

Back in the good old days of Amicus we had a regular Caption Competition which generated some excellent responses, and I think that we should make use of the new technology available on the website and start again. The word “competition” may be misleading as it implies there will be a prize for the best submission, but that’s not always strictly true; however you will win the admiration of your friends. So take a look at the image below, taken at the Dungate’s Birthday Tea Party on Saturday, and when you’ve decided what you think Simon is thinking, add it below:

Simon Caption

Next Week: Primary School Art with Sarah Dungate – think collages, potato printing, general messiness etc

Would You Like A Donut?

Marquee, Cookhouse & ChaplaincyTonight was the first official night back at Amicus (we had an unofficial evening earlier too) and it was mostly spent preparing a presentation about Camp for the BB Promotions evening next week. To be honest though, the group contributed some of the ideas and critiqued the plans, and Simon did most of the work. The presentation will include photos, possibly some drama (although we may lack the manpower) and talky-bits featuring real-life experiences from Camp. We ended the evening in the newly refurbished Youth Hall (looking very bright – and completed on-time and under-budget) play a not-very-serious game of French Cricket. More commitment next time please.

A round of applause to Simon who led his first Amicus session – and to Nicci to tried to hinder him every step of the way ;o)

Next week all Amicus members are to attend the BB Promotions Evening on Tuesday 11th which starts at 6:30pm at WECC. Please wear your Camp 2007 uniform (the tasteful maroon number). There will be no Amicus next Wednesday, because you all need a night to get your school work done now you’re back. Amicus will resume on Wednesday 19th September.

I leave you tonight with a video of Phil Collins as you’ve never seen him before. It almost makes the music bearable ;o)

Good night…