Archive for October, 2007

Nippletastic

NippletasticTonight it was an opportunity to get into the Youth Hall and expend some of that extra half term energy. We started with a sedate game of Pool and a nippletastic game of ’round-the-table’ Table Tennis before heading into the manic world of “skittle ball“. The team selection resulted in girls (and Ricky) versus boys – and although the “girls” ran away with it for a while, the boys came back strong and made it a very close game in the second half. On this occasion I was glad to be considered a girl as we won at the last moment. After a brief rest, and a short kick-about for the lads, we joined together again for a high-energy game of Unihoc. There were a few dodgy moments but no lasting damage, and in the end it proved to be an excellent. The whole evening was very energetic and it’s at times like this that I almost don’t mind only getting decent access to the Youth Hall at half term ;o)

We were very happy to be joined by David Putman (following some serious prodding from Sarah) and we hope to see him back again soon.

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We’re always on the look out for ideas for future Amicus activities. How about this one?

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Next Week: to be confirmed – check your email over the weekend for details.

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The Definition of Amicusness

Coming up with the ultimate definition of what Amicus is all about is going to be a tough task, but its certainly something we should work at, perhaps for inclusion on the second edition of the Amicus t-shirt…

Whatever we decide on, its pretty likely to involve some mention of being extremely childish – and this element of our activities was very well illustrated tonight as we celebrated Steph’s sixteenth birthday (and looked forward to Tim’s eighteenth at the weekend) with an old-school kiddies party!

Jelly And Ice Cream

That’s right – pass the parcel, pin the tail on the donkey, musical bumps and jelly with ice cream were all on the cards tonight. None of us had to think very much this evening, and to be frank that suited us all fine! In fact, being tired from the week so far meant that the best performances of the night came during a round of Sleeping Lions

Afterwards we ventured into the hall for our first proper game of Unihoc in quite a while. We went for over half an hour without injuries – a real accomplishment given that we were joined by Katie again. Unfortunately the game did end with a two-by-two tumble involving our new pair of leaders. Nothing broken however, and birthday cake healed the mental wounds before we headed home. As well as our addition from Newport, Sarah P joined us tonight, as she has the luxury of a two-week half term break from “big faraway school”.

Tonight saw a few notable additions to the ever-growing Amicus Quote Book, and as always they made little sense.

  • “He’s your husband; and he’s blowing bubbles…”
  • “You’re a fashionable blind…”
  • “I’ve got feet … and a skirt!”

Next Week: Brownies’ night off for half-term, so we’ll be in the youth hall all night for some energetic sporty stuff!

Monkeys Gave Us Gingers…

…is an odd conclusion to come out of an evening which basically revolved around LEGO.

Tonight we revisited a previous activity which went down well once again. Using the massive pile of LEGO bricks collected during my early childhood, we took part in a number of simple (but fun) team challenges:

  1. Build the tallest tower possible, able to support and hold a bouncy ball unaided.
  2. Rebuild the tower even taller, without the need to support anything except itself!
  3. Build a sturdy bridge, to cross a 40cm gap and support as many hymn books as possible.
  4. Successfully describe to your team how to construct an abstract model, based on another copy.
    One nominated person could check the reference model up to ten times, then – without touching – explain to the rest of the team how to duplicate it. As you can see, there wasn’t much to choose between the two teams here.
  5. Memorise and identify which bricks have been added to a tray.
    One team member had 30 seconds to look at a tray of twenty unique bricks before it was covered up. Five more bricks were added to the tray, and the volunteer had to indentify as many of these five as possible.
  6. Build a racer to travel the furthest distance from a set ramp as possible.

After all this, and when the thousands of LEGO bricks were back in their box, we had a devotional time which looked at The Tower Of Babel. On the surface, a simple story which shows how God created all the world’s languages, but underneath an illustration of the dangers of humans getting too big for their boots, and wanting to be God-like or “make a name for themselves”. We tried to relate this idea to today’s society, where so many boundaries are being pushed scientifically that we as Christians should be wary. The following quote from Jurassic Park; The Lost World sums up our concerns.

The scientists got so caught up in whether or not they could, they forgot to stop and wonder if they should.

To be honest, it was a discussion which raised more questions that it answered, but this was to be expected. I hope that too many heads aren’t hurting tonight as we head for bed…

Wednesday Night is Poker Night

Low LightTable cloth at the ready, and mood lighting in place…

…all we needed were sunglasses and smokey atmosphere to complete the ambience. This week was Poker Night at Amicus with Tim teaching us how to play, and then beating most of us hands down. He painstakingly wrote the rules for Texas Hold ‘Em on the board, then ran us through them to make sure we understood what was going on, before starting a “friendly” hand to ease us in gently. At the end of the first hand we all had our chips returned and started again for real.

Who's The Dealer Again? Pick A Card Raise

The clear ‘winners’ were Tim and Robbie – with Flic and others struggling to know whether they had a good hand or not. There’s definitely a strategic element to the game which takes some time to master. Perhaps we’ll return to it at another time.

After the game we spent some time exploring whether Poker itself was considered a problem by the Church, or whether it was gambling generally. We discussed some key biblical themes such as providence & stewardship and Jesus’ own example of honesty, before looking at the following passage from 1 Timothy 6 for some insight:

“These people think religion is supposed to make you rich. And religion does make your life rich, by making you content with what you have. We didn’t bring anything into this world, and we won’t [a] take anything with us when we leave. So we should be satisfied just to have food and clothes. People who want to be rich fall into all sorts of temptations and traps. They are caught by foolish and harmful desires that drag them down and destroy them. The love of money causes all kinds of trouble. Some people want money so much that they have given up their faith and caused themselves a lot of pain.

Warn the rich people of this world not to be proud or to trust in wealth that is easily lost. Tell them to have faith in God, who is rich and blesses us with everything we need to enjoy life. Instruct them to do as many good deeds as they can and to help everyone. Remind the rich to be generous and share what they have. This will lay a solid foundation for the future, so that they will know what true life is like.”

We ended with a discussion about whether money won on the lottery could be redeemed by being donated to the Church and used for the purposes of the Kingdom, and we pondered together the question of whether investing in the Stock Market should be considered gambling.

Next Week: <to be confirmed> [but be there!]

Disclaimer: no money changed hands during the course of the evening. All transactions were made using poker chips and jelly babies [which incidentally sounds like a good name for a band].