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I’ve Come To Soil Your Quilts…

Filming…and step on your chickens.

Last night, following the success of Filming – Part One, we rather predictably embarked on Filming – Part Two.  This involved some filming, a few bits of costume, amazing set-dressing, and the logistics of moving everyone in and out of the scene at the right time.  I still can’t share too much, but…

We started off with a quick run through of the script, with minimal actions, but much laughing.  Then we made the tea, by dressed the set and made “snow” {1, 2, 3} which would later be shaken by David.  Then onto a full pre dress rehersal with Simon ably directing, and people mostly following his instructions.  Cookies were eaten, lines were mimed (yeah, weird isn’t it) and there was a massive mess made on the floor of the multimedia room.  But well done to everyone for tidying up in double-quick time – pity all the polystyrene snow ended up in David’s hair.

There are a few pictures below and more in the gallery which will give you a flavour of what went on.

Filming Filming Filming
Filming Filming Filming

Secret Filming

I managed to take the following film which doesn’t give away too much, except the amount of fun we had tonight:

Caption Competition

The picture below is just crying out for the return of the Caption Competition. There will be a yummy prize next week for the caption I judge to be the funniest – leave your suggestion as a comment below – and be sure to leave your name and email address.


Next Week: Film Making – Part Three

I Have Cookies; Yummy Cookies

Partly inspired by the video we made for the Promise Auction, this week’s activity was “Filming – Part One” – generating ideas for our next video project. Without giving too much away, we watched a few music videos, some comedy sketches, some random YouTube videos and brainstormed a few ideas. We’ve settled on the big idea for our next video, now all we have to do is execute it. We’ll make a start in two week’s time, but may need a couple more sessions.  Sorry – but we can’t share much more than that for now.  Instead, here’s a video to keep you going:

For devotions we contrasted the following two articles.  Please take a moment to read and consider them both:

Don’t forget to take a look at the update from our trip to Thorpe Park at the weekend.

Half Term Treats

Ikea Breakfast – we will be meeting at Ikea on Monday at 9:30am for breakfast (just 95p) and fellowship (free!).  Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll text you a reminder on Sunday night.  Also, let me know by Sunday lunchtime if you need a lift…

Promise Auction Gardening – following the Ikea Breakfast we’ll be heading to Lynn Gibb’s house to do a couple of hours work on her garden for the additional Promise Auction lot.

Next Week: Take on the Take-Away

Return of the ‘Love Dog’

Welcome back to a new session of Amicus.  The conversation was as random as ever – but it was still great to see everyone who made it (WAKE UP FLIC!).  Last session proved to be challenging and rewarding in equal measure, and I’m sure this one will be the same but perhaps for different reasons.  During the session we hope to find the answer to some of life’s biggest questions, like “just how can you keep your sandwiches safe from Matt Dungate?”.

This week we spent time catching up on everyone’s news and generally chatting, before heading into a planning session for the next couple of months.  Once I’ve jiggled everything into the appropriate slot I’ll let you know the programme – and what you’re each responsible for.  I’m also working on a super-smashing-great new whizzy online calendar which will remind you all of the programme on a week-by-week basis – as long as you check your email (James!).

After planning and cake eating (yeah, if you weren’t there you really missed out!) we shared our news from the Summer and looked forward to the future and offered our thanks and concerns to God in prayer.  This was followed by an energetic game of Unihoc, which looked like it would be very one-sided, but really wasn’t in the end.

Good luck to Sarah Putman who is heading off for her first year at Uni this weekend – and to Maddy and Nick Buttenshaw who are starting their second year.

Here’s a short video of a future Amicus activity, mentioned earlier by Simon.  This seems a little less messy than their Coke and Mentos idea.

For those who didn’t make it to the lavish BB Oscars event on Tuesday, you’ll get your awards in good time, but you can see the photos online.  Here are a phew to whet your appetite…

Next Week: Changing Tracks – bring along your favourite piece of music and be ready to explain its significance to you (Robert Dungate not welcome…)

There Will Always Be A Bit Of My Heart Devoted To It…

I’m still aching from this weeks Amicus activities.  We decided to make the most of the nice weather and loaded the car up with sports equipment and headed to Leon Rec for a strenuous evening of games.  We started with a frisbee warm-up whilst being careful not to lose any fingers to the heavy frisbee – not easy with the sun setting over the trees.  We followed that up with a game of Ultimate Frisbee which was surprisingly good-natured – not like the last time which descended into man-to-man combat.  Then a couple of innings of rounders, although we played it with a cricket bat.

Park Life Collage

There’s a three minute video below which gives you a participant’s perspective of Ultimate Frisbee, and some of the rounders action and a full gallery of pictures is online – be sure to check out the following especially:

Great to have some of the Uni bods back and we look forward to the rest returning in the coming weeks. Congratulations to Graham who acheived a First Class Degree – he’s set the bar nice and high for those who follow him ;o)

Important Reminders

  • Camp
    • the balance of Camp Money was due in last week – please pay up if you haven’t already.
  • Membership Fee
    • despite having 17 Amicus members on the roll, so far I have only received 5 membership fees – please pay up if you haven’t already.
  • Hoodies
    • only four people have order Amicus Hoodies – if you would like to order one please download and return the form along with your membership fee (where appropriate) and Hoodie payment.

Next Week: come along and see…

Guitar Heroines and Heroes…

James on GuitarJust a brief update this week.  We spent most of the evening playing Guitar Hero one the Wii (thanks to James) and indulged in a little bit of Wii Sports, before larking around in the garden where we learned that Yolanda is an excellent footballer, and that Alex can neither jump over nor run through fences.

Check out the full picture gallery over at Flickr and be on the lookout for:

Also take a look at the following videos of Nicci and Alex battling it out to see who could win Guitar Hero and Simon and James enjoying a sedate games of tennis.

Next Week: bring a digital camera if you have one (or cameraphone), wear some sensible shoes (Flic!) and bring a waterproof jacket (live weather check, click Wednesday) as we’ll be splitting up into teams and heading out on a Photo Scavenger Hunt.  Points will be awared for photos collected, ingenuity and there will be discretionary bonus points – and a treat for the winning team.

So Proud Of His Brown…

This week’s update is brought to you by the letter ‘8’ and the number ‘F’…

Billed as nothing more than a chill-out evening with a possible walk, it turned out to be neither really. We were joined by Matt who has now completed his degree and is back home to sponge off his parents for a while see the family, and once again by Yolanda who we now officially welcome to the email list.

We started the evening with a mad, almost ferocious, time of catching up. We heard all about Alex’s trip to Alton Towers with a deaf friend, Steph and Yolanda’s “last” day at school, whilst Nick and Simon talked about the colour of cars {yawn}. We also heard about Matt’s economic plan for the next few months, but we can’t share that here in case his parents are reading this. The volume level was dangerously high at some points, but punctuated with laughter too.

Then we settled into a gentle game of Hue Knew which many of us were introduced to last week. Simon proved victorious (again) and Nicci a close second (how that must’ve hurt) followed by Yolanda and Steph. Then we “stole” the projector and connected up the PlayStation for a team game of Buzz. Alex and Nicci made refreshments for everyone – big thank you!! And Simon provided some of his “brown” which was moist and sticky, and perhaps even a little too sweet. The game of Buzz was a close contest and hard fought, which is a bit over the top to be honest with you ;o)

We ended with a few rounds of French Cricket which proved to be a little dangerous at times – must check the insurance ;o) As a result of the lack of accidents tonight and the fact that we didn’t attempt to break our Volleyball Keepy Uppy record, sadly we didn’t make the news. But take a look at this excellent video and see what it would be like if there was no news on the BBC’s 24 hour News channel.

Finally, it’s great to see that James has recently joined the elite group of people on Facebook. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do. If you have no idea what it’s about, take a look at the following video to get an idea:

If the video hasn’t put you off, once you’ve signed up you can join the Amicus Group.

Warning: the following are whingey but important updates – please read them, but even more importantly, act on them! Thanks…

Membership Fees & Hoodies: So far I’ve only received three membership fees and two hoodie orders. Please see the email and earlier post for full information – and make sure you pay up as soon as possible or we’ll be sending the heavies round!

MK Camp: As you will be aware, the date for Camp deposits is long past. If you are still wanting to go but haven’t paid your deposit (because you’re at Uni) please make sure we know you’re intending to join us. The Camp Working Group need to finalise the numbers in order to arrange transport, jobs, insurance, polo shirts, etc.

Whinge Over: It’s safe to proceed…

Parade Service: Don’t forget that it is a Parade Service this Sunday. Meet at the Church at 10:45.

Next Week: Add your suggestions in the comments below for what we should get up to next Wednesday.

A True Underdog Story

This week we had uninterrupted access to the Youth Hall and made the most of it. Advertised as a “sporting frenzy”, we weren’t let down. Due to a slow start the lads entered into a game of “Headers and Volleys”, a game which was once the main focus of BB activity for Seniors, but simply managed to confuse Steph and Nick tonight. Then we switched to the more sedate option of French Cricket, which seemed to move much quicker than normal but we still barely broke a sweat. After a while, and much to Nick’s displeasure, we turned to Unihoc for a bit of frantic exercise and it didn’t disappoint. The teams were picked fairly by David and Andrew (who joined us for the evening as their D of E group doesn’t meet during the end of term break) but the game was a little one-sided. After a good long session we broke for refreshments and a rest.

We resumed the session with the same teams, except for one tactical substitution, but before long the losing team got frustrated and a little disheartened. We shuffled the players around before starting again from scratch – this time the game was much more even. Perhaps a little too well-matched as there was only one goal scored in about 20 minutes, but an enjoyable game anyway. DodgeballThen we had a complete change and tried to play dodgeball by following the rules which feature in the film of the same name (rather than the Junior Section favourite). It took a couple of attempts before we got the rules right, but we persevered, even in the face of enthusiastic debate. If you’re interested, you can play Dodgeball online here. On a not-quite-related note, check out the FaceBall phenomenon. Either watch the short video introductions below, read “A FaceBall Primer for the Memory Deficient“, or take a quick look at a couple of photos of how the game is played. It definitely looks like a possible future Amicus activity.

Ikea BreakfastDespite discussing it with as many people as possible, and a reminder on the website last week, the Ikea breakfast wasn’t very well supported. Obviously a number of people of people have excuses because they are at work – but the rest of you… Despite there only being three of us this time, we had a great time. The breakfast was as good as ever, and a bargain, and we chatted about a whole range of things, none of which we’ll share. You’ll have to come along next time…

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It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally managed to get round to writing the “start of session” letter. Yes I know it’s a few months late, but it’s done now. You can download it here, and it will also be emailed to all current Amicus members. It also includes the order form for the all new Amicus Hoodies which are available at the bargain price of just £20 (click the picture to the right to see the design). If you would like to purchase one please complete the form and hand it to an Amicus leader by Friday, 2nd May at the latest.

Next Week: Simon will be leading us in part two of our Bible Study series {see prequel and part one}

Volleyball Keepy-Uppy Record: