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Important: Before we go anywhere, please drop me an email ASAP to let me know if you are or are not joining us for the trip to Thorpe Park on Sunday 19th October (see last week’s update for details).

This week we delved back into Simon’s infamous Lego box of delights.  The usual height, stability, length and strength challenges were livened up by a fantastic boat race challenge.  Take a look at the pictures – and be sure to look out for the annotations (no offence intended) and the Caption Competition picture.  My creativity is lacking a bit this week so I decided to let the anagram generator play with the words “Lego bricks” and see what it could come up with for the post title.  Here are my favourites:

Bilge Rocks
Gerbil Sock
Biker Clogs
Glob Sicker
Be Ricks Log
Be Sock Girl
Bi Clerks Go

And with that in mind, we need to check out the names of our newest members for decent anagram possibilities:

Yolanda Potter

Rotten Payload
Tadpole Notary
Detonator Play
A Rotated Pylon
A Droopy Talent
Adrenal Pot Toy
Panda Tyre Tool
Dopy Anal Torte
Altar Toed Pony
(and way too many others to choose from)

Nick Bosdet

Bidet Conks
Bodkin Sect
Knob Edicts
Not Bed Sick
(and some which I can’t re-publish)

Anyway, back to the Lego for a moment.  Perhaps our next Lego activity should be a challenge to build something as impressive as this Church.  That would get the creative juices flowing.  For further inspiration, check out the projects at this site.  And finally, take a look at possibly the least appropriate use for Lego!

This week we also enjoyed some Carrot Cake, sponsored by the extended Rew family and their inability to communicate and organise themselves (everyone took a cake to a family gathering, because no-one spoke to anyone else), and some Jelly Belly Beans brought along and generously shared by Yolanda.  Check out this link and if you’re one of the first 100 people to visit you could get a free Jelly Belly Sample Pack.  Or if you’re in too much need and can’t take the risk you can buy them here.

Chris led devotions and used this poem to encourage us to consider how important we are to God:

My Child,
You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being. Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring. Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born. Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me. John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. 1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father. Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psalms 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you. Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession. Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things. Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires. Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Revelation 21:3-4
And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being. Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. 1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. 1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. Luke 15:7
I have always been Father, and will always be Father. Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is… Will you be my child? John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad
Almighty God

Happy Birthday to Yolanda for Monday – and best wishes for your driving instructor!

Next Week: Art Attack [details]


The Drunken Monk

SingerFirstly a big welcome to an Amicus newcomer, Nick Bosdet, who joined us for the first time this week.  He is already known to Steph and Yolanda through School and to Ricky through Friday Frenzy at Whaddon Way, and we look forward to seeing him again and everyone getting to know him.

This evening we were sharing music tracks which have played a significant part in our lives, bring back key memories, or which we simply enjoyed listening to.  Each person brought along some form of music (CD, MP3, Phone, etc) and then shared why they selected it.  Some were funny, some poignant and some frankly bizarre and probably drug-induced.  Here’s the full song list, with links to see the lyrics and listen to the track:

  • Nick Lingard – Follow Me, Follow You – Genesis – [lyrics] [listen]
  • Sarah Dungate – Feels Like Home – Chantal Kreviazuk  – [lyrics] [listen]
  • Simon Bradley – Square One – Coldplay – [lyrics] [listen]
  • Nicci Horn – Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root – [lyrics] [listen]
  • Nick Bosdet – Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen – [lyrics] [listen]
  • Steph Dungate – Lost – Michael Bublé – [lyrics] [listen]
  • Yolanda Potter – Follow You Into The Dark – Death Cab For Cutie – [lyrics] [listen]
  • Ricky Rew – Super Trouper – Camera Obscura – [lyrics] [listen]

If you weren’t able to make it but would like to share a track which means something to you or which you just really enjoy, drop us a note in the comments below.

Our devotions used the Coldplay song “Cemeteries of London” [lyrics] [listen] and reminded us of the need to take time to listen to God.  We often simply crack on with our busy lives, occasionally (if He’s lucky) pouring out our concerns to God – but it is pointless unless we make time to listen too.  Imagine your best friend only ever talking at you and never listening to what you have to say – nightmare!


We attempted a quick game of keepy-up volleyball but I don’t our hearts were in it.  Our highest score was a pretty good 42, but the rest were fairly pathetic.  We’ll keep practicing.

The more observant among you will have noticed the new option in the right column – the title What’s On and a picture of a calendar should give you a big clue as to what you’ll find when you click it (if anyone would like to create a better icon, I’m open to offers).  It will take you to a calendar which contains the Amicus programme and other Amicus-related goodies.  Click on an individual entry and it will popup the details of that week’s programme, including date, time and roughly what we’ll be doing, along with who is organising, who is assisting and who is leading devotions.  The hope/plan is that each week it will email a reminder to the list so we all know what we’re doing, when, and who is responsible.  Please don’t ignore these emails because it might be your turn to do something.  Take a moment to click through and see what part you’re playing in the programme.  If you have any questions you know where I am.

Thorpe Park Trip: On Sunday 19th October (note new date!) we will be joining Newport Pagnell Amicus on a trip to Thorpe Park.  Tickets can be pretty expensive, but if your family shop at Tesco and collect Clubcard Points then you’re in luck.  By exchanging just £8.25 in vouchers you will receive a token which will give you entry to Thorpe Park for the day.  There will probably also be a small charge for petrol.  We will need to confirm numbers next Wednesday, 1st October, so please consider whether you’d like to join us.  You need to exchange your vouchers soon in order for the tokens to arrive in time – if you have any problems or aren’t sure what to do look here, or ask.

In keeping with the theme for the evening, take a look at this funny-but-creepy version of Lionel Ritichie’s hit ‘Hello’ – only this one is entitled “Urinal Ritchie”:

Next Week: Legoland Adventure [details]

Acknowledgment: this week’s header image and embedded images courtesy of Jonny Baker.

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…)

Cranberry Sauce & Piccalilli

There’s been a sense of deja-vu at Amicus recently, and this week repeated the recent photo scavenger hunt but with a slight twist.  Instead of each team having the same list of items to represent in photographs, they each had to define a list for another team.  I only have one set of photos from the evening but it should give you a sense of the nature of items which were selected.  The lists included some easy and some frankly bizarre items:

  • Blind man who has lost his dog
  • Ring of Fire
  • Owls
  • Stretch Armstrong
  • Chicken Liver Pate
  • UFO
  • Black Cab
  • Sheep
  • Time
  • “Can we eat this?”
  • Monkey
  • Bible Story
  • Secret Place

Late Update: After the scavenger hunt we miraculously beat our Volleyball Keppy Uppy record with a new high of 59!

Lost Property: we don’t often have lots of items of lost property left behind after Amicus, but this week there was a rift in the universe and everyone seemed to leave everything at once, from a Camp Consent Form (tut tut) and BB Gazette to a USB Remote Control thingy, and a pair of old trainers with a Parmesan tang.  Perhaps the oddest items, and still unclaimed, are an opened jar of Cranberry Sauce and one of Piccalilli.  If they are yours, please let me know.

Tree-Top Walk: on Monday night we’ll be joining with the Newport Pagnell Amicus group for the tree-top walk at Salcey Forest.  Meet at Water Eaton Church Centre at 7:20 and then we’ll be heading over to Lovat Hall then on to Salcey Forest.  Dress appropriately for the weather…

Next Week: it’s that time of year again where things are starting to wind down and we’ve almost reached the end of the Amicus session.  We’ll be celebrating in the same way we did last year with a bring-and-share buffet and console games (hopefully with the projector this time!).  Bring along some snacks & nibbles, drinks or cakes (homemade if possible).  We expect to be able to hand out Amicus Hoodies on the evening too.  Don’t forget that this will be the last opportunity for you to return your completed Camp Consent Form – also, please ensure you show the Camp letter to your parents.

Brute Force: On Saturday 19th July we will be honouring the promise we made at the Promise Auction to do a semi-skilled make-over on the Dungate’s garden.  We will start at 10:30 (not too early for a Saturday) and likely continue until about 4-5pm.  Lunch and refreshments provided by Lesley – we need to provide willing manpower.  The plan is that we will be involved in some cutting back, lopping, digging, pulling up and laying down.  I have no idea what those words mean, but I’m sure we’ll be able to work it out together.  Dress appropriately for the weather and activity and if you have any of the following equipment, please bring it with you:

  • fork, spade, trowel
  • shears, loppers, secateurs
  • stepladder

Park Life – Second Installment

Although the weather wasn’t quite as good as the previous week, being British, we decided to make the most of the fact that it wasn’t raining and headed out to the park again.  We did the same activities as last week, and it was good fun by very much the same – until…

…Simon pulled up during the game of Ultimate Frisbee, turned white as a sheet (in fact, as yellow as his t-shirt) and was unable to continue.  Nick L. made a mercy dash to the Seller’s house to get a drink to help Simon recover and we didn’t think too much more of it, until…

…Jane was seen wandering over the horizon with her hands full of bags of supplies and a kettle of hot water; when she arrived at the footie court she proceeded to serve everyone with hot chocolate, tea, coffee and biscuits.  What a legend!!  We’ll be sure to let her know about all our excursions in future, and she’s more than welcome to join us.

Bin Laden\'s HatQuote of the evening (if not the year!) [click image for full size version]:

“Do you mind?! I’m reading Bin Laden’s hat!” – Matt Dungate

Notice: still waiting on a number of people to pay their membership fee – you know who you are!

‘Nuvva Notice: Hoodies have been ordered and should be here by Camp – if you’ve missed out, meh, you had your chance!

Dates for Your Diary*:

  • Tree-Top WalkMonday 14th July – we will be joining Newport Pagnell Amicus at Salcey Forest to enjoy the tree-top walk.  Meet at the Church at 7:20 prompt!
  • End of Year PartyWednesday 16th July – join us at the Church for the last Amicus evening of the session – it will be a bring and share tea party and might even involve some Wii Sports.
  • Brute ForceSaturday 19th July – we’ll be spending most of the day at the Dungate’s making good on our Promise Auction promise to make-over their garden – we need all hands on deck please.

Next week: bring your digital cameras with you and waterproof clothes and we’ll be heading out for a variation of the Photographic Scavenger Hunt.  There will be a wet-weather plan in case the weather really is too bad.

* if you don’t own a diary, you should, it makes for much less annoyance and disappointment all round

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…

Feeding On Decaying Matter…

This week (ahem – last week) we took part in a Photo Scavenger hunt.  It turned out not to be quite what people expected (more of a treasure hunt) but was fun anyway.  We split up into three teams, each armed with a digital camera of some description and an instruction sheet which featured some common sense safety advice and a list of 20 items. Each group had to a photograph which represented each item in the list whilst paying attention to the important information tt the bottom of the sheet.  The list was:

  1. Relaxing Place
  2. The letter ‘Z’
  3. Human Pyramid (min. Six people)
  4. Yellow Car
  5. “I can’t believe we all fit in here”
  6. Uniform
  7. Team Reflection
  8. Unusual Perspective
  9. Leap Frog
  10. Abstract Architecture
  11. Yummy
  12. Bubbles
  13. Second Hand
  14. Gum
  15. Tattoo
  16. Interesting Number Plate
  17. Blue Food
  18. Questionable Sign
  19. Scar
  20. Lego
  21. <your choice>

Points were awarded for satisfactory interpretations of the requirements – and teams were given the chance to explain or argue their interpretation – but bonus points were awarded for creative interpretations of the requirements.  Extra bonus points available for photo 21 (and for using the form correctly).

Unfortunately no-one has sent their photos through to me so I can’t include them here (the pics above are stolen from Alex’s photo album – if you’re on Facebook, you should be able to see it here; if you’re not on Facebook yet, why not?).

The title of the weekly updates isn’t usually explained, but is normally instantly understandable by those who attended; this week it is based loosely on the photos the teams submitted for photo 11 – “yummy”, and on the dictionary definition of Scavenger:

scav·en·ger (skăvən-jər) pronunciation

  1. One that scavenges, as a person who searches through refuse for food.
  2. An animal, such as a bird or insect, that feeds on dead or decaying matter.

Congratulations: to Alex who has passed her Driving Test since we met last week!  Yay!

Next Week (ahem, this week): weather permitting (looks ok at the time of writing), we’ll be heading to the park to play frisbee (ultimate if we have enough people) and other exciting open-space games.