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Sep 20

I Am Organised 2

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I wonder if you can identify a current story from this image?

Here’s more detail about the amazing feat,

It goes without saying that Mark needed huge organisational skills to get anywhere near the record or even just to get through each day.  Indeed there aren’t really many great achievements that don’t require a high level or organisation.  See if you can find an opportunity this week (it’s easy if you’re a guide for the Open Mornings) where someone notices your organisational skills.  If you are not so good at organising, try to make one improvement this week and then keep that improvement up in the future.

Jesus organised his followers to go out to represent him and to challenge people to trust his way. 


After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.  He told them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.  Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.  Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.  

‘When you enter a house, first say, “Peace to this house.”  If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.  Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. ‘When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you.  Heal those there who are ill and tell them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you."

Luke 10


Are you willing to be organised by God today even if it means standing up against the ‘norm’?


If you are brave enough, try saying to God, ‘here I am, send me’ in different tones of voice.

Here’s a catchy tune that’s just been released,




Tags: Faith
Sep 14

I Am Organised 1


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On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the least, and 10 being the most organized, where do you rank? Out of all the Alive values, how important do you think it is to be organised?

Below are some statements and proverbs about organization.* Which do you agree with and which do you disagree with? Which are found to be proven top tips for organisation and which are made up?

I leave things until the last minute so I only get the essentials done.

I’m never too stubborn to ask for help.

Lateness is a sign of greatness, it shows you’re importance.

A head full of busyness, means business.

I track where my money goes. I know exactly what I’ve spent and where.

A de-cluttered space equals a de-cluttered mind.

Finding out the details, sucks the creativity out of life.

A place for everything and everything in its place.

To be on time is to be five minutes early.

Life is what happens when you’re not organising.


*Some are taken from this website

One of the big challenges for me in being organised, is laziness. Proverbs 6:9 says:


How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?


Maybe sometimes you can relate to this video?


Being organised may not come naturally to all of us, but it is important and benefits all of us. Here’s a simple prayer for this year, particularly if you’re like me and need some help!

Dear God

You brought order out of chaos, and saw that some boundaries and organisation was good.

Help me to do this in the areas of life that require it.

Help me be someone who helps myself and others by doing what I need to, when I need to.

Help me find the balance of spontaneity and creativity whilst planning and organising.



Tags: Faith
Sep 7

Start The Year 2

It’s been great to meet up with old friends this week and to start to make new ones.  Meeting new people though can be quite scary. Some of you may have seen the latest in the ‘Educating’ series, ‘Educating Greater Manchester’.  The first programme focussed on Rani.  Here’s a summary:



What a star Jack was.  Even though it might have cost him a lot, he reached out to Rani and what a pair they’ve become: (key bit is 40 secs in to 2 mins in)


The challenge from the start of year service was for us to be strong enough to be agents of hope.  To do this, get strength from your values and beliefs and then take the plunge.  Try being a friend to someone new this week.  In John 15 Jesus calls his disciples and us, I believe, his friends,’ You are my friends if you do what I command.’  Wow.  Go on, be a Jack today.

Rend Collective wrote a new song recently called ‘No Outsiders’.  I’ve put the words here as they’ve really understood the love of God for all.  Use it as a reminder of why we should be agents of hope and as a prayer.


You're our refuge

You have no borders

When I was a stranger, knocking at Your door

You took me in

With no questions, and no conditions

When I was a sinner, running from Your grace

You called me friend

You called me friend


And there are no outsiders, to Your love

We are all welcome, there's grace enough

You are the open door, when I have wondered Lord

There are no outsiders

There are no outsiders

To Your love

You're the harbour

In every tempest

When my soul was shipwrecked

Tossed upon the waves

You were the shore

You are the Father

And there are no orphans

And every tribe and nation

Gathered in Your arms

Sings with one voice

Sings with one voice!

And there are no outsiders, to Your love

We are all welcome, there's grace enough

You are the open door, when I have wondered Lord

There are no outsiders

There are no outsiders

To Your love

Oh Lord

You are the refuge

I was tired, I was poor

I was thrown upon Your shores

I was homeless and afraid

'Til I heard You call my name

Now I'm ransomed, I'm restored

Resurrected, I am Yours

I am found, yes I belong

In You I find my home

I found my home!

And there are no outsiders, to Your love

We are all welcome, there's grace enough

You are the open door, when I have wondered Lord

There are no outsiders

There are no outsiders

To Your love


Tags: Faith
Sep 5

Start The Year 1


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Holidays are good, but they always have to end. As many of us return to school and work, I wonder how we are feeling?

Normal. Nervous. Excited. Scared. Confused. Hopeful.

You might find yourself thinking, what reason would anyone have to be hopeful at this time? There's bad stuff happening all over the world. Arsenal look awful, and going back to work means setting the alarm again.

This week I happened to read 1 Peter 3:15, where he writes,


Set apart Christ in your heart. And always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.


It had me thinking, who are the most joyful and hopeful people you know, and where do they get it from?

It's easy to be cynical of such people, but also desire what they have. Where do you get your hope? Take a moment to listen to this group of musicians, and their reason for hope and joy.


In the midst of all my doubt and despair about the world. I do believe in a good God, a Creator who wants to be involved in the lives of humans on planet earth. A God who wants to encourage and challenge us, and fill us with life and love so that we share life and love with those around us. Let's ask for his help!


Dear Father God, Thank you for the times of rest we've experienced, comfort those who've had a tough six weeks.

Give us courage as we start a new term, commitment to getting up and going, and fresh creativity in our teaching and learning.

May we settle in to new things, find ease in our relationships, find joy in each day, and may we go into this year with a seed of hope that grows, and grows. 



Tags: Faith
Jul 13

Activities Week and Summer Holidays




At a simple level this reminds us of how much our passions matter, so do use Activities Week and the holidays to rediscover your passions, to enjoy them more and/or to discover new ones.


It also reminds us that through kindness and communication we can make a real difference so please continue to look out for others this summer, especially those isolated or lonely. Finally, it tells us of the value of community, so do spend some time on your own this summer but also spend some time in family and community groups as you have a unique contribution to make.


The Bible reminds us,


whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3



‘The sun comes up
It's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass
And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing
When the evening comes.’


Tags: Faith