Monday, September 25, 2006

Fifteen-year-olds in Britain are among Europe's heaviest users of alcohol, cannabis and tobacco

See this article

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Bryan Adams:The Passion of the Christ

See this - not sure it works, but I think it's an interesting idea.  Maybe it would work better with a different song.


Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Other sites with free fla (flash) file downloads

Here are some more sites that have free fla file downloads with text effects:
There are some half decent links to other sites here:

Monday, September 18, 2006

I noticed this website at Greenbelt - it has a few ideas for creative prayer.
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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Inventions quiz for Rock Solid

Last night was our first night using the Rock Solid material.  The theme was New Beginnings.  As part of that we had to come up with an invention quiz.  I've uploaded our quiz here.
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Friday, September 15, 2006

Friends 'persuaded us to smoke'

See this story on the BBC

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

I picked up a sample copy of Roots at Greenbelt - it's full of ideas for prayer / worship etc.  There are some sample sessions / ideas on their website here:

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Totally absurd inventions

I'm preparing a power point for Fridays youth group based on crazy inventions - see this site
Now there's some crazy ideas!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Free flash visuals

Check out the free files at  Some of the file share's include fla files allowing you to modify the visuals.  I'm going to use the trigger motion dynamic text as a title screen.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Make your own birthday cards

Check out this on Jonny Bakers blog - just ordered some myself.  If they look ok, I think I'll get some cards made for Christmas - I normally give each member of our groups a group photo (if I have one).  They take hours and hours to make...maybe this help save some time!


Just doing some homework on Bullying. Here are some places I've been looking:

And some books I've looked at:

Some other places to consider:


Wednesday, September 06, 2006

More quizes at

I've just noticed there are a few more quizzes at - click here.


Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Bible films blog

Check out Matt's blog Bible films - it looks like one I'll be following!  Matt seems to write for Faith and Films Critics.  If you look at their website, they have some free discussion guides - click on the Cinema in focus links, i.e.:
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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Childrens letter's to God

I read about this in the newspaper (Daily Mail or Express, I can't remember which one) while I was at Greenbelt - very funny!   See
Dear GOD,
In school they told us what You do. Who does it when You are on vacation?

Dear GOD,
I read the Bible. What does begat mean? Nobody will tell me.
Love, Alison

Dear GOD,
Are you really invisible or is that just a trick?

Dear GOD,
Is it true my father won't get in Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house?

Dear GOD,
Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident?

Dear GOD,
Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don't You just keep the ones You have now?

Dear GOD,
Who draws the lines around the countries?

Dear GOD,
I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay?

Dear GOD,
What does it mean You are a Jealous God? I thought You had everything.

Dear GOD,
Did you really mean "do unto others as they do unto you"? Because if you did, then I'm going to fix my brother.

Dear GOD,
Thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.

Dear GOD,
It rained for our whole vacation and is my father mad! He said some things about You that people are not supposed to say, but I hope You will not hurt him anyway.
Your friend -- (But I am not going to tell you who I am)

Dear GOD,
Why is Sunday school on Sunday?
I thought it was supposed to be our day of rest.
-Tom L.

Dear GOD,
Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before, You can look it up.

Dear GOD,
If we come back as something - please don't let me be Jennifer Horton because I hate her.

Dear GOD,
If You give me a genie lamp like Aladin, I will give you anything you want, except my money or my chess set.

Dear GOD,
My brother is a rat. You should give him a tail. Ha ha.

Dear GOD,
Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother.

Dear GOD,
I want to be just like my Daddy when I get big but not with so much hair all over.

Dear GOD,
You don't have to worry about me. I always look both ways.

Dear GOD,
I think the stapler is one of your greatest inventions.
-Ruth M.

Dear GOD,
I think about You sometimes even when I'm not praying.

Dear GOD,
I bet it is very hard for You to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it.

Dear GOD,
Of all the people who work for You I like Noah and David the best.

Dear GOD,
My brother told me about being born but it doesn't sound right. They're just kidding, aren't they?

Dear GOD,
If You watch me in church Sunday, I'll show You my new shoes.
-Mickey D.

Dear GOD,
I would like to live 900 years like the guy in the Bible.
Love, Chris

Dear GOD,
We read Thomas Edison made light. But in school they said You did it. So I bet he stoled your idea.
-Sincerely, Donna

Dear GOD:
The bad people laughed at Noah - "You made an ark on dry land you fool." But he was smart, he stuck with You. That's what I would do.

Dear GOD,
I do not think anybody could be a better GOD. Well, I just want You to know but I am not just saying that because You are GOD already.

Dear GOD,
I didn't think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday. That was cool!


Saturday, September 02, 2006

XLS - 16th Feb 2007 York Minster

It looks like XLS is on again...see   Maybe we'll go this year!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Concert ticket generator

Check out this Concert Ticket Generator - it makes dummy concert of many interesting things you can read about on Mark Oestreicher's blog!
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