Park life – a tour of Southampton and surrounding area

This guest blog is written by my friend Vanessa Baldwin When the November lockdown hit in 2020 and everything closed again (except playgrounds!) my family decided to make it our mission to try as many new parks within our local area as possible.  George age 5 and Kate age 2 were excited at the prospectContinue reading “Park life – a tour of Southampton and surrounding area”

She needs help failing in order to serve in your church

“The propensity to dwell on failure and mistakes, and an inability to shut out the outside world are, the biggest psychological impediments for female players” Mike Thibault, Mystics basketball coach, Confidence Code. Mike Thibault, legendary coach was in a unique position as he had trained both men and women at NBA level. Mike observed theContinue reading “She needs help failing in order to serve in your church”

Give a doorstep gift this Easter

A letterbox gift does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a gift that can be posted through the letterbox. It’s a convenient way to send a present to someone and they don’t have to worry about being at home to receive it. During lockdown, letterbox presents have become hugely popular. These giftsContinue reading “Give a doorstep gift this Easter”

She doesn’t feel good enough to serve in your church…

“Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them” Hewlett Packard Internal report. These statistics have been discussed and debated and the reasons why this is true put in question. Is this about confidence, a mistaken perception of the hiring process,Continue reading “She doesn’t feel good enough to serve in your church…”

Bunny rabbits, chocolates and the cross – how to communicate what Easter is really about

Over last few months community trails and activities have been popping up across the UK. These have brought people together and have encouraged a warm community spirit. Running a Nativity trail was straight forward, but Easter feels a little tricky. Due to the current situation, its hard to tell what level of restrictions we’ll haveContinue reading “Bunny rabbits, chocolates and the cross – how to communicate what Easter is really about”

How to run a Zoom school disco

The Half term holiday is fast approaching. Reflecting over the last few weeks, I am so grateful for our school and all that the teachers are doing. But like everyone else I’m exhausted at the prospect of another 5 weeks of lockdown life. We always mark the end of term with a huge cake sale,Continue reading “How to run a Zoom school disco”

Events that communicate goodness, beauty and truth – it starts with the invite

Are you are getting bored of meeting online? Wondering how to inject new life into your gatherings? In my line of work I help students and staff across Europe communicate the good news of Jesus Christ. We often run online topical events gathering people from a diverse background. But is there any point in runningContinue reading “Events that communicate goodness, beauty and truth – it starts with the invite”

Houses of light – offering our lives and the gospel in a pandemic

Back in September I was feeling frustrated. I prayed that despite being in lockdown, God would give me opportunities to share my life and the gospel. I heard him say clearly to me “Nay where do you think you shouldn’t be?”. I knew the answer was Halloween, our area loves it and each year hundredsContinue reading “Houses of light – offering our lives and the gospel in a pandemic”

A brief history of the Kingfisher Swimmers – how to set up an outdoor swimming club in a pandemic

This Kingfisher wasn’t certain of the definition of ‘infographic’. That is until I met Joanna for the first time, on a chilly November morning when we met for our ‘paired’ socially distant swim during Lockdown #2 and we enquired about each other’s professions. The story doesn’t start here though. As Joanna’s beautifully simple and informativeContinue reading “A brief history of the Kingfisher Swimmers – how to set up an outdoor swimming club in a pandemic”

Find #Christmas this December

2020 has been a hard year, but I believe there is hope and no better time to discover that then now. Together with friends, I’m creating a map of #christmas2020 activity trails across the UK. This article explains a little bit about why this matters. “If there was ever a year that needed Christmas, thisContinue reading “Find #Christmas this December”