Monday, 24 September 2007



The Lacey Theatre Company

Lacey Theatre Company produce high quality professional productions, are suitable for Christians and non-Christians, young or old.

Lacey Theatre Company’s brand new, fast paced mix of storytelling, live music and comedy, based on the gospel story and ideal for young or old, churched or not! The focus is on the person of Jesus, seen through different perspectives, from John the Baptist, to other less well known characters, with running commentary and satire. This gritty and earthy version of one of the most quoted, hotly discussed and much filmed stories in our culture will surprise and challenge the assumptions of many.
Date/Time : Sunday 4 November 2007 @ 7.30pm
Venue : United Reformed Church, Western Road, Romford
For more information and ticket sales (£5) contact Fiona on 01708 250843

Tuesday, 4 September 2007


Out of the Ordinary Tour

Sunday 9th September

Queens Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex

Box Office 01708 443333

Tickets priced at £9.00


Thursday, 19 July 2007

Summer Holidays

Well, we are nearly at the summer break - as far as school is concerned. Although it seems ours started about 3-4 weeks ago, with my daughter finishing school just after taking her GCSE's. She is currently getting ready to go on holiday with 4 other girlies from school down to Cornwall for a week. Yes, I am mad - but I have armed her with the Captains number down there if she were to get into any difficulties!!!!!!!!!!!! She has had various lectures over the past few months, reaching a crescendo this week, with at least 3 a day. The other girls tell me their parents have done the same and so, with a little bit of luck and a fair wind (although weather forecast says the winds are going to be much stronger than that), they should have a great time. So could we spare a thought for these girls, that the weather stays fair, the train isn't delayed getting there or coming home, that they are not pestered by any unsuitable or unsavoury characters and that they don't need to contact the local S.A. Thanks guys!

With one off, the other should be arriving home from Germany. Been there for the last week on a language trip with school. He did send a postcard to his dear old ma and pa, but it's in German. He says that if we care about his eduation, we would be able to read it!!!!! Cheeky boy! Mind you, at least he sent a postcard, I'll be lucky to get a text from the other one.

I spent a lovely day at Brighton on Tuesday. The P.A. from school organise a Ladies Shopping Day there each year and this year we decided to take full advantage of one less child and get ourselves booked onto the coach. Spent a great day wandering around The Lanes, shopping, stopping for coffee, shopping, stopping for lunch, shopping and finished with Afternoon Tea at The Grand Hotel. That's the life!!

So, whatever you plan to do with your summer holidays, have fun, hope the weather stays fair for you, and that you feel relaxed and rested.

Bon Voyage!

Friday, 22 June 2007

"Who are you.....?"

Well, I am just about ready for the onslaught of the weekend.

Hannah has her 16th birthday party tonight for her school friends, and tomorrow evening for her army friends - I'm told the two don't mix, generally!

Tonight, we have 40ish teenagers going to Kids Kingdom for 90 mins and then on to the new chinese restaurant. She thinks we are going to leave her to have a good evening at the restaurant and then her and 6 friends are coming back here, in a taxi, for a girlie sleepover!!
Hahahahahaha. We will be lurking with intent for the whole evening. Can you imagine the stress tonight if I can't account for every person leaving that restaurant safely? AND, I fully intend to be in that taxi with her and her friends!! How uncool am I?

Anyway, her friends have been dropping off their sleeping bags today and one young lady arrived at the door. She asked if she could leave her sleeping bag and stuff with me for later. I took it in and she left, and then realised that actually I didn't know this girl and hope that SHE got the right house, and in fact she is part of the sleepover tonight!

I am happy to inform you though that on her bag is pinned a badge showing the face of Jesus with the saying printed "Who do you say that I am!"

Oh deep deep joy. She is mixing with the right people.

I'll try and keep you posted on the evening's events!!

Thursday, 21 June 2007

Participator or Spectator

Hey guys,

Been SOOOOOOOO busy lately, not been able to post anything. Both of mine have had birthdays this month. Both had parties - actually Hannah's has been postponed till this weekend coz of her GCSE's. There's another "wing-clipper". Had to be available to drive her to and from exams for the last few weeks as well as helping her revise for them, I felt like I had been timetabled by the school. So, with shopping for pressies, exams, organising parties, exams, shopping for food for parties, exams, attending parties, exams, - you get the picture - I've had little time to think of anything remotely interesting for the blog.

But I have been able to log on and read your lovely posts and comment where I can. So now it's time for me to participate again and not spectate. Ooooh, that phrase brings back memories.

It used to be used by a friend of ours when he was leading a meeting. Aimed at those who would watch the proceedings of a devotional meeting and not get involved.

Not that anyone does that now eh!?

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Tagged x2

OK, I've been tagged twice (thanks Ann and Dawn). So I have to go to the nearest two books and carry out the instructions printed below.

"Do I need another drink or what?" (from "The Lizard's Bite by David Hewson)

"How will I respond to God's word today?" (from "I saw the Lord" by Anne Graham Lotz)

Here's is what this is about - the rules:
Grab the book closest to you
Turn to page 161
Print the 5th complete sentence on your blog
Tag 5 others.

I tag (although there are not many left) Keith H, Dawn, Hannah B, Kirsty, & Ann

Thursday, 17 May 2007


I got hold of the CD of Steve Chalkes teaching from the Sunday night at Roots. I just had to blog the ending, so here goes. I suppose it really has to be heard in the context of the whole thing, but for those of us who were there, I'm sure this will be just a reminder.

“The very survival of Christianity in the West, depends on the emergence of men and women who are able to think new thoughts and devise new strategies on the real frontiers of mission today and do it like it’s never been done, in the name of Jesus.

So here is the Question – Where is God calling you to go, where is he calling you to step outside of the box, down your street, in your town, in your office, what issue is he calling you to confront, who is Jesus calling you to go to, how is Jesus calling you to set up a new congregation in your church, to work together to get something happening in the coffee bar, or down at the golf club –I don’t know – in a 1000 different ways? We’ve got to reach, skaters and bikers and golfers and runners and footballers and rugby players and musicians, and poets and actors and walkers and bird watchers and train spotters, and painters and clubbers and potters and singers and dress makers and gardeners and fishermen. We’ve got to reach those with physical disabilities, the deaf, blind, dyslexic. We’ve got to work with those with mental health problems and learning disabilities. We’ve got to work with these people to bring the good news of Jesus authentically into their culture and into their space. Who is Jesus calling you to go to and calling you to work with?

(except from speech by William Booth, May 9th 1912)

While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight;
While children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight;
While men go to prison, in and out, in and out, I’ll fight;
While there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets,
While there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight.
I’ll fight to the very end.

Where people feel forgotten, neglected, oppressed, down-trodden, abused, and unheard, I will fight.

While children still work as coffee slaves, as cocoa slaves as chocolate slaves on the plantations of Cote d’Ivorie, I will fight.

Whist our sink estates mean that some kids are never given hope or education that they deserve, I will fight.

While there are those trapped in drugs and crime and intimidation, I will fight.

While there’s a village or a town or a city in the UK here, that does not know tangibly that there is a congregation of God’s people, speaking their language, in their culture, announcing the Good News that there’s a God in Heaven who is Love, I will fight.

While girls are trafficked around the World, stripped of their clothing, stripped of their dignity and freedom, I will fight.

While elderly people spend their last years, in our country, stuffed in front of some television set which is turned up too loud with their heating spun out and talked to like they’ve hardly got a mind, I will fight.

While young people and elderly people in our country do not know that Jesus gave His life for them and that there is a God in Heaven who loves them and enters their culture; who wants to scream and whisper at the same time “I love you for you are made in my image”, I will fight.

We will fight to the very end in Jesus’ name. We must fight!!"

Thursday, 10 May 2007


OK, so much happened at Roots that I could blog about. And I probably will, but I'm going to do it in little chunks, as each one sorts itself out in my brain.

So for now, here is a question.

Matthew 22 v 37 (The Message)
"Jesus said, 'Love the Lord Your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence. This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: Love others as well as you love yourself. These two commands are pegs; everything in God's Law and the Prophets hangs from them'"

What if you don't love yourself? What hope do "Others" have?

Monday, 30 April 2007

Walk the Walk

Ok, so I havn't been blogging too much lately. In fact, it's because I have been out walking the streets!!(please no comments). I have been in training for the Moonwalk. For those that don't know, the Moonwalk is 26.2 miles (roughly the marathon route) around London. The slight difference to the Marathon is that the Moonwalk takes place over-night. Yes, we start at around 11pm and walk all night, finishing about 8am.

Apparently it is not unknown to hallucinate that there are comfy beds in the middle of the road and try and get into them!!! Pity the poor chap driving home from night shift, to find a group of hallucinating women, dressed in bras, trying to get into his 4x4!!!

And yes, you've guessed it, the attire for the evening is decorated bras. (obviously warm jogging bottoms and trainers as well). I know, should I really be doing this? (again, please don't comment). AND I won't be telling you when and where the walk finishes, NO-ONE will be seeing me in so little attire.

The event is raising money for Breast Cancer research - for those interested, I do have a sponsor form - although it's not obligatory to donate!! I only have to raise £100 this time (last year it was £1,500). And I will be walking for those people I met last year who have had or who are still battling this disease and for two friends, recently diagnosed, and who are fighting it at the moment!!!!!

So anyone at Roots this year who fancies a walk to Liverpool, just let me know!!

Thursday, 19 April 2007

Liviu Librescu

I was reading the paper yesterday about this dreadful, awful tragedy at Virginia Tech. One article, amongst many, brought me to tears. It was the one about Professor Liviu Librescu teaching that morning Solid Maths. He was in his mid 70's, born in Romania, sent to Soviet labour camp as a boy after his father was deported by the Nazi's. He emigrated to Israel with his wife some years later. He took a sabatical to USA, stayed, and had been teaching at Virginia Tech for a number of years. In fact he had loved his job so much he was still teaching long after retirement. He heard the gunshots and got his class to jump out of the window whilst he barricaded the door with his body. When the gunman shot through the door, he obviously took the full force of those bullets. One student in a letter to his wife said "I saw your husband still standing there. He was holding the door closed and looking over his shoulder to make sure everybody else was safe. It was the bravest thing I have ever seen.!" The commentator concluded "Let those he saved now make the most of it!"

Thursday, 12 April 2007

"It's Only Words........!"

I must relay to you the conversation (!) I had yesterday whilst helping at a christian eating/refreshment establishment (aka coffee morning).

An older lady approached me to say that she thought my niece was a lovely little girl, with a lovely smile and she really liked looking at her on the platform in the singing company and also when she came round with the collection plate on a Sunday morning.

Yes, I agreed, the little girl was lovely!!

The lady continued....."but then your sister has a lovely way about her doesn't she! She always smiles. I always smile because that is how we were brought up! It doesn't cost anything to smile you know!"

Yes, I agreed and (cheekily) then asked that all important question "Do I have a lovely way about me then?!"

"Well you are different arn't you!"

What does that mean exactly?!?!?! Comments welcomed!!

Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Well Driven

So, on my way back from going to see my 94 year old Grandad today, I was behind an Asda lorry that had that sticker on the back. You know the one I mean, "Well Driven? Call 0800 000 000" (or whatever the number is).

My question today is, has anyone ever telephoned the number to complain about the driving of any particular lorry/van/truck?

And stranger still, has anyone every rung to say the vehicle had been driven well??

Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Never one to shirk a challenge

Well, Liz said on her blog for Good Friday that I had to start blogging.

To stop spectating and start participating.

Well here goes .......!!

You didn't expect words of wisdom today did you? I have to make a cake!!!