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Easter Antics

It’s been a really special Easter for Sophie this year.

We were determined to make Easter at the very least as memorable as Christmas for her and my wife put in some sterling work to make that happen.

Here’s how it turned out…

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The best thing about Christmas

I’ve been a bit of a wimp so far this Christmas.

Challenged to come up with the best things about Christmas, I went along with the standard list that everyone else was saying: presents, food, family time. All wonderful things.

We even started talking about music, carol services and goodwill.

But, and here’s where being cowardly really kicked in, I neglected to mention the real point of all. The true reason for the season. Why on earth it all started anyway.

And that’s what this post is all about.

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Christmas is coming part 2 – decorating time!

Nothing screams Christmas than a beautifully dressed tree, covered from head to toe in sparkling lights.

However, a DIY Christmas tree from Ikea is certainly a new one for me.


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Emmanuel Church, Bramcote – Going Home

When you become a Christian and join a church, relationships are dramatically affected.

It’s more than acquantaince or colleagues. It’s more than simple friendship.

It’s family.

And so, when we returned to our old church in Nottingham, Emmanuel Bramcote at the weekend, it really felt a lot like going home.

Which was very special.

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Happy Christmas!

On this very exciting day, my 200th blog post celebrates an event from 2000 years ago.


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How to teach a 21 month old about Christmas…

This time last year I composed a blog post about teaching Sophie the true meaning of Christmas. It was a lovely year, marked by incredible generosity from friends and family and celebration of Jesus’ birth.

This year, with a 21 month old little girl charging round, chatting away and throwing in the occasional defiant moment, teaching about Christmas is a whole different challenge!

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Being a Dad teaches me more about our Heavenly Father

Sophie’s going through a lovely stage of affection at the moment.

She loves to zip around the house, scuttling on her little legs between rooms and then appearing from nowhere to jump out at me or my wife with a big beaming smile on her face.

I’ve taken to crouching down with my arms open wide and my eyes tightly closed, encouraging her to charge and give me a massive hug.

Arms open wide

Sometimes she gives me a look of disdain – “why would I, Daddy?” – but mostly, she’s very keen to reciprocate. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that she is fully dependent on me and loves me like I love her.

But that’s not  the most special part of it.

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Summer Camps – Sibford Jones and the Island that Time Forgot 2015

Now that Sibford is no longer in existence and Swanbourne 2016 has been confirmed, this post may well be a significant chronicle in reporting the final days of an epic CYFA venture.

Quite a responsibility…but I’ll give it a go!

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Summer Camps – Beach Mission

Every year, across the beautiful coastline of the UK (and even on the continent), people in bright red t-shirts give up a week of their life to sleep on a church hall floor and tell people about Jesus.

They are on “Beach Mission” and it was my privilege to get involved with one in Mablethorpe back in 2011.

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Summer Camps – Space Station Sibford 2013

My first adventure into the beautiful grounds of Sibford School, Oxfordshire came two years ago, just a week after finding out my wife was pregnant with Sophie.

I felt pretty bad leaving her!

However, there was gospel work to do and so she dropped me off on the Saturday and so it began!

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