Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge on this merry day in May! Add your link to the end of Joyce’s post (found by clicking the picture below), and then go spread some Hodgepodge cheer to your neighbours. Here we go–
1. It’s still May, right? When were you last in the middle of something that might be described as mayhem?
Have you ever come across Messy Church? It’s an expression of church that is done in a very informal, relaxed (and VERY messy) way by people who wouldn’t necessarily want to come and join in with a traditional church service on a Sunday morning. The aim is for families to come together and meet “those weird church people” and explore a little about Christianity and to express faith in a different way.
We do Messy Church once a month on a Saturday lunchtime at my church and it is utter mayhem each time we do it! Lots of singing, craft work, some prayer time – but not the “hands together eyes closed” prayers from childhood – and then we finish up by eating a meal together. It’s fabulous and over the last 9 months or so since we did our first one we have built up a really great relationship with people from the community who are perhaps on the edges of faith or who just simply don’t want to come to so-called “proper” church on a Sunday morning.
The last one we did was the day before Easter Sunday and our next one is due next Saturday. It’s fantastic and I love it!!
2. When did you last feel dismayed?
I agree with Joyce – every single time I listen to or read the news. The mine explosion in Turkey, the kidnap of the Nigerian girls, the bigotry and nonsense peddled in the name of politics, the death of a teenage cancer sufferer, the motorway crash that killed over 1500 chickens in a transporter this morning….
3. What’s a food combination you like, but other people may find strange?
Tomato soup on cheese and onion pie. Cannot be beaten and has been a firm family favourite for as long as I can remember.
4. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” Do you think that’s true? Why or why not?
Generally, yes I think this is true but there are things where it really is too late. Those things are hard to accept – the fact that you’ll never bear another child, the fact that you could be so much better at looking after your toddler now that you have got it all worked out….but they’re 15 years old now, the fact that you’ll never be an Everest mountaineer etc. But, I truly believe you are a work in progress for the whole length of your life and God aint finished with you til you take your last breath.
I am 42 now and am finally getting round to doing my degree. It’s hard work (these 42 year old brain cells aren’t as absorbent as they used to be) but with any luck, within 2 years I will have my degree and I will be able to pursue teacher training to become an English or History teacher. Unless God has other plans of course!
5. US News and World Report listed the best historic destinations in the US as follows-Washington DC, Philadelphia PA, Williamsburg VA, Charleston SC, Boston MA, Richmond VA, Savannah GA, Santa Fe NM, Yellowstone, San Antonio TX, San Francisco CA, New Orleans LA, and Charlottesville VA.
Of those listed how many have you seen in person? Which two sites on the list would you most like to see in person?
Sadly I haven’t seen any of these places, but I would love to see Charleston, Richmond and Savannah to see sites of the Civil War, and I would love to see Boston too. I’m not good in the heat so New Orleans and San Antonio are not on my “to see” list at all.
6. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. If you had to participate in a single fitness activity for the next half hour, which activity would you choose?
I would swim or cycle. Love them both.
7. What did you like best about the city, town, or neighbourhood where you grew up?
I grew up in Manchester and the best thing about it (for me as a History student) is the fact that it has had an unbroken occupation for the last 2000+ years, signs of which are visible all over the city. The Roman settlement at Castlefield right in the centre of the city was there before Jesus was born…and you can go right up and sit on and touch the stones that formed the foundations of some of those buildings. How’s that for having a hand on history?!
8. This week’s random thought:
A picture for you today. This is my revision session this morning before I went to work. Busy is the Pamster at the moment!