If you are in youth or children’s ministry this might excite you.
When I was a youth group leader I had to prepare talks, prayers, supper to eat and games to play at the beginning of the meeting. Usually the latter of these things were done with much less preparation than the first things. Your experience might be the same.
It’s probably a good thing. Preparing your talk and the prayers should demand much of your attention. You don’t want to say incorrect things while you teach the kids. The games were usually under prepared, and not really thought out.
To fix this problem, my friend, Calum has created an iPhone app. It’s called “Group Games”.
The app is brilliant. Simply put, it helps you prepare for the game time of youth group by providing you a list of games that you can play easily, with or without resources. I especially like that way that you can select a game using a search involving the size of the group and the time a game is needed to run.
If you are involved in youth or children’s ministry, you should definitely check it out.
I’m giving 2 copies away for free. The first 2 comments win. Simple.
It seems like ages since I first posted about tyro designs. A little design project that a mate and I have been working on.
Well this week, after many months of clarifying our direction and designing everything to suit, we went live. We are pretty excited about what might come out of this. We already have a few exciting things lined up for the next month in the lead up to christmas. But ill let you know about them when the time is right.
In the meantime you can check out our website.
Let us know if you need anything designed.
One of the reasons I started this site was to keep our friends updated of how life was going while Kirsty and I go through Bible college. (Kirsty isn’t actually studying at college, but she is still heavily involved. If you catch my drift. Hence, we are both going through college)
I wanted to write an update to tell you how things have been going recently for us. So here goes. Sorry, this post is long and doesn’t have a fancy video.
College has been busy, much busier than I had thought it would be. Managing college work, seeing family, seeing friends, church work, secular holiday work, starting tyro designs and spending time together as a married couple has been a steep learning curve. I don’t pretend to have mastered this yet, but our friends are gracious when we can’t see them, and our families are even more forgiving when we seem absent or exhausted. We are extremely thankful for this.
At the same time as being busy, this year has been excellent. The stuff I have learnt this year will prove to be valuable into the future, and the friendships we have made at college have been a real encouragement to us both. Our Church this year has been a real highlight of our ministry together. Ministering to the people of St Ives Family Church has been a delight and a privilege, and we have been greatly encouraged by our brothers and sisters there.
One of the most difficult parts of this year has been the status of Kirsty’s job. Kirsty works in the public health system, where she is a Speech Pathologist, helping young kids speak. Kirsty got the job at the end of 2010, and it has been a blessing. Both financially and relationally (She is working as a locum for another speechie on maternity leave). A difficultly presented itself a few months ago when we heard the news that the woman Kirsty was replacing was returning to work. Because of this Kirsty’s job looked like it might be terminated. The prospects of this were scary. We were tentatively making arrangements to move back in with one of our parents.
In the midst of this, there was a slight prospect that her job might be extended for a period of time, but we sat in limbo for weeks. Not knowing what the outcome might be, we did what we have always done in times of uncertainty. We prayed. We prayed, and trusted that God would work the situation out in the way that he wanted. Trusting in and having faith in God is not something that is foreign to us. In faith, Kirsty and I have made all of our plans in the last few years focused on God and based on what we think God would have us do. There have been numerous times that these decisions have caused stress, mostly financial stress, but still stress. This was another period of that. God has always worked things out for us. Wether it has been where we are going to live or work, God has always provided for us.
To cut a really long story, long. Once again God has answered our prayers by once again providing Kirsty with work in the form of an extension. Her contract has been cut from 5 days to 3, but it is still some work. The health sector is a really difficult area to find work in at the moment, so we are thankful for the 3 days she has been given.
I have written this, not to make you think that we are excellent Christian people. Instead I write this so that, if you are a Christian, you might be encouraged by God’s goodness to us in a time where we had faith in him. If you are not a Christian, I would love to encourage you to check out 2 ways to live, in it you will discover that God has done so much more than just provide materially for Kirsty and I. He has done so much more than that for people who have faith in him.
Sorry for the long post. Thanks for reading it.
Love, Tim and Kirsty
Back in 2005 google introduced a program called google earth. You can read all about it here.
Today google are celebrating the one billionth download of google earth. To celebrate they made this infographic.
Recently Australia’s biggest telecommunications company, Telstra, undertook a major rebranding exercise.
I really like what they have come up with. Lots of colour and liveliness. Here is one of their previous ad campaigns, and following is their new one. I like the new one best.
Recently I’ve developed a real interest in space exploration.
This is mostly sue to the recent retiring of the space shuttle program, and also the future plans for sending robots/satellites to places like Mars and Jupiter. My recent interest in all things space has made me remember times when I was a kid, when I would just be struck my the sheer enormity of space, and how my mind would imagine things about that the other planets would be like.
This week I stumbled upon a video that encapsulates perfectly the imagination of a child. His name is John, and this is what he thinks about space. Enjoy.
Governments are not known for their cool websites. In fact every single one I have ever had the privilege of visiting has made me consider gouging my eyes out.
This changed last night when I found a cool website from the Australian Bureau of Statistics to promote this years census.
Basically you put a minimal amount of info into a nice looking interface, and it explains some stats relating to you. It also creates a nice info-graphic so you can show your mum. Mine is below. You can do it for yourself here.
I love finding good videos in the web. I also love it when I find a good video that is about christianity, and even better when that video is about Jesus. Dan Stevers continues to deliver great videos about both of these things.
Check this one out. It is called ‘Scars’.
I love stuff apple make. My MacBook and iPhone have made my communication much easier that it would of been without them. It also means that I’m on twitter and facebook more than I should. I love apple because they make software that is really easy to use, and they also make hardware that looks quite nice.
Hungry Beast recently did a Beast File on apple, and I found it to be interesting, so I thought I would share it with you. Enjoy.
I love great videos. Especially when they communicate something really well. In the lead up to easter i came across this great video by Dan Stevers and his team over at danstevers.com. They do heaps of awesome videos, and everyone they produce seems to get a little better than the last.
Anyway this one is all about easter. Enjoy
With mission on last week I completely forgot that the month had changed. Smashing Magazine have another set of brand spankin’ wallpapers this month. This is the one I chose, there are lots of season related ones this month. And because I’m in the southern hemisphere, they don’t really apply. But there are still a bunch of cool ones that Australian’s can use.
Im not at all a fan of infomercials. I am however, a massive fan of infographics.
Recently I had the great opportunity to go away for a weekend with a group of Guys from our church. The reason we went away was to go along to Men’s Katoomba Convention. MKC is run by KCC. It was a really great weekend.
The weekend was titled “Men Facing Temptation”. One of the things that was highlighted during the weekend, was how pornography is something that seems to be constantly invading the minds and marriages of many Christian men.
Recently I came across this infographic which highlights the prevalence of pornography, particularly in America, but it also has some interesting points that can be applied outside of America.
Following on from my photo post the other day, I thought I would post some other photos I’ve taken recently on my daily trips into Newtown and back. I really am starting to love Newtown. There is so much cool stuff there to take photos of. I’m constantly reminded about the great music culture that exists there, there are posters for music gigs literally everywhere you look.
I hope you enjoy these pictures.
During the week I catch the train from Hornsby (where Kirsty and I live) to Redfern and then walk to Newtown (where college lives). One of the things that I love about the walk is all the great architecture that I see along the way.
In high school I studied photography from year 8 till year 12, which involved it being a part of my HSC. There are various different genres of photography, but the one type that I really liked was photos of Architecture.
On my walks to college each day, I have started taking photos of the great buildings that I see. These were all shot using my iPhone 4, and edited using the Photoshop Express iOS app.
I hope you enjoy them.
Time for a desktop refresh. This month smashing mag has another great set of wallpapers for you to download and freshen up your computer.
I chose this wallpaper for this month, mostly because it has the symbol (π) featured. I’m learning Greek at college at the moment, and I need all the visual help I can get.
So if you need a desktop refresh, head over to smashingmag, and let me know what you picked and why.