The Pope,The Internet, And BT

Heres an odd one from The Register.

It seems that BT Openreach (the engineering arm of BT) , have released a notice advising they will not be taking “any escalations for faults and orders in the London area next week due to the visit of the Pope”.

Odd considering the amount of businesses in the local area that would obviously depend on broadband. Also odd considering this hasn’t announced by other Internet Service Providers.

Just seems a bit odd…

In other news, you can sign up to get Catholic Broadband in America…

Dear Cardinal Walter Kasper…

Lets face it.

Your boss is taking a trip around here this week, and I have to admit. As a country we’re probably not being the most welcoming hosts. I imagine we’re probably a little like that family who say “come and visit”, and when you do, they spend the entire time you’re there grumbling, and making you feel unwelcomed.  If I was at that families home, I’d personnally go on a charm offensive. Yes it would probably seem cheesy and forced, but there may be a chance I might (in the end) do the the right thing.

Couldn’t you have at least tried to be charming about us?

Now I have to admit, I’ve not read the actual interview itself (not due to lack of trying), and I’m sure the media have twisted your remarks. The thing is, I cant help but wonder what you were thinking when you said;

“when you land at Heathrow you think at times you have landed in a Third World country”

Did you mean spiritually speaking? (As your press man in Scotland feels).  If you did why did you say Heathrow, and not the England / Britain / UK ?

It just feels a tad unsensitive 🙁

One last point. Why dont you want to come and see us? Maybe we could chat, sit down around a pint and talk it out.

I understand you’re not feeling great, but you can make it to some fancy dinner with the Germans tonight… we would look after you, buy you a pint or two, plus we do have the NHS who I’m sure would look after you as well as anyone else.

Thanks for reading.

The Church Sofa Lads

P.S If  you do fancy a pint sometime, please let us know. It doesn’t have to be over the next 4 days, you could come over and visit at some other point.

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Weekly Worship Bit*: The Splendour Of The King (How Great Is Our God) – The Rend Collective

According to Daily Mobile – the apps used were: Vocals recorded on Voice memo/Drum Kit Lite/Glocken jr/pocket guitar/fingerlite piano/shaker/real violin lite/Guitar:play and share

*The Weekly Worship bit will follow the same rules of Simpsons Saturday

Youth work is like…

…Popcorn

That’s right in this post, I am going to be comparing the wonders of youth work to one of the most popular movie time snacks. For some of you, you might only know pop corn in the state it comes at the cinema or in the pack from the supermarket however pop corn starts off as these little tiny kernels that are pretty rubbish really. They’re rather hard, not very tasty and a could easily be misunderstood. Just like young people really, there always seems to be a lot of fear surrounding young people in the ‘adult’ world. Look at the media we have heard loads about ASBO’s and ‘hoodies’ and youth gangs and how young people get an ‘easier time of things’ now. So where’s all the good that they do, both of us here at The Church Sofa are involved in youth work in one way or another. As for me I’ve worked as a youth worker and I’ve trained as one.

There are a few things you need to do to get the pop corn kernels to turn into nice tasty pop corn like you get at the cinema. There is a lot of potential in pop corn kernels and it takes a bit of effort to get there. First you need to have a heat source like the hob on your oven, and a sauce pan to contain it, some oil to spread the heat around and something to fuel to hob (i.e. gas or electric).

This is like working with young people there is loads of potential in young people and if you’ve been called to youth work then you’ve been called to help them become all that God has made them to be. And just like pop corn there’s a lot that needs doing. Young people need prayer, one of the most common things in Jesus’ ministry was prayer. If anyone could get away with not praying I think the Son of God who was also God would be quite a good candidate, but he prayed constantly. So let’s pray for the young people in our churches or that we work with. If you don’t know what to pray for talk to the youth worker or even (dare I say) talk to the young people, but only if you’ve been CRBed.

There also need to be people who are willing to give of their time, talents and resources to help young people develop.

So let’s remember that young people have loads of potential, they are both the church of tomorrow and the church of today. Disciples in training not waiting.

Mild Case of Blog #Fail

Well I’m not sure whats happening at the moment, but the blog seems to be having a mild case of fail at the moment.

I suppose we’re both being kind of busy, with job applications, life, web design courses, and gearing up for a terms worth of youth club. I’m sure you’ll probably hear more about that last one very soon.

The reason why I’m feeling a bit of minor #fail is simply because I’ve got ideas flying around… but… words… arn’t coming… out…

I think.

Normal service to return soon.