From Before You Were Four.

Who remembers when I was tweeting about “Little Sofa” being born? Well… today she is four years old! Four! She is growing from a toddler to a preschooler to an actual little person within a blink of an eye. Time seems to be rushing forward, and before I know it she’ll be going to big school and everything!

Taking inspiration from Al over The Dad Network I thought I would blog a list of things that my daughter (probably) wouldn’t remember, but I would.

Instead, I figured I would take a photo of my notes (seen above), and save the notebook on a shelf somewhere.

So Little One… Here are a collection of memories from before you were 4. 

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(Post also featured on Dads Sofa)

The Church Sofa 5th Birthday Self – Indulgent List of Stuff

20131116-231203.jpgIts been 5 years! 5 years since The Church Sofa had its first blog post. I’m not sure what this really means, but I feel we’re ready to go to first school now… Does that mean that Sofa is growing up?

I’ll ponder that for a while, in the mean time, I’ll leave you with the Annual Self – Indulgent List of Stuff… in other words a list of our most popular posts /pages from the last 5 years:

  1. Guide to Raising Hands in Church.
  2. The Church Sofa Guide to Church.
  3. Introducing “God Baby”.
  4. Christian Chat Up Lines.
  5. Ten Christian Insults to Consider
  6. Ten Ways to Misbehave at A Christian Festival.
  7. Do you need a spare vicar?
  8. Things Jesus Never Said.
  9. What Christian Denomination Should You Be Part Of?
  10. How kids disrupt Church Services (A Guide Through The Ages)

Thank you for your support over the last 5 years. I’m going to go and practice behaving like a 5 year old…

Anything you’d want to see more of over the next 5 years?

Share The Hope

Can I introduce you to Jules Middleton, who describes herself as someone who is a Jesus lover // Wife // Mum // Ordinand // Work for The Point Church, Sussex. Trying to do the right thing by the right One… often failing but still trying.. I’ve asked Jules to give us a few words about a project she’s involved in called “Share The Hope“:

So I don’t know about you, but for years I only associated Advent with calendars and of course, chocolate.

To be honest not much has changed in my house as now it’s the kids who delight in the fact that December is the only time, ever, when they can eat chocolate before breakfast. Then of course there are the incessant tinny carols gracing the High Street from about October onwards, the trees going up, the enormous food bills, the planning on what to do with Granny on Christmas Day and wondering if Great Auntie Edith will make it through dinner without falling asleep in her slightly mushy sprouts… Let’s face it, this time of year we can all get a little bit crazy.

December can be such a busy month with all the Christmas preparation, but the season of Advent is really about hope, so last year we wanted to see if we could do something to ‘reclaim advent’ and we came up with Share the Hope. Share the Hope is essentially, an online advent calendar (without the chocolate, sadly) that aims to encourage people to think about that message of hope in amongst the busyness, and to share it with their friends.

This year Share the Hope is back for the second year and we’d love you to be part of it too. Each day the STH team will be publishing a little bit of hope, including a reflection, a bit of the Christmas story and something for people to share with those around them. There’s a whole new range of contributions for 2014, from people all over the country, from different parts of the church, of all ages and lots of different backgrounds, including an Arts Chaplain, an International blogger, Charity director and the Bishop of Lewes to name just a few. We’d love you to sign up to get some daily hope but then also to share that hope with those around you.

To find out more or to sign up visit:
www.sharethehopeuk.wordpress.com// or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Sharethehopeuk and Twitter: @sharethehopeuk

Can we ask a favour?

rensladeTomorrow, Mrs “Adventure” Sofa is going to be abseiling down Renslade House, one of the tallest buildings in Exeter (Pictured).

Now, this would be a crazy thing to do on most days, and its still a crazy thing to do tomorrow, so why is she doing this?

Mrs Sofa is undertaking this abseil to raise money for the Exeter YMCA, and the work done to help vulnerable young people from Exeter, and around Devon.

So, we were wondering.

Would you be able to help Mrs Sofa raise money for the Exeter YMCA? If you felt able to give even a bit of money to help homeless young people this Christmas, please check out her sponsorship page at justgiving.com.

Thank you!

The Last Week.

Well. The eager eyed among you may have noticed that the sofa has been a little on the quiet side recently. This was because of an issue featuring a heavy TV, a radiator, and my thumb.

I’m now on the mend, so hopefully there may be a little more posted here then the occaional Youtube video.

This last week and a bit hasn’t been all that bad though, on Tuesday The Sofa was present at a Thanksgiving Service at Exeter Cathedral to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Exeter YMCA’s work housing and supporting homeless young people. We found it to be a great evening featuring stories from residents past and present, “This Andy” in the worship band, and Devon singer and The Voice star, Adam Isaac singing his charity single, Sleepeasy.

We’d recommend giving a listen to the snippet of Sleepeasy that can be found over at Amazon or iTunes a listen, and a click on the download link if you like it!

The Express and Echo website also has a feature on the work of the YMCA thats worth a read!