it’s been a bit mental

September 18, 2009

… it’s that time of year that things at work ramp up for the start of term (always seems to come as a surprise to people that students come back and teaching starts again).  Same sort of thing happens at Church, new term new season of Deeper meetings.

On top of those regular things the building work on the church hall has started, and even though this has been talked about and planned and saved for for many years the last week or so between the contracts being signed and work starting happened very quickly.

So a new style of morning service known as ‘together‘ has started in the morning and the first 8 weeks of it uses a lot of tech so I’ve been trying to support that – the system we use for words projection needs upgrading, the PC was playing up when showing video and we are starting to use a live texting system to get responses and feedback from the congregation during a service.  I’m not trying to imply that this is all down to be, there is a team of Easy Worship (the software we use) operators, it is just that this is a little out of the ordinary so I’m making sure things are working for the first few weeks.  Also helped put together a theme video for the service.

This weekend is the first Deeper Renovation and (I think) I’ve finally managed to put together the opening video for it.  Have to say it is a blank page regarding what else I’ve to do during the event but as most of the visuals are improvised on the night that will be fine.

The other things that have kept me busy has been the growing obsession with The West Wing (now well into Season Five) and The Wire which finished a couple of weeks ago and was fantastic.  Oh and I’m trying to learn to play Bass guitar which is fun.

So, that’s a quick catch up.

The Talking Heads Worship Challenge

July 2, 2009

A Challenge to all Worship leaders and church musicians:

  • watch this video of Talking Heads – Life During Wartime
  • find a worship song that will fit this type of choreography
  • try it out with a congregation and let me know how it goes

Extreme Noticeboard Reading

April 26, 2009


Some people go to extraordinary  lengths to find out when David joined St Silas.

Easter Sunday

April 13, 2009

Photos and video from Easter Sunday

Good Friday Labyrinth

April 11, 2009


This is the fourth year we’ve done this big Labyrinth at St Silas on Good Friday.  The setup took just about all of Thursday (I wrote a bit about how we do that here), and the Labyrinth was open from 10am to 9pm on Friday.  Just as the last people started to make their way through the tear down started.  It was great to have so many people turn up to help pack everything up, fold fabric and move chairs back so that the church is ready for Easter Sunday.

Thanks to all who helped!

video of Carol Service

December 15, 2008

I have finally managed to get a short video of the carol service uploaded to Youtube.  I blame youtube for this, they have made a number of changes recently and for some reason this video just kept timing out every time I tried to upload it, then when I tried again today it went no problem at all.

Anyway, this was filmed using a static camera at the rear of church and is intended for my own notes of the visual design and implementation of the Carol Service this year, which is why the video cuts to different sections of the event while the audio simply runs through ‘Joy to the World’.  So it is really just for my own use and so that I can write up the event over on my other blog, but I thought it might be of interest to others.

also, here is another short video during a rehersal when we quickly ran through some of the colour settings and roof projections.

Chess at Kelvingrove

June 29, 2008

Went to take some photos of this event at Kelvingrove Art Gallery today. I’ve not managed to go through all of the photos yet, but uploaded a few to FLICKR. But this is my favorite so far…

Chess at Kelvingrove

Jacob Aagaard, the current British Chess Champion, playing all comers in 12 simultaneous games at Kelvingrove Art Gallery to raise funds for Building for the Future and Chess Scotland.

Results: 101 games played in 6 hours with no breaks (and covering a distance of 15-20 miles going around the tables) .. 82 wins .. 7 losses .. 12 draws.  This raised £600 for the charities supported.

videos from GAFCON 2008 (or spot the GadgetVicar)

June 25, 2008

There are some interesting news and blogs around concerning GAFCON which is taking place at the moment in Jerusalem, of course the most interesting one is David’s (or at least he is the most likely blogger to read this so I’d better say that).

Today I discovered that the whole thing is being video streamed by AnglicanTV.ORG so if you want to follow along with what is going on or catch up with the things David is blogging about or even just play “Spot the GadgetVicar”…

Rules for “Spot the Gadget Vicar”

Objective: to find GV in the crowd on any online video from GAFCON 2008.

Make your claim: if you think you have spotted him comment below with the URL, Title of the video and timecode and description of when you claim to have seen GV.

Extra Points: extra points will be gained if you can make a screen grab of the spotting or if he is wairing this hat

Game Over: the game will end at the end of GAFCON or if we spot GV standing in front of the camera with a “Hello World” sign.


PS this is just for fun, no prizes other than the reward of watching some interesting talks on an important subject.

What were they thinking?

May 16, 2008

OK, the strangest moment of today’s performance of The Life of Jesus in Kelvingrove park was this wedding couple deciding that it would make a wonderful photograph to pose in front of this actor (who was one of the thieves either side of where Jesus would be).

Wedding Couple at Life of Jesus

Clearly something has been forgotten about exactly what death by Crucifixion means.

As posted previously, I was at the technical run through yesterday and saw most of the play today.  It is well worth catching, very moving in places, well acted and put together…  Catch it Saturday 2pm!  Here’s some more photos that I couldn’t upload yesterday.

Life of Jesus

annoying photographer

life of Jesus

how can we be ‘one another’ ?

May 11, 2008

I had a couple of interesting conversations this week about how isolated some people feel within the church and while it may seem to others that you are well connected and in the thick of everything it can still be incredibly lonely.  I don’t have any answers to this, but Tim Jack posted this which kind of points to how it could or should be:

I was updating my other blog this morning and was reminded of
the importance of the “one anothers” of the New Testament. I think
if a church would practice these so many things would be different!

  • Love one another (John 13:34)
  • Be devoted to one another (Romans 12:10)
  • Honor one another above ourselves (Romans 12:10)
  • Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)
  • Accept one another (Romans 15:7)
  • Greet one another (Romans 16:16)
  • Agree with one another (1 Corinthians 1:10)
  • Serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13)
  • Carry each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)
  • Bear with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2)
  • Be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
  • Be forgiving each other (Ephesians 4:32)
  • Speak to one another with psalms hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19)
  • Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21)
  • Not lie to one another (Colossians 3:9)
  • Encourage one another (1 Thess 5:11; Hebrews 3:13)
  • Build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  • Live in peace with each other (1 Thessalonians  5:13)
  • Spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24)
  • Confess our sins to each other (James 5:16)
  • Pray for each other (James 5:16)
  • Offer hospitality to one another (1 Peter 4:9)
  • Clothe ourselves with humility toward one another (1 Peter 5:5)