GCSE Sanity Helper Day 3

Hi Everyone

Once again it’s our next exam sanity helper. It’s the mid-week point and today I wanted to send you something that can be used either to just watch and relax or have on in the background while revising. Some of you will of heard of the Icelandic band Sigur Ros (even if you haven’t you have probably heard some of their music as its used loads in tv and films.) A couple of years ago they decided to drive around the whole of the outside of Iceland and film it with live music. The whole thing which runs 24 hours long (they aren’t really known for doing small projects…) can be watched online and I find that is the sort of thing that is incredible to watch as you listen to the music and watch the amazing Icelandic scenery go past as it helps you slow down and just enjoy some time to rest.

You can see the whole thing in this playlist below or there is a 5 minute timelapse as well (which while more frenetic with slightly less chilled music is still pretty relaxing.)

Sigur Ros Route One Playlist

Sigur Ros Route One Timelapse

Enjoy and as always remember that you are amazing and loved, that you have loads of people behind you supporting you and praying for you and you have got this! I’m sure I’ll see you during the week but if you have anything, in particular, you would like prayer for/chat about I am always around to buy you some sort of smoothy cooler thing from Costa and listen to any anger, stress, confusion or just generally wanting to talk.

If there is any help that you need please do let me know.

Go Gently

David Loveless

GCSE Sanity Helper Day 2

Hi Everyone

I hope so far you are feeling like you have a handle on this week and that you are managing to get some rest. To that end today’s reflection is one that I often use to help me to fall asleep at night and is all about focusing more on our body and getting out of our head and all it’s worries. (I don’t know about you but I often find that at the end of the day I just have thoughts going around and around my head.) You can listen to it here and I hope you find it useful today:

Stretching Meditation

As always remember that you are amazing and loved, that you have loads of people behind you supporting you and praying for you and you have got this! I’m sure I’ll see you during the week but if you have anything, in particular, you would like prayer for/chat about I am always around to buy you some sort of smoothy cooler thing from Costa and listen to any anger, stress, confusion or just generally wanting to talk.

If there is any help that you need please do let me know.

Go Gently

David Loveless

GCSE Sanity Helper Day 1

Hi Everyone

It’s that time of year when GCSEs along with SATs and several other exams kick into gear and it can all feel overwhelming. So we are once again sending out daily (on weekdays) reflections to help give you some space in each of the day, to relax and find some peace in the midst of all of this.

Today’s one is very simple its breathing….

Now I know that you all (hopefully) know how to breathe already (if not I have so many questions about how you’ve made it this far) but it’s rare that any of us breathe properly. Did you know we are meant to take about 6-10 breathes a minute and we usually do around 20? That when we focus on our breathing it literally changes our brain chemistry? That in the Bible the Hebrew word for God’s spirit also means breath. Basically breathing is important!

So my encouragement/challenge to you today is to click on the link below that will take you to breathing timer that should work on whatever device you are on and take 10 breaths following its timing. That’s it if you want to do more go for it but try this idea and see how it helps you.

https://xhalr.com/

So that’s it for today but as always remember that you are amazing and loved, that you have loads of people behind you supporting you and praying for you and you have got this! I’m sure I’ll see you during the week but if you have anything, in particular, you would like prayer for/chat about I am always around to buy you some sort of smoothy cooler thing (still don’t understand why people have these) from Costa and listen to any anger, stress, confusion or just generally wanting to talk.

If there is anything we can do please let us know.

Go Gently

David Loveless

RISE & YA Are Back Tomorrow

Hi Everyone

I hope you’ve all had a good Easter break just to say this terms program will be going out tomorrow morning. (Still typing it all up!) But just to confirm for those of you who asked that RISE, YA, Costa, SMART & Upper Room are all back this week at their usual times/locations. Look forward to seeing you then!

David Loveless

This Week – Spider-Verse Movie Social, Maundy Thursday Supper, Good Friday Service & Easter Sunday!

Hi Everyone

I hope you are all doing well we have loads of great stuff happening this week! Read on to find out more:

Spider-Verse Movie Social – 17/04/19

Starts: 14:30
Ends: 17:00
Location: Avon Close (Message me for details)

What’s Happening?
It’s the holidays and a time to relax so for those of you who are around we are going to relax and watch the Spiderman – Into the Spider-verse film this week (it’s really good!) So come and join us to hang out and spend some time just enjoying the space to relax this week. (Feel free to bring snacks if you want!)

Maundy Thursday Supper – 18/04/19

Starts: 19:30
Ends: 21:30
Location: Village Hall (Message me for details)

What’s Happening?
Maundy Thursday is when we mark the last supper Jesus had with his disciples by having a meal together with the whole church. So come and join us for food, worship and prayer as we mark this important moment in the run up to Easter with the whole church. If you would like to come to this and you haven’t already let me know please let me asap so we know for catering!

Good Friday Service – 19/04/19

Starts: 15:30
Ends: 16:30
Location: Sheet Church (Message me for details)

What’s Happening?
Then on Good Friday join us as we reflect on Jesus’s death on the cross. The price that was paid, what it must of been like and what it means and the hope it gives us here and now. With the usual mix of space for reflection, crafts and more this is a great time reflect together before Easter Sunday.

Easter Sunday – 21/04/19

Starts: 10:00
Ends: 11:30
Location: Sheet Church (Message me for details)

What’s Happening?
Hallelujah he is risen! Easter is here! Come and join us for our Easter Sunday service as we celebrate that not only Jesus died but he is risen and still alive!

And that’s it for this week as always if you have any questions let me know and I look forward to seeing you soon.

God Bless

David Loveless

Spider-Verse Movie Social

Hi Everyone

As it’s the holidays I thought it would be fun for us to have a social catch up see how everyone is doing and watch the SpiderMan – Into the Spider Verse movie (it is very very good!) So if you are around this Wednesday (17/04/19) from 14:30 to 17:00 come and join us at Avon Close (my house) to catch up, relax and enjoy the film together! (Feel free to bring snacks!)

See you then!

David Loveless

This Week – SMART, SMART+ & Upper Room!

Hi Everyone

I hope you are all doing well we have loads of great stuff happening this week! Read on to find out more:

SMART: Easter – 13/04/19

Starts: 17:00
Ends: 19:00
Location: Cloncaird (Message me for details)

What’s Happening?
We are about to go into Easter week so this week at SMART we are thinking about what Easter means for us, why is it so important and celebrating it with games, food and crafts so come along. Celebrate the end of term and join us as we look ahead to Easter week!

SMART+: Easter – 13/04/19

Starts: 19:00
Ends: 20:00
Location: Cloncaird (Message me for details)

What’s Happening?
As this is the last SMART+ before Easter we are going to be doing something a bit different for this one we are going to sit together and read through the gospel of John telling the story of Easter together. So if you want to at the start of Easter Week get a bigger picture of what all the different celebrations and services are about this is the place so come and join us!

Upper Room: Palm Sunday – 14/04/19

Starts: 10:00
Ends: 11:30
Location: Sheet Church (Message me for details)

What’s Happening?
It’s Palm Sunday! That means it’s one week before Easter! But why do we celebrate this, what are the palm leaf crosses all about and why did people celebrate Jesus here when he would shortly be killed by them and what does it mean to be King of the Jews? Basically it’s a LOT. So come along and join us for the last Upper Room of the term as we think more about and start the journey of Easter week together by reading Luke 19:28-40 together.

And that’s it for this week as always if you have any questions let me know and I look forward to seeing you soon.

God Bless

David Loveless

This Week – RISE, YA, Coffee @ Costa & Upper Room!

Hi Everyone

I hope you are all doing well we have loads of great stuff happening this week! Read on to find out more:

RISE: Sunday Is Coming – 04/04/19

Starts: 16:20
Ends: 17:30
Location: Cafe Nero, Petersfield (Message me for details)

What’s Happening?
This week in the last RISE session of the term we are looking at the hope Easter brings. What do you do when it looks like everything has failed? Do you carry on? How? Join us as we look at that this week and celebrate the end of term together. (If you are doing the read a chapter a week challenge the chapter is 11 and we will be looking at Mark 13 in the session.)

YA: God’s Kingdom – 04/04/19

Starts: 19:00
Ends: 20:45
Location: Avon Close (Message me for details)

What’s Happening?
Often we hear the phrase the kingdom of heaven, but what does that actually mean? Is that something that we all eventually go to? Is it something that is here now? And what has Easter got to do with it all? Come along and join us for the last session of YA for the term as we look at these questions and more! (If you are doing the read a chapter a week this challenge week this week is chapter 10 and in the session will be reading Mark 9:38-50)

Coffee @ Costa – 05/04/19

Starts: 14:30
Ends: 17:30
Location: Costa, Coffee Petersfield (Message me for details)

What’s Happening?
It’s the last Costa of the term! Come along and join us as we celebrate the end of term, relax and chat about the holidays ahead!

Upper Room: Longing for God – 07/04/19

Starts: 10:00
Ends: 11:30
Location: Sheet Church (Message me for details)

What’s Happening?
What does it mean to kong for something? Is it just in the back of our mind or is it something more than that? This week in the Upper Room we look at Psalm 63 and think about what that might mean for us and lives moving forward.

And that’s it for this week as always if you have any questions let me know and I look forward to seeing you soon.

God Bless

David Loveless

Youth Work Survey Reminder

Hi Everyone

You may have seen a couple of weeks about but we are currently thinking a bit about the youth work we do here and what we can do to make it even better than it already is. And have launched a very quick survey (only 5 short questions) about what we cover in our different groups and any changes you would like to make. If you haven’t filled it in already I would really appreciate it if you could as it would really help us out.

You can answer the survey here:

Sheet Youth Work Topics Survey

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this anything other thoughts please feel free to let me know and I look forward to seeing you soon!

God Bless

David Loveless