After the Family Service at church this morning we had the annual Church BBQ, and as seems to be becoming a bit of a habit this year, it rained! It wasn’t quite the monsoon conditions of earlier in the week, and I did manage to have some of my food sat outside before the heavens opened.
One thing that the BBQ does highlight is quite what a broad range of people are part of St James. Being after the family service there were a lot of young families there, but there were also people from the Matins and 8 o’clock congregations who came along. There were people from babes-in-arms right through to pensioners. Attached are four pictures, two pre-rain, and two of everybody crammed into the hall once it turned wet outside.
Last night we were both invited to a party thrown by Cathy and Steve, the other couple who run the Youth Group with us. The party was a joint 40th birthday celebration, as they’re another couple like Beth and myself whose birthdays fall pretty close together.
Beth wasn’t able to go, as she is currently somewhere in a field in West Berkshire with a group of kids from the school who are doing their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. I took along the digital camera, and below are a few of the pictures I took. I got a mix of nice shots and quite a few taken with the night mode on the digital camera. Basically the effect is similar to taking a multiple exposure on a traditional camera, in order to get a better night shot the camera takes multiple samples and merges the results. Of course the idea is that you take a static scene, but using the mode when people are dancing under disco lights produces some cool effects.
This is mostly for Mom, but also for those people interested in cakes…
Mom – I tried to do the Pinata cake that I told you about this afternoon, but I obviously did something wrong with the chocolate shell, because it wouldn’t come out of the bowl! I think it had something to do with too much chocolate for the size of bowl and not enough oil inside the bowl to make it slip out easily. When I followed the instructions for putting a hot towel on the outside of the bowl to unstick it and make it slip free, all I succeeded in doing was melting the bottom of the chocolate shell and making it stick even more to the bowl than before! Anyway, here’s some pictures of the process. All that happened was I had to decorate teh cake that was going to be inside the shell, which ended up being rather nice anyway.
If you are wondering, the plate says ‘But I want to have my cake AND eat it’; a sentiment I have often… ðŸ™‚
And for some reason the pictures are in the wrong order. Obviously, no strawberries comes before some strawberries…
We’ve just got back from the Youth Group end of year BBQ. Moreso than in previous years it was an evening of beginnings and endings. As in previous years the year 6’s (top year of junior school in old money) came along. In addition our new rector-to-be came along to meet all the youth group for the first time. But this year we had a goodbye as Louise, who has gone all the way through the Youth Group and helped us out as a leader during her gap year this year is going off around the world, and then to University in the autumn. As a thank you for all the work she has put in, and to remind her of her time with the youth group we gave her a present, a certificate that all the other youth group members signed, and Beth baked her a cake (which she is posting details of elsewhere).
As you can see, as with the TaizÃƒÂ© BBQ last week we had fine weather before, fine weather afterwards, but whilst we were trying to BBQ, it bucketed down, hence the effort to put up the waterproof cover in double-quick time. (Apologies if Roland is reading this and wondering why he had to make do with an umbrella – we didn’t know about the waterproof, apparently two were bought after the last washout BBQ at the church!)
Anyway, enjoy the pictures. As always, if anyone wants full size copies, drop us an e-mail and we can get them printed out for you.
These are pictures from the afternoon of the rather wet BBQ for participants in the TaizÃƒÂ© Pilgramage 2004. Includes some shots in and around the church building.
The images on this site have been downsampled to 640×480, if anyone would like copies of the originals at 1600×1200, drop me an e-mail.
Whilst we were setting up for the TaizÃƒÂ© BBQ, the junior choir were having a training day as part of the RSCM Voice for Life scheme.
These are the pictures taken at the Missions Awareness Day