Tuesday, 25 January 2011

New Blog

For those who are interested, my blog has moved to http://blog.timnorwood.name/

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

New Blog

I've moved my blog to a new address so that I can start again. This blog will remain live for a while.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

New Year so far

This week 2011 began properly with the whole family back to work/school. I've had two full days work during which I've hit the ground running a bit... Which isn't always the best thing to do, I know...

Having said that, it's been a good start to the year. I managed to get my end of quarter fees and expenses done - never one of my favourite jobs! And finished a second (and a third) draft of an application form for a new URC Special Category Minister - and been given an offer of housing for the post. A long session with Mike Sanderson on Thursday afternoon was really useful in finishing this off.

On Thursday morning I joined the Cornerstone Team for an away morning at UCMK which was very positive. It was good to be part of a team again and talk about work together...

There is a pile of work still to do (of course) and I haven't touched my thesis this week - although I did manage to visit the OU library and get a couple of books on emergence. Really must find time for study this week.

I also need to finish off the work on my licensing service - which is proving to be more complicated than I would have hoped... Still, I think we're nearly there and it's really just music and invites now...

On the whole a good first 'week' back - however short. The only fly in the ointment is the fact that I'm still feeling fairly ill - a combination of asthmatic and IBS symptoms which are fairly irritating - and interconnected. It would really be nice to be feeling better - but sometimes you just have to be patient...

Yesterday I moved all the Christmas decorations and 'stuff' up to the loft - so the spare room is now free again - and the exercise machines have been excavated - so we should be able to start moving again which will undoubtedly help on the health front.

This blog is also a new start - not sure where it's going to go, but I do feel the need to write a journal/blog again. I really miss it - it seems to me that the life hasn't been the same since I stopped.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

The Missing Cross

Here's the painting for Good Friday - conspicuously missing from my series of Lent paintings... a special request for Harvey.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Conservatives and Liberals

Finally, the Conservatives and Lib Dems campaigns reach the Norwoods.
The Conservative flier is addressed to Isla - I guess they've given up on me... Their flier is on more expensive paper but the first thing that hit me were the words: left, right and above. I'm wondering if their policies are socialist, conservative or theological... Apparently Iain Stewart has the same NSPCC half marathon T-shirt as me...
The LibDem flier is fairly trad and cheap looking but stronger on content. Makes Peter Jones look like a potential MP.
I'd love to see some local poll results - I wonder if the balance in MK South has shifted...

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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Meeting App

This week's cartoon - how technology could make church meetings more enjoyable...

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

First Flier

I revieved my first political flier of the election campain today - a nice trifold from sitting MP Phyllis Starkey. She's obviously taking the election seriously and is not taking anything for granted. She seems determined to fight.

On the negative side, I'm already getting a bit tired of all the Labour Red...

Checked her web site and it crashed first time because of too much trafic - a good thing for her that people are visiting - but doesn't look good for visitors. The site is fairly pedestrian and would benefit from something more personal - a blog or Twitter feed - and I know Phyllis tweets so I'm not sure why there's nothing here....

All this aside, she's off to a quick start. Will the early bird catch the worm or will the other candidates have more tricks up their sleave?

Low Sunday Attendance

After seven weeks of painting, I've decided to do something different this week. It's been a while since I got my pens out and did a cartoon, but here's one for Low Sunday. Feel free to use it - but mention my name...

I was thinking about the fact that lots of people are on holiday and attendance is usually low. Not a good time therefore for a vicar to study statistics. How meaningful are our figures? When ministers boast about their congregations are they aware of seasonal factors?

On an aside, I'm beginning to wonder if social and cultural factors are more significant in church growth (and decline) than we clergy would like to admit. Is church growth an emergent property of social networks? If so, our 'growth strategies' may be little more than a way of tracking holiday habits...