Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Island names

If you wanted to call your children after Scottish islands, you could have a pretty large family before you ran out of sensible names:
  • Lewis
  • Harris
  • Iona
  • Skye
  • Isla
  • Arran
  • and, if you had twins, Ailsa and Craig!
[General view, Ailsa Craig, Scotland] (LOC)
The Ailsa Craig

Monday, 16 April 2018

Literal & Symbolic

A while back I posted a quote & a few thoughts on how bits of the Bible can be both literal and symbolic at the same time.

Here's a non-Biblical example:
Her majesty was all ablaze
She was burning hot but not consumed
Our shoes removed in that holy place
In the hallowed ground of the living room
~Andrew Peterson (The Queen of Iowa)
This is obviously symbolic. It is likening the woman to the burning bush - expressing the fact that he was aware of the presence of God in the room.*

It is, however, also literal. She was running a high fever, and they had to remove their shoes before entering the room to prevent infection.*

If Andrew Peterson can write something that is poetic and symbolic and literal, I'm willing to bet God can.

Btw here's the song. If it sounds like a song about a woman dying of AIDS would be depressing, it's not!

Also, I love what he does with the rhymes.

*I picked up these facts from various places on the internet but can't be bothered to link :-)

Ignore this post!

Just trying something out - will delete when I've sorted it.


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Sunday, 15 April 2018


Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. Jesus has entered there on our behalf as a forerunner...

Thursday, 12 April 2018

How we got the Bible

Planning a 30-40 minute lesson for 6-8 year olds on how we got the Bible is like herding cats!

This video is hugely helpful*.

Obviously most of this will NOT go into the lesson!

But I want to be sure that what I teach - though vastly simplified - is true. 
'Distilled, not watered down'**.

*I'd occassionally disagree with his interpretation of things, but not the gist of what he's saying.
**I got that phrase from Rory Bell at the TnT training days.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Home made fish fingers

Normal bought fish fingers are good, but I thought I'd try making some from scratch. Very easy!

You will need:
  • White fish
  • Flour
  • Egg
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Paprika
  • Butter or oil for shallow frying (I used butter, because I thought that might taste better)
What to do:
  1.  Mix breadcrumbs and paprika together. It's not going to be as orange as bought ones, but it makes them a bit orange.
  2. Cut fish in strips.
  3. Dip in flour.
  4. Dip in egg.
  5. Dip in breadcrumbs.
  6. Fry.
  7. Eat.

Saturday, 7 April 2018


Just realised I never said that I'd - finally - finished my Jonah PowerPoint.

20 pictures! But could be taught over 2 weeks.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Anya & Perena Lewitz

A picture that has been in my head - good to get it out! Though it doesn't really look like I imagined.

These are characters from Chris Walley's Lamb among the Stars series, but imagined as children.

I tried to get over their appearance, personalities, tastes and future occupations (biologist/space captain) - no attempt at looking futuristic!

Love your enemies quick crafts

I'm making a Pinterest board for Jonah, and it was hard to find crafts that didn't focus solely on the whale/fish.

The fish is fun and all - but it's only in a couple of verses in the book.

So - while I have nothing against doing fish crafts for this story - I thought I would also mock up a couple that focussed on the more important points of the story.

These were so quick and easy, made with stuff I already had.
  • Face stickers from a pound shop - or print out some angry emojis.
  • Hearts from The Works - or you could cut your own heart shape from foam or card. 

The only difficulty here would be finding enough angry faces for a lot of children.
And you'd need to check the sticker set you bought - some don't have angry ones.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Cuckoo Chicks?

I'm not convinced these chicks hatched out of any of these eggs.

Monday, 2 April 2018


This must have been a bad week for Thomas - not only was Jesus dead, but his friends had all gone mad :-)

Monday, 26 March 2018

Surprise! Believe

I was teaching the kids about the resurrection yesterday. There was a lot in the lesson (The whole of John 20: Mary Magdalene, Peter & John, Thomas), so I wanted some kind of structure to hold it together - and also hold the children's interest, as the resurrection is very familiar to them.

Our book started with discussing some surprising facts, which was a good lead-in.

I pointed out that, while they knew what happened next, Jesus' friends didn't, and got them to try to imagine they were living back then.

We made double-sided  flash cards like this:

Stickers from Poundland.
The only smiley faces in the packet were these ones with heart eyes!
Whenever something surprising happened in the story, we held up the 'surprise!' side, and whenever someone believed we held up the 'believe' side.

This segued really nicely into the conclusion I wanted - this term all our lessons have been from John, so I thought it would be good to finish with the reason John wrote his book:

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
I got them to look it up in the Bible, and then we filled in the blanks on this worksheet:

(You need the NIV2011 to fill this out)

Sunday, 25 March 2018


We were discussing the fact that babies have more bones than adults - which didn't seem to surprise the children.

7 year old: Babies are smaller, so there's more space for the bones.

Hmmmmm... Something odd there....

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

New (simple) pricing!

I've just implemented a new pricing structure for my Lamp Bible Pictures PowerPoints. Good news - most prices will stay the same or be lower.

Basic pricing

There will be one standard price for most* PowerPoints (currently £5).

This makes more sense for you - every story, every week, every lesson, you know what it will cost.
This makes more sense for me - it makes maths and admin much easier :-)

*A few extra long PowerPoints (e.g. Noah and Christmas), which are likely to be used for two or more lessons, will cost more, and an occasional small extra (All Nations) will cost less.

Standard bundles

These will now all save you around 25%.


Old & New Testament bundles

These still cost £150, and will remain at this price until they include more than 50 stories each.
Buying the bundle will give you access to all 50 stories - including the ones I haven't drawn yet. Your final saving will be around 40%.

Once there are more than 50 PowerPoints in the bundle, those who have purchased these bundles at the current price will still be able to get a 40% discount on any future purchases they make.

If you bought either the OT or NT bundle in the past, I will sort something fair out for you!

Well, I hope that all makes sense!

Saturday, 17 March 2018

A beautiful song about our hope

"Is he Worthy?" by Andrew Peterson. Based on Revelation 5.

"Do you feel the world is broken? (We do)
Do you feel the shadows deepen? (We do)
But do you know that all the dark won't stop the light from getting through? (We do)
Do you wish that you could see it all made new? (We do)"
 It's also a beautiful video, which was done in one take!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

No other reasonable option

‘You do not want to leave too, do you?’ Jesus asked the Twelve. 
Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
John 6v67-68

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Saturday, 10 March 2018

New Creation worksheets

Came across these I did for my Sunday School class last year for our New Creation lesson.

Feel free to use them for non-commercial use.

If you had time, this would be especially nice with glitter and/or star stickers.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Probably the most ridiculous thing I have ever eaten

Deep fried Pizza.

I have often seen it on menus and wondered what on earth it would be like (Also - Why?).

But when the people I clean for sent me out to get our lunch from the chip shop, and that was one of the things on offer I thought - Let's try it!

Verdict: Tasted just like pizza. Texture just like pizza (crust a little chewy, but some pizza is). Tbh, if I was eating it blindfold, I doubt I'd have known it wasn't just pizza. But, I imagine, it has rather more fat...

Next - deep fried Mars Bar. No, maybe that's going a bit far :-)

Monday, 26 February 2018

Last week's 'life' drawing

Kept it up every day so far...

And I found one of them useful for a Jonah drawing!

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Drawing practise

Thought I should be good and start 'life' drawing sketches again. My drawing's getting rusty! Was actually surprised how well these turned out, considering how long it is since I've done it.

I used this app.

Now I just need to do this every day...

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Wood & Nails

The imagery in this song is fascinating.

The whole project this is from is really interesting (Porter's Gate Worship Project: Work Songs). The music's certainly not all to my taste, but it's growing on me. Music to work to!

Friday, 2 February 2018

Hourly Comic Day

There's this thing called Hourly Comics Day every Feb 1, when people draw what they did every hour of the day.

Never tried it before. Thought I'd give it a shot.

Read all about my thrilling day...

Thursdays are the one day I'm not going out to work at all, which gives less variety.

Theoretically that should mean lots of art - but not yesterday :-(

I don't understand how people do such polished looking comics for this!

Erratum: symmetry ruler, not perspective ruler.