Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Girly evening, a visit from home, baptisms and I turn 19!!

Hello everyone,

Sorry it has been a little while since i last updated my blog! Another busy yet lovelly week here in Hull.

On Friday i had the afternoon off so i decided to go and have a look around Hull I found the ice arena and then walked along the Marina. The sun was shining and the sky was blue and it was a stuning sight.

So Friday night saw the 1st of another Hull Vineyard event called Image. This is an evening put on just for women. I was such a lovely time, i had a foot bath/massage, a face pack and a upper body massage! Wish we could do that every friday night. pictures below!

Saturday soon came and my Mummy arrived here in Hull! I was so excited to see her! We had an amazing day together, shopping, walking along the Marina and ending up at The Deep. *The Deep is the big aquarium here in Hull, some how this made me behave like a 6 year old again going 'ooo' at all the fish but was good fun*. We then headed to the cinema and watched, 'Me and Orson Welles'. This was a lovely film to crown off a truely special day!

Sunday arrived which ment I turn 19!! Mum was ready and armed with all my presents, hats, clothes, a winter coat, and a big kiss! *As mentioned in my previous blog Dad came up a month ago and bought me a Wii and a Tv to play it on for my birthday and christmas! More on that later!* As Mum wanted to see the church i joined we went along to the 10:30 service at the Vineyard. Mum really enjoyed it and a big thank you Gwyn who mentioned Lattitude for a good place to go for lunch, especially as the ministers had the same idea! We had a lovely lunch and then it was time to say goodbye. A very special weekend had come to an end but i now have some very special memories to hold onto as i don't get to live with my Mum anymore! Love you Mummy!! xx
Some pictures of the weekend.

Zoe and some boats on the Marina

Mummy and some boats on the Marina

Other Birthday celebrations!

I had a Birthday meal with some of my new friends here in Hull, followed by Wii championships on my new Wii and TV and then went out to Brassick (Student night). A big thank you to all the lovely people who celebrated my birthday with me, it was definately one to remember! More pictures below!

My Bedroom door with pink baloons!

Wii Chamionships!

The table at my birthday meal!


I am still enjoying attending Hull Vineyard church.

2nd December saw the switch on of the Newland Ave lights! *Newland Ave is where the majority of students live in Hull* As a church we hit the streets with free giveaways, invites to our christmas service and litter pickers! It was a great event enjoyed by all and the Vineyard band where asked to play some rocked up christmas carols to get us into the christmas swing!

6th December (my Birthday) saw the first set of Baptisms here, very simular to the set up that Purley Baptist do although the baptisms took place in a birthing pool and people being baptised had to sit down to be dunked!! Also as it was my birthday i was taken to the pub for celebrate the last few hours of my birthday!

13th December was the Hull Vineyard Carol service, with rocked up christmas carols, street dancing, drama and lots and lots of mince pies and Mulled wine! It was a great event to see the other members of the church i havnt yet met!


I have now handed in my IT assignment and look forward to hearing the grade i got! I have finished all my labs and lectures for the Semester but i hope my glass ware hasn't got mould on it as i put it in the cupboard wet! oops! never mind! Ill learn from my mistake!

This week is Chemists reading week! which in theory means that i can go home but oh no! they place 4 hours of assessments on the last friday of term one week before christmas! so this week is revision week!

Clubs and societies

Trampolining is going well. starting to make friends there now! Also my kit arrived this week! picture below!

CU is going well. We are still going through Luke and learning lots. We had our christmas jazz night and pub quiz on Monday! My team came 4th which was very respectable go team '3 chemists, a londoner and a bishop'.

So here i am. 1 week from the end of my 1st semster at University. What a 12 weeks it has been full of highs and lows. Next week i will do a round up and look back on the term and share some hopes fears and plans for the next year.

Prayer requests

Exams- 2 2 hour exams coming up on friday. Please pray that i am disciplined in doing my work and that i am able to remember the information in the exam.

For friendships - please pray that the friends i have will not be lost over the holidays and that the friendships i have at home will still be there when i get back.

For my family - that my arrival back in the house and London will not be stressful as i have definately changed as a person and being a student i live a very different lifestyle

Accommodation - everyone is panicing about it atm. its all very much up in the air. Please pray that it will all fall into place and that i get a nice house and a good set of house mates.

Big Love and i look forward to being back in London on Sunday!



Thursday, 3 December 2009

Hybrization, precipitation and radiation

So the title of this latest installment may be very random if not strange! Let me explain!

Being in Hull they all have a different accent to us Londoners! After a mixture of being told i definately had a London accent and having one of my course mates, Jay in my ear everytime a lecture said something in an accent (very regular) i decided i was going to do my best in engaging in the Yorkshire accent! Jay decided she would join me and we spent the entire of our maths tutorial trying to make a sentance that makes sense with hybridization, precipitaion and radiation in that actually made sense! We were un successful but it was the fastest maths tutorial ever! Please let me know if you have any ideas!


As i have mentioned in my previous posts i have had a series of mid semester tests! Didn't have any idea how i had answered the questions as these were my first university exams! You will all be please to know i gained 75%, 85% and 47% so in university terms that is two 1sts and a 3rd. Pretty awesome!

Only one more lab session till the end of semester and week 12 is our 'reading week'! so i may actually get some revision done that week!


This week saw the christmas lights on Newland Ave switched on. As a church we hit the streets to spread the love of Jesus with free bees and invites to our christmas services! Also one of the worship bands were able to play some rocked up carols which were awesome!

Also it was the newcomers dinner last sunday. We were taken to Lattitude (very posh resturant) for a chance to meet the leadership team and learn about what the church is about and were it is going! Was very exciting to meet new people and hear of what the church has planned.


Last weekend i was very lucky to see Delirious? on their fairwell tour with Becca. Was an awesome weekend seeing Becca for the 1st time since the summer and Delirious? was amazing. There is definately something very special about worshiping the Lord at events like that.

Here is a little taster of the night.

Although i went with Becca i kept bumping into various people i have met over the past few months. Was great fun!

We also went to a German market.....see below.

So another week has come to an end and only 2 weeks till i am back in London for Christmas!!

Prayer requests

The CU are doing another text a washer upper this friday. Please pray that it all goes well and they get lots of texts!

At vineyard the same day we are having a girly pamper night. Should be an awesome night. Please pray that all the guests enjoy themselves.

Thank you for all your support!

God Bless



Thursday, 26 November 2009


Ca Va?

We are now officially one month from Christmas and just over a week till my birthday!

Hero of the Week

This prestigious award goes to Pauline Miller, one of my faithful readers and sends me lovely presents in the post! This time Pauline sent me a FAIRTRADE Cadbury's Dairy Milk Bar. I had heard that Cadbury's where doing fairtrade in November but had almost forgotten about it until yesterday! Thank you Pauline it was much apprecitated!

This week saw the Cottingham christmas lights switch my opinion Cottingham now looks like the Blackpool illuminations!

Last weekend i was able to go to York to see the Temple family. Kayleigh, Jordan and Alfie all loved my visit and appreciated the gifts i gave them! The day consisted of hide and seek, Wii champioships, sit ups and a chinese take away! I really enjoed sitting on a sofa and watching T.V as i haven't done that for nearly 3 months!
Also i am now the owner of a pot of coffeemate! It basically makes your coffee very milky but its a powder! i highly recommend it! Thank you Steph!

Being a Chemistry student i tend to not be around much during the day but it seems like every time i come home this seems to be happening.................

Ruby's hair has changed colour!!!

There is never a dull moment on my corridor!

Also this week my long awaited baby cousin was born! It was a baby girl weighing a little more than 5lb and 6 weeks far i haven't heard of the name ...... i will hopefully have a picture and a name by next week!


My course is still awesome! We are nearing the end now! Let the revision begin!! Labs this week was very fun! We had to isolate the caffine in tea. I have never come so close to drinking my experiment! I only got a 2% yeild which was a little dissapointing but aparently it was the actual value!


I am still learning and growing in my faith. The church is planning to expand and move to a warehouse which is really exciting to see what God has got instore for the church! (I am now apart of 2 churches that are planning to expand)


Cu is going good still.......text a washer up part 2 is planned for next friday which should be awesome. We have now finished 'Fresh' and are now going through the book of Luke.

Prayer Requests

As a CU we are looking reach out and expand but dont have funding. Please pray for guidence as to how to reach out and that money wont be an issue.

As i have mentioned, my baby cousin arrived on tuesday. Please pray that she remains healthy and will grow and become stronger.

Exams are approaching. Please pray that i am able to understand the work....etc

Hope you have a blessed week



Friday, 20 November 2009

Washing up, midnight piggyback races and Christmas lights!!


Sorry that this edition of this weeks blog is has been a very busy week! This week saw the shut down of the entire Uni.......was very strange.

Last week i mentioned the small groups at Vineyard were treated to our very own fireworks display........i some how forgot to mention the midnight piggy backs and possing at the bus stop! See below......


Being in Hull and near the sea, the wind can be very strong at times but this week the wind has chosen to blow at right angles to the way i am cycling. As a result, i found myself being blown either into the kurb or into a car! The 15 minute cycle turned into a marthon and has to be one of the most challenging physical exercises i have ever done just to stay alive!!
Also this week combined i have worked out i have cycled 36 miles with 12 of them being today!! hardcore ey!!??


I have now come to the end of my mid semester tests! I feel they went ok altough when you see 2 lines of question followed by '6 marks' it was a little scary as i frantically tried to find 6 points related to the question in my attempt to answer it!
Hopefully, this week will be a little lighter on the work load and can get my IT assignment done and dusted!

Clubs and Societies

As i mentioned in last weeks blog, as a CU we were planning on doing 'text a toastie' at the Lawns (student halls). Due to health and safety gone mad we had to change it slightly to 'text a washer upper'. This bascially ment anyone can text a question they have about God the world and everything in it and what block they are in and moments later a group of us will turn up and do their washing up and give an answer to the question! Easy in principle!
Only issue was that due to various things the wardens wouldn't/couldn't put up the posters with the numbers on so the number wasn't circulated enough......we got 2 texts!
So Dave's amazing plan was to go to the people! Paired with Jen and armed with scrubbers, washing up liquid and Mark's Gospel we set off to Downs Hall! Jen had links with some people in the hall and we did help people tidy up their kitchens and do their washing up! People where very receptive to us and felt cared and loved that we had given up our night to be Jesus to them through this AOK!

I am still learning so much as Carrie and i go through Collosian's and how i can apply it to my life!


Church is awesome! I am starting to feel apart of the family here and during the ministry times one of the ministers took me under her wing and taught me how to pray for someone and listen to God. Something i have always been very unsure of.

In other news......

A lunch time well spent!

One lunch time, i went up to the library to do some constructive revision for one of my mid semster tests but shortly after logging onto a computer i was greated by a smiling Scott and Luke (my fellow christian 2nd year chemists) had a nice little conversation about the wonder that is chemistry until Scott pipes up with, 'did you know that in the KJV of the bible, when Lazarus dies it says, 'He stinketh' when he dies?!' .........................we then spend the remainder of the time looking it up and other old words on bible gateway! I would like to say we found the verse Scott was talking about but ...............................................we didn't. If anyone happens to know please comment and let me know!!

A visit from Home

Last weekend, Dad came to visit me! I had an amazing weekend spending time with him, we saw 2012 (not the happiest of films but good always wins!), had a good drive round Hull and the surrounding towns, crossed the Humber bridge and found this lovely little place at the foot called Hessle foreshore. It was a refreshing weekend and i didnt want it to end but all good things come to an end!

Christmas Lights

The Christmas lights here in Hull are now on!
I went with one of my Vineyard friends Emma, and were treated to singing from Mini Viva (i left my hear in Tokoyo) and Rhydian Roberts from the X factor, and of course Santa was there! Pictures below......
More Fireworks
Big Christmas tree

Santa, The mayor, Mini viva, Rhydian

turning the Christmas lights on

Rhydian singing

Mini Viva

So i guess that signals christmas is definately on its way!!!! Late night christmas shopping began this Thursday!! Still 4 weeks of Uni though!
Prayer Requests
I have an IT assignment in soon but one member of our group hasn't made contact with us so prayer that they will get in contact.
I have had a very busy couple of weeks and the next few are also going to be busy. Please pray that i remain fit and healthy and that i am able to find time to have my quite times.
LoveHullUni are going to launch a free tea and coffee van from next week as another AOK alond with waterbottling. Please pray that we get a good team together and we are able to be Jesus to the people we meet and have conversations with.

Thank you for reading......any suggestions on how to improve this blog will be greatly recieved.
God Bless

Thursday, 12 November 2009

**BREAKING NEWS** Zoe Roberts is now a tea drinker!!

Hello faithful blog readers!

As the title of this post explains i am now officially a tea drinker! Benita, one of the girls down my corridor has converted me to drinking tea with sugar and with as little milk as possible!! I now look forward to being greated by a smiling Benita ready and waiting to make me a humble yorkshire brew on my return from a hard day of lectures! A little taste of heaven!


Work is slowly piling up nicely. Labs have now changed to synthesis labs which are soooo much better than analytical labs purely because they are learning new techniques and synthesising different compounds!

As we have just had fireworks night the Chemistry department thought they would treat us to a 'flashes and bangs' lecture. this was pretty much what is says in the title. My supervisor took it and definately is the best.


I have now settled at Hull Vineyard. I just got that gut feeling coupled with feeling very welcome and lots of opportunities to get involved and serve the church.

I enjoyed a lovely ladies breakfast the other weekend. I particularly enjoyed this as i was able to meet people other than students (although most went to the uni) who live and work in Hull and broaden my horizans. I also met a fellow Croydoner in one of the pastors there!

As apart of small group we were treated to a fireworks party, which was also Deborah's birthday so we had the added bonus of cake and toasting mashmallows on the fire. Happy times! :)

Clubs and societies

As i am apart of the Trampolining club here, i was invited to join the Christians in sport meeting that happens weekly on campus. This is a group of christians who want to be Jesus to the people they play sport with and to also support other christians who play sport at the uni. I really enjoyed it as i met like minded people and to know that i'm not the only one who is challenged by the weekly socials that sports clubs have!

We also had a CU social. We watched the Pacifier........Awesome film but just dont ever watch it with Scott in the room..................enough said!

My weekly bible study with Carrie is going well. We are nearly half way through Colossians. Having never properly read it i am learning alot through Pauls letter to the church in Colossas which i can apply to my life.

In other news

Hull have the right end of the stick when it comes to community events. They put on a FREE fireworks display! I bet that idea would never have crossed the minds of the people who put on the fireworks at Sanderstead rec...........

I was very blessed in having a visit home a couple of weekends ago. It was really refreshing and was awesome to see my lovely family and the people of Purley B and to celebrate Deb's birthday.

Prayer requests

I am starting to feel settled here in Hull. I have lots of great friends. Please pray for depending of friendships

With the CU we are doing text a toastie on Monday. Please pray that people text us and we are able to be Jesus to the people we have conversations with.

I am in the middle of my mid semester tests. Please pray for discipline in my work.

God Bless



Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Weeks 2 - 4

As you can probably tell i'm still learning how to do this blog thing and i realise that last blog was possibly a challenge to read! i will try my best to keep it short and sweet and in bitesize sections!

Week 2 bought the beginning of my degree. Lectures began on the monday. I have 3 full days of lectures and 1 full day of Labs with Wednesday as a day off. The material being covered at the moment is mainly alevel but some new material, which whilst challenging is actually interesting.
Labs are really good fun! In the week 3 experiment the girl next to me managed to explode both her experiments in the space of 10 mins and cover my right arm and half my equipment red precipitate so my brand new white lab coat made it 2 weeks!

CU and church
The CU organised a church fayre as their 1st meeting which was a great oppurtunity to meet all the pastours from the churches around Hull.

Also through the CU i met a lovely person in Carrie. Carrie is a Relay worker who is working with the CU for a year. Carrie offered to meet up and do a bible study with her on a weekly basis which i was so happy about as it was something i had been thinking about and was a clear answer to prayer especially as she had just graduated this summer.

Church hunting is going well. i have now been to 3 churches now and i am just prayerfully considering which church is for me.
At vineyard i was firstly invited to their student small group (simular to evolve back home). Met some more lovely people and felt really welcomed. Following small group i was asked to be on the welcome team at LoveLife. This is an event that Hull vineyard put on to invite people along to church without it being a service and to help break down the stereotype and views people have of church. This was an awesome event!

Clubs and societies

I am now apart of the trampolining club and trying to remember to moves once was able to do!

Hull Fair and Hull city

I was able to go to Hull fair at the end of week 2. Hull fair i have been reliably informed is the largest traveling fair in Europe i can agree it was massive and very expensive! Had an awesome time there but did wish by the end i had eaten dinner a bit earlier but i did get a sponge bob balloon which i have always wanted!!
Hull city is awesome! It has not 1 not 2 but 3 shopping centres which are all great! and only a bus journey away!
I think i'll leave it there for this post! hope this post is easier to read.
Just a few prayer requests
that i continue to keep on top of my work. i have 3 mid semester tests coming up!
that i will continue to make friends in my halls, course and clubs and societies.
that i will continue to be able to find time for my quiete times in my busy schedule
Hope you are all well?
God Bless

Friday, 23 October 2009

Overview of Freshers Week and arrival weekend!!!

Hello everyone,

Sorry its late but its been mega busy here!

I arrived in Hull on the Saturday 26th September. I spent the day unpacking, making friends with the 4 girls down my corridor and finding my way around Cottingham and parts of Hull.
After dinner, I went to the Scott Mills Welcome party at the Union nightclub Asylum. It was a good night getting to know my corridor friends etc. and to my excitement was greeted by a group of students who all attend Hull Vineyard handing out water bottles outside the club! I had a great conversation with a girl called Eleanor (a 3rd year) about vineyard and what she was doing at 1 am on a Saturday night handing out water bottles in the freezing cold! Anyway, she said she would look out for me the next morning as I said I was going to Hull vineyard the following day!
Sure enough Sunday arrived and mum and the boys came with me to Hull Vineyard and i was greeted by a smiling and welcoming Eleanor who introduced me to other fresher’s she had met and some other chemistry students in subsequent years at the church. The service was awesome. The very clear message was to surrender everything to the Lord and Eleanor prayed for me and I felt an almighty release and peace about being in Hull and being in new surroundings and this was all part of God’s plan for my life however strange and unnerving it felt at this moment in time. After a farewell lunch with mum the boys and dad (he drove me up with all my stuff in his tardis of a car) it was time to say goodbye for 3 months to my family until christmas. A strange feeling for us all especially me! It was then off to the Commercial Bazaar part 1 where I was inundated with freebees etc.
After the welcome talk at Needler hall, I went to go meet the people I was supposed to have gone to Hull vineyard with to the evening service. I also met John Clarke the assistant minister at Hull Vineyard who works with the students.
Fresher’s week! – Monday consisted of Departmental Registration (more paperwork and getting my Lab coat and goggles which actually fit my face), Commercial bazaar part 2 (more freebees) and in the evening a movie night with the c.u. which turned into a get to know everyone session as the DVD player was jammed at Planet coffee (my second home)!
Tuesday bought a more relaxed day, just going to the Athletics union bazaar (with people telling me their club was better than everyone else’s). Hockey and Lacrosse clashed with my full timetable to I decided Trampoline was the club for me! The evening entertainment was a DJ set by Pendulum (which was good but Pendulum didn’t actually come on till 1:30am) Wednesday was another early start with University registration at 9am followed by the Societies Bazaar (the most scariest thing I have ever done in my life!!). I joined the C.U., LoveHullUni(I was given a Frisbee, happy times), and the ChemSoc(who didn’t turn up as they were all still hung-over), more later.
In the evening I was invited to the Hull Vineyard student bible study group which was really encouraging and great to meet more Christians and the University etc and Eleanor asked if I wanted to go water bottling at Asylum and my immediate response was YES! It was an amazing experience which bought about many interesting conversations about similar to that which I had with Eleanor on the 1st night but this time from the other prospective and also a prayer walk around the University.
Thursday was a laid back day (especially as I got back at 3am from water bottling). I went to a BBQ with the C.U. met the student worker at St John’s and had a free lunch which is always a blessing being a student.
Friday was another early start with my first chemistry lecture, safety and you need to work hard even though it doesn’t count towards the overall class of your degree! Got my full time table which is 9-5 everyday apart from Wednesday, with 8 hours of labs on Tuesday’s, Hardcore ey! I met my supervisor who is quite amusing (think big afro hair) I then went for a drink in the Santuary bar with all my course mates and staff (finally met Dr Mike Hird, the Christian admissions tutor who happens to go to a church 11 miles away!) In the evening I went to a Jazz evening with the C.U. which was a relaxed evening and great to meet new people again. Saturday was check out the washing machines day!! (It’s amazing how many friends you make doing your washing) In the evening was Strictly Come Dancing/ X factor time in the JCR! Sunday was to continue the church search day going to Jubilee (another free lunch) and St John’s in the evening.

I have been so blessed by the Lord over this week and everything i have asked for He has provided and I'm learning so much about life and God etc

Hope your all well wherever you are?

Go safe and God Bless


Wednesday, 7 October 2009

1st Blog!!

Hello everyone,

I write this from my university room at the University of Hull! Woah!! My Grandma reckons that once I have settled into living in the north I will stay here for good! At the moment I think I can agree! Lovely and flat up here, makes cycling so much easier.

I am now 1 and a 1/2 weeks into my first degreee (MChem with a year in industry). Lectures began on Monday, and so far it all going in swimmingly apart from the large amount of noise pollution that is in the chemistry department at the mo as they are still refurbishing it!
I had my 1st labs yesterday which where awesome mainly because i now have a white lab coat and glasses that fit my face so naturally look and feel like a proper chemist! The practicals consisted of 3 experiments on how to use a balance and callibrate a pipette and a burette! Highly skilled stuff you know!

I have really been blessed by the members of the C.U. here at Hull Uni and the surrounding churches with endless invites to events, services and free meals! Just loving seeing how God is working in other areas of the country and look forward to settling into a churh here in Hull and getting really involved in church life.

That will do for my first blog!

Take care and God Bless