Thursday, 26 November 2009

Bonjour!!



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 on........in 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 early......so far i haven't heard of the name ...... i will hopefully have a picture and a name by next week!

Course

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!

Church

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

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

Zoe

xxxx

Friday, 20 November 2009

Washing up, midnight piggyback races and Christmas lights!!

Hello!!


Sorry that this edition of this weeks blog is late......it 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......


Cycling

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!!??


Course

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


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
Zoe
xxxxx















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!


Course


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.


Church


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



Zoe

xx

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Weeks 2 - 4

Hello!
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!
Course

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
Zoe
xxx