Another birthday

Another birthday

So, Creative Daydream is six years old today. I’m not sure the version of myself who left Scripture Union in 2012 would actually believe I’d still be going in 2018. I left with a vague idea of what I might do, but not even the vaguest of plans of how I might do it. And then, things started to come up. Contacts from my previous role gave me the odd piece of work, and then gave me some more. These then led to ongoing arrangements, recommendations to others and a great variety of jobs I could never have dreamt off.

So I want to say thank you for those who have supported me and stood by me in this most ill-thought through of ventures. Thank you to my clients for the work and the positive feedback. Thank you to my family and friends who have listened to me working things through and encouraged me to keep going. Thank you to the people who have used all the things I have produced. I could have done none of it on my own.

There have been times when I wondered if any work would come and there have been times when I regretted taking on a job. But these six years have also been full of creativity, enjoyment, diversity and fun. The adventure continues. If you think I can provide a service to you – writing, training or consultancy – then get in touch!

What an exciting, bonkers way to make a living.

Highgate, Halloween and High-frequency High Jinx

Highgate, Halloween and High-frequency High Jinx

I’ve just realised how long it has been since I updated my blog, how very lazy of me. I have been quite busy, mind you, so that’s some sort of excuse. I thought I’d fill you in on the kind of things I’ve been getting up to. Who knows, maybe it might spark an idea that I could make happen for you!

In Highgate, I delivered my first full Academy Basics course for the Diocese of London. This was with a  bunch of willing and enthusiastic children’s workers from St Michael’s Church and surrounding parishes. I had a great time, exploring different aspects of working with children, and giving people a chance to try some new stuff out. One group came up with a Prodigal Son rap that deserves a wider audience – if only we’d filmed it! The Academy Basics course is for those who are at the start of their children’s ministry journey, and covers things like learning styles, storytelling and managing difficult behaviour. Later in the year, I’ve got more courses in Poplar, Kensal Rise and Fulham.

I’ve also put together part of a Halloween/Light Party resource pack for Scripture Union, commissioning writers and writing copy to help churches make intelligent use of Halloween. That comes out very soon, check it out here.

A new client, FEBA, brought the chance to work on some children’s resources and to create a radio character called Roger. It was good to work for them and to renew a working relationship with Simeon Whiting, another Christian charity worker turned freelancer. Look out for the FEBA pack soon on their website.

There’s been lots of other things happening – proofing fundraising and supporter communications for Shooting Star Chase, editing a book called @BibleIntro for Authentic Media, writing and commissioning blog posts for the Diocese of London as well as writing their children’s ministry newsletter, my ongoing work with Premier Childrenswork, compiling a youth book for BRF… the list is pleasingly varied 🙂

If you have anything that you think I might be able to help with, don’t hesitate to get in touch!