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Paul Bowman
I'm a Youth Director. My greatest achievements are marrying Val and becoming a Dad!
Interests: music, travel, good coffee, movies, photography, playing guitar.
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2017... what a year that was! I won't be sad to put it in the rearview, but we made it through and all is grace. So here's to 2018, all will be well. Happy new year from all of us!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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A poem/prayer from Wendell Berry as we set forth on our journey through the new year. Leavings (2012) Wendell Berry Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Wendell Berry wrote: “The music, while it lasted, brought a new world into being.” It really is a gift to be treasured; one of the very finest things to enjoy in this life. Here are my Top Thirty albums of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Bob Dylan – Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series, Vol.13 / 1979-1981 At the end of the 70s Dylan went to the famous Muscle Shoals studio, hired a hot band; which included Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits, and brought in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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In the time between Christmas Day and the new year I always enjoy looking back and listening again to the music that was the soundtrack to my year. As I do this I compile my Playlist of around 35 tracks;... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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2017 has been a good year for cinema and although I've not been able to go as often as I used to, I did still manage to catch some terrific movies this year. I know I also missed quite a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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As the year draws to a close it is time to look back at the best of Twenty17. First up... TV shows/series that I’ve enjoyed this year. With all the health stuff I’ve been dealing with in the past nine... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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From all of us, to all of you... a very Merry Christmas! Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Music is such an important part of the Christmas season. But for me not just any Christmas album will do; it has to have the right balance of darkness and light, melancholy and celebration. I’ve blogged before about my favourite... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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With the Festive Season well and truly here it is time to share some of my favourite festive themed games. I love Christmas! I really love Christmas! It is the most wonderful time of the year and it also happens... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Age: 8+ Group size: 10+ Resources: None. If there is one game that is sure to get everyone in your group laughing then this is the one. The Chicken Game is utterly ridiculous and that is what makes it so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Group size: ideally 10 – 20+ (if you have a very large group split the group in half and have two games playing at once). Age: Teenagers. Resources: None. This was and remains a staple of game time at many... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Group Size: medium to large size groups. Age: Teenagers. Resources: 2 pool noodles / foam swords and 2 Frisbees This is another classic game that I have used for many years in my youth ministry. It is fast and it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Group size: medium to large group Age: Teenagers Resources: nerf/foam balls (soccer ball size) How to play: Have the group form a large circle. Nominate one person to be the president (if you have a guest speaker at your camp... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Group size: 20+ Age: 11+ Resources needed: Nerf balls or Dodge balls (these will be the projectiles/shells the tanks will fire). A large room/sports hall or playing area. This is one of my favourite games! I have used it regularly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Resources needed: None (apart from an area large enough for everyone playing). This is another classic English Camp game. It is very easy to play, and it generates a lot of laughter and a lot of fun. All you need... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Resources needed: none! A classic English Camp game! This one is high energy, and has a fun competitive element to it. It works well as a group energiser at the start of an event or group activity. Planes, Trains and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Mass Kai-Bai-Bo Materials needed: Cones, Duck Tape (or anything you can use to designate the safe zones & middle line in the game) Age Range: 11+ Group size: 14+ The classic game Rock, Paper, Scissors originated in Asia and in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Games are more than simply time fillers in a youth group programme, though they are often treated as such. I would argue that games can play a much more profound role. In his excellent book Games Without Frontiers Pip Wilson... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Tonight at Fitzroy we had a ‘meet the staff’ interview conducted by Paul Clark. Paul is an accomplished broadcaster and journalist who knows how to ask incisive questions. A master at work his interview was insightful, thought provoking, humorous and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Today is a day we've been counting down to for months. Today is the day our Mission Team leaves for Uganda, and on that team is our daughter Erin. I had planned to be on this trip too, leading our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I haven't blogged in quite a while, mainly because life has taken an unexpected and uncertain turn of late. You can read about my collapse in Prague as best I can remember it (click here). Since coming home I've been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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One final song for Resurrection Day and this one comes from Andrew Peterson. He takes that high noon imagery which we associate with the old west - the showdown or the decisive confrontation - and he applies it to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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The rule has been disproved The stone it has been moved The grave is now a groove All debts are removed Window In The Skies is one of U2’s best songs, that it didn’t find a home on any of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog