General iOS

iPad won’t start, after ‘flat battery’

I have just spent ages trying various solutions, restarts, button pressing, and thinking my iPad had died. Then tried charging with the original Apple Charger and cable. All sorted! Other cables and chargers may work well most of the time but just don’t have the oomph to start up from a completely drained battery. Sometimes the simplest solutions are worth trying first!

Android iOS Productivity Web


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Covid-19 Hymns Music Songs Worship

Music & Hymns

Music – Audio and Video Files

Various sites from where songs and hymn resources are available

Please ensure that appropriate licensing permission is in place when using these resources.

🟪 Items marked with 🟪 have Advent and Christmas music.

🟪 John Rutter 2021 Christmas Album now available on Apple Music, and on other platforms. Commercial music such as this can’t of course be streamed or otherwise broadcast without explicit permission, but can be used within on-site worship where there is no recording or broadcast.

Apple Music:

St Chads, York

Evangelical Movement of Wales

Songs for Sunday

RCL based Suggestions from Trinity College, Glasgow

Craigsbank Parish Church

‘performance permission’ granted, for these to be used alongside CCLi or appropriate Streaming Licence.

Everingham Music

Scottish Psalter, Hymns etc

🟪 – Advent and Christmas Music 🟪

Ferryhill Church Virtual Choir 🟪

Engage Worship 🟪

Fischy Music

Small Church Music

  • Public domain music – freely usable

Home for Christmas 🟪

Rev Craig Downes

  • YouTube Channel with permission to use.

ChristianBSL 🟪

  • Traditional Carols, with BSL

Virtual-Organist.Com 🟪

  • Virtual-Organist.compublic domain tunes downloadable as MP3s – favourite hymn tunes from Mike Whitton.

Premier Christian Radio 🟪

  • Downloadable Resources inc Carols

Emu Music 🟪

Small Church Music

Public domain mp3s available for download

Carolyn’s Hymns

Carolyn says, “Some pastors and church music leaders have asked for permission to use my hymns in worship services that they are streaming live, or in other ways they are reaching out to their congregations from a distance. During these challenging times, you have my permission to go ahead and use my copyrighted hymns in these ways for free.”

Graham Kendrick

Resound Worship 🟪

During the Covid-19 crisis, we give permission for all churches worldwide to stream Resound Worship songs. This includes our videos, our recordings, our lyrics and your own performances.

If you have a streaming licence (eg CCLI, OneLicense), we’d appreciate it if you would report your usage. If you don’t, we would like you to use our material anyway

Suggestions from Resound Worship

Sunday 30 Jan

Fourth after epiphany (RCL & CWL)

Luke 4:21-30 (RCL)
Jesus is here
Our God was a refugee

1 Cor 13:1-13 (RCL & CWL)
If I speak words of wisdom
There is a love

Sunday 6 Feb

Fifth after Epiphany (RCL)
Proper 1 (CWL)

Isaiah 6:1-13 
All I am I lay it down
Holy. Holy, holy Lord
Worship the Lord

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 
He’s my Saviour
Jesus Christ God’s Son (Jesus lives)
We believe

Sunday 13 Feb

Sixth after Epiphany (RCL)
Proper 2 (CWL)

Psalm 1
Most merciful God
Your word, O Lord

Jeremiah 17:5-10
Find rest, O my soul
Your word, O Lord

1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Christ was raised
Jesus Christ God’s Son (Jesus lives)

Sunday 20 Feb

Seventh after Epiphany (RCL)
Proper 3 (CWL)

1 Corinthians 15:35-50
Christ was raised
Jesus Christ God’s Son (Jesus lives)

Sunday 27 Feb

Transfiguration Sunday (RCL)
Next before Lent (CWL)

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Spirit of God
In the name of God the Father

Ash Wednesday

Isaiah 58:1-12
You are a refuge

Psalm 51:1-17
Lord, have mercy

Jubilate Music 🟪

MP3s and lyric videos available to buy on individual basis or with Annual Pass (currently £29.99 Nov 2021)

New Scottish Hymns

  • Video Recordings available for use for a small fee.

Salvation Army 🟪

Worship Lyric Videos 🟪

  • Small payment required – good quality videos – with 2021 updates.
General Leadership MS TEAMS Productivity

Before clicking SEND, think TRACKS!

Earlier today I sent an email to over 30 colleagues and had omitted to attach the attachments! Then came the flurry of phone calls and emails… “I think you forgot the attachments!” Some email apps do clever things and remind you if you have used the word “attached” but not attached any files. I’m usually quite careful and take a moment to check emails, posts, messages and tweets before zapping them out to others… Thinking about how to be more thorough – I came up with the mnemonic TRACKS to remind me to check:


Always check emails for typos. Autocorrect is very clever but sometimes gets it embarrasingly wrong – and it’s you that will be embarrassed. Take a moment to read over the email, post, tweet before you send it into the ether.


Think about who will read your post. If it’s an email use the To, CC and BCC carefully. If your email is to more than one person a good style is to use ‘To’ for the people from whom you expect action, CC is for information. BCC use carefully! Remember GDPR and dont share email addresses without permission.


Have you included all attachments referred to?Is there a better way to share the info – perhaps a link, or sharing to DROPBOX, TEAMS, SLACK or another collaboration tool?

Complete info

If you refer to a meeting on Wednesday, have you also mentioned the time and venue… think ‘complete information’ – even if it’s repeated and was in an earlier communication?

Kind of Conversation

Emails should be kind! Also think of the kind of conversation. A letter, phone call or face to face talk might be a better approach for that difficult conversation.

Subject Line

The subject line is so important. How many emails do you delete on the basis of the subject line? Simply being there is a good start as many spam filters will make assumptions about emails without a subject. It should be clear and concise and relate to the actual subject matter rather than an earlier thread! It’s okay to change the Subject line when replying to an email if the subject has changed!

Remember TRACKS

Before sending an email, post, message or tweet, think TRACKS – Typos, Recipients, Attachments, Complete, Kind, Subject – and then click SEND.

Fun General Productivity

What day of the week? The Doomsday Rule

I write this on Doomsday! The 6th day of the 6th month! Sounds ominous! Actually quite fun! Did you know that the 4th day of the 4th month, the 6th day of the 6th month, the 8th day of the 8th month, the 10th day of the 10th month, and the 12th day of the 12th month always fall on the same day of the week?

  • In 2020 these dates are all Saturdays.
  • In 2019 they were Thursdays (we leaped over Friday)
  • In 2021 they are all Sundays
  • In 2022 they are Mondays
  • get the idea… move forward a day each year – skip a day going into a leap year!

But what of February and all the odd numbered months?

In January, doomsday is the 3rd, or 4th in a leap year

In February – the last day of the month 28th/29th is always doomsday!

In March – following from Feb’s rule we can say that the 0th day is doomsday (or remember that 7,14,21,28 are always March’s doomsdays)

May & September are easily remembered together – the 9th of the 5th month, and 5th of the 9th always fall on Doomdsay!

July & November are remembered together as the 11th day of the 7th month and the 7th day of 11th month are always doomsday

Doomsday Rule Calendar

Armed with this information it makes it easy to work out what day of the week any date falls on.

If you know which day of the week is doomsday for the current year and the next two years, and perhaps the previous year you will be well on your way to impressing others, and simplifying some routine tasks. If you are forward planning Sunday Services – you will know the dates without having to keep referring to the calendar!

You may notice some key dates are always doomsday! American Independence Day 4th July, Halloween 31st October. Perhaps a birthday or anniversary falls on doomsday! Any date not on a doomsday must be with 3 days of one. Christmas Day is always D-1, St Andrew’s Day is D+2.

If you want to know how to develop this to work out any date and tell people what day of the week they were born or which day the battle of Hastings took place you can learn more at:

Happy Doomsday!

Change General Productivity

OnLine Reports & Papers

A wee video from a few years ago with Bryan Kerr and Donald McCorkindale in the context of the Church of Scotland General Assembly – about going paperless and making the most of electronic versions rather than printing off oddles of paper!

Yes you can scribble notes in the margins, stick in a post-it note! Yes, you can flick between several documents. Take time to become familiar with reading and using digital documents.

Change MindMapping Planning Prioritising Productivity

The most important meeting of the day!

All Zoomed out! Lots of online meetings on various platforms filling our days. But the most important meeting is a low tech offline one!

Are you making time for a meeting with yourself? Have you put it in your calendar and blocked off time to review, plan and priorise your day?

Below is my ‘Agenda’ for Morning and Evening meeting with self – and God.

I’m a big fan of AYOA and have used it for years to keep track of my projects and tasks – it may work well for you – it’s very visual, actually quite fun, and integrates with mind-mapping. The important thing is to have a trusted system – somewhere beyond your head to capture and process all the things that you have to do

Meeting with self – Morning



Previous meeting notes

Matters arising – any loose threads..?

Correspondence (Incoming External stuff)

Review AYOA/ To Do List

  • Review Projects & Tasks
  • Is there anything that anyone else is waiting for?
  • Who is on my mind that I will phone or message today?

Personal Development

At least half an hour now or scheduled for later today.

  • Watch/ Read a MindTools article
  • Watch a TED Talk
  • Read
  • Sharpen a saw! Schedule time to hone a skill
  • Listen to a podcast

Meeting with self – Evening

  • What am I grateful for?
  • How have I made a difference for others today?
  • What 6 Things will I prioritise tomorrow?
  • Time to pray

Change Ecumenism General Leadership Meetings Productivity

Co-create! Get everyone on board!

“We need a sense of ownership.” How often do we hear that – or say that.

BUT, We tend to own things that other people create!

Authorship is better – get everyone involved – all the stakeholders in from the beginning – have everyone involved in co-creating the project, plan whatever.

And when we set up an event, have it all planned and then invite neighbouring congregations and denominations don’t give yourself an ecumenical clap on the back – it’s maybe welcoming and friendly… but true ecumenical working gets together from the start!

Brainstorming Change General Meetings MindMapping

Kipling Questions

I keep six honest serving men,
they taught me all I knew.
Their names are What and Why and When
and How and Where and Who

from The Elephant’s Child, Rudyard Kipling

Six Questions to ask about anything and everything?

Kipling Questions: What, Where, When, Why, Who, How?

Use them to brainstorm on your own or with a group

  • What? is it, could happen, would happen if…
  • Why? Why, Why is, does it have to be…
  • When? is the right time, do we start…
  • How? can we do it, will it be achieved…
  • Where? should this happen, is best, are the target audience…
  • Who? is involved, are we involving, excluding…

Further reading:

Brainstorming Change Leadership

Gnim rots niarb

It’s a silent G – pronounced ‘nim rots ny-arb’ No it’s not Gaelic! It’s Brainstorming reversed!

Instead of brainstorming around what you want to achieve… consider what you would do to ensure failure!

It really works well – people will talk much more freely because it’s fun and light hearted… it’s actually really creative and generative.

eg: how to ensure poor engagement with Christmas services.

Don’t advertise, tell everyone the church is closed, hide the minister’s iPad, sing unfamiliar carols, no decorations in Church… you get the idea

And then when you flip the ‘how not to’ ideas you will have loads of really helpful insights…

Next Brainstorm – whether in a group or on your own – do it in reverse…. Gnim rots niarb!

Bonus tip: it’s always good to have brainstormers do some storming on their own first so they ‘hear their own ideas’ before being drowned out by louder voices!