Five Questions

Five Questions

by John Anderson




When do you feel most alive?

When we see people who we haven’t seen for a long time.


What’s most important to you?

My mum and dad.


What stresses you most?

When I have to wake up early for school.


What’s your favourite place?

Slice of India (an Indian restaurant).


When do you most laugh?

When I’m with my cousin and we basically just laugh at everything. We say silly things and we can’t stop laughing.







 Rev Ian Smith

When do you feel most alive/happy?

Leading or being part of small group work. I feel energised responding to what has been said or rejoicing in someone’s new insight and also becoming aware of my own blind spots. I love that we’re better off doing this together than we ever would be individually.

Most happy – it used to be during and after sex. But now it’s when offering hospitality and providing food.


A favourite memory?

Being a teacher in Zimbabwe. I was young, in another culture and making a difference. Every day there were new experiences – sights, sounds, smells and taste.


What scares you?

The consequences of prejudice, ignorance and hatred. The quickness to judge.


What’s most important to you?

Being genuinely present to another human being.


A time when you really laughed?

We went to see Alan Carr at Sheffield City Hall. The whole show was an extended, self-deprecating narrative and reflection of his life. We couldn’t stop laughing.






When do you feel most alive?

When I’m doing something active like swimming, surfing or running. Just being outside and doing something wild.


A favourite memory?

Having a surfing lesson. It was exciting and I loved learning something that might be a hobby in the future.


What do you find hardest?

When I have to do something and if I don’t do it I’m going to get into trouble and something bad is going to happen.


What do you hope for?

That everyone will be peaceful and that everyone will stop polluting the world.


What’s most important to you?

My family and friends.







When do you feel most alive?

Feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin.


What makes you happy?

Laughing with friends and family.


A favourite memory?

Evie (our daughter) was one day old and lying on our bed back at home. I asked her “How’s it going?” She looked at me and sneezed.

As a family we love going to Hell’s Mouth. The kids love it and being in the water with them body-boarding is really special.


What scares you?

Being alone.


A time when you couldn’t stop laughing?

After a wedding – spending time with friends the next day on the beach – there was lot’s of dark humour and we laughed and laughed.








When do you feel most alive?

When I am playing football at school.


What do you find hardest?

When my brothers are naughty to me.


A favourite memory?

I was playing football and I shot, it hit the crossbar and booosh it went in!


A favourite place?

When we go on a family holiday to Croyde.


What’s most important to you?

My mummy and my footballs.