The strips are a reflection drawing upon various youth groups I have been associated with, from the 1960s onwards.
My first youth group, Ashby Methodist in Manifold Heights, Geelong, is holding a reunion in a couple of months. It was seminal in my own formation, and former members will note points of recognition.
This strip remains one of my favourites. The Magnolia room was known as the Mongolia room among youth group members. Most disrespectful. We never really did lay claim to a space of our own, but we did subject the congregation to some outrageous youth services. The urn is true, (and was true in a number of congregations that I have been associated with), and gave rise to the famous – and rare – Young Wesley tea towel
The congregation is now a part of Western Heights, a little up the road, having eventually united with the former Presbyterians more than a decade after church union. The old bluestone building continues its life as a mosque.