Gold Hill Holiday

I thoroughly enjoyed my week of being the resident minister and Speaker on a Gold Hill Holiday in Switzerland. It was a great adventure in community, faith and of course …. Skiing. I turned 50 while I was away and I feel very excited that my Skiing is still improving, even at this age *laughing*. The highlights in terms of skiing were skiing the Lauberhorn World Cup Downhill route, and Skiing down from the revolving restaurant on the Schilthorn
(Both of these runs have some intense steepness!)
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It was great to be speaking each night on The journey of discipleship ‘How the Inner Life fuels the outer adventure’ but my favourite part, as ever, was the deep conversations that happened during the course of the trip on the chair lifts, or over coffee, beer or hot chocolate.
Good to be back, a little bleary after the overnight coach trip BUT with a zing in my spirit and a feeling of intoxicating aliveness.

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Making me laugh

As ever I love stories of living giving laughter in Church … and especially subversive humour.
A friend told me that at her church if you look carefully you’ll notice that all the teenagers stand only on one leg when the congregation sing, “When I survey”
‘Why?’ you ask
well …. in tribute to the line, ‘sorrow and love flamingo-ed down’

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Pioneer Youth and Children’s Ministry Course

Oxford CYM in partnership with CMS and Frontier Youth Trust has developed a new part-time Cert HE for pioneer youth and children’s ministers. Designed to have a distinct focus on mission and enabling people to develop new forms of ministry, there will be specialist routes for children and family workers and for youth workers.
If you are interested in finding out more come along to the Open Day on 14th March or 13th June at CMS House in Oxford. Details

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Boost Training Abingdon March 11th

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An opportunity to receive some basic training for youth and children’s workers, volunteers and church leaders and to explore how we can respond to the growing emotional challenges faced by the children and young people we work with.
Mental Health and Well-being
A Morning for youth and children’s leaders
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My ministry is going downhill again

I’m looking forward to being the resident Minister on a Ski Trip next week … I love the claim that my ministry is going downhill … fast. In the talks (or dialogues as I hope) I am exploring the ‘how’ of the lived Christian Life. I am more organized the I have ever been previously I’m happy to say, and have written loads. I still, as ever, find it impossible to finalize what each evening will look like precisely until I have met all the people on the trip.
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Prayer appreciated
If you like random stuff then click on this webcam occasionally between Sunday and Saturday and see if you see me as I’ll deliberately wave at the station webcam from time to time

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