Tweenagers Training

Quick plug (and apologies to readers outside of the Oxford Diocese) that due to the popularity of the training on “Working with Tweenagers” we are repeating it! April 14th, Church House, Oxford. Send me an e-mail for more details or booking information!
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A “Hell” of a ride at Holyland

Rant Warning!
I talked before about flawed ecclesiologies and the “Field of Dreams” theology around, “If you build it they will come!” Well, there was an article in Mondays Times on a vision for a Holy Land theme park as a way of encouraging Biblical Knowledge in the 16-24 year old age bracket. Andrea Webster who is heading up this UK £144 million project says,
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and also says
“I believe it’s a vision from God,” she said. “We need different ways to reach the youth of this country and it came to me in a flash that a biblical theme park would give people a fun day out but also teach them about the Bible in the process.”
I normally steer well away from being negative about stuff on the blog but I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry over this quest for “relevance!”
I think I settled on laughing then crying and momentarily despairing!
Or am over-reacting? Will a trip to a sanctified Alton Towers be high on the youth group agenda in order for a Post Christian generation to discover God’s revelation of himself?

It’s just a little crush

I wrote a while back how surprised I was at how many people remember little about their adolescence, how they remember the facts of where they were etc but not the whole complicated extremes of being and becoming the person they are, the hormonal, emotional, roller-coaster of teenagerdom withs it’s HIGH’s and really LOW’s! (I wondered if this is why society is so intolerant of teenagers, “YOU LOOK LIKE an adult (aside from the dress sense), BEHAVE LIKE ONE!”) I was thinking though surely everyone remembers their first major crush, some may still even have scraps of the nail-bittingly bad poetry that it gave rise to. I guess girls, maturing quicker as they do, may handle the whole thing with some dignity intact! My blokey experience however is listening to achingly painful music and generally being pathetic in my doe eyed affections and wasting vast amounts of time just randomly walking near Welcombe Grove in the hope of “bumping into” the object of my doting devotion.
So fess up then? What do you remember?
And for bonus points, how can your experience be a useful reflection for youth work?
The band Chegal Guevara produced a great track that had the chorus,
“Oh I still know your number by heart
I don’t know if it’s love or if I’m smart
but I still know your number by heart”

(I still remember her phone number 22 years on)

Multiple media

taggerzx211.jpg I’m enjoying this time off lark even if I don’t feel 100% I have definitely caught up on some media today. Watched “Holes” which I thought was great, definitely some youth work stuff to draw from this film. I’ve had RSA on (German Radio station that plays mainly English 80’s stuff, go figure), done some reading and taken in a fantastic animated series on 1 extra, it’s called “Taggerz” and is a series of animated 10 minute programmes about a crew of Graffiti artists ….. you should have a look (Press release) I wish there was a way to record them and show them off-line as they’d make great discussion starters.
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Only media downer is for once I wish we had a TV to see the first of the new Dr Who series on Saturday!