Boris Johnson was once asked if Power corrupts to which he replied that actually, power reveals!
I also enjoyed a recent cartoon in the paper which showed a sign outside a shop, it read “Only 2 MP’s allowed in at any one time”
The world gets madder but sometimes in tandem with this it gets funnier. Loving this story of the image enshrined in an iconic yeast spread. I guess it’s a ‘love it or hate it story’. You’ll find the full spread here.
Only just found the info for the annual pilgrimage but wanted to flag it up. 21st june, 12 or 5 mile walk to Dorchester Abbey for a service and eats. The walk incorporates this year a Youth Challenge initiative too. StBPilg poster-web.pdf
Our Diocesan commitment to environmental responsibility means that journies outside of the Diocese have to be taken by Public transport. The conference in Wakefield last week was the first major trip beyond the bounds since the transport policy was aligned with other environmental responses.
So how did this initial experiment go I hear you ask?
Not great! The journey there would have taken three and a half hours by car (granted there could have been traffic jams but I generally avoid them with a mixture of RDS radio reports and driving at a time which minimises the posibility). The way there wasn’t too bad with the trains on time, and the seat reservations in place giving a door-to-door travelling time of just under five hours.
The way back however was more taxing. The train I was booked on was cancelled (due to vandalism so admittedly beyond the Train companies control) so a wait at the station until an overloaded and old 125 pulled in. I was fortunate enough to get a seat and thus the train bounced and rocked towards London. Arriving in London I discovered that the Victoria Line was shut due to strike action and a train had broken down on the Circle line. The underground platform was overflowing back to the escalators and I sat on my rucksack for a good while in the corridor. Once the Circle line started working again I managed to cram into a very packed carriage and toottle round to Paddington. Now at this point the train company do deserve credit as they allowed me onto a train that my ticket wasn’t valid for (given that my train South had been cancelled causing the missed connection). Finally got back to Macdonald Towers six and a quarter hours after leaving the hotel.
As well as the environmental benefits it’s aslo considered that we get some valuable work time on the train. This wasn’t my experience however as on the way there the first train was too packed, the second had no curtain and the sun was too bright to see the Laptop screen. On the way back the train was swaying, bouncing and rocking too much to achieve much meaningful endevour.
So I find myself in a quandry, fundamentally agreeing with the environmental rationale BUT hating the practice.
We have to invest in Public transport in this country but with all the money gone to propping up the banks (and paying MPs expenses), I’m unsure how this will happen!
Base 33 is a superb youth project in Witney (Oxfordshire) , they are currently looking for a new Director. Details: Base 33 ADVERT.pdf
FYT have sent me advanced notice of a network conference for those Christian based youth workers working with young people on the edge, outside the church, in hard to reach settings etc. September 2-3. Birmingham. A partnership event with FYT, Worth Unlimited, East to West, Living Well Trust, Church Urban Fund, 24/7 Prayer network. More details (including the title !!) to follow just as soon as they are available. E-mail Nigel Pimlott to register an interest.
On September 26th the Growing Leaders (Youth Edition) training day will be coming to Oxfordshire. I’m still sorting out the details with CPAS but let me know if you would like more information.
Tony Campolo is in town on the 10th June. Go and hear him if you can! Details
Foundations 21, the online Discipleship course from BRF is now being made available free. Details here if you are interested
A couple of holiday opportunities:
Cathedral Camps are working holidays for 12-25’s
Smallwood is a houseparty for 10-13’s run by Urban Saints
Hey, I’m back at the desk attacking the e-mail horde and the plentudinous paperwork, bring it on!
The Youth Adviser is available, how can I help?
(Note tidy uncluttered desk!! …………… am happy to take bets on how long it will stay this way)
Youth ministry uber blogger YS Marko is calling it a day and withdrawing from Twitter, FB and blogging!
Marko and I met at Soul Survivor back in 2005 (or it might have been 2004?) and discussed our respective fledgling blogs. I’ve been a regular reader of Marko’s blog since … especially as he is among a very small number of Youth Ministry bloggers who post very regularly AND use the blog for reflection and discussion. I’ve linked to his blog over forty times in the last five years! Marko is bowing out of the blogosphere as part of re-prioritising his life and time, fair play!
It’ll be weird not tuning in each day Marko! Every blessing for the future.
(It looks like I didn’t finish my review of YM 3.0 in time eh!)