That Would be an ecumenical Matter

Have been invited by Regents College to do a days teaching on matters of Youth Ministry.
Very exciting. In order to fit into the Baptist tradition I shall be arranging the material in three parts (BUT am struggling to get them all to begin with the same letter).

  • Context and Challenge
  • Theology, Missiology and Ecclesiology
  • Serious Praxis

Really looking forward to it, just need to get on with some preparation

Food Hygiene Certificate

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If you are Catering/cooking for events and especially residentials then a “Food Hygiene Certificate” is a REALLY good idea to improve competence and safety! There is now the option to do it online at a staggeringly good value price of £12 (that’s just 20 First Class Stamps BUT don’t get me started on that!)
Details here on the Safer Food Handler Site So sign up, pay, learn, qualify in order to
Banish Botulism
Crush Campylobacter
Scupper Salmonella
Eradicate E.Coli
Lance Listeria

Cockburn Lyrics of the day 3

“You read the Bible in your special ways
You’re fond of quoting certain things it says
Mouth full of righteousness and wrath from above
But, when do we hear about forgiveness and love?
Sometimes you can hear the spirit whispering to you
But, if God stays silent, what else can you do
Except listen to the silence?
If you ever did, you’d surely see
That God won’t be reduced to an ideology”

Dear Hollywood

Dear Hollywood
I would be grateful if you could make trailers for films that didn’t give away the whole plot in an attempt to ‘sell’ the film. I go to the cinema to enjoy a story … a story as it is unfolding and surprising me; journeying with the characters and immersed in the visual narrative.
I do not go to fill in the blanks between the sections on the trailer, sections that have already given away the totality of what, how, where, when and why.
Think of the trailer as a teaser or a pointer to an upcoming film, not (as so many seem to be) a shortened version of the Film. If I watch the Formula One race highlights I have no wish to watch the race! Stop Sweding the film, albeit in high quality!!
Thank you

Trait cards

These trait cards are great and am ordering myself a set. Poor Little Snail tell you more here:
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“Here at Poor Little Snail we believe that the key to supporting young people is to engage them in effective communication, unfortunately communication is the very area that some young people have the greatest difficulty with. It was with this in mind that we created our ‘Trait Card’ pack whilst working at West Sussex Youth Offending Service. Our innovative and versatile resource provides young people with the perfect tool to communicate their thoughts and emotions where they may otherwise struggle. Although originally conceived as a tool for Youth Justice Practioners the packs have proved to be so versatile that, as well as being used by 15 Youth Offending Services, they are now being used in Schools, Pupil Referral Units, a Secure Unit and an NHS Speech and Language Unit”
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Cockburn Lyrics of the day 2

“In this cold commodity culture
where you lay your money down
it’s hard to even notice
that all this earth is hallowed ground —
harder still to feel it,
basic as a breath —
love is stronger than darkness
love is stronger than death”

The Gift from “Big Circumstance” 1988

Management Training

If you are in commuting distance of Luton or Manchester then this piece of training may be useful:
HOW ARE YOU MANAGING?
A ONE DAY TRAINING COURSE
FOR LINE MANAGERS MANAGING YOUTH WORKERS
FOR YOUTH WORKERS MANAGING VOLUNTEERS
If you want to motivate lead and manage your team to get the best out of them then this course is for you. We’ll be covering:
• What’s the job of a line manager
• How to set objectives effectively
• Performance management activites
• How to conduct line management or supervision meetings
• Coaching and development
• When things go wrong (discipline and grievance)

Also: Could I have a show of hands for who would come if I asked Amaze to run this in the Diocese

Kicking at the Darkness

kicking at the darkness.jpgHugely excited as a package has just arrived from Amazon with a book I have REALLY been looking forward to. Kicking at the Darkness “Bruce Cockburn and the Christian Imagination” is an analysis by Brian J Walsh of Cockburn’s music and lyrics, exploring (as one reviewer puts it) the life, work and spirituality of a “postmodern psalmist”
The title is lifted from a Cockburn song, one that is also quoted by Bono in the lyrics of a U2 track. The Cockburn Stanza though is:
“Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight
You’ve got to kick at the darkness ’til it bleeds daylight”

Cockburns lyrics have inspired, challenged and moved me considerably over the years as well as providing a rich soundtrack to my life. I’ve been helped and humbled by his uncompromising honest spirituality and by his stands against injustice; a position that led one commentator to observe that:
“Cockburn is too radical for the christians and too christian for the radicals”
Yes, this is a book I am really looking forward to reading 🙂