Not putting my foot in it

Just took my skis (the ones I borrowed) to a specialist shop to check they were ok and get my boots fitted to them. (The meeting I need to be at is 200yds from the shop, fab!)
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I was hugely relieved to find out the skis and bindings are fine …. BUT the technician has said my boots are too dangerously worn to be safely used.
Had a pair of boots but not skis, now have a pair of skis but not boots *laughing* doh!

Greenhouses, Gardens and Fields

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Thoroughly enjoyed the DEPTH retreat at Douai Abbey in the company of a wonderful gathering of Youth and/or Children’s Ministers. Laughter, prayer, worship, stillness, sharing and food (really lovely food).
We encouraged people to engage with Marks gospel whilst they were there and also gave everyone a copy of Shaun Lamberts book “A Book of Sparks” as a help to engaging with the book of Mark and with spiritual growth.
We also spent time corporately looking at our growth and spiritual life as ministers using greenhouses, gardens and fields as a metaphor for the different places we might struggle to grow and where we might flourish. This gave rise to some really helpful discussion around the church being a bit of a greenhouse environment with a pressure for things to look really good. Conversly the field (where we have to take ourselves out to) was untidier and messier but ultimately produced stronger roots.
Playing with this metaphor through the day culminated in “Gardners question time” An event where questions from the [studio] audience were put to our two guest ‘gardeners,’ a Director of Ordinands and a Spiritual Director.
Feel thoroughly blessed to have been part of the retreat.

Mind Blogging

My new blog VW Camperism has just had its first hit via a Google search. Well chuffed to have seen the new offspring take it’s first tentative step … and relatively quickly. (although It seems that more Vdubbers are Twitterers than bloggers hence also, @vwcamperism)
Hits to Youthblog seem to be up too (thanks for dropping in) but I’ll be off the radar for a couple of days as I’m on retreat at Douai Abbey.
Always glad of youth ministry stories, thoughts, questions and links. Comment (remember ‘preview’ and then ‘publish’) or e-mail. Ta Muchly

Organising a Residential or Event

a big Yay to the Methodist Church for not only writing two really great resources BUT also making them available to EVERYONE. Strongly suggest downloading them, printing them and using them …. oh, and then finding a Methodist to hug!
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Residential Event Planning
Large Event Planning

Devolved Youthwork policy

Please see the open letter from a number of youth agencies responding to remarks by Michael Grove that suggested youth policy would be devolved to local authorities:
“Dear Secretary of State
As the leaders of a number of key youth charities in England we are writing to ask for urgent clarification of the remarks you made in your evidence to the Education Select Committee regarding Government’s intention to relinquish its responsibility for youth policy to local authorities. Not only does this seem a major reversal in policy one year after the publication of Positive for Youth which pledged cross-governmental support to young people, but it also raises huge concerns for us as organisations concerned for the well being of young people in our country …..”

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