Participation

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I’ve just come across this resource sheet from ‘Going for Growth’ and Tony Cook. It’s a really useful two-sider on the why, what and how of involving young people in the life of your church/organisation. It’s a great guide to genuine participation and includes an accessible form of “Harts Ladder of Participation” which is a brilliant tool of seeing where there is genuine co-involvement and where we just have (well meaning) tokenism.
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Sometimes it takes more than gaffa tape

Charlie bus has just undergone major surgery! The wonderful crew at Speen Garage who take meticulous care of Charlie spotted that some of the underseal was coming away and examined the area more fully to find part of the undercarriage was in danger of collapse (eek). They have done the most brilliant job of cutting away the mess, fabricating new sections, and welding the sections with surgical neatness. Very pleased indeed with the results.
The bill was an ‘ouch’ I admit, but considering how much work it took, very reasonable. (Thankfully the Charlie account was in credit as he has not required anything major for quite a while)
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Charlie bus survives (and thrives) into his 23rd Year and is running very smoothly indeed (Almost time to decorate him up for Christmas!)

Teenagers moving away from Facebook

The Guardian notes that teens are moving away from Facebook!I think I’m noticing a drop in the frequency of use across the board from individuals BUT an explosion in Christian groups setting up a page and wanting to be liked.
But what do I know as a Blogger …. ‘Old Skool’ retro or what?

Gold Hill Skiing

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My friends at Gold Hill holidays are gearing up for the season (sadly without me this year, my choice not theirs I should add in case you thought I’d been sacked).
For an epic ski holiday where EVERYTHING is included then have a look at their epic trips that are a great mix of fellowship, adventure, community and fun, whilst handily leaving from Buckinghamshire.
I know some of the holidays are full but not all …… and there is definitely still space on the 20’s n 30’s trip, oh and the Youth trip (yrs 9-13). Details on the web site
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Oh and ski a run for me, eh 🙂

Mysticism vs Moralism

“On a first level I see mystical moments as moments of enlargement. Suddenly we’re bigger. We don’t feel a need to condemn, exclude, divide or separate. Secondarily, mysticism is a deep experience of connectedness or union. Maybe that is why we feel larger? Unfortunately, most of us were sent on private paths of perfection which none of us could ever achieve. The path of union is different than the path of perfection. Perfection gives the impression that by effort or more knowing I can achieve wholeness separate from God, from anyone else, or from connection to the Whole. It appeals to our individualism and our ego. It’s amazing how much of Christian history sent us on a self-defeating course toward private perfection……”
“Mysticism does not defeat the soul; moralism always does. Mysticism invites humanity forward; moralism (read “perfectionism”) excludes and condemns itself and most others”

Richard Rohr