Simply Having a wonderful Christmas Time

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Well my dear friends, I am extremely privileged to have some time off and so I am stepping out of role …. and stepping into Christmas (now have Elton John in my head). Looking forward to time with family and friends, speaking on a Ski Trip and attending a conference.
Talking of Christmas songs (yes, we were .. Elton John, remember? Keep UP) I got some great comedic mileage out of McCartney’s “Simply having …” song. Make sense if you will of this verse:
“The word is out
About the town
To lift a glass
Ahhh don’t look down”

Thank you so much for keeping me company here in blogville, on other Social Media and occasionally in actual real life (I guess we might call it ‘actual virtuality’).
I wish you the most blessed Christmas
“…… And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window’s hue,
A Baby in an ox’s stall ?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me ?
And is it true ? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant,
No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single Truth compare –
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine”

Thank you Mr Betjeman
Back in January

The Future of Youthwork the Conference

Although there is no YC16, the organizers are keen to know a bunch of stuff from you as they think about 2017. If you are happy to answer 10 questions then here is the Portal
(I’m not sure it is a ‘portal’ but it’s such a great word, I really wanted to use it)

The Human Body, The Human Spirit

Incredible, wonderful:

People are Awesome 2015

Here are the very best videos we've featured on People Are Awesome this year! Huge thanks to everyone who shared their incredible videos with us and to Owl City for the phenomenal track Verge ft. Aloe Blacc

Posted by People Are Awesome on Thursday, December 10, 2015

Great 3 and 4 day courses from CYM

Chaplaincy in Context – 4 day course for schools, youth and children’s workers.
13th and 14th January 2016, 3rd and 4th February 2016.
Visit a range of contexts (school, hospital, hospice, detention centre), hear from chaplains, and explore how this model of mission and ministry might be relevant to your practice.

Worship and Spirituality
– 4 day course for schools, youth and children’s workers.
20th and 21st April, 18th and 19th May 2016
Experience a range of Christian traditions and approaches to worship and spirituality. Reflect on your own spiritual development, and explore how to support children and young people on their spiritual journeys.
Doctrine in Practice
15th – 17th March 2016
Explore key Christian doctrines from a variety of theological perspectives, and consider their implications for practice in working with children and young people.
Managing Youth and Community Work
15th – 17th March 2016
Get to grips with key approaches to managing all aspects of youth and community work, applying theory to practice and reflecting on your own context.
COST
3 day courses £150 including lunches or £250 residential
4 day courses £200 including lunches (no residential option available)
Please contact Lynda Gerrard to book your place [email protected] or you can book online through our web site

Write Christmas

I’m nightmaring of a Write Christmas.
Have a ton of stuff to write this week:
16 Essays to mark and to comment on
2 Comedy routines to put together
Story for a Christmas service
E-mail bulletin ffrom Youth Adviser
6 Talks for the Ski Trip
More detailed work on the dissertation Proposal
Christmas Cards
Not moaning, just procrastinating 🙂