Until September my virtual friends

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(For the record I only have 2 week off but a blog break for August seems like an idea)

Poverty: Seperation and Togetherness

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New Wine

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Off to New Wine today to join the second half of week 1! Never been to New Wine before so looking forward to seeing what is. (Am incapable of going to a Christian Festival though without it being in my head the Adrian Plass spoof one, "Let God Spring into acts of Royal Harvest Growth")

Film Review

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A Shout Out

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Just wanted to acknowledge the thousands of volunteers out there making summer camps happen for young people. You are brilliant!


My youngest is away on a camp at the moment and I found my mind wandering back to the Crusader camps I went on back in the day: Allhallows, Bembridge, Westbrook and Monkton Coombe .... amongst others, and all the ones I have been involved with since as a leader.

Wishing everyone a great adventure in faith, community, life and friendship

Apropos of Nothing

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Bad Libel

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Loving being involved as a writer on the Bad Libel Podcast which is the work of the wonderful Rob Thomas. Got two gags into this 6 minute edition. (Still only a pilot at this stage and the format will evolve further)

If you are then could I recommend partnering with CYM to provide the learning framework
Details: 2016 youth work internship flyer.pdf

Pokemon Go

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My home town on Saturday was like a kind of Shaun of the Dead scenario with people wandering around in a trance like state (thank fully not zombies) playing Pokemon Go. Teens but in Newbury it seemed mainly young adults intent on collecting Pokemon. I feel like I am playing catch up on this one and was glad that Wikipedia was able to bring me up to speed.

I understand that a lot of our Churches are Gyms .... and I have heard of Churches providing a welcome, device charging station and the like.

The Road

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A new Christian apologetics video-based website called the Road has been launched.

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"What is The Road?

The Road is an evangelistic and apologetic web resource for young people providing in-depth, accessible and relevant explanations of what Christians believe and why. The website holds a series of short videos written and presented by experts covering a range of core apologetic topics. The aim is to keep the message robust whilst packaged in a medium accessible to all young people. It is an interactive resource. Young people actively engage through controlling which videos they watch, submitting their own questions, or going deeper through links to recommended articles and videos.

Ten topics will be featured at first, each including a key video followed by up to three more covering specific questions. The initial topics are: The Gospel, Suffering, Science & Faith, Other Religions, Grace, Judgement & Tolerance, Church, New Atheism, The Historicity of Christianity, and The Bible"

Have a look

Youth Work Week 2016

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Fair chances: how youth work helps young people to brighter futures

Youth Work Week provides an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people to celebrate their achievements and the impact of their work.

This year's Youth Work Week will be held from 7-13 November 2016. Our theme, Fair chances: how youth work helps young people to brighter futures, focuses on how youth work can support young people's life opportunities.

Soul Survivor Breaking News

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Soul Survivor are on the move:


"EXCITING NEWS FOR 2017! We've found a brand new home for Weeks B & C next summer. We'll be moving to the Peterborough Arena and we can't wait to show you our new place. It's totally brilliant, perfect for our events and will host all our favourite venues plus so much more! Centrally located, in the heart of the country, it's really accessible with great transport links too!"


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