I'm loving this model of Youth Ministry that is the work of Rev Matt Overton, it's a gardening business that aims to give young people, "tools to thrive in work, life and faith."


The article talks about Matts reflections and vision: "In his view, the standard "sit and receive on Sunday night" ministry doesn't help teens tap into their God-given gifts, much less discover or hone them.

Upper-middle-class assumptions built into youth programs are flawed as well. They don't address the needs of teens whose families struggle with poverty or domestic abuse, and a "zero tolerance" society leaves little in the way of grace for teens who need the chance to fail, to solve problems and to learn through correction from trusted mentors.

How might skill-building and mentoring ministries meet the needs of young people across social classes in your community?

With these thoughts in mind, Overton assembled a team of church members to explore ways to bring about his vision of combining a jobs program with his work in youth ministry"

Full article here


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Made it to work this morning using only miserly amount of fuel given that the display was confirming that I had got 75.9 miles to the Gallon for the journey. Quite pleased with that even if it dos involve driving below 60mph, using no un-necessary electrics and possibly a bit of slip streaming from the odd gargantuan lorry. Definitely becomes worth it though when I look at how little I am spending on diesel.


I recently checked that the dash computer was accurate and was delighted to find it REALLY is. Jo and I drove back from the Lake District, filling up as we left Ambleside and then filling up again 262 miles later in Newbury. The dash computer had the journey at 70 mpg, the full to full calculation putting the consumption at around 71mpg.

Love it


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Destitution in the UK

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This JRF study on destitution in the UK makes for sobering and unsettling reading, especially given the number of children it affects as well as adults.

They defined destitution as when someone lacked two or more basic essentials in one month. This means that, over this month, people have: slept rough, had one or no meals a day for two or more days, been unable to heat or to light their home for five or more days, gone without weather-appropriate clothes or gone without basic toiletries.

Summary of findings

Scripture Union frontline

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One of our amazing Youth Leaders from the Diocese is involved in the short term summer projects from Frontline. She is involved in the one in Hungary AND speaks very highly of the experience and the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of young people.

have a look here

Stream Schools Ministry Tour

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Networking get togethers and the like
Details: Stream Leaflet (2).pdf

Thursday 12th May (11.00 - 14.00)
Lower Earley Baptist Church, Maiden Place, Lower Earley, Reading, RG6 3HE
In association with RE Inspired

Friday 13th May (10.00 - 13.00)
The Old School House, 4 Buckland Road, Maidstone, Kent ME16 0SL
In association with The Family Trust

Friday 20th May (11.00 - 14.00)
Oxford Youth Works and Oxford CYM, CMS House, Watlington Road, Oxford OX4 6BZ
In association with Oxford Youth Works and Oxford CYM

Study Leave

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My four weeks Study leave was wonderful. It wasn't quite a sabbatical but hugely appreciated nevertheless. I've done a great deal or reading and a lot of writing with plenty of chance in between to be musing, praying and just being outside in the Cathedral.
I loved the short trips I had to Cornwall, Herefordshire and the Lake District. They all involved determined scribbling towards the dissertation but chance as well to be out and about.

The Highlight was walking the Fairfield Horseshore, a remarkable 11 mile circuit from Ambleside with significant climbing and epic views. So good for the soul.


Photo credit/ownership Ambleside Adventure

Interns at Christ Church Abingdon

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Christ Church Abingdon is a wonderful church that boasts THE best coffee shop of any church in the known Galaxy, great Youth Work ...... and an opportunity for two interns to join a lovely team.

I'm flagging this up as I am confident in Christ Church offering a valuable learning, growing, supported opportunity.



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Kate Tempest

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Incredible performance from Kate Tempest, and a remarkable Glastonbury moment. Soul stuff powerfully delivered

"Happiness the Brand is not happiness"

Well being

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This looks like an interesting event ... and not just because I am doing a seminar there and a short slot of funny

mental and spiritual well being.jpg

The Choice to connect

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