Soul Revolution

| No Comments

6060.jpg

I'm liking the Soul Revolution initiative, encouraging people to pause each hour and be!
Be open to God, Be thankful, Be listening etc.

So much of how Christianity is mediated is actually Brain Stuff not Soul Stuff.

Why not try this as a team and share with each other what you encounter, experience, find .... and the changes that you begin to notice. Then invite young people to participate in the challenge of 60/60.

"What awakens faith is desire, not information"
Kenda Creasy Dean.

Evaluating my gigs

| No Comments

A couple of days ago I wrote this scale for a bit of fun, it's a 1 - 10 assessment of comedic performance. The idea amused me (but hey, a lot of stuff does!) and thus my review of my two gigs in the last few days built on this into a Shipping-forecast-esque report:

(*adopts Shipping forecast voice*)
Thursday evening: Nerves cyclonic, humour variable. Overall though, 5, rising 6 - Moderate.
Saturday: 7, occasional 8 - Good!

Way to Go South West

| No Comments

ycwsw.jpg

YCWSW have got Mark Yaconelli heading up a retreat day on March 6th, then speaking at their day conference on March 7th. Do take the chance to learn from Mark who has great wisdom and experience to offer on tending your own Soul, and on developing the Soul life of teenagers.

You'll find the blurb here

The Biblical Narrative

| No Comments

Ever struggled to encapsulate the whole Biblical narrative? Cabbagetroll has summarised for you, nice work (made me laugh):

GENESIS
God: All right, you two, don't do the one thing. Other than that, have fun.
Adam & Eve: Okay.
Satan: You should do the thing.
Adam & Eve: Okay.
God: What happened!?
Adam & Eve: We did the thing.
God: Guys

THE REST OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
God: You are my people, and you should not do the things.
People: We won't do the things.
God: Good.
People: We did the things.
God: Guys

The rest is here
ht and all rights with Cabbagetroll

Comedic Update

| No Comments

I did my fifth proper 'gig' last week (I'm only counting full on proper sets using my own material) at the Corn Exchange in Newbury. They have an evening called 'Live n' Lyrical' which is kind of Open-Mic-esque but performers have to book in at least a month in advance. No video sadly to do a post-match debrief but it went somewhere between a '5' and a '6' with smiles and laughter in evidence. At the last moment I switched from a political gag to a more surreal opening line, but on balance I think neither of these were quite right for the room/audience. Note to self: Need punchy gag (laugh), punchy gag (laugh) in the first 30 seconds with a mellow Arts Centre type audience as you are effectively your own warm up.

At the weekend though I was running the 'Church Weekend Away' evening entertainment and I was really pleased with this as a piece of MC-ing. I did an opening couple of minutes which got really solid laughter and was especially pleasing because the absence of staging and lighting made this more difficult. Holding the whole thing together, plus being able to Riff from stuff that happened made this a very pleasing experience indeed.

I am now thinking about the Richter scale for comedic post-gig analysis

1. DOA *
2. Bemusement
3. Evidence of amusement
4. Very Patchy laughter
5. Audience liking you but you fail to develop the potential
6. Good laughs but dead spots
7. Consistent warmth, some good laughter and at least one snort
8. Audience doing some of the work for you. The odd Belly laugh and/or tear
9. Laughter and tears, with spontaneous laughs escaping between gags
10. Riding a wave of laughter with consistent 8 and 9 type phenomena

Next gig December 3rd at ACE SPACE
Currently trying to work-up Christmas material

* Not 'Dead on Arrival' but a technical comedy term, 'Died on Arse'

Powerful Stuff

| No Comments

Typo of the day

| No Comments

I loved this blurb for a VERY nice set of Skis in Decathlon. Made me laugh when I spotted it in the Oxford store. Typos are normally only mildy amusing but this one is genius, in mis-typing 'power,' a deeper reality is revealed.

poseredges.jpg

Too expensive for me so it'll be the hire skis that I'll rely on to transfer this poser onto the edges!

Ski Trip

| No Comments

mypicofkleineschiedigg.jpg

There are still spaces on the Ski trip I am speaking at in February that is going out to Lauerbrunnen. Yes it's a coach trip and a communal house party but on the plus side.

It is the Most incredible Ski area (snow falling well ALREADY) and you get 7 days skiing rather than the usual package holiday 5.5 days.
Price is ALL IN and includes:

Return travel from Buckinghamshire
Insurance
Ski Pass that covers over 200km of runs
Accommodation
ALL your food whilst in Switzerland: Breakfast, packed lunch, 3 course evening meal
Equipment hire
Ski Instruction for 5 lessons

It's trip EHT15 from Goldhill Holidays or via the Facebook page for that trip

The DEPTH retreat 2015

| No Comments

depth.jpg

DEPTH EIGHT: 'Soul Stuff'
January 20th - 21st/22nd

Booking now open
Depth 8 leaflet Final.pdf

Youth worker offices 11

| No Comments

Way back in the annals of the archive of the Youthblog is a series of 10 posts where I posted pictures of youth workers offices. It was a bit of fun and a bit of insight into working environments. The desks and surround varied considerably in their tidyness from OCD right through to 'Creative' ..... We even had a measure, "The Hamilton Scale"*

Gemofadesk.jpg

Amused to see a picture of one of the Diocesan Youth and Children's worker's desks after what has been admittedly a full-on mad weekend for them. No names but it is the first to achieve an 11 on the Hamilton scale.

If you would like to see the rest of the series for reference (say if you are a vicar and wanting to see where on the scale your youth worker is) then click here.
I am also open to other examples submitted by the youth worker themselves .... or their vicar!

_______________________________________________________________________

* Named after a youth worker in the Diocese whose desk existed (at least it was believe to still be there under the stuff) at the 'Creative' end of the continuum

Wisdom

| No Comments

"[Youth workers] can only give away who they are and what they have become. Transformed people transform people. We need to grow up and grow down at the same time, and the very problems of those we serve - and find unable to serve - will be our best teachers"

Richard Rohr quoted in @youthworkmag

Not a great way of storing sausages

| No Comments

anoffalpunsmall.jpg

But don't worry, this is very much a ...... *giggles*

WURST case scenario

Archives

Add this blog to my Technorati Favorites!

November 2014

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
            1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30            

Other places where you'll find me

  • Facebook
  • Facebook
  • Gold Hill Holidays
  • Combibos Coffee
  • St Nicolas Newbury
  • Twitter  @youthblogoxford
  • St Nix Youth Dep't

Currently Reading

Recent Comments

  • Perez: Completely agree. Thank you for sharing read more
  • Ian J: Completely agree. I (speaking as an Evangelical) think that to read more
  • youthblog: No! *laughing* but I see what you are saying read more
  • JT: Is it just me? The voice over reminds me of read more
  • youthblog: *blushing* thanks Sarah It made me laugh writing them. The read more
  • Sarah P: quite frankly those are all genius! Couldn't choose my favourite! read more
  • youthblog: I am thinking of doing a serious piece instead, namely read more
  • Ian J: It's certainly a very high bar to aim for, but read more
  • Ian: Thank you so much for the encouragement. I enjoyed the read more
  • Ambling Saint: Thanks for the evening. It was a great discussion. read more

London

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.




Ian Macdonald's Facebook profile