Christ Church Abingdon has a great tradition of youth ministry.
They are recruiting to replace the outgoing worker (has left for the dark side*)
details here: advert for Youth Pastor
Up until now I have resisted writing too much of my discipleship work up on the blog as it needs dialogue and conversation. (Given that even in conversation there has been an anxious reaction at times to the questioning and exploring of certain assumptions – especially around the churches primary modality for ‘discipleship,’ that of cerebral, intellectual teaching.) I’m aware that in attempting to write stuff down where it lacks tonality, body language, and questioning, it is much harder to convey. It also at times provokes reactions along the lines of ‘The question you are asking mean you are saying ‘X’ and that means you are attacking or rejecting ‘Y’ (Even more frustrating given that you are not in fact saying ‘X’ or attacking or rejecting ‘Y’). Dualism lives large.
Realizing all ready that this may be a bad idea. However I am going to try and explore what I am learning in my faith journey, in my spiritual practice, in my studies …. and the interplay between them.
Should schools be better equipped to understand and help teenagers is the thrust of the article. The young people however are asking for better access to professionals:
“according to the new survey, what most teenagers want is easy access to mental health professionals rather than being “patched up” by teachers with little training.”
It is definitely hard work running a Comedy Evening. But last night was the culmination of it all; booking the right acts, promoting and marketing, planing and logistics. What a night it was though. SO MUCH laughter and fun.
Exhausted but chuffed. Feedback from the audience (and the comedians) has been wonderful. The healing power of laughter, and the community building experience of laughing together. Beautiful.
It’s hard work though ‘selling’ what I am trying to do in bringing the community together to laugh and play. Turn out was lower than expected, and although there were enough to create the fabulous evening it was, it was challenging on the financial front. Usefully though I picked up an accounting trick from David Gunson years ago, this meant we didn’t then make a loss ….. and we instead made a ‘negative profit!’ *laughing*
Given how much people loved and appreciated it I am determined to run it again, do however need to find new ways to get buy in and commitment.
I love these signs from Church House Westminster. As they are both rendered in the same colour, I instantly see it as one sign conveying, “you are approaching the Chapel, RUN AWAY NOW!”
I’m teaching at St Stephens House tomorrow on. “Beyond the Assumptions: engaging with teeangers.” Rather liked this quote which has been absorbed into the Powerpoint.