Can blogging serve Youth Ministry?

I’m gearing up for my seminar-thingy at the MATRIX conference (of the above title) and although I’ve not heard anything from MATRIX I assume I’ve not been scratched from the line up! I want to cover Bebo, MySpace et al in the process as well, exploring the opportunity AND the Child Protection issues that arise!
SO (can’t you just feel that request for help coming), If you have set up a site for your group I’d LOVE to hear from you.
Thanks 🙂
Captains Log Supplemental: Now have all the details of MATRIX (they were sent on Feb 12th but didn’t arrive). So the low down is thus: There are now 117 peeps booked in. (Three people have booked in this morning …….. It must be a nightmare organising things for us Yoof Wurkas).
I’m doing my Workshop twice, so I’d recommend coming to the one on Wednesday morning when I’ll have got the hang of it and beside which, How popular is the one at 19:30 on Monday going to be?

Church Survey UK

chrchsurvey.jpgAnyone know anything about this Church Survey UK? I got a flyer for it this morning in an envelope claiming to be “personal mail” and looking hand written. On checking, several other people in the office have one too. Checking the web, the report seems to be genuine although the citations on the web site from a “Church of england Bishop” and a “Clergy wife” don’t ring of authenticity.
Also, looking at the questions asked, one of them seems very loaded, (What purpose does the ‘Maxim’ in the question serve other than influencing the answer)
“The traditional custom of ‘clergy visiting’ has steadily declined in spite of the maxim ‘a house going minister makes a chuch going people’. Do you think the demise of the customary visiting role is significant?”
I may be a bit biased because I’m reacting to the dishonest way it got onto my desk BUT I’m happy to hear that it does contain some useful information and data if anyone can tell me more?

Woody’s (Youth Ministry) Round Up

woody's.jpg Rootin Tootin type greetings Blogdonia. Here’s a whole load of stuff that I’ve lassoed and penned here in case it’s a) Useful, b) Funny or c) Stops people getting cross with me for not mentioning it 🙂
Last night I preached at a sung Evensong! Some Churches up in Buckinghamshire have Deanery services and hence the country church was filled and actually, I enjoyed the service (even if I didn’t understand some of the words AND my attempts to sing the Magnificat were surreal at best, criminally horrible at worst.)
The congregation (age wise) was, for the main, at least 50 plus BUT I wanted to record my thanks to the small posse of young people who came along …. It was great to see you 🙂

Anyway, here’s the round up:

Looking for games? John e-mailed me to flag up a new Games Site they are working on, well worth bookmarking I think as I reckon it’ll grow!
Want a web page? The Captain of My Small Boat has been testing Google’s facility to rapidly create a simple but elegant web-site and rates it highly! Lay out, hosting et al All sorted! Fab!
Campaigns: Couple of things that you/your group should check out. This Oxfam campaign against Predatory debt collection from Zambia. The ‘Flush out’ Campaign from Christian Aid is a fab campaign that should spark the imagination of youth groups, check it out here.
Video Stuff: Some people who read the, How to rip YouTube videos piece pointed out that they weren’t actually allowed to download any software (I.T control) so here’s a neat online solution! It’s called Vixy and although it has a limited number of Outputs, it works well and is online so free of I.T restriction, Job Done!
Thinky Bit: Brian on remembering what it was like to be young!

Today’s feel good tune

For a fun breakfast vibe, check out Herman Dune and play ‘I wish I could see you’. A funky feel good ditty that seems to fuse a gazillion different styles of music* but gets away with it. A smiley sing along!
Relevence to Youth Ministry: er ………….. none!
*Ok a Gazillion is a slight exageration but I love the mixture which includes a Jonathan Richman type talk dialogue in the singing.

Transport to Matrix

The transport co-operation post for MATRIX is still going strong, including one person who has managed to offer themself a lift! Do have a look and see if you can be useful.
I’m now bringing Simo(n) from Farringdon.
(Please let me know who else has blagged or succesfully offered transport)