Seven Deadly sins of Youth Ministry

The seven deadly sins have been in the media recently (Envy, Pride, Sloth, Greed, Lust, Anger, and Gluttony) by virtue of the fact that the Catholic Church may or may not have been exploring some additional ones. Musing on this in a coffee shop (as I kill time before an evening meeting) I thought about what the seven deadly sins of Youth Ministry might be?
I don’t claim this to be the definitive list but here is my Espresso fuelled seven to which I would welcome your additions and rejections.

  1. Making yourself the focus of the youth ministry
  2. Isolating the youth ministry from the life of the Church
  3. Instilling Information not facilitating exploration
  4. Modelling an eternal adolescence
  5. Avoiding accountability
  6. Not maintaining your own inner life
  7. Thinking you have nothing more to learn

Good news, Bad news

darling.jpgWell the budget yesterday was GREAT news for the charity sector as Gift-aid will not be going down with the new lower rate of income tax (thank you, Darling!), a transitional arrangement is being set up which will allow the 28p on the pound claims to be retained! Yay, this is great news for charities, churches and the like, much rejoicing in the 3rd Sector!
So where’s the bad news. Well supposing (hypothetically) as as Diocese you’d just taken delivery of 63,000 leaflets explaining the effect of reduced gift-aid rates. That would be frustrating eh? Doh!
But overall, GREAT GREAT news and of huge relief to agencies and churches who employ youth workers and battle to raise salaries. I say it once again (because it makes me laugh), Thank you Darling!
(Captain’s log supplemental: I made it onto the Church Times blog, way cool)

HOPE 08 Pack

For Hope 08 in Oxford there is a concerted initiative for May 3rd – 5th called “Hope on the Streets” …. The pack they have put together for churches and youth groups is good stuff and I attach a copy in case you can translate it into something for your community.
Hope On The Streets Action Pack.pdf

Sounds like a job for ………..

Youthblog! To our members we are the seventy fourth emergency service!
ybsucess.jpgI’m loving the networking of needs that happens through the Youthblog page here, fab! Latest success is to find a speaker to the holiday that ‘lost’ theirs? good job! Latest test of the Youthblog emergency service, “Does anyone know of an organisation that could take on the Youth and Children’s programme for a BIG Parish weekend away?” …….. let me know if you do and I’ll forward the answer on to, er ….. ‘Mrs Trellis of North Wales’

A story is worth 1000 pictures

I nearly bought the Times this morning, This unusual for me as I normally find reading the Times about as dry as eating crackers without cheese (metaphorically speaking). The Times almost pulled me in today though as the picture on the front is SO good (not viewable online sadly) but in the end I picked my usual purchase, The Guardian! I prefer the Guardian to any of the other newspapers. I like it’s coverage, it’s range, it’s questions, it’s wit and it’s pictures but most of all, of all the newspapers, I think it gets the importance of story the most and so allows a story to live (rather than just writing an account). A good picture is still important BUT you can’t trump story. I believe in Story!
And whilst I am, for no apparent reason, occupying a train journey by writing a free advert for the Guardian, what of the other newspapers?
I think the Daily mail should be banned. A journalistic style that is essentially: here is the story (i.e shocking calamity) but you need to understand that the actual issues are single-mums, teenagers, immigrants or all three!
The Telegraph has Matt who is brilliant. I do however struggle with the Tory-graph especially at the weekend when they seem to be stressing over how difficult it is to secure a nanny/maid for the third property in Aspen or marveling at a great new thrifty restaurant where one can actually eat for less (fractionally less) than £75 a head!!!!
Oh and I like the Church Times a lot (especially this week, WHICH has nothing at all to do with the fact that I am quoted several times in it! *laughing*)

Pimp that Snack

On Friday night when I was at a party I met someone who was an aficionado of and contributor to, Pimp that Snack.
Creating ‘monster’ versions of well known snacks isn’t everyone’s hobby (I assume) but I did think it could be an awesome youth group project! Check out these gargantuan Gummi Bears positioned behind their normal sized selves, cool huh?
Go plan, create and upload!

Lent reflection

Real live preacher has written a STUNNING telling of the story of Jesus in the Desert. It’s in three parts and weaves the short Biblical narrative together with an imaginatively put together context. It’s a very powerful piece of work!
Part one
Part two
Part three
(Just in case you’ve not seen it, “40” by Si Smith is also a great piece for a Lent reflection)