We’ve been having a major Lego-fest in our household recently which has been great fun. My youngest and I have been pursuing the vehicular possibilities with planes, trains and automobiles etc, all very blokey!
My daughter however took an entirely different tack. I arrived home last night to find a complete exhibition of mythological creatures.
Sadly the picture I took of Medussa did not do her justice at all BUT I couldn’t resist posting pics of Hydra, Cerberus and a Centaur!
(Which reminds me, thinking more theologically than mythologically …. if you haven’t seen The Brick Testament, you so should!)

Love Lent, Live Life

I’ve flagged this up before BUT this time I’m doing it in time!
The Love Lent, Live Life campaign is a BRILLIANT thing to do with your youth group (or just as you!) Basically you get a booklet with one challenge for each day of lent, each one of these a simple way of making a difference to people around you, community, the world (and you). Genius!
Order the stuff NOW …… do it!
(Keep me accountable to doing it too eh)
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CAF jargon

I’m at a forum today with other organizations from the voluntary sector (the ‘3rd Sector’) looking at how we can/should/might be involved in the delivery of the ‘Common Assessment Framework’ and how we relate to it, and how information sharing might work.
I was very impressed with the fact there is a board up at the front of the room which has a key to jargon that may appear in the discussions. (I have been to meetings with statutory bodies in the past where operatives from Bletchley Park would not have cracked the cyphers involved)
I’ll write more about CAF opportunities, responsibilities and tensions in a fuller post BUT in case you are encountering some of this stuff, here are some of the acronyms:
CYP Children and Young people
TAP Team around the provider
CAF Common Assessment Framework
LD Local delivery
TAC Team around the child
EIP Early intervention Panel
PCT Primary Care Trust
YOS Youth Offending Service

Soulnet retreat

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I’ve just received all the details for the Soulnet gathering next weekend. Assuming I pilot the LPG wagon to the correct Centre Parcs (no, really) I look forward to meeting Yoof Wurk Bretherin and Sisterin. I am, apparently, an inmate of Chalet 220. If anyone wants my mobile number ahead of the conference then please e-mail (link on side bar).

Film clip

I’ve had a question from a Mrs Trellis of North Wales. She is running a youth group discussion on parties and young people (in terms of peer pressure etc), and is looking for a funny, thought provoking, silly or useful film clip to introduce the topic or fuel debate.
Any Hollywood or Youtube suggestions?

Stories from the Coalface 1.

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“A year and a half ago my world was turned upside down when my church told me that they were not going to renew my contract. I’d been working for this church for 2 years and had another year left on my contract to go. I was really enjoying the work, and now had a year to continue working knowing that that would be it. It was difficult, very difficult, but I did it. Meanwhile I spent a lot of time praying and then applying for jobs. The jobs I applied for to begin with were church projects with a strong community youth project. But as the year went on, I began applying for local authority jobs too. There were four different requirements that I was looking for in a job. 1) a line manager who was a youthworker. This came from my desire to learn more and from difficulties I’ve had with previous line managers. 2) working and living in the same community. This was what God put on my heart. 3) a job that would allow me to complete my JNC qualification (finishing Jul 09). 4) working with disadvantaged YP.
How I ended up where I am now was no simple process, but I was influenced by my college supervisor, feedback from interviews, and then a simple offer from a local church. I was struggling to work out the remainder of my contract at my church, and I was offered what I felt to be a lifeline – 3 months working out the end of my contract at the sister church up the road. This church fitted my heart. It was the type of community I wanted to work in. Meanwhile, I saw a job advertised for a training youth worker for the local authority. It was for 30 hours a week, but would allow me to finish my qualification and get lots of experience. It seemed right. If I got the job I would be able to live and serve the community of the sister church (my new church) and work for a local authority. It wasn’t quite what I had imagined – living and working in the same community. The two areas of my life would be separate, but God knew best, and he certainly did. After what I thought was a bad interview, I got the job. My husband and I moved the two miles up the road to the sister church, and we now live in that community. So that’s how I ended up moving from working for the church to working for the local authority! I have learnt so much, changed much, and am so glad to have made the move. It may have been a painful process, but I am confident that I am where God wants me to be”.

Stories from the coal face introduction

cface.jpgA while back I talked about wanting to get “Stories from the Coalface!” The idea of this was to gather employment, end-of-employment and transition stories from youth workers/ministries working (or formerly working) in a Christian setting.
The idea was to have some stories to reflect on about how people had ‘ended up’ where they were, or why they were no longer there! There had been an idea of doing some question based research on the experience of youth workers/ministers, I prefer I think to listen to stories and see what can be learnt.
So tell me a story! (and especially forward this on, or link me up with people who were in youth ministry but no longer are).
Stories will follow!

The BBC and the Gaza appeal

I have musing over the whole issue of the BBC refusing to broadcast an aid appeal for the people of Gaza, and wondering if I agree with the BBC’s position, that broadcasting the appeal would breach their impartiality.
My feeling is that this is entirely wrong. The cause of the problems and the effects are of course linked in terms of the events. However I believe it is possible to broadcast an appeal based on the severe effects that the people of Gaza are experiencing regardless of the cause. The suffering is an ‘is’ that demands a humanitarian response!
Just musing, but will definitely be donating!