Spirituality Conversation

Frontier Youth Trust and Worth Unlimited are pleased to say that our latest Open Learning Day is coming up on July 23. It will be exploring the subject of ‘spirituality and young people’.
This is a FREE event.. You just have to get there and bring your lunch!
When: Wednesday 23rd July 2014, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Chawn Hill Church, Chawn Hill, Stourbridge, DY9 4JD

Probably a good idea to let them know if you’d like to go (if you haven’t got contact details then let me know and I’ll pass them on to you)

Over in Worcester

Had the privilege of being at Worcester cathedral on Sunday morning for an Ordination service. It was remarkable ….. a beautiful service earthed simply but effectively in a reminder of God’s Love, and our need to find our calling and purpose. It’s been a while since I have felt so connected within a Church service.
Also a great joy to see Sarah Brush (a former Youth Minister within Oxford Diocese) being ordained a deacon.

LLM Conference

Had such a great day with the Lay Ministers of the Diocese at their conference where I was co-delivering a session on Re-thinking Discipleship. Thoroughly enjoyed the discussion, thinking, sharing of stories OH AND a fabulous lunch.
If anyone is calling in from the conference, Handouts are here:
LLM Discipleship Handout do know and soul stuff IM.pdf
LLM Bosch Matt 28.pdf
These are the questions that emerged

Declining Church : Struggling Youth

Interesting article that draws together some key threads around the transmission of faith to adolescents.
• “Most teenagers who have spent years attending church activities [have not integrated their faith] into who they are and how they live.” (George Barna, 2003)
• “Our distinct impression is that very many religious congregations and communities of faith in the United States are failing rather badly in religiously engaging and educating youth.” (Christian Smith, 2004)
?• “The levels of disengagement among twenty-somethings suggest that youth ministry fails too often at discipleship and faith formation.” (David Kinnaman, 2006)

Anglican workers

I am part of some discussions at the moment around putting on a small conference for Anglican: family, children, youth workers. The aim being to explore what it means to work in and through the Anglican church at this time, examine our spiritual health and growth ….. and to be discussing together the nature of a changing ministry in a changing theological and cultural context.
Watch this space
(not literally obviously)
Ok, in case you’d like to, literally:
(This is of course a picture of light from the distant past and not in anyway illuminating of future events, oh link to a poem methinks)