Oxford CYM Bible Course

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Oxford CYM is running a short course for volunteer and employed Christian youth workers to help them understand the big story of the Bible, and explore ways of engaging young people with the Bible.
Over six sessions, Dave Perry will tell the story of the Bible in six ‘acts’ and explore six different approaches to using to the Bible.
Dave is the Dean of Theology and frequent lecturer at King’s Bible College and Training Centre, based in Oxford. He is the author of, ‘Why Jesus is Good News’, and is an informed, entertaining and encouraging speaker.
Dates: 20th October, 17th November, 8th December, 19th January, 2nd February and 2nd March
Time: 9.45am – 1pm
Location: CMS House, Watlington Road, OXFORD OX4 6BZ (next to Lidl)
Cost £20 per session or £100 for the whole course

Snow Patrol

I think ‘Chasing Cars’ is an extraordinary and brilliant. Love it
“We’ll do it all
Everything
On our own
We don’t need
Anything
Or anyone
If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?
I don’t quite know
How to say
How I feel
Those three words
Are said too much
They’re not enough
If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?
Forget what we’re told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden
That’s bursting into life
Let’s waste time
Chasing cars
Around our heads
I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own
If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?
Forget what we’re told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden
That’s bursting into life
All that I am
All that I ever was
Is here in your perfect eyes
They’re all I can see
I don’t know where
Confused about how as well
Just know that these things
Will never change for us at all
If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?”

Grrrrrrrr!

Just heard about a church that told a youth worker that they were too old for a Youth Work role! As well as showing a complete misunderstanding of what youth work is (and the skills involved) it is also illegal age discrimination. I’m fairly easy going but I am niggled, miffed and perturbed by this!
I’ve long wanted to test out attitudes to age in faith based employment of youth workers by applying for some jobs and seeing the response.

Unison Report

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The full report from Unison on the affects of cuts to Youth Work is here.
Vital services and unsung heroes
Youth services are among the most important services that local authorities provide, and youth workers are in many senses the unsung heroes of their communities.
By building up relationships of trust and support with young people, working in their communities, helping them make their own decisions about their own lives, and developing their confidence and resilience, youth workers play invaluable roles in supporting young people.
This is why the Government’s cuts in local authority funding, and the consequent cuts in
spending on youth services by local authorities, are so important. The plight of the young people whom youth services support is clear”

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See also In Defence of Youth Work
(and this is my satirical take on the cuts)