Off to Greenbelt festival in an hour, it’s tipping down with rain, blowing a gale and generally not the sort of weather you want to camp in, still I’d better Carpe the Diem and get on the road.
Greenbelt has been a significant influence in my life and Christian faith. It was at greenbelt that I met Christians that were engaging with a hurting world, debating the difficult stuff, making a difference and celebrating/using God given creativity.
Yesterday I took one of the young people I mentor to Xscape at Milton Keynes. Its a ski slope with “real” snow in a shopping/leisure complex. I could get all metaphoric and write a load of cheesy stuff about youthwork in a culture that is fed poor substitites for things of real value, image instead of worth, power instead of significance and the like. However, I’ll just say it was FANTASTIC fun and a piece of youth work that was going downhill for all the right reasons.
Having decided to finally getting going with a Christian youthwork blog it’s fairly inevitable that I’m going to have to post some thoughts on faith-based youth work, youth work and youth ministry and what I mean by these terms, But until I get around to that, I hope you enjoy Dave Walkers spoof of the youthwork site which you’ll find at http://www.wibsite.com/yoofwork Click on How to answer the “Going into the ministry?” question link. Won’t shed any light on the debate but may make you smile!
(If you don’t already use it then you ought to visit the real Youthwork site too!)
Was at a great Youth led service on Sunday night where the teenagers were talking about their experience of “Soul in the City” and Soul Survivor “C.”
It was that great teenage mix of the inspiring and the comical, switching easily between what God had been teaching them to the tent blowing down and from dog poo to what it means to be part of a Global Church.
Really encouraging quote from Mike Pilavachi at the closing service which was quoted to me as “For too long people have known what Christians are against, hopefully they now know what we are for!”
Deja vu moment for me when someone was sharing Andy Hickfords challenge that, “The Church should be a Lifeboat Station not a Yacht Club” This took me straight back to Brainstormers 1992 where Andy challenged us with the same quote. I was reflecting though that I reckon there’s more Lifeboat Churches now than there were in 1992, especially in the area of Youth work! Disccus.