Greenbelt Festival

Finally made it into the internet cafe after two blog free days. Theme this year is “Freedom Bound” which is a pretty good theme for the crazy, wonderful, honest, inspiring weekend that Greenbelt is. The Morning service this morning was awesome and it was great to be celebrating the Freedom we have and being challenged on how we use that freedom.
A few years ago “Fat n Frantic” sang all about “Freedom for a few who have bought the right to tell us that their freedom lie is true” and went on to say “Freedom without justice grows up into slavery if you’re not a Barclaycard carrying member of the free”.
Started a whole bunch of youthwork ideas in my mind on how we help young people engage what freedom means and how we help them to see the injustices that the world economy accepts as the norm! Not sure where this would fit into the Governments “Transforming Youth Work” agenda.

Greenbelt Festival

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.

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Going Downhill

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.

Youth Work or Youth Ministry

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 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!)

Soul Survivor

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.