Youth Ministry – the most meaningful job in the world

Forbes tells us what we all already knew – youth ministry is the best job in the world!  Check out this snippet:

It’s been said that money can’t buy you happiness. It turns out it has similarly little affect on whether an employee feels their work makes a positive change in the world.
Each year, Forbes reports on PayScale‘s list of the most meaningful jobs that also pay well. But when the caveat of income is removed, medical professionals, criminal justice workers, and youth ministers still find their way to the top of the list, while some highly-paid jobs are found to provide little meaning to those that hold them.
Youth minister, the third party in this tie for first, pays the least by far–an annual median $35,000–but 100% of respondents still find strong meaning in the role.

Café owner leaves heartwarming note for homeless person raiding her bins for food

I loved this news story about a café owner who left a heartwarming note for homeless person raiding her bins for food

A café owner in the US who was “heartbroken” to discover a homeless person was searching her rubbish for food has put up a sign on the skip inviting them to come inside for a free meal.

Ashley Jiron, who runs P.B. Jams in Oklahoma, said she would not take the notice down until the person comes in for a proper meal.

Pictures of the sign have spread on Reddit and Instagram, drawing support for the show of compassion from around the world.

Cafe Owner heart warming note

It reads: “To the person going through our trash for the next meal, you’re a human being and worth far more than a meal from a dumpster.

“Please come in during operating hours for a classic Pb&j, fresh veggies and a cup of water at no charge.

“No questions asked. Your friend, the owner.”

“Last week, I had noticed some bags, when I had taken out the trash, were torn open and some of the food was taken out,” she told the KFOR news channel.

“That really, it hurt me that someone had to do that.”

She said she realised pride may stop the person coming inside but that she had to try.

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Ms Jiron added: “I think we’ve all been in that position where we needed someone’s help and we just needed someone to extend that hand and if I can be that one person to extend that hand to another human being then I will definitely do it.”

 

Fusion are recruiting!

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Fusion are recruiting for 9 roles to continue developing student ministry.  Are you be called to one of these roles?

Student Mission:

Approaching the end of our two year road trip to every university city in the UK, there’s a strong demand for Student Mission equipping from the local church. In the new academic year we will build on this momentum. Could you grow Student Mission & call up evangelists?

Student Mission Developer (Part time & full time applicants welcome).
Student Mission Internships (Part time & full time applicants welcome).

Student Work Training:

We’re intentionally training & growing Student Workers across the UK. London has a population of 400,000 students. We’re recruiting someone who can network, train and champion our partner churches & student workers in London. Are you passionate about Student Work Training?

Student Work Developer (Full time, London)

Student Linkup:

We’re growing our Student Linkup app internationally – that wherever a student goes to study in the world there’s a local church ready to welcome them. We currently partner with 85 international churches. We’re looking for two entrepreneurial networkers to grow our international network of churches. Integrated into this in this role; you’ll also be a part of a local church’s day/week discipleship year.

Global Student Linkup Internships (Loughborough)

Fusion Ireland:

We’re intentionally serving Churches, training & growing Student Workers across the UK. Last year we launched Fusion Wales & Scotland which has resulted in great growth in both of these nations. This summer we launch Fusion Ireland – are you able to spear head this initiative?

Fusion Ireland Developer. (Part time role)

Fusion Church Connection:

With 1269 churches in our network, it’s crucial that we grow relationship and serve them well. We’re looking for someone to build relationship with our Fusion Connection Churches both on the phones and in person. Could this be you?

Church Relations Developer (York, Full Time). 

Easter Spoken Word

I loved Dai’s spoken word about Easter:

Easter is a funny time of year.  You come back from the Christmas holidays, you hit the ground running then all of a sudden the clocks go forward and you’re in April.

Now Christmas is known as the celebration of Christ … and though sometimes it may not be celebrated, the clue is sort of in the name.  But what about Easter? Some chocoholic Bunny and a sugar rush on Easter weekend…there’s gotta be more to the story.

When it boils down to it – Easter is foundational to the Christian faith. Who would have thought that 3 days would have been so key to the fate of humanity? And it’s all cos that tomb was empty.

This is my spoken-truth piece on the Easter story.  It is my hope that this video is used to help us re-visit the message of Easter.

Sticky Faith children’s & youth leader training

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What is Sticky Faith?

The Christian church has a problem that we’ve known about for many years. The simple fact is that vast numbers of young people in our churches and Christian youth/children’s groups give up on faith in their teenage years and early adulthood, often having nothing further to do with the church. Survey after survey shows it to be a huge issue, but up to now we’ve seemed powerless to do much about it.

The Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) in the USA has carried out the most comprehensive research yet into the problem of young people giving up on faith. As a result they have produced a raft of resources to help youth/children’s leaders, parents and others to be fully equipped to help young people stick at their faith so that it lasts through into adulthood – hence the reason they call it Sticky Faith!

What can I expect at the Sticky Faith training evenings?

Our training evenings start by exploring together the main findings from the FYI research and putting it into a UK church context. We then provide a choice of workshop looking at practical ways of putting Sticky Faith into practice
in various settings. We finish altogether with an opportunity for feedback, questions and some final thoughts. The training is suitable for anyone aged 16+ and is primarily aimed at those who work within the 5 to 18 age group, although others will find it very helpful too.

Refreshments are provided free of charge during the evening (donations welcome).

How much does it cost and how do I book in?

The Sticky Faith training evenings in SW England are free of charge to all who come. However we do ask that everyone planning to attend books in by email so that we can provide sufficient refreshments and handouts. (You are welcome to book in others from your church/youth group at the same time as yourself but please check they will be attending before making the booking.)

To book in send an email to bspurling@urbansaints.org putting ‘Sticky Faith Southampton’ in the subject line and giving the following information:

  • Your name;
  • A contact phone number;
  • The name of your church + town;
  • The number of places you are booking.

We will acknowledge all bookings, and nearer to the event we will email you directions to the venue and parking information.

Date and Venue

SOUTHAMPTON – Wednesday June 17th 2015

St Andrew’s Church, Beaulieu Road, Dibden Purlieu, Southampton, SO45 4PT

Programme

7:00 pm Refreshments and Registration

7:30 pm Welcome and notices

7:40 pm SESSION 1 – Setting the Scene

A quick overview of the key findings from the FYI research and how these should be interpreted for the UK church context.

8:15 pm SESSION 2 – Developing Sticky Faith

A choice of two practical workshop looking at how to develop sticky faith in young people in different contexts; Church, community and home.

9:30 pm SESSION 3 – Final Thoughts

A chance to provide feedback or ask questions about the evening so far, and some final thoughts about what comes next!

9:45 pm End

Hampshire Messy Meet-up

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When: Tuesday 19 May 2015, 7.30pm
Where: Church of the Good Shepherd, Four Marks, GU34 5AA

Come and join the Messy team at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Four Marks, Lucy Moore and James Pegg on 19 May at 7.30 for a Messy Meet-up. Time to chat about how your Messy Church is going, share some great ideas (and problems!), catch up with the local and national Messy Church picture, talk with James about teenagers in Messy Churches, pray for each other and generally wallow in Messiness for an evening.

Bring an activity example that’s worked really well in your Messy Church recently if you can, but even if you can’t, just turn up and be reinspired. No need to book but a rough idea of numbers would be useful, so email Lucy lucy.moore@brf.org.uk if you can.

Mark Drama

Mark Drama

Come along tonight to St. Andrew’s, Dibden Purlieu, to see the Mark Drama. A brilliant FREE performance of the life of Jesus, one of the most amazing stories ever, in 90 minutes.  The cast (members of St Andrew’s and Above Bar Churches): Charlie Besley, Richard Merrit, Tim Rowlandson, Tom Besley, Serena Carthy, Jane Nicholson, Pippa Brown, Femi Adeniran, Jenny Blake, Rebecca Trollope, Eryl Martin, Callum Johnstone, Leila Hyde, Andy Neal, Laszlo Penzes

Doors open from 7pm, with drinks afterwards in the Coffee House for a chance to meet the cast at the after show party!