In the evening we had a youth worker from the Council come and talk to the our groups about applying for some more funding.The Youth Opportunities Fund and Youth Capital Fund has £90,000 available in Brentwood. My younger group (13-14 year olds) seem interested but can’t be bothered to create the application. They started last night and have to finish it next week. On the other hand my older youth group (17-18 year olds) have just about finished their bid for about £11,000 of funding for things such as: food processor, digital scales, BBQ, laptop, photo printer, guitar, carpet, tables, subsidies for trips out and training. Just hope they don’t expect too much following their success in the last funding bid.
Regarding the HTML duel being incredibly un-technical I have no idea what one is so I think you may have won already!
I have had a really mixed last couple of days. Our middle aged groups (7-10 and 10-13) seem to be seeing increasing numbers of children coming but alongside that we seem to have increased issues to do with behaviour. Some of the volunteer leaders aren’t confident in this area, and some of the young people are showing a blatant lack of respect to the leaders which makes it really hard. How do you deal with discipline issues, what is your plan? Any thoughts much appreciated.
The rules are:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next four sentences on your blog, along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest!
The nearest book on my desk was Youth Ministry Management Tools, that I have borrowed from my friend Steve. Page 123 and the fifth sentence following is:
“That’s the only way you’ll ever get a handle on the ministry finances.
First six months:
After understanding, observing, and personally monitoring the budget for at least six months, you can delegate to a staff person or trusted (experienced) volunteer some of the routine procedures. Request weekly or monthly reports from your volunteer so you can monitor any major income or expense (perhaps more than $25 or $100, depending on the size and scope of your ministry).
Reevaluate the budget and adjust it according to your ministry needs.”
Helpful book, and one that I am hoping to be able to implement some of its thoughts and suggestions in the next few months.
What wacky games or trips have you done with your young people that were a huge success? Put a comment sharing any suggestions. about the direction of our group.
The last few days have been fairly hectic with some exciting things and some less exciting things going on. Hannah and I have started thinking about trying to buy a house jointly with her parents, to help both of us on to the property market (David gets a house with his job so as soon as he retires they won’t have anywhere to go.). So Friday and Saturday saw us viewing various different properties and having a couple of meetings with mortgage advisors. It is all looking very complex but positive at the same time. Hopefully things will keep progressing and in the next few months we will be the proud owners of our first ever house.
When we weren’t doing house stuff we spent some time trying to get stuff sorted for Christmas, doing on bits of work here and there, and going to a dance. Hannah and I do dance classes on a Tuesday night, and the posh Christmas dance was on Saturday night. It was quite a fun night trying out different moves. Unfortunately it was quite full so you didn’t always have much space to do anything but it was a good evening.
Church over the weekend was good. David seemed to lead the service really well on Sunday morning, all looking at the start of advent which is always an exciting time, but difficult to make exciting if you know what I mean. It has been great to see how so many of the people who have joined the church in the last year are ‘young’ (i.e. under 50!) which is slowly changing the atmosphere. In the evening I took a couple of our young people toDoubt your Doubts, the town-wide monthly youth service which was a good evening, and then chips and nuggets afterwards while chilling with Steve who promises he is going to start a blog.