Category Archives: Children’s and Youth Work

Office move – not easy

Recently there has been some talk and thought about me swapping offices with the photocopy type office. But at the moment it all seems to be getting more complex. The theory was that it is a nicer room (actually has proper windows), more space, and a bit farther away from the noise produced by our […]

Thank you

Tonight we said thank you to our Associate Minister, Colin Hunt. Colin has been a non-stipendiary minister (i.e. he doesn’t get paid a salary) here at the church for the last twelve years helping the church through two interregnums. It was great to be able to have a big tea for those who were able […]

Year plan

I have finally got my year planner up-to-date and back on my office wall. It looks like it could be a fairly busy year – lots of exciting things happening including taking volunteers away to Children’s Ministry Conference and Youthwork the Conference, the possibility of running a residential for some of my older young people, […]

Busy times

I seem to be very busy at the moment, lots of great youth work stuff going on at work, and lots at home, especially with trying to move home and all the paper work that goes with that. Hannah seems to have masses of work at the moment as well so I guess it is […]

Middle-class syndrome

I am running a session next weekend on reaching the middle-class syndrome. How do you show a young person that they need God when they have three i-pods etc. I am planning on throwing out some big questions for people to discuss and share ideas but I don’t know if anyone has any pearls of […]

Some things around the web …

Some things from around the web: Justin Taylor highlights how integrates Google Maps and the ESV text to create an interactive Bible atlas. He refers people to the ESV blog for more information. Out of Ur, the online side of Leadership Journal, has a series of posts on resolutions and how in several sittings […]

Goal setting, resolutions and the New Year

New Year can be a great time to set goals or aims, or what seemed to be simply known as resolutions. In the summer I had a go at trying to make some goals and aims for my life and work and after reading various different things, including Marko, Little Alice and a random website, […]

Around the blogsphere

How annoying. I had written a post catching up with some of the best bits around the world and then it was deleted and I couldn’t get it back. How annoying. Anyhow here are some of the best bits, take two! Kurt has a good post on going off track and allowing your youngsters to […]

Quick catch up

At the moment everything seems so busy that my rhythm of blogging seems to be going down the pan. Much of my time seems to have been spent on the combination of Christmas events and activities and the process of trying to buy a house. Yesterday I helped to lead the carol service for one […]

Filing and funding

Wow – yesterday was spent mainly doing filing and admin. It is amazing how quickly it builds up and you then avoid it. I have a volunteer who comes in one morning a week to help with the admin, and she is a legend. For the last few weeks we haven’t been doing the filing […]

Quantity or quality; and discipline

It’s nice to be noted by Ian for my “prolific” blogging – although I am not sure it is a good thing – surely there are other things I should be doing, and I am reminded of the phrase my PE teacher always used to shout “quality not quantity”. I do try to write something […]

Gaining feedback from young people

There is a great post over at youthideas about gaining feedback from young people about what they want from their group. Nigel’s questionnaire is definitely something I might well be adapting and using in the next week as we plan what we will be doing next term. What wacky games or trips have you done […]