My oldest youth group received some funding last week and are keen to buy a data projector. Does anyone have any recommendations? The young people and leaders came up with the following suggestions:
If anyone has any suggestions please do get in touch. Our budget is approximately £1500.
It is sad that he made these comments – there is no need. You can criticise a match official without having to bring their gender into it – that is completely irrelevant. She has earned the right to officiate at that level by doing all the qualifications.
A couple of years ago Ron Atkinson wasforced to resign after making racist comments in the wake of Chelsea’s Champions League game against Monaco in April 2004. While I am not keen on people being sacked I do think that we should treat sexism in a similar way to racism.
The advatanges of a PDA are that it syncs automatically with Outlook; and there are about a billion other things I could do with it.
The disadvantage is that similar to a mobile phone I really need to spend a whole load of time getting used to how it works, and practicing my inputting of data. Several times I have given up trying to input data in to the PDA and just found a scrap of paper and a pen and scribbled things down. The question is do I persevere or shall I not bother and just use good old pen and paper. I need to think soon as Christmas is a good point to put something on a Christmas list to get me something nice – be it giving David some money for his PDA or buying a filofax.
It makes me lie down only when exhausted.
It leads me to deep depression.
It hounds my soul.
It leads me in circles of frenzy for activity’s sake.
Even though I run frantically from task to task,
I will never get it done,
For my “ideal” is with me.
Deadlines and my need for approval, they drive me.
They demand performance from me, beyond the limits of my schedule.
They anoint my head with migraines;
My in-box overflows.
Surely fatigue and time pressure shall follow me all the days of my life,And I will dwell in the bonds of frustration forever.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness, for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
For you are with me;
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Thanks to Nick Lear for passing it on.
So I thought I would give a quick map of some great thoughts and/or discussions that are going on around the youth ministry blog world:
Johnnyhas posted about some thoughts from the Youth Specialties convention in Anaheim on how we captivate young people, how we always moan that they don’t want to pay attention to the Bible lesson but as soon as you give them a games console or a sports ball they are fine for hours on end.
Kurt has got agreat post thinking about how do we do ‘mission trips’. It is a really interesting is mission work becoming too business like – are we actually doing much benefit – “Could we not come up with other ways to expose students to the needs of the world while actually solving some of them at the same time?” Certainly a great question – and as I begin to think how do we encourage our students to be involved in missional work both locally, nationally, and internationally something to chew over.
Josh has ahelpful post on how we link with the parents in our ministry. It is always something we can improve on – we often focus on the young people and then the volunteer leaders that the parents get our left overs – but without them we would have no young people to work with – they give up their time and money to get their child to and from the events and pay from them etc. we should ensure we support and minister to them as best as we can. Something we managed to do in our summer holiday club at the church, was one of the older ladies in the congregation stood by the front door and greeted all the parents as they came to pick up their children. As an ex local teacher she had taught many of the parents and formed some great conversations. Not sure how to reproduce that at all the weekly events.
And for something differentyouthblog has another view on the youth workers office!
I would love to hear if anyone has got any thoughts of the stuff I’ve mentioned.