Youth club trip out

Tonight was the first trip out of the New Year. We took our two monday night youth groups to the Rayleigh Megazone . It was a great night – the kids always enjoy the laser tag. We had an entertaining start with the smoke alarm going off within minutes of us entering the building. On […]

It’s arrived

Over the weekend our grant cheques from the county council arrived. It is really fun looking to spend £6000 and the joy that it will bring to the young people. Had some great conversations with some really helpful companies, looking to give discounts and provide some quality advice on picking the correct products. If their […]

And we’re back…

A couple of my readers questioned a couple of thoughts I posted before Christmas and so I made the blog private for a few days to spend some thinking about why do I post and what is the content I post. I am going to need some more time thinking this through – to ensure […]

Children’s Ministry Conference

Looks like I am off in a couple of weekends to Eastbourne with a couple of my volunteers to the Children’s Ministry Conference. It should be a really good weekend with over 60 seminars and workshops which will be grouped into 5 streams: Children’s ministry leadership issues; Outreach beyond church; Working with under 5s; Working […]

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 […]

Worldometers

What a day it’s been. It’s only 7:19am, and 44,561 people have died already, and more importantly, 4,276,540 bicycles have been made this year so far. How do I know? Through a website called Worldometers, which keeps the meter running on all sorts of statistics (How many fish have been caught this year? How many […]

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 […]

School assemblies

What topics do you do for assemblies. Working in four local schools (two primary and two secondary) I am regularly invited to do assemblies. However, it is interesting that topics and details that I am given. Sometimes we get great topics and a lot of freedom and at other times we get very bizarre titles […]

Schools work

Earlier today I wrote a post about exciting things happening in our schools work but didn’t save it, and for some reason it got lost during publishing so here I am trying to rewrite that post now in Word! Our primary schools work has really taken off in one of the schools. Yesterday was the […]

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