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.
If you get the chance well worth a visit.
It is something one half of the population has long suspected – and the other half always vocally denied. Women really do talk more than men. In fact, women talk almost three times as much as men, with the average woman chalking up 20,000 words in a day – 13,000 more than the average man.
Recently in Shenfield we have had a series of robberies. When I saw this on Justin Taylor’s blog it made me laugh:
Paul then shared his experiences of starting the Wire project which were really helpful in the different ways that the work has developed and the way that inter-church work can be really successful. Something to continue to mull over and come back to me thinks.
You reach a point when you have to rethink everything before. Jesus forces us to do this. His thoughts on the Kingdom of God turned the Jewish thoughts upside down. He redefined the Kingdom as “a reign not a realm, authority not geography”.
Youth work is prophetic for the church. We need to rethink the faith – the message, the scope, the lifestyle. Andy then looked briefly at 3 areas:
Proclamation – Luke 10 shows how we must have preaching of the word, social action and a charismatic spirit. We must stop this pick ‘n’ mix attitude.
Spirituality – we must know the king to know the kingdom. Ensure that our youth work isn’t a place where Jesus is left out – it certainly can be easy to do that.
Discipleship – have we aligned ourselves with God’s kingdom and are we encouraging our young people to align with God?