The weekend that was: Friday night was film night for our 14-18s.  The film turned out to not be the greatest film – a lesson about trying to watch them in advance was probably reinforced.  Saturday was another working day; two of the young people were hosting a gig to raise funds for a trip to Israel with a musical that some of the local churches joined together to put on last October.  It was great to see so many young people using their talents to help these two youngsters out.  A great night – it made me very proud of the young people I work with.

Sunday was a Mothering Sunday family service where we adapted some of the resources from BRF – Barnabas by Lucy Moore – it seemed to go down well.  I do find services such as Mothering Sunday hard – you feel like you are constantly trying to reinvent a way to communicate the same message.  In evening I was leading Junior SNR (our 11-14 year olds) – we looked at the topic of apologies and forgiveness.  It seemed to go really well, including a slightly bizarre discussion about the possibility of Hitler and Stalin both ending up in heaven, playing risk, and who would win (the young people decided Stalin)!

Combined with the weekend’s sport – come on Liverpool – it was a good weekend.

On my task list this week: Important meeting about schools work this morning, getting together with a few volunteers to imagine what our residentials and mission trips should look like in 5 years time.  Hoping to write a couple of papers on key topics for us at the moment – including something on transition into youth work.

Procrastinating about: Finalising the structure of our sessions for the youth weekend away in May – it needs writing today and tomorrow.

Book I’m in the midst of: Still reading Youth Work After Christendom, and have also started Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why the World Needs a Green Revolution by Thomas L. Friedman.

Music that I’ve been working along to: Been loving working along to Radio 1.

How I’m feeling about this week: Tired – hoping to snatch a few hours off each day to recoup losing Saturday as my day off.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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