The last three and a bit weeks I’ve been on holiday and then paternity leave. Although I’ve not been able to escape work completely it’s been nice to really focus on spending time with Hannah and our wonderful new son Daniel.
Today was my last day before heading back to work, so it was nice to get out of Tonbridge and head down to Hove, to visit James, Youth Minister at Bishop Hannington Church. It was nice to hang out with an old friend (I met James whilst we were both at the University of Exeter), hear how his new job is going, bounce ideas about youth ministry, go to a church where I wasn’t responsible for anything, actually, apart from James and Anna his wife, no-one knew me, and to see their 14-18 year old youth group.
It got me thinking on how I want to spend more time bouncing ideas with youth ministers, but more than that to watch other people’s youth groups. It might be something I start booking a Sunday every term (3 times a year) to go and visit another youth ministry.
What does anyone else do, anyone open to me visiting your youth ministry, or wants to come and have a look at what we do here in Tonbridge?