Over the last few days I have been a little more involved in my YFC responsibilities which I have found has really energised me as well as given me opoortunity to catch up with old friends.

Last week I travelled to YFC head office in Halesowen for the AGM and a board meeting.YFC is an exciting ministry to be part of at the moment and there are some great job opportunities at the moment. Nationally we are looking fr an HR manager and a street dance team leader – details here. Locally we are looking for directors for both Norwich and Epping Forest YFC. These are two of our longest standing centres with great and diverse ministries … check them out here. It’s amazing to see that we now have 72 centres across the country … interesting that as the church is in decline, the number of YFC centres  seeking to engage with young people across the nation is increasing.

wHile at head office i learned about this new 18+ resource on you tube. You can check out discussion starter videos here.

Yesterday, as a trustee of GIllingham YFC, I was involved in an away day with the other trustees and team members. The day was led by Richard Bromley and was just great. We had fun, we worked together, we thought alone … and I think the upshot will be a better worked out strategy resulting in new and creative ways of working with young peiple. Please hold GIllingham YFC in your prayers! I am convinced we are going to see some exciting stuff happening over the next year or so.

Free Gap Year

I still keep in touch with youth ministry and miss that kind of work …. sometimes!
I saw this free gap year opportunity on the Isle of Man on Ian’s blog. It looks great and there are 11 spaces – you can contact Ian via his blog for more details. The video gives a taster of last year. Why not pass this great opportunity on to a young person you know.

psalm consequences

A number of youth leaders and Christian Union members at Angelspace asked for the instructions to this and so I am posting them here. The Psalms produced from this activity are amazing; I’ve used this a few times and always been amazed with what has been produced by both adults and young people.

I can’t remember where I got this from (it may be a Jonny Baker worship trick or something from Scripture Union … – I just know it’s not my idea, but it’s a great idea to use in worship.

This i best done in a group of 5 or more

Psalm Consequences

Fold the paper into 8 horizontal sections sections

1 Write an address of praise to God such as ‘Lord I worship you’

2 Fold the paper backwards so you can’t see the writing and pass it to your left

3 Write an aspect of God’s character starting with because … ‘because you are good’ Fold and pass again.

4 Write another aspect of God’s character starting with ‘and’. Fold and pass

5 Write 2 things about how wonderful God’s creation is ‘Your mountains are magnificent, your rivers shine in the sun.’ Fold and pass.

6 Write something God does for you personally. ‘You guide me’ Fold and pass

7 Write a personal message to Jesus with ‘because’ in the middle ‘I thank you Jesus because you died for me’. Fold and pass

8 Write a resolution – ‘therefore I will follow you for ever’ Fold and pass last time

The Psalms produced were fantastic and I shall try and get some typed up so that hey can be put on the Angelspace website.

Children … not animals!

Barnardo’s has launched a new campaign to highlight what it calls “disturbing intolerance” of children with a video that may be seen here.

This made me angry and sick at the same time – it’s sickening to think these comments are actual comments of people referring to children.

10 Reasons to cheer our teenagers

Great for a change to see some positive about our young people posted here and well done ti Ian for drawing attention to it.

Did you know young people are 10 times more likely to be volunteering in our communities than regularly being antisocial in them.

Read more good stuff on Ian’s post.

Every Organisation Matters

I had a long day in London yesterday which started at the Commonwealth Club for the presentation of the Every Organisation Matters whic is the first ever mapping of the children and young people’s voluntary and community sectors and was undertaken by a

team from the University of Hull led by Professor Gary Craig as part of NCVYS and NCVCCO’s Speaking Out project.

There were some interesting headlines and I was particularly struck by:

The children and young people’s voluntary and community sector employs over 160,000 people in England – as many as 1 in 3 of all those employed by voluntary and community organisations – and generates income in excess of £1.5 billion a year.

Children aged 7-13 appear to be poorly provided for, with an emphasis on early years provision and a growing government agenda around services for young people leading to this transitional age group missing out.

Voluntary and community sector organisations need to be doing more to measure the long-term impact of their work.

I could not find out how the faith sector, and particularly Christians, contribute and figure in this, but there is an acknowledgment that it will be significant. I also find it interesting to note that the sector generally is not good at seeing what long term effects we have on the young people we work with. We need to collect more stories and shout a little more about what we are doping maybe!

I’m going to read the full report to see what else was discovered. The full report may be found via NCVYS here.

when can 12% be exaggerated to 70%? …

… when it’s adults having a moan about teenagers!
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