What really happens when we’re asked to ‘clear our minds of all distractions’ before worship

So you have travelled a hundred miles, found the room, unpacked the bag, changed and showered and met a few people over coffee, you’re at ‘The Christian Conference’ and after tea is ‘the evening meeting’. So the programme is dissected, seminars are ringed and the note book and folder is readied, and at 7.30 it is time to toddle off to the evening meeting. You find the best place, … Continue reading What really happens when we’re asked to ‘clear our minds of all distractions’ before worship

The 12 youthwork days of Christmas

  altogether now…..   On the 12 days of Christmas my youthworker gave to me… 12 annoying icebreakers 11 months of funding 10 broken ground rules 9 (or ninety) games of ping pong 8 hr sessional contracts 7 jeffs and smith books 6 franchise projects (speaking of which..) N….C…. S…….  (or if you cant bring yourself to say NCS, say D…B….S instead) 4 smart objectives … Continue reading The 12 youthwork days of Christmas

A leaked first draft of the Archbishops letter

You may have seen that the Bishops of Canterbury released a statement over the weekend in regard to the upcoming general election, a copy of it is here: https://www.churchofengland.org/media/3977056/electionletter_text.pdf A response has been released by a number of people who agree with the essence of the original letter, but the use of the wording that includes words like ‘Stable’ refers too directly to the political slogans … Continue reading A leaked first draft of the Archbishops letter

8 common reactions to the displays at the conference market-place.  

There’s a thing in christian and other conferences circles. It’s the publicity stands that adorn the outskirts of many a conference hall or networking event. They’re usually manned by ‘the weekend staff’ a volunteer or the sole person in the organisation who has to be there to advertise the organisation or project or opportunity. The stands bring out an array of reactions. What’s noticeable from … Continue reading 8 common reactions to the displays at the conference market-place.  

Tories to launch ‘War on Church attendance’

Whilst the Conservative party have shot themselves in or each others foot,  in the EU referendum debate, a cruel twist to their plan for welfare state shrinkage was announced last week. THE CHURCH IS LOSING PEOPLE. PEOPLE DONT BELIEVE IN GOD ANYMORE- rang the headlines! FAITH IS WANING – said the reports! And this matters to the conservative party. why? Because without the church, there … Continue reading Tories to launch ‘War on Church attendance’

Church like Tescos- every little helps?

  In his article British Christianity isnt dying. Its Sleeping, Evangelism can awaken it, Tim Stanley writes:  Put it this way. Imagine, say, that the Anglican Church was like Tesco. If Tesco stopped advertising, people would stop shopping there. If Tesco constantly banged on about how its own products are old fashioned and in need of updating, people would stop shopping there. If Tesco said that … Continue reading Church like Tescos- every little helps?

Labour, please Dream, Unite and Trust

It wasnt that long ago since I went to two events at Middlesbrough town hall. One was a comedy night with Milton Jones. The other was the visit of Jeremy Corbyn on his Labour leadership rally. One of them was a sell out passionate affair where people, you could tell in their faces, hoped for a better future, for their party, and for their country. … Continue reading Labour, please Dream, Unite and Trust

Me, Movember and Youthwork

Its not often I participate in national charity campaigns, you know the sort of thing, Icebucket challenges, or in previous years the Movember campaign to highlight Mens health issues, such as testicular cancer. One reason being that for those that know me, I already have lower nose facial shrubbery, and so to grow a ‘mo’ wouldn’t be much of a challenge. However, this year, the … Continue reading Me, Movember and Youthwork

Seven Steps to Leaving “Evangelical Christianity” without Losing Your Faith: Step #1 “It’s OK to see God differently”

Originally posted on Contemplative Christianity:
Step #1: “It’s OK to see God differently” by peter traben haas I begin in our family name, Your most holy three-fold name: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. Here are five ways I began to see God differently on my journey into the contemplative dimension of Christianity. If you are interested in reading more, I’ve written about this first step in further detail in… Continue reading Seven Steps to Leaving “Evangelical Christianity” without Losing Your Faith: Step #1 “It’s OK to see God differently”