For the last 5 weeks I have been ‘hosting’ a period of silence on my live on facebook page, on a Wednesday at around 7pm, and on most days during the lockdown ive given silent space to do the morning or evening prayer from there Celtic prayer book. A space to be truly still. A space in which the newsfeed stops. Silence is dangerous dont … Continue reading Stillness in the storm
It takes time during a crisis to think of yourself. Takes time when you’re exhausted being the wounded to think of yourself. Takes time when you’re used to being on the receiving end, to carve out the you in the space. Takes time to give yourself permission. If Coronovirus is about grief. loss. hurt. and the ending of something. Then might there be opportunity to … Continue reading Giving ourselves permission
‘Its a module at Bible College, how to tell someone that they need to breathe‘ Said one of my close friends over the last 2 years. In the midst of the chaos, remembering to breathe, when there’s emotional trauma around, when there’s confusing relationships to react to, when there’s employment situation to work out, when there another house to live in or not so, when … Continue reading Remembering to Breathe
Mental Health and Young People in the Church If you were to send a message to your younger self to reassure or encourage them or even to tell them something that you think they need to know: what would you say? I start my training with this question because it’s important to look back at the way life was when we were a young person … Continue reading Mental Health and Young people in the Church – Guest Post by Jenni Osborn
It would be easy to wait until the garden was full of roses, until the stream was calm, and until the struggles of life were over, and a sense of victory, progress or achievement was gained, to write this kind of thing. The ‘salvation’ story of transformation, looking back and how I could chart all the moments, doing so from the point of view of … Continue reading Personal Vulnerability, through the storm
Youve outsmarted the young people this time, or so youve thought. Over the summer and the proceeding years you’re beginning to build up a range of resources for every given topic that they might want you to talk about. Sex, Relationships and Sex, all covered, all newly resourced, all ready, you even went ahead and got hold of the new PODS resource from FYT on … Continue reading Is Death a conversation that the church and youth ministry should be having more of with young people?
Think about all the expectations thrust upon a child or a young person: youll grow up to be like your mum work hard and youll get good results what will you do when you grow up you need to get to university you need to just cope you must fit in you must be different you must conform you must look a certain way you … Continue reading In such a high expectancy culture – young people are in deficit of empathy more than ever
Imagine being 10 and at youth club that evening the leaders pass the bucket around, and ask you to make a cake to sell to keep the youth club going. Imagine being 11 and the youth club that you went to closing. Imagine being 12 and your parents have to move house because, after your brother moved out last year, they cant afford to stay … Continue reading Are young people born since 2000 to be known as the Austerity Generation?
Most church websites, when talking about young people say something like this: We have lots for our young people to get involved with. From mid week groups to mentoring we’re passionate about walking alongside the youth to help equip them in their personal lives. or Our Connect Groups meet in _______ for all aged 10-17yrs old. Great fun, with food and talking about what it … Continue reading How might churches communicate to young people that church really is a healthy place for them?
I saw this quote doing the rounds on Facebook today. Excuse its language. But dont excuse its sentiment. On one hand we could argue that young people in the 80’s and 90’s didnt have it too badly – and I should know i was one of them. Politicians got headlines for peace deals, climate change caused action, peace was a hopeful reality i large parts … Continue reading What do we expect teenagers to be made of, a substance tougher than steel?