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
I write this on New Years eve, having just read a facebook memory from last year, which read: There are many people who know 2019 is going to be tough, they’re waiting for an operation, having treatment, they’re waiting for a DWP assessment, or are homeless, their job is ending or their relationships are tricky. A new year might bring fear and not hope. So … Continue reading 2019; this was my year….
You know the feeling when you have an epiphany moment all out of the blue? well that was me this morning. Im aware the following image might put many of you off your tea, or breakfast or supper. So, you are warned. But after weirdly having a bath last night, i was standing in the bathroom this morning, almost naked in front of the mirror. … Continue reading An Accidental Epiphany: Mirror, Body and Self
I hope I’m not a disappointment meeting me face to face That’s something I’ve said a few times in the last few years. To the people who have read my blogs or follow me on Twitter, who then do meet me. Me, hiding behind a million words of creativity and not knowing if i live up to an expectation.It was only recently that I realised … Continue reading I’m a secret introvert.. but that’s a good thing.
Starting 2019 ; Start with thinking about you This piece starts with a look at boundaries and how in faith based youthwork these can be blurred, causing a number of challenges, and at times not knowing how to react to a desire for professionalism and yet maintain relationships. This leads me to reflect on self care and how the same ‘blurriness’ of ‘vocation’ and ‘profession’ … Continue reading Start the new year remembering to focus on the ‘you’ part of your youthwork
I imagine you have heard the old joke: How Many Youthworkers does it take to change a lightbulb? 100 why 100? Well its 1 of them to change the lightbulb and 99 to write papers on coping in the darkness. As I thought a little about this, I wondered whether there are other aspects of youthwork and ministry that we as youthworkers might be as … Continue reading 10 mistakes that hinder youth ministry that can be changed!
Youth leader, did you know you were worth investing in? In this important post, Andy Wilson from Roll the Rock, discusses the issues that might arise if youth workers are not invested in, and also suggests how there is a pay off from investing a youthworker in how they are able to thrive in developing and connecting with young people. So much of social media … Continue reading Guest Post: ‘Youth Leader: you are worth investing in!’
Ive got to admit, in my ‘professional’ time involved in working with young people, the stereoptypical 60 hours a week, mega stressed out youth minister role has passed me by. Its role i have seen at close hand, but it isnt a role I have done. Within this kind of role, i can only imagine, trying to stay sane might be needed at a number … Continue reading Working with young people is stressful – its just part of the job.
At the beginning of the week, I wrote probably my most dull, but most important article. No witty banter, ironic title or clickbaity picture. It one reason no one read it. Also it is summer holidays and so no one is really wanting to read a reflection on, well, reflection. In that piece I asked the question ‘‘Where has reflective practice gone in youth Ministry?’ and … Continue reading Where is Jesus in your practice? & 9 other difficult questions to reflect on in Youth Ministry
Thank you to Clare McCormack, for sharing the following article on 12 things that ‘Pastors’ cannot do, which you can read here: http://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/298822-12-things-pastors-cannot.html?utm_content=buffer0354b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer And so, when it comes to being a youth leader/worker… What are 12 things a Youthworker cannot do? From the above piece, i think three are appropriate to steal from the above list that apply to Pastors: Escape mistakes. All of us will mess … Continue reading What are 12 things youth leaders cannot do?