We stand in the edge of something new, not a temporary change, not a small tweak but the beginning of a new way of living. A whole new world, to borrow a line from Disney. What do we as youth workers need to know about the way ahead? Mourn We are all grieving, it’s being… Continue reading Route Mapping for Youth Workers
It may feel like a cliché but it’s pretty clear that in the years to come historians will study this time we are living in now to see how different countries and communities responded to the various concerns that are currently making waves: Covid-19; the responses of people all over the world to the call… Continue reading Sanctuary and Sabbath – youth work in 2020
I, the Lord, do not change Malachi 3 v6 See, I am doing a new thing, do you not see it? Like streams in the wasteland and a road in the desert… Isaiah 43 v19 (own paraphrasing) God, who does not change, is always doing something new. This is a truth that fascinates me, not… Continue reading A road in the desert
I often get my inspiration from song titles or sayings that relate to the different seasons I’m writing about e.g. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, or I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, or It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, okay so maybe this is not going to work as it usually does.
Things have been quiet on this blog recently because I’ve been writing a book and fighting metaphorical fires. The book is on Mental Health and Young People in the Church and in the course of writing it I realised that what I needed was some reflection from young people themselves, about their own mental health.… Continue reading Radio Silence – Static – Silence
What might Paul have written about love in the social media age? A tongue in cheek take!
This is a companion piece to The Importance of Grief which I wrote about on Friday – you can read that here On this Easter Sunday my timelines on social media are full of posts about Easter and Jesus, in church this morning there were no empty spaces in the pews as so many people… Continue reading An Anatomy Hope
If you’re working with young people it’s likely that you’ll be working unusual hours. The life of 9 to 5 is not your experience! Maybe you are a volunteer who does youth work on top of a 9 to 5 job, in which case, we salute you. You are worth your weight in gold! If… Continue reading 5 Tips for Managing Your Time
Alternatively titled: Let's Start A Revolution! 1. Young people are keen to be involved and all good practice promotes their participation. If your youth work doesn’t involve your young people in the planning and implementation stages then it isn’t good practice. 2. Work as a team, recognise both your own strengths and your team’s: if… Continue reading 5 Secrets Every Youth Worker Should Know
We are living in uncertain times, this feels more true as we (the UK) stand on the cusp of leaving the European Union, than at any other time I can remember! No-one seems to have a sense of the way forward, those who do are being shouted down by arguments both for and against. This… Continue reading Faith Amid Uncertainty