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There are lots of things you can do with your youth or children’s group.  I mean, LOADS of things.  But, do you spend as much time and effort considering what to be? No resource, curriculum, activity, programme, theme or visit will bear as much fruit as being these five things: Be Observant.  What do you......
After my last blog post I have had more traffic than ever before to my blog page.  I don’t feel able to simply move on and blog about something else. [see “The Key to Church Growth” for what I said]. Getting the focus right as we think about what will grow the church seems too......
I agonise over blog titles.  Does my title reflect the content?  Am I luring people to the blog post with a sensationalist headline?  Does the title genuinely reflect what I am trying to articulate?  It can be a bit like wrestling with a tweet . . . (argh! I’ve run our of characters, or you......
The Department of Education is carrying out a consultation on Out of School Education Settings – and the potential need for them to registered with and inspected by Ofsted.  You can read about it [here]. This is something that faith groups need to respond to.  If you are involved in children’s and / or youth......
I have collected a bunch of diverse, amusing, profound, reflective, clever, funny and off the wall “Christmas” videos . . . TWELVE in all, to reflect the 12 days of Christmas.  However, if you know of some other GREAT videos for use at Christmas (nativities, Christmas eve services, carols etc . . .  ) do......
Have you ever stood in a tunnel, a great chasm or a room with a huge vaulted ceiling? There are places where even a whisper can echo and resonate and boom! I have stood inside an acoustic wonder – the Taj Mahal in India. I still recall the smells, sounds and sights of that wondrous......
Within the Reform and Renewal Programme for the Church of England (follow on twitter here : @ReformRenewal) there are some positive things . . . . It is EXCELLENT, for example, that we have a focus on discipleship. However there are some gaping holes in what is considered important and valuable for the future thriving of......
Y.O.U.T.H.W.O.R.K. T.H.E. C.O.N.F.E.R.E.N.C.E. This is the first of three blogs on why you should consider joining us for Youthwork The Conference – taking each letter from the Conference title (why couldn’t it be shorter!) this first post gives you 9 reasons why you should join us! I’ll be following up with another 3 and then......