One way we’ve found of doing the God slot / talkie bit at youth club is using video in some shape or form as an illustration. Two examples being above and below. We have also used the Soul Trailer to try and provoke discussion.
So is there anyone out there who can recommend other quick videos like these which we can use?
I think, if asked I would be able to sum our our recent trip to Italy nice and easily:
Pizza, wine, and (free to enter) churches.
The Pizza was almost always beautiful. In Italy if you want beautiful pizza, just go anywhere thats half decent… its amazing how little you need to pay for decent red wine… and those churches… I cant think of one Church that we wondered in that didn’t slow down the soul, and made the heart go wow.
There was this one Church near where we were staying in Venice (which didn’t make it into The Lonely Planet), which just seemed to blow me away with it grand architecture. walking
around there, I found myself pondering the love and motivation of the people that built the place. There was a definite feeling that hit as you walked in. Was I walking onto Holy Ground?
Richard Littledale has started collecting a map of locations around the world showing where people have experienced awe. Give his blog a read to find the story behind the map, or indeed click on the map and add your own “awe location”.
A long ago (9th March 2010) - on a blog far far away, I wrote down the following comments:
I don’t know…
We rejig youthclub, the overal reaction to a non structured club seems to be well recieved. But it still feels like a battle… and I’m kinda tired of it…
As part of this we somehow seemed to have dropped the bible talk. Tonight I’ve felt quite challenged about this – whats the difference between us and a non-Christian youth club?
So how do we fix it…
I don’t know…
Less then two weeks later… we stopped it.
It was with the idea of relaunching the youthclub for the second half of the Summer Term on a trial basis. We made a few tweaks to the setup, different times, different approach to any spiritual input, different discipline system, and I’m sure a few other bits and pieces. I remember thinking at the time that I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing.
We’re still going after a year - and by Gods Grace… its fantastic. We have a fantastic relationship with the young people coming along, they’re asking questions about what we believe – the whole thing just (mostly) feels fun.
And I still feel like I’m making it up as I go along….