Youth work is like…

…Popcorn

That’s right in this post, I am going to be comparing the wonders of youth work to one of the most popular movie time snacks. For some of you, you might only know pop corn in the state it comes at the cinema or in the pack from the supermarket however pop corn starts off as these little tiny kernels that are pretty rubbish really. They’re rather hard, not very tasty and a could easily be misunderstood. Just like young people really, there always seems to be a lot of fear surrounding young people in the ‘adult’ world. Look at the media we have heard loads about ASBO’s and ‘hoodies’ and youth gangs and how young people get an ‘easier time of things’ now. So where’s all the good that they do, both of us here at The Church Sofa are involved in youth work in one way or another. As for me I’ve worked as a youth worker and I’ve trained as one.

There are a few things you need to do to get the pop corn kernels to turn into nice tasty pop corn like you get at the cinema. There is a lot of potential in pop corn kernels and it takes a bit of effort to get there. First you need to have a heat source like the hob on your oven, and a sauce pan to contain it, some oil to spread the heat around and something to fuel to hob (i.e. gas or electric).

This is like working with young people there is loads of potential in young people and if you’ve been called to youth work then you’ve been called to help them become all that God has made them to be. And just like pop corn there’s a lot that needs doing. Young people need prayer, one of the most common things in Jesus’ ministry was prayer. If anyone could get away with not praying I think the Son of God who was also God would be quite a good candidate, but he prayed constantly. So let’s pray for the young people in our churches or that we work with. If you don’t know what to pray for talk to the youth worker or even (dare I say) talk to the young people, but only if you’ve been CRBed.

There also need to be people who are willing to give of their time, talents and resources to help young people develop.

So let’s remember that young people have loads of potential, they are both the church of tomorrow and the church of today. Disciples in training not waiting.

Mild Case of Blog #Fail

Well I’m not sure whats happening at the moment, but the blog seems to be having a mild case of fail at the moment.

I suppose we’re both being kind of busy, with job applications, life, web design courses, and gearing up for a terms worth of youth club. I’m sure you’ll probably hear more about that last one very soon.

The reason why I’m feeling a bit of minor #fail is simply because I’ve got ideas flying around… but… words… arn’t coming… out…

I think.

Normal service to return soon.

How to Update Twitter from WordPress

Sorry for the techie post, but I wondered if one or two people out there may find this useful.

If you’re looking for a nice easy way to push blog updates from WordPress to your Twitter account, I would suggest you give Twitterfeed.com a try. Its so simple, theres not much to write in a “how to”.

The only thing you need to watch out for, is that you need your blogs RSS feed. This can be found normally by clicking on the RSS link on your blog page, or try going to www.yourblogaddress.com/feed .

The downside is that your blog doesn’t update twitter automatically, but it can be set to check for fresh updates every 30 minutes.

Easy

Twitter Test

Please ignore this.

We’ve been having problems with the WordPress plugin – “Twitter Tools” since Twitter introduced some changes, so we’re trying something else!

Greenbelt

This year I was a contributor to the Greenbelt Festival on the 180 team running the skate park. Was a great time,  a few tweets made it up onto the church sofa and everything. Being a contributor is pretty great, at first we had figured we were the same as volunteers so we were going into the volunteers lounge and making ourselves a cup of tea or coffee and so on. Then on the second day a woman told us that we weren’t meant to be there and that we had to go to the contributors lounge instead. We were a bit annoyed by this assuming that we would have to pay for drinks there or that it might not even exist. However we eventually found the contributors area and discovered almost what heaven might be like. We didn’t have to make our own drinks, or pay for them there was a whole team of people there to help make the festival even better for us and we got everything we could need, free wifi and electricity as well. If only I had taken something that could use either of those effectively.

Throughout the week I made it to a few talks and bands, some of the highlights were Courtney Pine and The Herbaliser on the main stage and most of the bands in the Performance Cafe. However 2 things really stood out this Greenbelt for me. One was the brilliant Beer and Hymns where there was nothing fancy about the worship leading just a plonky piano and a singer or two, no fancy new songs just a whole load of people enjoying their beer and enjoying singing hymns passionately to God. The other was a talk I went to see, by Dave Andrews, he talked about the defining characteristic of the 20th Century being violence, more people died because of a another person in the 20th century than the rest of human history! The only way we can change this is to stop thinking of plan A (treating others how they treat us or how we think they will treat us) and start following Plan B (treating others as we want to be treated). His Talk has really made me think about how my life work for this and how this can be done big scale as well as small scale. Continue reading “Greenbelt”

Terry Jones – Make Up Your Own Mind

Every now and then I come across an interesting link, that simply leads to me a dark, mad, and angry place.

I was going to post about Terry Jones, what he’s famous for, what I think of him, and why I think he’s wrong.

Instead, just check out these links, and decide what you reckon.

International Burn A Koran Day Facebook Page

Daily Mail

Rick Sanchez Interviews Pastor Terry Jones of Burn the Koran Day

The Gist

The Dove Church

A message from an Arab Catholic priest to Pastor Jones who wants to burn the Quran

Does Fred Phelps have a new contender for Chief American Religious Nutter?