Archive for the ‘Youth’ Category

Youth Round-up: November 2013

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

bright red and orange open sign

New Monday Youth Club – Can I make you aware of our new Monday Youth Club for school years 9-11 from 7.30 – 9.00pm. If you are interested or know of anyone who might be interested, please let me know – I am looking for young people who would like to develop the group and create what it will look like in future! We restart on Monday 11th November. (more…)

Youth Round-up: October 2013

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

boom crop

And we’re back… for now!

Sorry about the delay in posting here, for some reason I’ve not been able to load the website to write posts, but it seems to be working today so I’ll risk it. (Can’t promise it won’t go down again!) (more…)

Felt Making Photos

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

We had a great time recently making felt, with the help of Catherine Pinnock. Did you know it takes wool, soap, water, bubble wrap, net curtain and pipe lagging to make felt? Yes, I was surprised too! (more…)

Chocolate Lifepath Photos

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Here are some photos from Chocolate Lifepath – on the life and faith of George Cadbury…


Youth Roundup: May 2013

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Chocolate Lifepath – As I write, we are running two days for local yr4 school children called LifepathLifepath is a Scripture Union initiative which we’ve chosen to base on the life and faith of George Cadbury and his Quaker spirituality. We will be seeing around 150 individuals and looking at themes such as silence, business and chocolate making. We have already got some great feedback though which we hope to build better links with our local schools over the coming months.


Youth Roundup: April 2013

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Chocolate Lifepath – On 20th March we had our first Lifepath at St Martin’s in the Bull Ring, attended by 70 young people from a Muslim majority school. Lifepath is a Scripture Union initiative which we’ve chosen to base on the life of George Cadbury and his Quaker spirituality. Lifepath will be coming to St Francis this month, so please look out for news soon. (more…)

I Know What You Did At Bournville Film School!

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

I’m excited to link to the film our young people worked so hard to make earlier this year. We hope you enjoy it and we’d appreciate your feedback…

Youth Round-up: July 2012

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Bournville Film School – I am pleased to be able to post the link to the film we made at the Bournville Film School before Easter! Be amazed at our multi-talented young people, gasp at the special effects, and hold your breath at the suspense of what will happen next! We had so much fun making it and we hope you enjoy it too! Pop the following into your web browser or just click: (more…)

Palm Sunday

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Palm Sunday falls on April Fool’s Day

1st April 2012

A reflection on Mark 11.1-11; Mark 15.1-39 and 1 Corinthians 1.18-29


At first glance Jesus might seem to be a fool…  riding into Jerusalem on a donkey;  honestly, what kind of king rides a donkey?

Yet take a deeper look:  see the crowds lay their cloaks down like rolling out the red carpet;  see them wave branches like we wave flags;  hear them call out ‘Hosanna! God saves!’  And you might not know this but King Solomon, the son of King David, rode to his coronation on his father’s mule.

Perhaps Jesus is a king – but a different kind of king.


At first glance, Jesus might seem to be a fool… standing before Pontius Pilate and saying nothing in his own defence.

Yet as the story unfolds it seems somehow like it is Pilate who is on trial
and we hear Pilate call Jesus the ‘King of the Jews’ and declare Jesus to be innocent.

Perhaps, Pilate didn’t mean to speak the truth;
but perhaps Jesus is a king – a different kind of king.


At first glance, Jesus might seem to be a fool…  the soldiers certainly wanted to make him look like one:  they dressed him up as a king with a purple cloak and his own crown and they mocked him as the king of the Jews as they beat him and spat on him.

Perhaps, like Pilate, they knew not what they said:
perhaps Jesus is a king – but a different kind of king.


At first glance, even at second and third glance, you have to admit that Jesus does seem to be a fool:  nailed to a wooden cross, dying in agony and abandonment, with a sign above him that reads: ‘The King of the Jews’.  It is not much of a coronation; not much of a throne.

But perhaps, the Centurion, who did not turn away but stood, facing him, sees something that others did not:  truly this man was God’s Son.  Perhaps Jesus is a king – but a different kind of king and more…


At first glance, we might appear to be fools – calling Jesus our King, calling him the Son of God.

Perhaps those of us who took part in the Palm Sunday procession felt a little bit foolish walking through the park this morning, singing and waving branches.  And perhaps we are.  Perhaps the story of Christ crucified is foolishness…

And maybe it is as it says, that God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are.  Perhaps it is true, this foolishness, that God saves.  And for those of us who do believe we come to see that through all this God’s power, life and love is at work.

So let us be fools for Christ… and happy to be servants, friends and followers of him who is a different kind of King.


Pray the Stations of the Cross with FAITHFUL

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

On Sunday 18th March FAITHFUL, our young people’s group for school years 10+, took part in praying some Stations of the Cross which is a traditional devotion for Lent. If you want to join us, please follow the steps below. At each stage the young people were asked to reflect using a piece of writing or to perform an action. (Pictures courtesy of Felix Smith).

The First Station – Jesus is Condemned to Death

Consider how Jesus Christ, having been scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned to die on the cross.

Jesus knew what it was like to be condemned!