Archive for March, 2009

Youth Round-up: Feb 09

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Welcome to the Outreach Youth Worker’s latest round-up looking back over the month of February.

WARNING: Youth Worker “on the Edge”! – From time to time youth workers need to re-sharpen their skills and focus again on those things that are important to what we do. On 28th of February I attended a diocesan hosted training day called “Youth Work on the Edge”. In short it was a day focussing on reaching out to young people in our post-modern world, what tools/bridges we can use to do this effectively and what ‘model of church’ we might ultimately invite young people to ‘join in with’. It was a challenging and inspiring day on which I am continuing to reflect – and while there are things that I both agreed and disagreed with I was reinvigorated to share the spiritual journey of young people both within and without the parish. If you would like to join me on this reflective ‘odyssey’ I have a few questions that I hope might get you thinking more deeply:
•    What spiritual needs do you think young people have (in our church)?
•    What do you think might help young people to connect with God more deeply – or even at all?
•    Is our church a place where a young person can address deep questions? If yes/no, why?
•    Is Church relevant to young people today?
•    Is Jesus relevant to young people today?

I’ve tried not to impose my own values on the questions I’ve asked, and I’m not saying I have the answers. If you would like to feed your thoughts back to me I’d be glad to hear them. You might even want to ask a young person! Feel free to leave you comments below. (more…)

Lentwise – Session 2

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The second session for our Lent course focussed on the theme of nourishment and what keeps us going – reflecting on the saying of Jesus “I am the bread of life” (John 6.25-35).

We had some good discussions around the ideas of what nourishes us spiritually:  nature, relationships, music, worship and silence were common themes. We also got into some interesting areas of thinking around what Jesus meant by saying that the food which he gives lasts into eternal life. This is the food that nourishes us as we travel on the way to the Father, yet is also gives us a taste of that life in the here and now. There is a now-and-not-yet experience of eternal life as we eat the bread that Jesus gives. And although it is satisfying we do still want more. What did Jesus mean saying that when we come to him we will never be hungry? We all felt that with our spiritual nourishment we still needed refreshing and renewing. I wonder if he meant that in coming to him our spiritual hungers will always be satisfied – that we will always be provided for. With Jesus there is always daily bread; bread for today and bread for tomorrow.

What do you think? Please feel free to post your comment.

Sorry there’s no picture this week – we ate the bread before I took a photo.

Lentwise – Session 1

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

This evening our group at St Francis reflected on the image of the compass and themes of direction and destination as we looked at John 14.1-7:  Jesus saying “I am the way…”

We looked at the themes of turmoil and trust as part of our spiritual journey.

As part of the closing meditation ‘Beyond Words’  we placed images and headlines from newspapers around a cross shape which had the points of the compass written on it. God’s concern is for the whole of our lives, the small detail of personal concerns and the great events all around the world from the North to the South and from the East to the West (NEWS.

N-E-W-S

If you have been part of a discussion group and would like to share your reflections please post them below as a comment.