Monday, July 24, 2006

More than Survival

I'm not sure about the title of this one really but it may well appeal to some so I thought we'd advertise it on here:

More than survival
A conference for women in youth ministry

Are you a woman who is working in youth ministry? Do you sometimes wish you felt you were doing more than ‘just surviving’ in what can be very much a man’s world?

Well, if so, CPAS is running a small-scale, two-day conference that may be right up your street.

The conference is designed for women serving in youth ministry who would like to do more than survive:

in their spiritual lives
in their working relationships with the males in their groups and work teams
in keeping their identity as women.
10-11 October, 2006
Windmill Farm Conference Centre, near Cheltenham
Led by: Ruth Hassall, Emma Sargeant and the Rev Penny Frank

The cost of the conference is £95, including all meals and overnight accommodation.
Interested? Please contact Becky Ward via or on 01926 458452

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Mary Poppins and youth ministry

By Hannah Blackwood

Use a metaphor to describe:
My role as a youthworker
My perception of one or some of my young people
My view of the world
The character of God for me and/or my young people

I’ve used the film ‘Mary Poppins’ as a basis for my metaphors.

My role as a youthworker:
My role is something like Dick van Dyke’s character; encouraging the children and everyone else to listen to and appreciate Mary Poppins, and celebrating her and what she had achieved, was achieving and was looking to achieve.

My perception of one or some of my young people
Many of my young people are like the children in Mary Poppins, starved of parental time and affection.

My view of the world
I think the we live in is very like the world represented in Mary Poppins; full of potential fun and breakthrough moments (when they went through a chalk drawing on the sidewalk into a magical cartoon world, when they had an exciting, unexpected afternoon laughing on the ceiling with Uncle Albert). Unfortunately, I believe the world is also like Mr Banks’ world: too busy to stop and feed the birds and so worried about money that no-one pays attention to what the disempowered little people really want; Michael wanted to feed the birds with his money, not invest it in the bank, but his opinion wasn’t listened to.

The character of God for me/ and or my young people
I believe the character of God is very like the character of Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins had big plans for the family she came to live with, and she knew what was best for them even when it was things they wouldn’t necessarily have planned for themselves. She was there for a short but very significant amount of time, and I believe God is often like that. He reveals Himself very clearly and we can feel His presence, but He will often then draw back slightly and let us carry on with what He has taught us and revealed to us.

Metaphors of youth ministry

I'm just coming to the end of my first year of supervising two feamle youth ministry students for OXford CYM and I have learnt so much form them and from reflecting on things with them. One of the tasks in their theological reflection workbook was to devise a metaphor for their own ministry in relation to the young people and the community. I suggested to one that she could use some kind of disney theme (or something) to make it a little more fun and she produced this really BRILLIANT piece which is the next post.

Hannah thank you for letting me share this with people.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Kenda Creasy Dean on Salvation

Kenda spoke at CYM last week and it has taken me a while to get round to typing up the notes but she definitely qualifies to be included here. A version of her talk (pdf) is available at this site. However, as promised over at my own site here are some choice nuggets of wisdom:

to be continued...

Monday, May 15, 2006

Women Practising Passion in youth ministry

Off to hear Kenda Creasy Dean tomorrow at CYM.

If you've not read this woman's take on youth ministry you really should.

She's at Guildford today and Oxford tomorrow.

Or you could try reading the book!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

It takes one woman...

It Takes One Woman – sums up the story of the Li Tim-Oi Foundation

The Rev Dr Florence Li Tim-Oi as the first Anglican woman priest pioneered the change through which now worldwide church sees the role of women as integral to Christian ministry and mission.

In 1994 Rita, her sister, founded the Li Tim-Oi Foundation in her honour and memory. Since then it has helped train more than 170 Christian women, lay and ordained, to share the mission and ministry of the worldwide Anglican church.

….what could you do to spread the word about what the Li Tim-Oi Foundation has done and continues to do?

…..among your friends and colleagues?

……in your parish, diocese and the networks to which you belong?

Give to the Foundation: by cheque to The Treasurer, The Vicarage, 6 The Green, Tetbury GL8 *DN or by credit card on-line - enter ‘Li Tim-Oi Foundation’.

For copies of a leaflet, giftaid envelopes, postcards, or plaques of the icon, write to the Secretary of the Li Tim-Oi Foundation, The Knowle, Deddington, Banbury, OX15 0TB or email

For more information, including Salt & Light, Christina Rees’ account of her visit to Africa, and for the wording of a codicil: visit

Monday, January 09, 2006

Women in the Episcopate

Let's all keep the bishops in our prayers today as they consider the future of women in the episcopate.