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.