Friday, September 30, 2005

Talk response 19: weather symbols

Print out some weather symbols...ask the do you feel? Pick the symbol that matches where you are at...

Note the BBC list their weather symbols here.


Thursday, September 29, 2005

What is the purpose of this life?

I've just uploaded the a talk I did last year which tries to explore how we use our time and what's the point of this life anyway...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Talk on infidelity

I've just uploaded tonight's talk on's a bit rushed, but it will have to do!

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Monday, September 26, 2005

FOCUS survey results

Here are the results from FOCUS (in order of preference):
  1. Money
  2. Drugs
  3. Gossip
  4. Love / relationships / affairs / break-ups (emphasis seemed to be on the first three and affairs in particular)
  5. Abuse
  6. Booze
  7. Sex
  8. Revenge
  9. Cancer
  10. A life of pleasure (Hedonism)

Talk response 18: caption

Print out some of the caption pictures from Caption City. Invite those present to to choose a picture / write a caption as a response.


Sunday, September 25, 2005

Talk response 17: Newsround

TV prayer - video a news program such as Newsround. Show highlights to the group and ask them to pray about the issues raised

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Talk response 16: prayer ballons

Prayer balloons. Ask each person to write a prayer topic on a piece of paper and put it inside a balloon. Blow the balloon up and let it go so that balloons are distributed all round the room. Tell the group to stamp on a balloon and pick up the piece of paper that was inside it. Invite them to pray for the subject on the paper.

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Talk on Love

Just uploaded tonight's talk on's a rework of an earlier talk I did a few years ago.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Talk response 15: ten by ten

The 10 x 10 website shows all the latest news as a series of pictures. Why not use it for prayer?

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Talk response 14: montage

Make a montage out of magazines. Include key headlines. To finish it off, write on some suitable words of prayer, ie, "Lord hear our prayer".

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Song meanings

Here's an interesting looking site:


Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Talk response 13: friendship braclet

Make a friendship bracelet. Each strand could represents a prayer. I think I saw this at Spring Harvest

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Thoughts on Clubbing talk

Questions to think about
Issues that Clubbing raises
Practical advice to consider
  • Watch your drinks
  • Drugs
  • Stick with your friends
  • Personal safety
Kai Tracid Video
  • Watched with video again, and it raises lots of interesting points for discussion:
    • one moment it shows the woman having fun, the next it cut's to her lying of her bed, depresses, recovering
    • there are references to sexual advances, drugs etc.
    • she eventually collapses, because, as I see it, she was given something which leads to date rape
  • basically it highlights most of the issues and a subtle
Possible Bible bits
  • Ecclesiastes 11:9 "Young people, enjoy yourselves while you are young…"
  • The prodigal son - he leaves home for a life of partying
  • 2 Samuel David dances like an idiot to the Lord (my paraphrase)
  • Could just use random verses that speak to the issues that Clubbing raises
  • - not sure I agree with everything this says, but it points out some verses
Other ideas
  • Do the police / website have any advice on this?
  • Could we organise some basic self-defence lessons?


Sunday, September 18, 2005

Great North Run

What a time as 1 hour 59 mins 30 seconds, which is the slowest of the Great North Run's I've done, but considering I wasn't sure if I could even get to the end I'm pleased with the result. My leg hurt for about the first 5 miles and then it felt fine...what's that about? Hiede did it in 2 hours 35 mins, and she appears to be pleased with that.
We had lots of 'fun' travelling...after only 2 minutes on the train we were told that the Scarborough - York line was closed. This was because there had been an accident on a railway crossing at Rillington...a fatality. The story is on the BBC website here. This meant that we had to get a bus from Scarborough to Hull, which made the journey 1 hour longer than expected. We did, however, get a Virgin train from York to Darlington. It's the first time I've been on a virgin train and I must say I was impressed. The return journey was much better...but the train was late...

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Setting off to Darlington for the Great North Run!

Despite my leg still hurting a bit, we're setting off to Darlington at 15:40. The plan is to stay over at Hiede's sister and get the train into Newcastle early tomorrow morning.  I am hoping for a time of 1 hr 45 mins but I doubt that will happen, I suspect I'll get to the 10 mile mark and have to stop...time will tell...

Friday, September 16, 2005

Movie clips for this term's talks

I've been doing some thinking and looking through my notes. Some ideas for movie clips for proposed topics...
The future
Body image
Self control
Teenage pregnancy
Love / relationships / affairs / break-ups etc.


Thursday, September 15, 2005

Think it thru survey results

I asked each person to pick 10 subjects from the Home group talk short list, I posted yesterday. It looks like they want to do the following (most popular first):

Under Pressure talk

Think it Thru restarted tonight. Our topic was Under Pressure. I've put it on the website here

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

This terms talk short list

Here are some topics that we are considering covering this term in different groups.  The plan is to ask the home groups to pick 10 from the list and we'll go from there.
Pathfinders short list
  1. Christmas
  2. Heaven and Hell
  3. Can you be a Christian and not go to Church? (link with spiritual disiplines)
  4. Standing up for yourself (link with bullying)
Home group(s) short list:
  1. Abuse
  2. Be prepared / the future
  3. Booze
  4. Cancer
  5. Catholic...protestant...Jew...Muslim...why can't they all get on
  6. Censorship (Music / Film / Internet)
  7. Clubbing
  8. Consumerism
  9. Stress
  10. Cosmetic surgery / body image etc.
  11. Drugs
  12. Gossip
  13. Hedonism
  14. Love / relationships / affairs / break-ups etc.
  15. Politics - plug into make poverty history
  16. Purpose / God's plan
  17. Revenge
  18. Self control
  19. Hitting the self destruct button
  20. Teenage pregnancy / pressure for sex
  21. Terrorism 7/7 etc.
  22. The seven deadly sins
  23. Worry / fear
  24. Depression

Talk response 12: pipe cleaners

Hand out some pipe cleaners and say "make something you hope for". Give people time to make something and then pray.

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Talk response 11: Worldometer

Display the Worldometer and use this as a prompt for prayer.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Graffiti creator

Check out this graffiti generator:


Monday, September 12, 2005

Talkin about music

FOCUS meet for the first time this term. The subject was music - repeated the talk I did back in 2003.

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Sunday, September 11, 2005


Just watched Spellbound a documentary on the national spelling bee in America. Definitely worth includes some interesting scenes that could be used to demonstrate competition, pressure, determination, been the odd one out.  What I liked best about it was the body language and facial expressions...I doubt any actor could come up with something that looked so real...


Talk on Forgiveness

Just got around to uploading the talk I did on Forgiveness using a clip from Kevin and Perry.

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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Pathfinders restarts

We kicked off with a Trip to Bridlington swimming - always goes down well. The only thing that didn't go to plan was calling in at the Chip shop in Hunmanby - it burnt down this lunch time :(
We went to a chip shop in Brid instread. Talk was on Church, ie, what is it? We used a clip from Sister act which they seemed to like - the bit where sister Mary got the choir singing for the first time. Anyway, I'll try and post the talk ASAP.

Talk response 10: names in hat

Put the names of the people present into a hat. Ask each person to pick out a name and pray for them

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Talk response 9: candle

Light a candle for someone or something

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Talk response 8: keys

Have a selection of different shaped keys - pick one. What does the key represent? Good for talking about the future / new ventures etc.


Talk response 7: postcards

Give everyone a post card. Invite each person to write a message to themselves and fill in their name and address. Collect the cards in and post them at some point in the next few weeks.


Friday, September 09, 2005

Talk response 6: colours

Choose a colour that describes how you are feeling


Thursday, September 08, 2005

Chalange games night

I'm thinking about doing a games night based on Fort Boyard or Chystal maze....something to think on


Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Talk response 5: faces

Print out some of the pictures on How are you feeling today - these are pictures of different facial expressions. Ask those present to choose one...


Talk response 4: Pass the parcel

Pass the parcel prayer:
1) pray when the music stops
2) include cards in the wrapping paper that are used as topics for prayer.

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Talk response 3: postcards

Collect a variety of different postcards portraying a whole range of places / people / situations.

Ask people to prayerfully pick a postcard that best shows where they are at.


Talk response 2: road signs

Print out some pictures of different road signs - you can easily find these with google. Invite people to choose a 'road sign' that reflects how they feel


Talk response 1: giant map

Make a giant map from an old road map - invite people to pray for different locations on the map. You could use post-it's (arrow shaped ones)

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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Even more resedential venues

Some more ideas from Nigel:

Monday, September 05, 2005

BBC show sets teen sex challenge

Nigel Chapman sent me this... A BBC show has challenged 12 teenagers to stay celibate for five months
Another talk in the making!


More ideas for residential centres

Got a couple of suggestions for residential centres:
1. Savio House, Bollinghton, Macclesfield, 01625 573256. This only seems to cater for large groups (minimum 19). Rate quoted was £28.65 per person for Friday and Saturday night. This is self-catering sleeping in dorms. Minimum booking is £19, therefore it would cost at least £544!

2. Edale YHA, Nether Booth, Edale, 01433 670302. This looks encouraging. It's free for us to join the YHA if we can prove who we are. Cost is £9 per person per night for under 18's. It's £12.50 for over 18's. Room combinations are 2's, 4's 6's, 8's and 12's. You have shared kitchen facilities and it has showers. It's about 40 mins from the M1 and about 1 hour from Alton Towers. Deposit of £1 per person per night, balance to pay in two weeks. They also have their own outdoor activities, but you'll have to book them for Sat and Sun if you want to do that.

3. Oakes Holiday Centre near Sheffield, 0114 2359995. These folk organise their own activities - not what we want.

The Briars. These are at Crich near Matlock. You have to go full board - not cooking facilities. Approx cost for Friday and Saturday night with evening meal on Friday and breakfast Saturday and Sunday was £35 per head.

Scout campsite directory (Select Derbyshire)

6. Dovedale house is 01335 350365. It appears to be between Derby and Newcastle-under-lyme

7. Christchurch Worksop "is a modern building and has enough rooms to accomodate girls and boys separately. It also has a great kitchen area for self catering." Try Sheila Jepson on 01909 530127 in the church office.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Residential centres part 2

Someone came up with a bright idea - see if the scouts have any sites that we can hire...I've dropped them an email.

I've just come accross this excelent blog, It's has some interesting ideas:

I'm sure there's lots more!


Watched Spanglish last night, there was much more to it than I was expecting. Here are some ideas on how you could use this film:

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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Real Christmas...

Something to keep an eye on:


Looking for a resedental venue

We're looking for a venue somewhere between here (Scarborough) and Alton Towers, where we will make use of YFC's cheep ticket scheme.

So not found anywhere yet that is near, cheep or available. So I thought we're see if the Diocese in the general are might know anything. I'm trying to following places:

Let's see what happens...

Millon Dollar Baby

Watched Million Dollar Baby last night...what a film! It's great talk material:
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Friday, September 02, 2005

Ideas for Childrens clubs


1001 ideas

Just looking at the notes that Hiede got from Greenbelt's '1001 Ideas' youth work session - the games / ideas section are from my website! Ha! See

Is it legal?

Is it legal? is a free "parents' guide to the law". It can be downloaded from the PDF is here


Worried about behaviour?

There are some useful links on this site:


Thursday, September 01, 2005

Check this out...

28 Ways to build community in your group

  1. Celebrate Birthdays
  2. Take pictures and make sure you give them a copy. If your using a digital camera why not make a photo CD. Send picture texts.
  3. Phone them
  4. Visit them at home
  5. Send Text messages
  6. Create 'shared experiences' - see Memory makers: 50 moments your kids will never forget by Duffy Robbins
  7. It's kind of obvious, but needs saying - try to speak to each young person at least once everything you have a meeting. Try to remember what you talked about last time and follow it up...I used to find I was having the same conversation every week with the same people!
  8. Welcome them individualy when they arrive. If you know they are coming for the first time try go see them at home before hand.
  9. Send them Email
  10. Chat on MSN
  11. At the end of the year, try recap on what the group has done - create a display, discus what happened etc.
  12. Make a group video
  13. Make sure they have your contact details, phone number, email, SMS, website etc. Why not get a 'business card' made? I've heard of people making a little card with their details on as well as some useful numbers such as Child line.
  14. Buy birthday / Christmas gifts / books etc.
  15. Run an open house. Invite people round for meals.
  16. Day trips
  17. organize a residential
  18. Run a website
  19. Invite them to youth friendly Church services
  20. Get involved in other aspects of their lives / settings...School, sport etc.
  21. Give them responsibilities
  22. Play team building games
  23. Make time for group discussions / discussions
  24. Run Fund raisers...Sponsored fast etc.
  25. Do a quiz about the group and the people in it
  26. Create mosaic pictures. You can do this with software like Image puzzler
  27. Develop shared values...what are the rules in your group...official and un-official? Think them up togethier.
  28. Run surveys, get feedback, ask them for ideas, involve them in planning / decision making

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