Tuesday, January 31, 2006


I've been thinking about doing a session on fear / worry as a follow up to my post on What are you worried about?. Here are some ideas:

Quiz / game

Video clip ideas

Bible bits

Other bits


Saturday, January 28, 2006

101 things to do before you die

I saw this book at the Galleria today called 101 things to do before you die. Sounds like an interesting topic to explore from a spiritual point of view...I wonder what our young people would say?

[Update: There is also a book called 2DO before I die. I've got them on order]


Friday, January 27, 2006

Just Like Heaven

In in Houston Texas this week. I watched Just Like Heaven on flight over. It's a romantic comedy with the usual twists and turns. The film itself is fairly straight forward...workaholic doctor (has no social life etc) is working hard, doing a good job is involved in a serious car accident...it then goes on to explore issues such as: the after life, euthanasia, the 'spirit world', fate, what's life really about etc.
The first 17 minutes could be used as an introduction to the afterlife (although it not really that - you need to watch the film). It could also be used to challenge people on how they use there time...the clock is ticking...are you using your time wisely? You could be killed in a car accident....
If you extend the clip to cover the first 23ish minutes it kind of gets more into the afterlife experience...Ghosts etc. You could stop it just after she runs out of the window saying 'I'm not leaving'. The euthanasia bit is near the end of the film.

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Self defence workshop

We did our self defence workshop on Tuesday, it worked well.  A local guy called Julian came and did it.  He basically showed the girls how, with a few simple movements you could either avoid an attacker or you could distract them long enough to run away...you could do this with out having to learn some complicated moves that you'd never remember.   I'd like to invite him back for a second session some time later this term.
We did this as a follow up to the talk on night clubbing which you can find here.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

What are you worried about?

We lead a session earlier this month.  One of the questions was What are you worried about?
Here are some of the responses....perhaps we should explorer some of these issues as a group.....

Monday, January 23, 2006

Little Nicky - Heaven and Hell?

I watched Little Nicky the other day. Not sure I liked it...it wasn't as funny as Sandlers usual films and of course it's not exactly a source of theological inspiration. However, I did think that the opening scenes, that is scenes 1 & 2 would make a fairly good introduction to a discussion on 'hell', what it is, or isn't and how you get there. Basically at the start of this film some guy has climbed a tree so he can watch some woman get undressed. He falls out of the tree and keeps falling into...hell. It then paints a pictures outlining what hell is like. I'd be interested to hear anybody else's thoughts on this film...could it be used or not?

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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Respect talk

Last night we talk on the subject of respect.  I've uploaded it here.  We used the mpeg video from http://talkingdonkey.sitesled.com/keystage4/updates/respect/respectvideo.htm 
Note that if you don't have access to a PC / video projector, you can use a DVD player - most DVD players will play MPEG1 movies.  The keyword seems to be VCD.  SVCD is for MPEG2's.  For it says either of those words you can probably cut a CD and play it on the DVD player.

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Stick man quiz

Interesting idea...click here


Monday, January 16, 2006

Prayer collage

He're an updated version of the prayer collage talk we did last week at Pathfinders.  A useful tip I discovered: if you want to get hold of old newspapers (from the last few weeks) in a hurry, call at your library - they will probably give you their old newspapers.  They were very helpful to me!

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I just uploaded a talk I threw together based on proverbs.  You can find it here


Sunday, January 08, 2006

Ha Ha Ha Hee Hee Hee

See http://www.funnybone.ws/church/lightbulb.asp

Dodge Ball

Dodge ball is a film about two rival gyms. One is owned by the token "bad guy", White Goodman, and the other by the "good guy", Peter La Fleur. The "bad guy" is trying to close down the "good guys" gym...the only way they can be saved is by raising 50k to pay off their debts. Anyway, they come up with this idea to win the 50k prize for this dodge ball competition. There are lots of scenes in this film that could be used in a discussion, here are some specifics:

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Mental health time bomb?

Some stats from www.youthwork.co.uk ...
"Key common factors including drink and drug abuse, sexual promiscuity, self-harm and bullying are leading towards a generation of dysfunctional adults.
Maybe we should look at this issue...?


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