Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Talk - 101 things to do before you die / Field of dreams

Last night I did the 101 things to do before you die talk. I might do this in a few weeks time with another group I lead called Think it Thru.

Here are some other ideas I had but never used / had time to check out:
Bible verses
  • Acts 2:17 “…in the last days…your sons and daughters will prophesy, and old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.”
Other talks

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Monday, February 27, 2006

Where are you at? A reflective discussion

I've just uploaded the "reflective" talk we did back in July. You can find it here. The idea is to provide an opportunity to talk about where they are "at" and highlight the big issues in their lives. We are thinking of rewriting this an using it as an intro to a residential weekend - you know the kind of this, we come here with various bits of baggage...etc.

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Fear, worry, anxiety talk

I did the planned talk on fear last night. I tried using two clips: one from Indiana Jones and the last Crusade and one from the film Crash that watched the other week (will be blogging about that soon). Anyway you find the talk here.

I had some other ideas for video clips, that I didn't use:
One other video idea was to get hold of one of those extreme sport videos...people doing crazy things.

Other websites that are worth a look:

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Friday, February 24, 2006

Chronicles of Narnia - links to talks

Here are some talks / ideas I've found for Narnia

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Births out of wedlock 'pass 40%'

The proportion of children born outside marriage in the UK has leapt from 12% in 1980 to 42% in 2004, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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Digital makeover

I got sent a power point yesterday entitled "digital makeover". I had a series of "before" and "after" photo's. For example:

I don't know who did these pictures originally but it seems to be that they would make a good analogy in a "self image" or "body image" talk...you know the thing, we feel pressured to look like people in magazines etc. etc...


Monday, February 20, 2006

Seven deadly sins ideas

I've been thinking about the "seven deadly sins" talk.  Here are some random ideas...
To look at the issues raised by the so called 'seven deadly sins'...using no more that two questions for 'sin' we'll try get through the lot. 
It is not my intention to get wrapped up in Catholic theology etc. or look at the supposed punishments for such sins.
The sins
To try and make this simple, I'm going to use the following keywords, or titles. These have been taken from wikipedia:
  1. Lust -> fornication, adultery, rape, incest, seduction, and unnatural vice
  2. Gluttony -> overindulgence, desire of excess, a misplaced desire of food or its withholding from the needy
  3. Greed -> covetousness, a desire to obtain more money, wealth, material possessions or any other entity than one needs
  4. Sloth -> laziness
  5. Wrath -> anger, hatred, desire of revenge
  6. Envy -> jealousy, desire of greatness, focusing on others' status rather than your own spiritual growth
  7. Pride -> vanity, narcissism, desire of greatness, competitive and excessive belief in one's own abilities that interferes with the individual's recognition of the grace of God, or the worth which God sees in others
Note that my understanding is that the Bible does not specifically refer to "seven deadly sins", but each of the above are in themselves considered to be sins.  There is a refers to six types of sins in
Proverbs 6:16-19 (NLV)
"There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven that are hated by Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that kill those who are without guilt, a heart that makes sinful plans, feet that run fast to sin, a person who tells lies about someone else, and one who starts fights among brothers."
Introduce the title / theme for the night...then ask:
Write down what is said, and consider taking a pre-printed list of ideas to put around the room
Video clip
I don't think there is anything that covers the 'seven deadly sins' per se, but I think we could use some clips that deal with the specific issues.  Choosing one or two of these should act suffice as an introduction:
Here are some ideas I've come up with / come across:
Ideas on each of the seven
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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Spirituality and Spiritual Development in Youth Work - a consultation paper from The National Youth Agency

I just came across this on the National youth agency site

SpyGame - how important is money

I was searching through some old emails the other day and I came across an idea that Jonathan sent me ages ago...

Film: Spy Game
Topics: Making sacrifices for something you believe in, how important is money
Details: A retiring intelligence officer working for US intelligence finds out that one of the people he used to run is due to be executed.  To save him, he sacrifices his life's savings that he wanted to spend on a place in the Bahamas ($282,000 US).


Saturday, February 18, 2006

Topic summary for this term

I've put togeither a summary of the topics we're going to cover in Think it Thru, FOCUS, Pathfinders and on the resedential weekend we're doing for Pickering:
Think it Thru FOCUS Pathfinders Pickering weekend
Relationships, love and all the jazz      
Life after School      
The 7 deadly sins      
101 things to do before you die 101 things to do before you die    
Self control      
  Popularity - see entry on Dodge Ball and blog entry from Sept 16th    
  Love and sex - see Virtual Sexuality or 40 days, 40 nights    
  The internet / mobile phones    
    Prayer collage  
    Rules & boundaries  
    Easter - drama session a bit like the one we did at Christmas  
      Team / Community
      Encouragement / building up

Friday, February 17, 2006

Humanist Manifesto III

I never realised that this document was reissued in 2003.


Youth and self harm - Samaritans

I found some statistics on self-harm on the Samaritans website here.  It's part of a report called Youth and self harm which is based on a survey of 41 schools in Birmingham, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire during 2000-2001.


Thursday, February 16, 2006

Videos that teach 4

I just noticed that Videos that teach 4 is out.


Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Between 19,500 and 35,100 children are taking heroin

"Between 19,500 and 35,100 children are taking heroin, according to a government survey."
See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4685028.stm


Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Matching Emotions - talk on Love

Check out this talk outline on Love.  It looks like it's got some potential to me


Monday, February 13, 2006

Virtual Sexuality

I've just got around to uploading my old talk on Sex and relationships. It's based around the film Virtual Sexuality with some "myths" that were raised in an article in youthwork magazine some years ago.

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Sunday, February 12, 2006


This looks like a good idea

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Top 5 rules from my group

I forgot the add...here are the top 5 from the groups I was working with:
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Don't abuse the name of God Be loyal to your mates Spread Love
Love God Love God Don’t Bully
Don't kill or harm others Spread Love Be safe
Spread Love Be safe Look after your body
Be loyal to your mates Look after your body Love God

Session on boundaries and "rules" - Willy Wonka

I did our planned session on Rules & boundaries last night.  It went fairly well.  This was, in truth, a bit of an experiment - we haven't try this format before.  The idea is to spread the teaching through the night rather than in one fixed session.  We're also trying to deliberately include bits that touch on different learning styles (our simplistic understanding of it).
You can find the talk here.

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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Reading up on rules / boundries

On Friday we are planning to do a talk on boundaries / rules. As part of my research, I posted this message on the www.youthwork.co.uk message forum. I like the idea of using "flash cards" / sheets with keywords on, and putting these around the room before we do the talk bit. I also like the idea of using some kind of game, but I'm not sure the example would work with our group.

Here are some other thoughts...rules to put around the room:
Paraphrased 10 commandments (Exodus 20:2-19)
Movie clips
Radio 1's 10 commandments - In March 2001, Radio 1 had a vote on a new set of commandments, they were:


Think it Thru survey results

Here are the top five talk titles (in order) that Think it Thru voted for last night:
  • Relationships, love and all the jazz
  • Life after School
  • The 7 deadly sins
  • 101 things to do before you die
  • Self control
This was followed by (all got the same number of votes):
  • Jealousy - envy
  • Rules for your life
  • Is the Bible true?
  • Homosexuality
  • Terrorism
  • Popularity
  • Relaxation, stress & exams
Here's the full list of options they were given :

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2005



Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Meet the family - step parents / step children

Here's an interesting program I listened to yesterday about the pressures / problems of been a step parent.  Next week it looks at the same issue but from the point of view of the child.

Jobs for girls - 1970's public information film

Check out this old skool video from the 1970's about girls getting a career. Could we worth showing to our girls just for a laugh!

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Monday, February 06, 2006

FOCUS survey results

FOCUS meet tonight, we did my talk on masks.  I asked them to vote on the following subjects for the term ahead (only 4 -5  meetings)
The top five were (in order)
  • 101 things to do before you die
  • Homosexuality
  • Popularity
  • Love and sex
  • The internet / mobile phones
This was followed by (all same number of votes)
  • Jealousy / envy
  • The 7 deadly sins
  • Rules for your life
  • Sport and God
  • Self control

Polar Express

Polar Express is about a boy who is struggling to believe in Santa. The film starts on Christmas eve. While the boy is in bed pretending to be asleep..a steam train turns up outside the house of the and boy gets on the train...it's going to the north pole...to meet Santa etc.etc.
Anyway, I thought scenes 17 - 19 were vaguely interesting. Basically it's 5 to 12 and Santa is about to make an appearance...the reindeer turn up...everyone can hear the sleigh bells except him...then Santa appears...everyone can see him except him...anyway the boy closes his eyes and says to himself 'I believe', trying to rid himself of his scepticism...anyway it works...he can hear the bells, and see Santa.

This could be used to introduce the whole idea of faith...belief...disbelief...etc.

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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Alcohol concern - fact sheet / stats

I noticed a link to this site on the youthwork.co.uk website, it's got some interesting statistics about young people and alcohol.


Friday, February 03, 2006

The Da vinci code - separating fact from fiction

I read this booklet on the Da Vinchi code while traveling to the US...it's not a bad read. It attempts to counter some of the arguments / issues raised by the book. The website can be found here.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

13 and 11-year-olds...English girls drank more

See this story

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