Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Echo Park

I watched Echo Park last night. Not the greatest of movies, but one that demonstrates the judgementalism that so often alive in our churches. The film is basically about a 14 year old girl who gets pregnant while still being technically a virgin. She conceives as a result of "fooling around". For this reason, you might want to use this film to highlight that you don't have to have sex proper to get pregnant. There's are a few scenes that you could use to demonstrate this point. All of this results in her father disowning her. He is the local priest and it brings shame on the family etc. She is taken in by an Uncle who, unlike her father, accepts her for who she is. The Uncle has also taken in another disgraced member of the family who is gay....makes you wonder who was the most "Christ like"...the priest or the uncle?

Perhaps this could be used with my teenage pregnancy talk.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Hope08 video

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Sex infections continue to rise

Here are some stats from this article published on the BBC website yesterday:
"Young adults are disproportionately affected by STIs, accounting for 65% of all chlamydia, 55% of all genital warts and 48% of gonorrhoea diagnoses in genitourinary medicine clinics across the UK in 2006, the HPA found"

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Risk assessment for concert

I've just got around to uploading the rest of the risk assessment we did for the Activate YFC concert we did back in July. Here are the main documents:


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

ASBO Jesus

Checkout The ongoing adventures of ASBO Jesus:

Monday, November 19, 2007

How to Improve Your Social Skills

Check out this post on the positivity blog



I've just stumbled across Youth resourced. It has some "ready to use" discussions which are worth looking at - see here

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Hope08 event at York Minster

Check out this event

Sunday, November 11, 2007

youthwork.co.uk conference

Just got back from the youthwork conference at Southport. Here are some websites I came across while I was there:

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Little Miss Sunshine game

Our last Rock Solid session was themed on Listening...here is a game that we put together to try enhance the theme. You will need a copy of the Mr Men book, Little Miss Sunshine.
What to do:
a) Split the group into two teams with even numbers.
b) Get each team to sit in two lines of chairs facing each other. There should be a gap between the chairs as follows:
A Gap B
1 1
2 2
3 3
4 4
5 5
6 6
7 7
8 8
9 9
c) Give each pair (facing each other) the following words:
Player Word Times used
1 Been 3
2 Asked 5
3 Down 3
4 Entering 3
5 Gigantic 3
6 Giggling 3
7 Happy 4
8 Never 3
9 Drove 3
d) Explain that you are going to tell them a story. When the player hears their word, they have to run up the gap between the chairs and run around the outside back to their chair, ie, the team on the left run anti clockwise, the team on the right run clockwise. The first one back gets a point for their team. This is a bit like another game called "ladders".
e) Start reading the story!

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