Wednesday, April 30, 2008

ASBO Jesus

Here are a couple of pictures that might come in handy for a talk....from ASBO Jesus...


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Finding Nemo - film clip idea for 'stories'

Last night we did the Rock Solid session Whats the story? This session is teamed on stories. In addition to the material we used a slip from Finding Nemo. The clip starts at DVD chapter 16 and ends in chapter 17 just after the film cuts to birds going 'Mine Mine Mine'. In these scene, Marlin (Nemo's father) tells his story to find his son, Nemo.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Marriage statistics

Check out the resource section on the Bristol Community Family Trust (BCFT) website. There are several power points etc. that include statistics on marriage and how it relates to children. For example, check out this one


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Save this T-Shirt

Here is another idea I saw in the Baltic at Gateshead...Save this T-shirt. This is a book that comes complete with a T-shirt and book of design options. The idea is that the book outlines a number of different ways to cut up the T-shirt to produce a different design. I'm guessing that you need only buy one copy of the book and then source some cheep T-shirts at Tesco's or similar. The book cost £10.95 and is by Hannah Rogge.

I guess you could do this in conjunction with Tie die....


Friday, April 18, 2008

Dear God

Check out the prayer site - it's quite insightful. Thanks to Youth Ministry Blog for pointing this one out!


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Pause - a reflection?

I saw this on the greenbelt could be useful for something...


For 10 seconds to take a deep breath
For 1 minute to take in the view
For a couple of minutes to brew a cuppa
For 10 minutes to clear your head
For 20 minutes to call your mum
For half an hour to exercise your body
For a couple of hours to read a good book
For a day to find some fun
For a weekend under the stars
For a fortnight to recharge your batteries
For a month to learn something new
For a summer to be a kid again
For a year to see the world
For a lifetime to work out what it all means
Or for just 5 minutes to do absolutely nothing.

From Howies

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Tract idea

Hiede's friend gave us some sample tracts they had made up. You can find some PDF's on the download page at
I like the one "if God exists". It's basically a square piece of paper with about 7cm x 7cm folded 3 times with "if God exists; what then?" on different pages.
There are also some ideas for small cards here.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Under-age drinking

See this article on the BBC news website.


Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Body Image

Checkout this post on how photo's are tweaked to make women look more attractive....this would make a good discussion starter on body image etc. Check out the online retoucher here.


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Newspaper prayer idea

Another idea from the Baltic at of the exhibits was by an artist called Barthelemy Toguo. As part of this, he had covered all of the walls in the rooms with complete sheets from news papers (of the "broadsheet variety). These were not clippings, simply the pages of the news paper stuck on the wall. In addition to this he had marked out all of the text with a black marker pen, which gave the effect to the paper being censored. This meant that only the pictures remained. From my point of view, thing highlighted the pictures in a way that you would not normally notice and it caused you think about the subject matter behind the photo....I suspect this could be used as a way to stimulate prayer in a way that creating a collage of pictures does not. According to the blurb (if I remember this correctly), the artist was trying make the point that sometimes too many words get in the way....check out this page on his website.


Saturday, April 05, 2008

Marine hurls himself onto Taliban grenade

This was a headline from The Times on the 30th March page 5. "A royal marine in southern Afghanistan threw himself onto an exploding grenade to save the lives of him patrol. Miraculously, Lance Corporal Matt Croucher, a marine reservist from Birmingham, survived the blast with little injury when his rutsack and body armour tool the force of the blast. He is expected to receive one of the highest awards for gallantry.". The article later says "You would expect nine out of 10 people to die in that situation". It seems to me that this would be a good discussion / death / sacrifice etc.


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