Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Body image

This might be a useful cartoon to use in a session...


Wednesday, April 30, 2008

ASBO Jesus

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


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.


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.


Sunday, November 11, 2007 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, October 06, 2007

Chav Gospel

Check out this post - the gospel according to St Chav


Saturday, April 21, 2007

One in 30 aborted babies lives

Here's a good discussion point:

For more details check out this article on the BBC

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Friday, April 20, 2007

The modern man...

See this story about a survey done for includes, amongst other things, the top 10 guys other men would like to swap lives with:

1. David Beckham.
2. Richard Branson.
3. Brad Pitt.
4. Hugh Hefner.
5. Bill Gates.
6. Steven Gerrard.
7. George Clooney.
8. Sultan of Brunei.
9. Roman Abramovich.
10. Jose Mourinho.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Here are some interesting points about the world in 1906 - a discusion starter? Maybe we should come up with a UK version....


Friday, October 20, 2006

EVIL and TEACH illusion

Check out this page.  Scroll down to the graphic "GOOD" a little further down is the word "Teach".  Maybe this would make a good discussion starter....


Friday, September 15, 2006

Friends 'persuaded us to smoke'

See this story on the BBC

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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Childrens letter's to God

I read about this in the newspaper (Daily Mail or Express, I can't remember which one) while I was at Greenbelt - very funny!   See
Dear GOD,
In school they told us what You do. Who does it when You are on vacation?

Dear GOD,
I read the Bible. What does begat mean? Nobody will tell me.
Love, Alison

Dear GOD,
Are you really invisible or is that just a trick?

Dear GOD,
Is it true my father won't get in Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house?

Dear GOD,
Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident?

Dear GOD,
Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don't You just keep the ones You have now?

Dear GOD,
Who draws the lines around the countries?

Dear GOD,
I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay?

Dear GOD,
What does it mean You are a Jealous God? I thought You had everything.

Dear GOD,
Did you really mean "do unto others as they do unto you"? Because if you did, then I'm going to fix my brother.

Dear GOD,
Thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.

Dear GOD,
It rained for our whole vacation and is my father mad! He said some things about You that people are not supposed to say, but I hope You will not hurt him anyway.
Your friend -- (But I am not going to tell you who I am)

Dear GOD,
Why is Sunday school on Sunday?
I thought it was supposed to be our day of rest.
-Tom L.

Dear GOD,
Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before, You can look it up.

Dear GOD,
If we come back as something - please don't let me be Jennifer Horton because I hate her.

Dear GOD,
If You give me a genie lamp like Aladin, I will give you anything you want, except my money or my chess set.

Dear GOD,
My brother is a rat. You should give him a tail. Ha ha.

Dear GOD,
Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother.

Dear GOD,
I want to be just like my Daddy when I get big but not with so much hair all over.

Dear GOD,
You don't have to worry about me. I always look both ways.

Dear GOD,
I think the stapler is one of your greatest inventions.
-Ruth M.

Dear GOD,
I think about You sometimes even when I'm not praying.

Dear GOD,
I bet it is very hard for You to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it.

Dear GOD,
Of all the people who work for You I like Noah and David the best.

Dear GOD,
My brother told me about being born but it doesn't sound right. They're just kidding, aren't they?

Dear GOD,
If You watch me in church Sunday, I'll show You my new shoes.
-Mickey D.

Dear GOD,
I would like to live 900 years like the guy in the Bible.
Love, Chris

Dear GOD,
We read Thomas Edison made light. But in school they said You did it. So I bet he stoled your idea.
-Sincerely, Donna

Dear GOD:
The bad people laughed at Noah - "You made an ark on dry land you fool." But he was smart, he stuck with You. That's what I would do.

Dear GOD,
I do not think anybody could be a better GOD. Well, I just want You to know but I am not just saying that because You are GOD already.

Dear GOD,
I didn't think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday. That was cool!


Monday, August 28, 2006

50 things I believe

I am currently at Greenbelt and went to an Ikon event last night - very thought provoking. For me the bit that really stood out was when one of the guys stood up and read out a list of 50 things I was to the point, funny, shocking?? and serious...maybe I should make a list. I wonder what would happen if we were that honest with people? It could be an idea worth exploring with some of the young people...


Sunday, August 20, 2006

Website idea for "growing up"

I stumbled across and found this talk that could be used as a starting point for a discussion on growing up.  It's a secular website, but you could use some of the ideas.  It has some other talk outlines here 

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Revenge talk idea...

From this weeks news,,2-2006280282,2.html
A BITTER blonde infected with the Aids virus went on a vengeful mission to spread the disease. Sarah Jane Porter, 43, was made HIV positive by a black lover — and set out to pass it to other Afro-Caribbean men.   She is thought to have had unprotected sex with DOZENS.   The single mum, of Kennington, South London, was yesterday jailed for infecting one ex — and branded “pure evil”.   A former lover of Porter told last night how she set out on a callous “payback mission”.


Friday, June 02, 2006

happiness formula

Just notices this article on the bbc website: is there a happiness formula?  Maybe you could use it as a discussion starter....


Saturday, May 13, 2006

"Hoodie kills WPC"

I noticed the headline "Hoodie Kills WPC" on the front of the Sun.  It's great to see the stereotype is still alive and well.  Maybe a good discussion starter...


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

POLL: Top Ten Issues Facing Families

This looks interesting

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Rules for your life...

I just been looking through Video's that teach 4 and there appears to be a talk using I, Robot based on the 10 commandments. I rekon we could use that as the starting point for the proposed talk Rules for Life

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

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" know the thing, we feel pressured to look like people in magazines etc. etc...


Tuesday, February 07, 2006

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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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]


Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Which saint are you?

You are Joan of Arc! You don't really want to hurt
anyone, but if they attack your friends or your
country and no-one else will stand up to fight
them, you head into the battle. Beware though,
conviction tends to get you killed.

Which Saint Are You?
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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Song meanings

Here's an interesting looking site:


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!


Saturday, September 03, 2005

Real Christmas...

Something to keep an eye on:


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