Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Young peoples Sunday

I just received a news letter from FYT.  One of their initiatives is called Young peoples Sunday.  There are resources you can download (drama / talks / games etc) here.  
The website is http://www.youngpeoplessunday.org.uk/


Friday, November 07, 2008

Israel Kamakawiwo video

I came across this video the other day.  It features music by Israel Kamakawiwo.  I reckon it would make a good discusion starter / reflection / prompt for prayer...

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Secret Millionaire

Why not watch The Secret Millionare and then lead a discussion based on this talk? Note channel 4 on demand allows you to download episodes for viewing offline.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008


I've eventually got around to updating my Harvest 1 and Harvest 2 talks...hope someone finds them useful!


Sunday, October 05, 2008

Pass the parcel

This idea is based on something I saw during a service at Christ Church and I thought it might work with our youth group...and I think it did.

You will need a Bible verse, some sweets, wrapping paper, sellotape and some music.

Print out the Bible verse on paper that's a different colour to the wrapping paper. When you have done that, cut out the individual words that make up the verse.

Now, wrap up the sweets, just like you would in pass the parcel. Remember to include some of the words from the Bible verse in each layer.

So....get your group together for a game of pass the parcel. Tell them to collect any words they find. At the end, ask them to try and put the words together into a sentence.

When they have done that, briefly discus the verse. We used Romans 12:10 "Love each other like brothers and sisters. Give each other more honour than you want for yourselves."


Saturday, January 26, 2008

Vision talk

I've just spotted this session on Jon Jolly's blog on the subject of Vision - I might use this something in the future.


Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Hope08 resources

In addition to my earlier post, I've just received an email pointing out that there are some resources here. This also includes the followings articles that are well worth the read:

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Role models for the perfect soul?

I few weeks ago I attended the annual CVM conference. The main speaker was Graham Tomlin. At one point he talked about role models in society...I thought this quote was quite pertinent...
"Students have powerful images of what a perfect body is and pursue it incessantly...but they no longer have any image of a perfect soul, and hence do not long to have one"
I wonder where those role models are on the TV....what we are doing about this ourselves? He then went on to talk on Ephesians 4:22-32


Monday, November 19, 2007


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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Monday, August 27, 2007

Bullying lesson plan part 4 - Help!!!

The forth and final of Hiede's lesson plans on bullying can be found here. We hope you find it useful!!

Note you can find the other lesson plans here:

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Bullying lesson plan part 3 - I am who I am

For those who are interested, I've uploaded part three of Hiede's lesson plan here

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Bullying lesson plan part 2

You can find part 2 of the Bullying lesson plan here. I'll post part 3 next week (that's the plan!)

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Bullying lesson plan - what is bullying?

Earlier this year, Hiede wrote four lesson plans for her an essay she did entitled Critical Health Issues in Community and Youth Work. I've posted lesson plan 1, What is bullying, here.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Assemblies / meeting plans - LICC

Check out the LICC website - they have added some assemblies / meeting plans here.


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Friends and Popularity - Mean Girls

On Monday I did this talk based about about being popular / fitting in / making new friends. The idea was to look at some of the issues that those moving on to sixth form / collage might face when they start in September.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth - environment talk update

On Monday I watched the Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth. If you haven’t seen this, then put it go on your list of things to watch! Basically it's a documentary outlining various facts / scientific research / evidence about global warming…it argues the case well.

I've updated my Looking out for planet earth talk to include a reference to this. I've also added the changes I made for The Day After Tomorrow version of the talk.

Note the Inconvenient truth website is www.climatecrisis.net

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Having a bad day...Plains, Trains and Automobiles

I've just uploaded my talk entitled Having a Bad day. This is a different version on the What does God think of me talk. While updating this page I noticed that the readings we omitted from this talk - this should now work.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

How harmful are alcohol and tobacco?

Here's a story that could be used with a group discussion: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6474053.stm

The argument is that drugs like alchol is more dangerous than some other illegal drugs...

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Justice talk / Murder Mystery

I've just uploaded my talk on Justice that we did in connection with a murder mystery night a few years ago. We recently did another Murder Mystery night using a bought in script called Murder on the Dance floor - it seemed to work well. Has anyone else out there tried one of these game packs?

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Crime and Punishment talk

I've just updated my Crime and Punishment talk here.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007


Check out some of the object lessons at: http://www.objectlesson.net/shop/index.php?act=viewCat&catId=2


Thursday, February 08, 2007

Life in Student Ministry - Freebie Friday

Check out the Freebie Friday on Life in Student Ministry - there are some games ideas...click on the DOWNLOAD link.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Talk on Parents - Big Daddy

I've just uploaded my talk on parents here. The first time I used this talk I used the Kevin and Perry clip, but this time I used Big Daddy.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Girl gives birth while at school

Here's a story that could be used with the teenage pregnacy talk

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Monday, December 04, 2006

10 questions...

Check out the 10 questions to manifest the impossible on embody blog. These would make a great discussion starter or a better set of questions than my New Year questionare...maybe you could combine the two ideas....

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Scripture Union "archive"

Check out the free resources on http://www.scriptureunion.org.uk/index.asp?url=/re-source/archive.html
Thanks for Timmy S for pointing this one out.


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

New year questionare / talk

I've just uploaded an improved version of the New Year questionare here.


Friday, October 06, 2006

Schools Ministry Network - lesson plans

I've just noticed this site: http://www.schoolsministrynetwork.co.uk/
It looks like it's got a lot of potential - see the lesson plans section


Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Bible films blog

Check out Matt's blog Bible films - it looks like one I'll be following!  Matt seems to write for Faith and Films Critics.  If you look at their website, they have some free discussion guides - click on the Cinema in focus links, i.e.:
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Monday, August 21, 2006

Purpose - a reflective powerpoint

This was week Hiede and Jonathan have been running Pyramid Rock summer club and on Sunday we had a service to finish it off.  My contribution was to put together a "quiet reflective bit" for those who took part (basically the adults).  I've uploaded the power point here.  I gave everyone this sheet and pen before they came in.   I played some "reflective" music from Moby "play" - Inside and My Weakness.

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Website idea for "growing up"

I stumbled across www.goodcharacter.com 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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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Talk on the subject of Labels

The other week we did a talk on labels - the stereotypes etc. that we give people.  I've uploaded the talk here.  Note I found the pictures by trawling the internet....
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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Youth weekend plan, scedule and material

I just got around to posting the full schedule / material we used for the weekend away we did back in March. You can find it here. We created a website for the weekend here.
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Friday, May 19, 2006

Talk - friends / boyfriends / girlfriends

I've just uploaded Hiede's talk that she did last Friday.  It's about Friendship and how boyfriend / girlfriend relationships fit into that - is it better to be friends before you go out etc.   You can find the talk here
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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Belief - discusion

I've just uploaded the outline of the "debate" we had on Wednesday here.  We looked at the questions: did God create the universe? Relative values / Good and Evil and How do we know that God exists?


Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Life after school - outline

I've just been thinking about the up and coming talk "life after school":
Introduction ideas
General Questions
Bible bit
Stuff to consider
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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Hitch - relationships, time, advice talk ideas

I first watched Hitch at Spring Harvest this time last year. We'll be there again at Skegness over the Easter weekend. Hiede will be there the week before as she is leading the under 5 team during week 2. Say hello if you see her! Anyway, here are some thoughts on this film...

Scene 1 (first 6 mins). Alex (Will Smith) explains how the dating game works and how any man can get a woman. Some questions you could discus:
  • What the point of dating? What's it for?
  • What advice would you give to someone looking for a relationship?
  • What are the unwritten rules?
  • Scene 4 (12 mins - 14 mins). Alex thinks back to when he was at collage...he's a geek and doesn't have a clue when it comes to women.
    • Some of us fall apart around the opposite sex...why is that?
    Scene 5 - 7 (14 mins - 25 mins). We're introduced to Albert who is clumsy, nervous accountant for some big firm. He explains he wants go out with Allegra Cole, a supermodel. He admits this is "ridiculous" but he is willing to try anything. Next time he sees her he's in a business meeting with all his colleagues and his boss is there. She's asking for financial advice. Rather than toeing the line, Albert's stands up for Allegra and ends up quitting his job....that gets her attention. Questions:
    • Who are you interested in?
    • What are you looking for in a relationship?
    • What are you willing to do, to get a man / woman? How far would you go? Look at the positive and negative sides to this...
    • Who do you talk to about boyfriend / girlfriend stuff?
    Scene 8 (28 mins - 31 mins 30). Alex goes to meet some guy he basically wants him to help get a woman so he can "bang" her. Alex strongly objects, as that's not what he's about.
    • Use this as a example of a bad attitude towards women.
    Scene 10 - 11 (33 mins 30 - 40 mins 30). Dating disasters...Alex takes Casey on a date and it turns into a complete disaster...he kicks her in the head and digs up some old family history that she's doesn't want reminding about...there's a murderer in the family...

    Scene 15 (47 mins - 30 mins). Making a fool of yourself...this is one of the funniest bits of the film...Alex tells Albert how to dance or put another way, how not to dance.
    • Use this as a clip about giving and receiving advice...
    Scene 16 (50 mins - 54 mins). Timing is everything...Alex shows Albert how to do the "first kiss". "eight out of 10 women believe that the first kiss will tell them everything they need to know...". Apparently it's all about timing!
    • This could be used to discus time / timing...there's a time for this that and the other. Maybe you could use this as an intro to this talk

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    Monday, March 13, 2006

    Rules for life - I, Robot

    I did the talk on Rules for life tonight.  You can find it here.  Note that while I ended up using different clips and questions, I got the idea for I, Robot from Video's that teach 4
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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 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 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, 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


    Saturday, December 10, 2005

    Old Christmas talk update

    I updated this talk I did on What does Christmas mean to you?  I've not tried it, but I found the Chav style Christmas story on youthblog here.
    We're kind of winding down for Christmas, just a few more events to do: a meal, a theatre trip and a home group...looking forward to the break....

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    Saturday, November 19, 2005

    Why are we here?

    I just uploaded the talk we did on Friday entitled "why are we here?". It could do with some more work and a better ending...I wondered about finishing with some kind of direction arrow as a visual aid...why direction are you going in...you know the kind of thing.

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    Saturday, November 05, 2005

    Heaven and Hell talk

    I did our talk on Heaven and hell tonight with our Pathfinder group...we deliberately tried to keep it from getting too deep as that not appropriate for the group we did it with...it seemed to work.

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    Wednesday, November 02, 2005

    Clubbing talk

    I've just finished the "clubbing talk" I've been working on. We're doing it tonight...hopefully it will stimulate a good discussion about the issues involved. We plan to follow this up with some kind of self-defence session before Christmas. Check it out here.

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    Monday, October 10, 2005

    Money and Gossip

    Here's is today's contribution...it's a Bible study on money that I did in May last year. I have one other talk on the subject...I'll try to upload later this week.

    It's FOCUS tonight, so I'll be trying out the gossip talk I did earlier this week. I've decided to shorten the clip for this group to make it more appropriate. Basically I'm going to start the clip from about 17 mins (they come out of the night club into the subway and talk about a possible rumour they could start) to 24 mins (the bit where the gossip is been spread about...stop immediately after the bit where someone bangs their teeth together). This clip removes some of the more questionable dialogue.

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    Friday, October 07, 2005

    Gossip talk

    I've uploaded a talk I'm doing next week on Gossip...you can find it here.

    I had a couple of ideas that I might use at a later date:
    • Do a quiz based on the headlines from gossip magazines...basically they have to guess who they are talking about.
    • American Pie - If I remember correctly, Paul pays someone to spread a rumour about his sexual prowess

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    Thursday, September 29, 2005

    What is the purpose of this life?

    I've just uploaded the a talk I did last year which tries to explore how we use our time and what's the point of this life anyway...

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    Wednesday, September 28, 2005

    Talk on infidelity

    I've just uploaded tonight's talk on infidelity...it's a bit rushed, but it will have to do!

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    Saturday, September 24, 2005

    Talk on Love

    Just uploaded tonight's talk on love...it's a rework of an earlier talk I did a few years ago.

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    Thursday, September 15, 2005

    Under Pressure talk

    Think it Thru restarted tonight. Our topic was Under Pressure. I've put it on the website here

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    Monday, September 12, 2005

    Talkin about music

    FOCUS meet for the first time this term. The subject was music - repeated the talk I did back in 2003.

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    Sunday, September 11, 2005

    Talk on Forgiveness

    Just got around to uploading the talk I did on Forgiveness using a clip from Kevin and Perry.

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