Cliff College

I spent last week up at Cliff College, taking part in the Christian Life & Mission Course. This is two weeks of intensive study, then four assignments that I have complete throughout the year. There are ten of us on the course, the other 9 are interns from Scripture Union, 3 of whom are working at Re:Generation church, which is a Methodist fresh expression in Romford which has twice as many young people as adults in the congregation! I was really challenged by the whole week, so thought I’d share some of what I’d learnt :)

The first day we looked at Jesus through the whole Bible. All through the Old Testament there is the mention of this Messiah figure coming, the birth of Jesus is the fulfilment of the Christ that is prophesied about throughout the Old Testament in Isaiah, the Psalms & Deuteronomy to name a few. I think this is one of those things that you know of, but certainly I had never made any sort of connection between in my head; and it really challenged me!

We were looking particularly at Luke’s gospel throughout the week, and it really surprised me how much each of the four gospels differed. I was aware that John just kinda does his own thing, but the differences between the three synoptic gospels were staggering. Matthew was written to try and keep the Jews happy, whereas Luke was written without that care, instead it show the passionate and inclusive side of Jesus.

Stories like; The Good Samaritan, The Lost Son & Zacchaeus only appear in Luke. These are stories where Jesus talks about reaching out to those who are lost, that no one else would want to talk to, showing Jesus on the side of the marginalised. How much of our view of Jesus would be changed if these stories weren’t there? How much of our view of Jesus is based on what these stories portray? I’d just assumed that these were pretty common to the gospels, definitely not that they only appeared in one of them.

In Matthew’s gospel (Matt 1:20-21), the angel appears to Joseph to foretell the birth of Jesus. In Luke (Lk 1:28), the angel appears to Mary. The angel appearing to Joseph would have been acceptable for the Jews, some would say that was why Matthew told it that way; however, can you imagine how the Jews would have reacted to the angel appearing to Mary?!

It struck me, that Luke’s gospel, and how he portrays Jesus, is very Methodist. The compassionate side of Jesus, is what I believe Wesley wanted to emphasise when he came away from the Church of England and went out to share the gospel with those that no one else wanted to touch.

How much of the compassionate side of Jesus do we portray today, as Methodists?

What would Wesley think of the Methodist Church today?

More importantly, what would Jesus think of the Methodist Church today?

Leicester, Newport Pagnell & Methodist Council

After a really good, but very busy week in London, I spent last weekend working with some awesome young people, on Saturday in Leicester and on Sunday in Newport Pagnell.

One of the projects I worked on as an OPP was Relate, a youth worship event that was really successful, and some people from Methodist churches in Leicester have invited the group from Wellingborough to go and run one over there! I met with four awesome young people on Saturday afternoon who were really keen on the prospect of a church filled with young people on a Saturday evening in November.

I’m sure you’ll hear lots more from me about it, but make sure you put Saturday 26th November in your diary if you live anywhere near Leicester!

Sunday evening, I spoke at a youth service in Newport Pagnell. Again, what an awesome bunch of young people! They were all so passionate and led the service themselves with amazing confidence and passion for Jesus! I spoke on the theme of Evangelism and used the Tell. Show. Be. video as a focus. All the young people there were really engaged (if not the talk then the preacher bingo!), and I think really took something away.

That is the real joy of this job, going out and seeing young people, who are so passionate about sharing this amazing and incomparable love that Jesus has for us, and them having the chance to be creative and try and make a difference in their communities.

Monday and Tuesday I spent at Methodist Council. It was good to share with some really interesting people in some very interesting topics that I’m sure will come up at Conference later this year.
This weekend I’m in Leeds with this years OPPs and the YPS Reference Group. Then the next couple of weeks for me will be spent at Cliff College doing two weeks of study up there. Please keep me in your prayers as I go up there and try and learn more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus and do His work.


Don’t forget to book onto this year’s Children & Youth Assembly. God’s definitely pitching can it not be completely and utterly awesome?!!

Shore Foundation & EMYC

Sorry it’s been a while, but my very exciting blog is back!! :D

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of joining a group of youth workers and young people for the Bristol District Youth Weekend in Portishead. The weekend was all based around the scripture in Matthew 7:24-27 where it talks about the wise and the foolish man. It was really good to be challenged, and to see the young people be challenged on making Jesus the foundation that their lives are built upon.

Thank you so much to all of those people that worked so hard to make the weekend happen, and all of the young people who came and made it an awesome weekend!

This time last week I had just got back from Vienna for EMYC. It was a really interesting experience with some great people. There are some really exciting things going on all over Europe; from youth weekends in Ireland, to mission projects in Germany to the European Methodist Festival in Krakow, Poland next year.

So far this year, its been fantastic to feel a part of something bigger just in terms of this country, but to have the sense that God is working in the Methodist church all over the Europe is incredible!

Please keep all those involved in Children’s & Youth work across Europe in your prayers.