Inspire6 - Who is Jesus?

As some of you will know from my seemingly endless tweeting on Saturday night (it was a very long journey home!!), I spent Saturday in Leyland at the Lancashire District event, called Inspire.

I was working with about 30 young peopel in the youth stream, along with Carl Dodd, Rach Coates & Ruth East - all guys working with young peopel in the Lancashire District and across the North West.

It was a really good day, filled with Ultimate Sandwiches and what is apparently a musical of the Feedin go the 5000 (couldn't really see much music though!!). We were talking about Adoration, and why we adore Jesus. We spent some time looking at different images and stories of Jesus, some of the characteristics we worship Him for.

These are all the things we came up with, just from a group of about 25 young people...

Wordle: Who is Jesus?

We all have completely different images of who Jesus is, and we all view Him slightly differently...

Which of those characteristics really resonate with you?
Are there any you disagree with?
What kind of Jesus are you portraying with how you live your life?

Lent and stuff :)

I had the privilege, last Friday, of working with some of my young people on a writing workshop. Meg came up and we worked on producing some content for a new blog, o be launched in the next couple of weeks.

We started with some Bible study, and some of the insights they had were incredible (bare in mind these are the same young people who are constantly complaining and never listen!!!) – I was so impressed!

They were then allowed to express their thoughts on the passage, some produced a video, some wrote a testimony, some did artwork. The amount of creativity on display was a real delight to see. I’d like to think this is the kind of worship God’s after...being free and being creative.

We made it clear to the people there on Friday that there is no wrong answer, and that had such a good impact. It allowed them to be free with sharing what they thought, and be really creative in sharing that.

In John’s gospel, it talks about worshipping in ‘spirit and truth’, and I think this is what it means to do that – be really free and really creative. God loves it when we use the gifts He’s given us in worship, and I think too often we’re too scared of coming out of the routine, or doing worship ‘wrong’.

Worship can never be wrong, and it can never be too free or too creative.

As Lent is beginning, I’d really encourage you to take up exploring how we can truly worship in ‘spirit and truth’; how we can be free and creative in our worship.

What are you giving/taking up for Lent this year?

Sports Consultation & BYC

I spent yesterday at our sports conslutation, and today with some faith organisations and the British Youth Council...

Both of these things get me really excited!

How the church links with the rest of society is so important - we should be at the forefront of all of this. I'm so excited by the work we're doing in sport, it links with our heritage, and is so exciting going forward!

The British Youth Council, is an organisation we're getting more and more involved in. This gives us a platform to discuss and share the issues concerning all of you, as children & young people in our church., in our wider society.

The church should be right at the forefront of society; my prayer is that the work we're doing with sport, the BYC and a whole load of other stuff puts us back there. I hope that's your prayer too.

Exciting Stuff!!

The past few weeks have been completely manic! It just seems to be one exciting thing after another! Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving all the awesome stuff that’s going on – just bit of a break between each one would be appreciated!! (:P)

So, I think I’d better share with you some of this awesome stuff!

Think Talk Be is an online space we’re trying to create to enable children & young people to think as disciples, talk as disciples and to be disciples. We’re getting children & young people to write the content, and can’t wait to get it started! Watch this space for more information!

We have finally booked all the places on the Israel & Palestine visit. We’re really excited about the programme for the trip, and the group of young people we’ve got going. Again, watch this space to find out more about them and what they’re up to!

'Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track.' Proverbs 3:5-6

Please keep the whole Chidlren & Youth Team in your prayers - pray that we are able to trust & rely on God so that we can keep on track in the work we do for you and for the kingdom.