Youthwork Conference 2014 #YC14 – Saturday Big Room AM

15 Nov

And so here we are getting ready for the start of the machine gun session that is Youth Work Works. For those that have been to Youthwork Summit you will know what I mean. But first Beth Croft leads us in worship.

Our first short talk is by Wayne Dixon. He tells us about inviting primary schools in to church to tell them about Christmas or Easter and the impact that this can have.
http://www.sloughbaptistchurch.org.uk/schoolsweek
The next short talk is from Phil (not me!), Hannah and Theresa (spelling?). They are sharing about empowering young people getting involved in your youth work. We hear about Mission Academies projects that Hannah and Theresa ran.
http://www.hope-revolution.com/mission_academy
The third short talk is from Johnny Bell, a youth worker in Cromer, sharing about the need for good youth ministry with the young people in his area (only 8/9% of the local population). This includes getting young people involved in a popular local activity, in Cromer’s case that is surfing. It is important to look outside of the church bubble.
The next speaker is not here in person, but she is with us by the magic of media (video). She is sharing about Pais Project. However the the video fails so we will, hopefully come back to her.
The next speaker is Mike, sharing about how we can release young people to unleash their potential to then also become people who release others to unleash their potential. Mike tells us that the key is not worrying about who gets the glory.
Next up is Gemma Dunning, who shares about her work with young people on the margins of society. She talks about getting involved in all areas of her community and reaching out with cake. We are recommended the book There Be Dragons.
Our next speaker is Daniel Stone who is sharing about School and College Pastors. He tells us that School Pastors are to be like shepherds: caring, listening and helping. Because it is during the day those in the older age groups are more able to be involved. And it offers a chance to speak into the lives of the children in a prophetic way.
http://www.schoolpastors.org.uk/
We return to the video of Naomi Robinson and her story about Pais Project. She tells us about a project which was an act of love (an action or gift), accompanied by a card saying “Because You’re Loved”. It is something that can be done as an individual or as a group, so very easy to do.
http://www.paisproject.com/
Our last speaker is Hilary Murray, talking about her experience of working with young people for a long time. She talks about loving young people and letting them into our lives. Loving them, listening to them and being available to them is what counts.

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