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I’ve just come across a really great blog full of creative resources for youth ministry. Check it out here:

I look forward to checking out the websites he has suggested.

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Wordle

Psalm 139

What an amazing discovery, I’m pretty excited.

It’s a bit like a doodle, but with words = wordle.

Basically there’s a website where you can type in some text or a url and get a wordle (e.g. the image shown above). You can then edit this and make it into whatever style you like.

My initial thoughts were that this would make a great accompaniment to a reading or sermon/talk. Or you could print them out onto card so that people could add their own wordles/doodles as you’re speaking. I’ve always been a bit of a doodler, so I love it when people leave space for that kind of thing on their handouts.

Anyway, have a little play at Wordle.net.

Thanks go to Steve for introducing me to this wonderful thing!

Videos

I just discovered this guy on Vimeo: Dan Stevers.

He’s got a collection of really good videos covering a range of different themes.

Enjoy!

Awareness Test (Children’s talk)

I played this clip at the beginning of the all age talk in church. I then spoke briefly about tuning in, and being more aware of what God is already doing around us and joining in with that (check out missio dei if you want to know more about the theology behind it).

Be still (service plan)

Here are some elements from an alternative service I led on the subject of stillness/silence/solitude/sabbath. It was just before the summer holidays, so I was encouraging people to think about how they might truly rest over their time off.

The background image I used for the powerpoint

I used the first of these videos as an introduction to the service, and the second for people to reflect on after the talk.

Lectio Divina Reading

(Click here for more info about Lectio Divina)

Lord,

we hear and say so many words,

yet yours is the word we need.

Speak now,

and help us listen;

and, if what we hear is silence,

let it quiet us,

let it disturb us,

let it touch our need,

let it break our pride,

let it shrink our certainties

let it enlarge our wonder.

Amen

Read Passage – Matthew 11:28-30

Are there any phrases or words that particularly jump out to you?

Read again

Chew over the word or phrase that got your attention. Why did it stand out to you? What might God be trying to say to you through it? How does it apply to your life today?

Some questions from one of the discussion times

-What are the benefits of resting on a Sabbath day?

-In the current economic crisis is it fair to ask people to take a Sabbath?

– What advice would you give to people such as nurses, ministers and youth workers who tend to work on Sundays?

I love Elvis & Wild Thing (videos)

‘I love Elvis’ and ‘Wild Thing’ are part of a series of modern parables produced by Kore. I think these clips are a great resource. Think that’s about all I want to say really, I think they speak for themselves!

Some fab websites

So here are some of my fav websites for resources and inspiration. I’ve put them in broad catagories, but of course there is some cross over, so you’ll just have to check them all out.

Kore – ‘Engaging with culture, exploring new ideas, creatively equipping the church’. Great for videos, music, creative ideas etc.

Engage – ‘Resources and training for innovative, creative worship’.

Hold this space – Exploring’alternative worship, public spaces, ritual, justice and spirituality’.

Proost – ‘Inspiring resources that fuel faith’. High quality, non-cheesy videos, music, audio etc.

Damaris – Interaction of culture and faith through the three main streams of church, schools, and media.

Re:Jesus – Art, music, theology, even the occasional quiz.

Embody – random collection of things. Meditation, creative stuff, life coaching type quizzes. Just lots of interesting stuff really.

Prezi – Use this to create amazing presentations.

Schoolswork.co.uk – Assemblies, lesson plans – loads of other brilliant resources for schools work.

The source for Youth Ministry – I haven’t used this one much as I only found it recently, but they have lots of resources and youthwork session plans.

Insight – Reflections and resources on youth ministry and leadership.

Youth group games – does what it says on the tin. A lot of games/icebreakers etc. with a good search engine to locate what you’re after.

Folksy – beautiful things.

Green Basics – it’s all about the treehugging.

Incredibox – pretty hilarious.