5 // 2014

2012 // 04

2012 // 04


Sexual Healing

In an increasingly sexually progressive culture, Christian teaching on sexuality is often viewed as backward and sex-negative. Rachel Gardner unpacks some of the issues around sexual purity for today’s
young disciples and challenges youth workers why saying ‘just don’t do it’, just won’t do it.

Growing In The Gap

Youth workers spend much of their time managing gap year interns, or counselling young people on how best to spend their precious year-out. Whichever it is for you, Liza Hoeksma offers some practical advice on how to create a transformational gap year experience.

Counter-Cultural Community

In youth group settings, the Acts 4 model of community can easily amount to little more than bring and share pizza parties. But urban monk, Jamie Treadwell, suggests that if youth leaders can learn to cultivate a model of Biblical community, it could be revolutionary.

RESOURCES

ADAPTABLE MEETING GUIDE #1

Dependence on God, by Beth Tash.

ADAPTABLE MEETING GUIDE #2

Teamwork, by Jamie Cutteridge.

ADAPTABLE MEETING GUIDE #3

Discipleship, by Claire Farley.

ADAPTABLE MEETING GUIDE #4 / ACTS INTO ACTION

Mission week by Nate Morgan-Locke.

READY-TO-USE MOVIE

Movie-based discussion resource by Tom Wade.

READY-TO-USE DISCUSSION

Discussion starter by Jamie Cutteridge about ‘Dramality’.

READY-TO-USE MUSIC

Music-based discussion resource by Becky May.

READY-TO-USE STORYBOARD

A visual discussion prompt from illustrator Jason Ramasami.

READY-TO-USE GAMES AND ICEBREAKERS

Jimmy Young provides ideas for time-filler games.

READY-TO-USE SAINTS AND MARTYRS

Resource for youth workers using the lectionary.

SCHOOLS WORK

Two pages of schools work resources complied by schoolswork.co.uk.

See past issues

Storyboard: The Parable of the Forgotten Prom Partner.

Meeting Guide 1: Dependence on God

NOTES FOR ADAPTING:

FOR CHURCHED YOUNG PEOPLE…
During the prayer section, use Acts 13v2 to talk about how God does sometimes speak clearly to us. Spend some time listening to God’s voice together.

FOR OLDER GROUPS…

The Youthwork summit isn’t for everyone. We know that. But it is for some people. Check out our list of the sorts of people who should come to the 2012 summit – and see if any of these categories include you…

So, how often do you do it, and how do you do it? Not as often as you would like? Or are you bored at just how often you end up doing it? Well if that’s the case you might be the exception to the rule, because in my experience, churches that regularly create safe spaces for young (and old) Christians to talk openly about sex are still hard to find.

What else did you think I was talking about?

A campaign part-launched by Youthwork magazine is calling on the government to tackle the issues that allow millions of children and young people to view explicit images online.

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