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What are we taking into the next season and what do we never go back to?
We will come out of this time different and not go back to some stuff. So what are we seeing fruit in now, that we need to keep doing post-COVID-19? What do we need to let gather dust?
I remember five years ago, me and three colleagues from the church headed over to our old building where we had moved on from a year ago. As we walked into the old offices we saw many things gathering dust that we had forgotten. My friend turned to me and said ‘If we haven’t needed it in the last 12 months then we don’t need it.' We were in a new building and a new season. We took very few things, only items that would be useful as we developed the new building. The rest we left or sold to save money for the church and now the old building is a pile of bricks.
The reason I tell that story is that there are things we have been doing in the youth ministry that we should have chucked out a while ago, but now the COVID-19 pandemic has for
ced us to drop them. We have had to pick up new tools or enhance existing ones. We need to decide when this is all over if this is something we need to do again and on a regular basis and how we can make reviewing the way we do things, normal.
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I recently heard a great story from Southport Area Schools Trust who has been innovating new ways to do lunch clubs in schools, with so many restrictions inside and the UK's unpredictable weather. They have invested in creating a gazebo lunch club experience that tours around different school playgrounds, a great way to create outdoor spaces for young people to encounter God, and His love, for ideas and interesting things to do. Could you do something similar this summer?
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Wellbeing reflections in school
Wellbeing and mental health are common and important issues for young people, which Covid induced lockdowns have only amplified. To meet this need we are excited to announce that we’ve produced an edit of the Youth Wellbeing Journey for use in secondary schools. The Wellbeing Journey responds to the needs of the ‘recovery curriculum’ suggested for schools by the government after the first 2020 lockdown, making it a useful resource for teachers needing to provide non GCSE RE to pupils. We hope this new addition to the Wellbeing family will resource churches wanting to support local schools at this time; and most importantly, equip more young people with tools to support their wellbeing.
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Catch it while you can
Did you see our Talking Hope interview with Amy Charlton and Matt Wild from CROPS speaking on
running the Youth Wellbeing Journey for young people? There are some great insights to run with.
Speaking of catching up, this summer I [Dan] am also excited to be heading to and sharing at multiple in-person conferences and festivals, this summer including Creation Fest, Ascent Festival and others. Hope to see some of you there!
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