Saturday, 11 April 2009

afternoon in the country

Another afternoon in March (this time a Saturday rather than a friday)
and the day after the last post

I went for a drive to find some of my churches and show off my new job's beauty to the other half, I also found out he can navigate (which I did know when I was lost in Liverpool months earlier and he became my sat nav or iPhone a friend (I wasn't on the phone to him while driving, I had a passenger - who is the reason we got lost!))

I'm getting excited, its so really now, and so close till I actually start!


Friday, 10 April 2009

a good childhood

For those of you who don't care for youth work theory you may want to skip this one!

The Children's society have just published 'The Good Childhood Enquiry' and I've been on a training day (with the diocese's CofE primary school head teachers and incumbents) all about it, led by someone one the group from the Children's society.

they say we need to change are attitude to 5 key aspects
Love & relationships,
collective responsibility,

i agreed with alot of what was said, though my youth work training kinda goes against there idea of living alongside the young people, the way they put it almost seemed to be without boundaries, and I personally belive it is important not to be there 24/7 otherwise you are always on show and never get to switch off, but also so young people don't become dependant on the worker .

on another point the term child annoys me, here is covers those 0-18 and I guess it is a good enough phrase (childhood)
however the other day someone called me a child - now I'm 20! she also called all of my course mates children which is strange saying as not only are we training to work with young people but some of the group are mature students and are therefore much older!

this is something I need to look into further, I think buying the book and having a good flick through is on the cards when I get some time.


meeting the circuit boss

there was an afternoon back in march (decided to stop backdating) when I drove to a village (where he lives) to meet my circuit line manager, and we had the chance to talk, drink coffee, study maps, and plan for the future.

We then went and saw 6 of the church I will be working with (out of 7) 4 of which I got to go inside, its a really rural circuit, with some small churches (that you can tell are methodist)

really getting excited now, there's alot of potential in the churches and working ecumenically, ready to go now!!!!!