Youth teams learning community

Learning communities are a great place to enable processing of what god is saying for where we are at, as well as allowing others to speak into our context as well.

the greatest phrase for a learning community is that everyone is an expert in the room!! We all have someting valuable to contribute to the process each is on, and we all bring something unique to the gatheirng.

Having been on a Learning community once, it truly does help focus on what god is claling out of us, and enables time to really engage with the tough questions.

It is a huge amount of fun, and builds some brilliant friendships from different churches who engage with the process.

rolltherock are really excited about partnering with Timetorebuild to enable one of these opportunites to happen in the north of England.

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Week in review

this last week, it has been a real honour to see God at work in people’s lives, and for moments of revelation to happen in people’s lives.

BILLINGHAM

saturday saw a team from Kairos visit Billingham and enable a group of leaders engage with the issues of mission and disciplehsip.

We engaged in a workshop exmploring these issues in regard to teenagers, and although the numbers were small, god clearly opened eyes, minds to his possibilities, and we could ask no more.

We will keep our connection with these guys, and we are praying for all that god has for them in the months to come.

STEP-UP

This part of the year on Step-up has now completed as we enabled those on Step-up to explore the issue of having a Bold Life last thursday.

We explored motivation, demonstration and invitation in regard to...

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Ambivilance to Recognition

Recenlty I have been reading a book entitled Invisibles, and the first 3 chapters identify characteristics of invisible but yet important leaders.

The first characteristic that is identified is that of ambivilance to recognition. The writer suggests that there are people in society who simply do things because fo the love of what they do, not that they want to reach a position, or even receive reognition for thwat they do, but simply do what they do becuase they love it and are good at it.

i was particularly challenged by this chapter, as so much of public ministry engages with self promotion, people promoting their own thing, themselves to do something, and what they are involved in.

in a culture of social media that enables this even further, it is sometimes difficult to escape some of t...

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RolltheRock happenings over this last week

A number of great things have taken place over this last week, and we are committed to sharing up-to-date happenings.

LETS TALK ABOUT PORN

We are hosting an evening for parents and others to come an listen and engage with this topic in relation to the impact i hs upon young people.

this evening will be on Wednesday 21 January, more detials coming soon.

We are also going to be hosting a lunch for teachers and staff in schools, to help them engage with this topic and understand the landscape a bit better for how young lives are being impacted, more info will be coming soon about this, but we are lookin at this happening toward the beginning of next term.

YOUTH LEADERS

This last week it has been a real privilege to engage with local leaders, help them explore their work, and speak into their ...

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Roll models

There has been a lot in the news about this issue over the last couple of weeks with a convicted rapist going back to train with a football club he played or before his conviction.

the main thing i have been thinking about re this is the assumption that is being made in a number of contexts that he is a roll model!!!

Who made footballers inot being a roll model?

My thought was simply that most people who end up playing professional football do so becuase they enjoy playing football and are actually quite good at it!! (unless they play for arsenal of course said the man united fan)

I don’t believe that most footballers go into football thinking that they want to be a roll model for anyone never mind the next generation!! In the same way a banker goes into banking, a lawyer goes into law, a...

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friendship

Recently the meaning of friendship has been a hot topic of discussion in various circles. And more precisely the expectations of friendship!!

There is a good friend i meet up with once a week, and chat over life, and various other issues together, and enjoy a drink togehter. Without any conditions or expectations regularly we would buy each other a drink, without organising whether the other would buy another one back again, but just simply buy each other a drink out of just wanting to buy each other a drink.

Recenlty my friend wasn’t able to do this, he told me he couldn’t buy me a drink, I told him that that didn’t matter and that friendship wasn’t built upon whether he buy me a drink, or even further whether he cold do anything for me, he was simply a good friend.

He struggled with this...

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God gives and takes away

Interestingly this morning during a prayer time, we looked at Daniel and nebukaneza and how Nebukeneza looked upon his kingdom and recognised it as his. The problem was that he didn’t recognise god in what he had. he thought of it, and believed it to be his.

Sometimes we think of things as ours, not as God’s or even as things that god has given to us. and once this happens we can fall into a dangerous trap, and God can even take away what we have.

A number of years ago before moving to Harrogate, i remember having a full diary, a busy life, exciting times, only problem was that i thought of it all as mine, and took my eyes of God at certain points, and did things in my own strength, and even did some thtings that God would not have wanted me to do.

Within 2 weeks my full diary emptied, and...

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Schools

We are hosting an evening in November exploring where local Churches and organisations are connected with local Secondary schools and how we locally can better connect with one another, support each other in what we are doing, and ensure that there is no overlap in what is happening.

We are also aware that there is a lot of good heart toward local schools, but maybe somepeople may need some training in how to build their relaitonship with local schools, and support what is currently taking place in the school.

So we ae hosting an evening on the 13 november locally here in Harrogate, to ensure that there is better connection, better relationship building, better undertanding of what is involved and better communicatio betweent hose working in local schools.

Places are limited for this evnei...

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Love

Recently I have perchased a couple of new albums, by different bands, an amaerican band called the Counting Crows, and an Irish band called U2. Certain lines in songs always jump out at me, and a line from a song from each band have lept at me, and are very related.

The line from the Counting Crows song says: ï have a need for affection but struggle with connection”.
Where the U2 song line says: ëvery ship recked soul knows what it is, to live without intemacy”.

Both these bands, their singers in particular recognising the need for that deep intemate love that all humans have an inner need for.

All of us have that need for intemacy, affection, possibly in different ways, but it is still an inbuilt need for all humans, and why? Because all of us want to know we are loved, valued, apprecia...

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Movember

This is a play on words rather than a bad piece of spelling!!!!

RolltheRock is a movement seeking a change in the culture of mission and Discipleship among young people in this country and beyond.

so rather than November, we thought we would go for Movember indicating our intention for movement, and being a movement having people go with us.

So as a movement, we are wanting people to join us in Movember to help see an move take place, and to support us in this movement.

We would love it if your church or you as an individual would become a regular supporter of this movemnt, starting in Movember.

We have set ourselves a big challenge this coming year, to find a further 28 Move Members, supporting us on a monthly basis, giving 20 pounds a month, or more if they can do so.

But we have also se...

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