Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Came across this blog, while wandering around the internet looking for resources.

This is one of those blogs that it is worth spending some time browsing through just to get some new ideas or inspiration for worship. Not everything will take your fancy and some things will need to be tweaked for your situation, but while looking through you are likely to find some gold.

One of those pieces of gold is the screen games section which provides ready made powerpoint quizzes which could be used to introduce a new topic or just for fun.

The thing I like about this blog is that it is made my a youth minister who is clearly thinking about creative ways to connect with the young people he is working with.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

McCrindle Research

Mark McCrindle produces some of the most interesting research on social trends, demographic shifts and  generations in Australia. This information can be very helpful in understanding what is going on around us in the community and with the young people we work with.

His website McCrindle Research has free resources on all sorts of things including youth slang, educating and engaging, and spirituality in Australia.

This recent research provides some interesting insights into what people think about religion, spirituality and Christianity in Australia.

McCrindle's blog also has plenty of things to help inform the practice of chaplaincy.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Turn off the lights!

Something different for you today.

Have you ever wanted to show a video to a class or chapel service straight from YouTube or another online video source, but decided against it because of all the extraneous distracting material that appears around the screen on sites like that? 

"Turn off the lights" is an add-on/extension for most browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari for the Macs as well.

Once this add-on is installed one flick of a switch  darkens the entire screen except for the video that you're playing.  It focuses all attention on the video and means you don't have students diverted by the other video suggestions down the right side of the page, for instance.  Comments below the playing video can be distracting as well!

There are various others features, including the option to add your own image as a background while the video plays.  I'm still playing with these but the basic darkening function makes this useful for ministry where online video is accessed.

Find the website for this with links to the versions for each different browser here.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012


I am not an avid music fan. I like music but I can't confess that I spend much time exploring the musical landscape. As a chaplain, however, I needed to find some way to connect with  current Christian music.

The way I did this was through WOW DVD's. These are available from most Christian book-stores and while not really current (for instance the Hits 2012 DVD is actually hits from 2011) it did provide someone who knew nothing (me) with an idea of what is being produced today by Christian bands.

So my question to you is - since I am still pretty ignorant - how do you find out what is great in the Christian music scene? 

Wednesday, 2 May 2012


The attractively titled Pumphouse is the blog of uber-experienced Uniting Church youth worker Rob Hanks, a man who has had his finger on the pulse of both youth ministry and pop culture for more years than anyone can remember.

The blog features whatever is on Rob's mind from time to time, including links to (or his own) film reviews , youth ministry resources, whatever's big on YouTube at the time, places in daily life where faith has intersected in the popular consciousness,  liturgy ideas, fresh expressions installations and resources and so on.

It makes sense to learn from someone who thinks so keenly about their ministry and is willing to pass it on.  This is the kind of website you bookmark and visit once a week, or set up on your RSS feed.

It might also inspire some of you experienced chaplains to do the same thing!

Thanks Rob!