Monday, 15 December 2014

Cute, Inspiring and Pretty Clever


Every year St Paul's Church Auckland produce some awesome videos exploring the message of Christmas. I hope they produce this year  but last year's videos (and the ones from previous years) are worth a look,

"SPANK (St Paul's Arts 'n' Kids) produced a news style presentation of the nativity.


"SPAM (St Paul's Arts & Media) is a collective of individuals exploring arts and media and how it relates to contemporary expressions of spirituality and faith."

Last year's video is called 766 Christmases and explores Christmas through the eyes of some older church members. Check out their YouTube channel: 


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Nativity Factor


The Nativity Factor is a short film competition from ITN Productions and Jerusalem Productions, which asks entrants to tell the story of the Nativity in a new and creative way. The competition has run for the last four years and previously offered a prize of 5000 pounds.

This year "in an effort to reach a wider audience and bring The Nativity Factor community closer together during the Christmas season"  they added a new twist to the competition.

"Instead of submitting individual short films, contestants submitted themselves to take part in a professionally produced short film. The winners joined professionals in the filmmaking field for a weekend in London, where they received the mentoring experience of a lifetime."

They have produced two great films this year focussing on the message given by the angels.

The first, called "The Audition" is clearly targeted for an older audience. It is kind of confronting in the starkness of the story telling but it has a powerful ending.

The second film #Nativity is quirky but still delivers a great message.

Check them out:


Monday, 8 December 2014

What do young people think?


Australia's largest annual 'temperature check' of teenagers has been released.

The Mission Australia Youth Survey contain much interesting and useful information about what is happening in the lives of young Australians.

“Mission Australia’s 13th national Youth Survey tested the views of almost 14,000 young people between the ages of 15-19.”

Some of the highlights identified by Mission Australia are:
  • Around 80% of young people ranked education and hard work as the top two factors they believe will influence their career opportunities in the future
  • Almost 50% of young people believe where they live will affect the career opportunities available
  • More than 1 in 3 young people aged 15-19 are currently looking for work (including part-time/casual)
  • More than 70 per cent of young people ranked owning their own home as a key aspiration, and most felt this was also achievable despite falling rates of home ownership in Australia.
  • Only 54% of males plan to go to university, compared with more than 70% of females
  • 1 in 5 young people indicated strong concerns about family conflict and depression, while concern about mental health, alcohol and drugs has continued to rise for the past two years.

What stands out for you in the Mission Australia Survey?

Check out the full survey here