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If you can get over the fact that they sell them as a fashion item, this place is good:

We just bought 2000 of the bracelets for our retreats this year.

This year there isn't a main Celebrate Conference down in Ilfracombe as the Easter holidays do not match up with the school that is used as the venue. Instead there is going to be a dedicated young adult conference - Joel's Bar 2014 - for 18-25 year olds held at Worth Abbey, West Sussex.

If you know of anyone that might be interested, please pass on the details or maybe you could look at organising a group from your Church, Unversity or Youth Project.

Potentially only about being able to lift 50 pounds!

I've visited St Tim's - it's an incredible parish with a very advanced youth ministry (it's the birth place of Life Teen) and they obviously know what they're looking for in a youth minister!

We were talking about that last night - it's only been a few weeks since he stepped down and he is looking quite frail.

Musician's Corner / Amazing music site...
« on: March 08, 2013, 03:23:06 PM »
So there is a part of me that wants to keep this website a secret so that I can take hours to look through all the amazing music that is on it, but that would be very selfish and a little unfair on lots of my friends who love music as much as I do!

Loads of free downloads and an absolutely massive amount of Christian music:

My iPod is loving this site and all the new music that I'm listening to.


I just want to say to the new pope - Go you!  ;D

General Catholic Youth Ministry Resources / Re: Thank You Pope Benedict XVI
« on: February 27, 2013, 06:40:16 PM »
Yep. Me too when I watched it this morning.  :'(

You could investigate Tim Vine and Frank Skinner, they're both Catholic comedians.

Also, Dermot O'Leary the tv and radio presenter is a Catholic too.

Other interesting people might be the olympians who spoke at Flame last year - Debbie Flood etc...

That's all I can think of at the moment.

Also, in the short term, see if you can get hold of some of the young person leaflets from Cruise bereavement care - they have a completely free helpline number especially for young people and a youth web site.

Useful Videos, Film & TV Clips / Re: Movies: The Nativity
« on: December 30, 2012, 05:18:25 PM »
Just to clear up something that might confuse a few people - Nativity is different to THE Nativity. When I told a friend that I was going to see Nativity 2 she said, "There's a sequel? Wasn't that The Passion of the Christ!"  ;D

Just to let people know that they've announced that the first tweet will be sent during the Pope's general audience on Wednesday 12th December. I've heard a lot of people wondering why he hasn't said anything yet!

I know a few worship leaders who use them for their lyrics and music.

Advent & Christmas Resources / Amazing Spoken Word Video...
« on: November 15, 2012, 09:14:29 PM »
A friend of mine posted this on Facebook today as it's a friend of hers that has created it. I watched it and just loved it so I thought I'd share it...

Musician's Corner / Re: Edwin Fawcett - Stronghold
« on: November 06, 2012, 02:48:16 PM »
I LOVE this song so much! I first heard it at Brightlights in July 2011 and it's stayed with me every since. It's always the first and last track I listen to when I put his CD in the player. AND my friends John and Claire had it at their wedding last week and it was just beautiful!

Such an anointed song!

School Chaplains' Chat (Catholic Schools) / Re: Year of Faith
« on: October 18, 2012, 01:35:47 PM »
We here at SPEC have decided to completely re-write our retreats around aspects of the Year of Faith - particularly focusing on the bit about the entering through the door of faith onto the journey with God.

We are also involved in the Westminster Diocesan events called You Believe which will be happening each month.

As a community we normally pray the angelus at 6pm each day but this year we are going to be praying the creed on a Monday instead

We will be facebooking and tweeting the creed and different reflections over the year (when I actually get around to sorting this out!).

Musician's Corner / Re: Rend Collective
« on: September 19, 2012, 12:06:24 PM »
It's because they are coming over and touring as part of the 'Big Church Night In' (new project from the people who brought us 'Big Church Day Out') and so I don't think they probably would have chosen those venues either.

Matt Redman is also playing those dates as well I think. I might see if I can get along to the London one.

I went interrailing for 3 weeks starting in Hamburg, Germany and then vis Berlin, Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, Venice, Verona, Garda, Milan and flew home from Zurich - amazing time!

Highlights would have to be the train journey through the alps from Milan to Zurich, the Reinfell - largest waterfalls in Europe, the salt mines in Poland including a whole massive underground church and visiting Auschwitz - very emotional but also incredible!

Also had some paralympics action and absolutely loved it! Blind football, goalball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball!

So far there haven't been too many shocked faces but it has been quite amusing to watch their initial reaction.   ;D

Mine are loving them... although I was told something very disturbing: apparently wearing a Rosary means that you've 'done-time' inside! LOL!

Tell them they've been watching too much Waterloo Road!!!  ;D

Can you post a picture? I'd like to know what the rosaries look like.  ;D Are they plastic ones or knotted rope ones that people have made?

CYMFed Flame Congress 2012 / Re: Thoughts from Flame?
« on: March 28, 2012, 10:12:19 AM »
I have to admit that when I first saw the list of speakers that had been booked and how vague the programme was at first, I was worried. I thought - how are they going to make sitting in our seats for 6 hours interesting!?!?!?

Well... they proved me wrong and I'm so glad they did!

Being semi-official photographer for the day I got a brilliant seat and there was no bit where I thought - this isn't excellent and interesting enough to take a photograph! The atmosphere in the arena during the flash mob was electric and watching the mexican wave from the front was pretty special too. The silence during adoration was beautiful - I got so into the prayer that I missed taking a photo of the benediction moment!  ;D

CYMFed Flame Congress 2012 / Re: That Flashmob...
« on: March 28, 2012, 09:59:21 AM »
This is the one taken on my camera by one of the SPEC volunteers (hence the zoom in on the SPECies). He wasn't used to the camera which is why it zooms in and out so much to focus. Also, we had to make it lower quality to be able to upload it so if anyone wants the original higher quality one, let me know and I can probs email it to you!

CYMFed Flame Congress 2012 / Re: If you're coming to Flame...
« on: March 23, 2012, 11:09:32 AM »
You are allowed 'domestic' cameras and of course mobile phones but no professional photography equipment unless you have a press pass for the day.

Anne-Marie - get Dermot or Tony to ring Johnny T from Southwark and get a press pass organised for one of the team - they can email the documents.

Oooh - I love freddos!  ;D

I'll be running around all over the place with a camera around my neck on the day (I'm helping Tree Behrens take photos) so I'm sure we'll cross paths at some point!

You are 4th from right on the second row - I recognise the smile!  ;D

There is a great charity based in Croydon called International Needs. They run trips through their Go Global project - I'm not sure if they take under 18's on their own, but they offered to organise a trip especially for our school if we could get the people and the funding together.

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