Monday, January 31, 2005

Kitgum Cross of St Albans

Kitgum Cross made by pupils from Townsend School, St Albans Posted by Hello
I spent a late Friday evening at Townsend school teaching a drama workshop to highlight the plight of the child soldiers in northern Uganda. Many other workshops were running at the same time and I have posted a picture of a cross made from clay showing the pain of children in this conflict. At the end of the evening my group performed and did a great job. Thankfully I could then leave for a nice warm bed while some 70 or so pupils and teachers stayed to sleep the night to raise money for displaced children in Kitgum and Gulu and to connect with the many thousands of children who are forced to sleep out rough in bus stops and hospital grounds for safety from the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army).

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Free running

A game inspired by a recent TV programme called jump London, a Parisian export where street gangs engage with their urban environemt in an acrobatic way. For more on that check out Le Parkour

Monday, January 24, 2005

Banksy on Bliar

Banksy on display at the anti war in Iraq demo in Parliament square Posted by Hello
I went for a walk into London during my lunch break and saw this in the street. Banksy is a very accomplished stencil graffiti artist who uses the urban landscape as his canvas. He is a modern day political cave painter. I think this may have been taken from his South Bank Exhibition. For more of his work check out Banksy

What would you ask God

We asked the young people in our youth group at Holy Trinity Church Clapham last week, if God were in the room with us now what would you ask him? Here are some of the responses.
Who are you?
Why doesn't everybody have faith?
Why did you make the food chain?
What if you were a girl?
Why must we pray for you to hear us?
Why did you choose to create us and not some other alien form?

Teenagers are great at those what and why questions.....

The most multi cultural city ever.......

Big Ben Posted by Hello
My colleague Jonny has shown me a great article from his Guardian today about Multi Cultural London. It lays claim to London being the most multi cultural city ever...... Check out Jonny's blog for more and take a look at this map and key of multi cultural London.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Beyond the fire

I came across this very interesting website beyond the fire . Fifteen teenagers from different continents tell their stories of war and it's devastation.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Big Intent Theatre co Posted by Hello

Friday, January 14, 2005

Youth Drama Church Project

Big Intent commitment
Big Intent will come to your church and work with between 10 and 30 of your young people for a day to present a one-hour performance in the evening to parents, friends and your local community.
Church commitment
Simply to recruit young people from your church to take part in the day workshop and performance, and to host the event. (Your church is free to charge an entrance fee to help towards your costs.)
The story
We follow the life of a slave girl and her journey to the West Indies. Everything changes when she meets the sea captain John Newton who rescues her and sends her to England. She is thrown into English society as a maid and embarks on an adventure to fight not only for her own freedom but also for freedom itself. She gets involved with a group of abolitionists from Clapham and is part of the setting up of Freetown, Sierra Leone, where she longs to return.
The cost
500 pounds for a one-day workshop and evening performance with up to 30 young people
Check out Tea town to Free town for booking details

Monday, January 10, 2005

CMS response to Tsunami

Being back at CMS after the Christmas break has been dominated by the events of the Tsunami. To view how CMS are responding to help check out Tsunami appeal . CMS is connected to many of the areas affected and stories are filtering out. Read this is a Sri Lankans view of the Tsunami