Both these links and suggestions come via Mark Oestricher's blog over these last few days and as I've browsed them, I've been struck by how potentially game changing both these websites could be, with their mix of sound youth ministry experience, theological thinking and excellent (free!) resources.
So if you have a few minutes, check these out!
http://www.echothestory.com/ - The blurb says: "Echo desires to recapture this sacred art of biblical storytelling, inspiring new generations to find themselves in God's Story.
Echo uses a process called Storying (short for Chronological Bible Storying) - a sequential telling of Bible stories followed by a time of review and dialogue. Derived from the ancient Hebrew way of learning through careful observation and discussion, Storying was rediscovered a few decades ago by missionaries who are now using this method extensively around the world. Recently, Storying is also proving to be effective with youth and adults in our media-literate, story-oriented context."
http://www.ritesofpassageproject.com/ - the blurb says: "The Rites of Passage Project is a strategic approach that helps parents (and youth workers, my addition) acknowledge and celebrate key physical and spiritual growth stages with meaningful life-markers that their students will never forget."
This church have graciously made these resources available free online so I encourage you to take a look and download for future use. As many of you will know, one of my areas of research and concern in these past few years in this role have been the lack of genuine rites of passage in the Church, other than Confirmation and that is confusing in itself because of it's ill thought out theology. So I welcome this resource and look forward to using it myself soon!
Hope these get your juices flowing...have a great Sunday!