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ReadScripture

Read Scriptures App

The Read Scriptures app has to be one of the best Bible apps around for encouraging young adults to read scripture on their own and see how the Bible is one large story that all flows together. It allows the reader to not only track where they are reading but it also breaks up the Bible in sections that we believe are very helpful to understand the larger story.

On top of that, each section has an intro video that’s extremely helpful and simple at the same time to help the reader understand more.

This app has been created from the folk behind the Bible Project, and you may well recognise some of the videos, as this Bible app has become an awesome home for all their videos.

We highly recommend this app for young people 15+

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Touch Pause Engage

In most monastic communities the monks would meet together to pray several times a day.  It was part of their every day life, and it would become a habit – something that happens without thinking.  No matter what they were doing at the time, gardening, preparing food, study… when the bell tolled they would “down tools” and head to the chapel.

Being together regularly formed authentic community.  Being together with God meant that they developed a sense of being with God throughout their day – their day was “punctuated” with reminders that God was intimately interested in them, invited them to be in relationship with Him, and to be part of what he was up to in the world.

What does that look like in 21st Century New Zealand?  We obviously do not live in the same kind of monastic community, and our daily lives are spent all over the place.  This activity is possibly a way to try and replicate the same kind of habit forming, connecting with each other and with God.  It may be that by stopping, pausing, and engaging with God regularly every day, after a few months we will carry with us a more constant sense of awareness of Gods presence.

“Touch Pause engage” comes from the way rugby scrums used to be led – and doesn’t mean much at all except a novel way of thinking about how we connect with God.

Can we use 21st social media, in this case Twitter, to send out a “bell” 3 times a day (7am, 12 midday and 6pm) to remind us to “pause and engage” with God?  The reminder will have a suggested prayer, or questions.  The suggested process is once you “hear the bell” you down tools, pause (count to 5 silently), breathe deeply, and read the prayer.  At the same time others from our wider faith community will be doing the same thing. No rules apply, as we don’t want this to result in any sense of obligation, guilt or failure – they are not Kingdom expectations. You are simply invited to join or not.  The prayers will be simple and short like “God please lead me today.”

A woman I read said once, prayer is simply being aware of God.  You don’t have to do anything, or say anything specific, but pause and engage.  The one liner may prompt you to say something else to God, or more importantly listen to what God might be saying to you at that time. Just the simple activity of stopping and breathing deeply is beneficial for your soul.

Interested? Then set yourself up on Twitter and “Follow TPE” – instructions below.

Instructions to receive via Text Message (2degrees and SPARK customers)

  1. TEXT 8987 ‘follow kiwichurch1’

Instructions to receive via Twitter

  1. Go to twitter.com
  2. Sign up (or log in if already a twitter user)
  3. Search for Kiwichurch1 and select ‘follow’

 

 

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Making social health available digitally

Because there’s a stigma to mental health/depression and getting help, there have been a number of kiwi mental health apps developed recently offering self-help for young people.

The data suggests people who go through the apps are more likely to seek personal help if they still need it, than those who haven’t used apps.

Some great apps include:

Aunty Dee

Aunty Dee is a free online tool for anyone who needs some help working through a problem or problems. It doesn’t matter what the problem is, you can use Aunty Dee to help you work it through.

Sparx

SPARX is a computer program that helps young people with mild to moderate depression. It can also help if you’re feeling anxious or stressed. It is aimed for 12-19 year olds, but that’s just a guide.

The Lowdown

Sometimes life’s ups and downs are more than just the usual ups and downs.
If you’re stuck feeling bad we’ll help you figure out if it could be anxiety or depression. Whatever’s going on you’ll find ideas and people who can help you get unstuck.

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Believe? Videos

Bible Society distributed a creative new Easter resource to more than 11,000 young people attending Easter Camps around New Zealand in 2016. Aimed at helping them discover the biblical story of Easter from a different perspective, Believe? features four unique pieces of art from young kiwis.

The five panelled creative resource tells the Easter story from the perspectives of four lesser-known characters – the servant girl who caught out Peter in the courtyard, Pilate, the Centurion at the cross and the doubting disciple Thomas.

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yesHEis

Share Jesus Online

With so many people in the world connected online, the yesHEis website aim is to help Christians share their faith in Jesus.

yesHEis actively searches the internet in order to provide you with the best, most ‘sharable’, good news content available. We then connect this content with an engaging and authentic presentation of the gospel and an opportunity for the viewer to become a follower of Jesus.

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prezi Presbyterian Youth Ministry

Prezi

What can you use the application for?

Prezi is an application which makes it possible to design presentations online. It’s a unique flash based application that changes how you can create presentations. It means that you don’t need to worry about creating individual slides, you can create non linear presentations and then you can zoom in and out of a map containing all of your information.

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doodle Presbyterian Youth Ministry

Scheduling meetings: Doodle

Trying to plan a meeting with with other youth workers, ministers or church members is a nightmare. All of the back-and-forth emails about who is in town, or not, or who can meet after lunch, before lunch, catch me after church…

Facebook Code of Conduct for youth groups

imgresDifferent youth groups do different things to encourage healthy interactions online. St. Peter’s Church in Tauranga developed a Facebook Code of Conduct, which helped in their situation, and can now always be referred back to if needed.

Here it is: