Youth Work Promo Video

19 January 2009 — 8 Comments

A few months back, my little brother Tim started filming some of the activities we run at church in order to make a short promotional video to help explain what we do a little bit better.

After he filmed an interview with me, I pretty much left him to it. Last week, he showed me the finished article he had put together. To be honest, I’m really impressed with what he’s done. The camera angles, choice of clips, music and animations are simply great!

Have a look and see what you think (Apologies for the amount of times that I appear!)

ACC Children’s & Youth Work Promo from Jon Jolly on Vimeo.

The following links are items that I have read and shared through Google Reader in the last 7 days. Some will be youth work or youth ministry related, while others are of personal interest. You can view my full shared items here.

UPDATE: OK, it’s obvious this post wasn’t published on a Sunday (it was a Monday). I’ve got some more work to do with the automated link posting plugins on this blog. My humble apologies!

Facebook Connect

9 January 2009 — 4 Comments

Through the wonder that is the Disqus comments system, you can now leave a comment on this blog using your Facebook profile!

Handy for anyone who doesn’t have a profile elsewhere, and great for gaining a bit of continuity across various websites.

Just for fun, leave a comment below by signing in with your Facebook profile! (Apparently there may be a bug that stops Safari users. Try Firefox instead until it’s fixed)

Hope Isabelle Jolly

30 December 2008 — 8 Comments

Sorry about the lack of information up on the blog this past week, I’ve been a bit pre-occupied!
Due to some complications, Kirsty was induced nearly 3 weeks early which suddenly changed all our Christmas plans! Then after 3 days of induction and 20 hours of labour ending in a c-section, our daughter Hope Isabelle Jolly was born at 9:48am Christmas Morning!
We had no idea if the baby was a boy or girl and are overjoyed at how gorgeous and amazing little Hope is.
We’re currently settling in at home and getting used to being a family together which is simply amazing. After the Christmas break, my paternity leave kicks in which gives me nearly 3 full weeks of hanging out with Kirsty and Hope. I’m really looking forward to it!
Cosy by the fire
So don’t expect too many more youth work related posts over the next couple of weeks. I’ll get to blogging when I can. Enjoy your new year!

Crazy Day!

19 December 2008 — 3 Comments

Apologies for the lack of posts this week (especially after such a sustained effort) but I’ve had a nasty cold which wiped me out for a few days. I did however, manage to host the youth group’s Christmas party, and take 28 kids Ice Skating!

Today started out with the Breakfast Club’s end of term party so I was in work at 6:30am before heading over to hospital for another check up with Kirsty. Due to liver complications, Kirsty has been having regular scans and blood tests to check on the baby. Today was no exception and I’m pleased to say baby is very healthy and active with a due date of January 13th.

However, in order to ensure the liver issues don’t adversely effect the baby, the consulant told us that they will enduce Kirsty on Sunday on order to give birth Monday or Tuesday! That’s this week! BEFORE Christmas! Not really what we were expecting!

So we’ve come home a little shell shocked and paniced thinking of all the things we need to get done tomorrow (not to mention the church event I’m hosting and the dj gig I’m doing).

So if I don’t manage any more youth work related posts before Christmas, you’ll know why! I’ll keep you all updated on Jolly Junior though. 🙂

Have a great Christmas!

A Great Quote!

16 December 2008 — 2 Comments

At the breakfast club this morning, I was sitting next to a young girl who was chatting away to me. At one stage she turned to me and said:
“You know how when you’re 7 and then you have a birthday and then you’re 8 and then you have another birthday…”

“Yeah”, I said expectantly.

“Well I just don’t get it!” she said.

I just giggled in reply. I’m not sure if she was trying to articulte a far deeper question, or whether she really didn’t understand how aging works. It made me laugh though.

The following links are items that I have read and shared through Google Reader in the last 7 days. Some will be youth work or youth ministry related, while others are of personal interest. You can view my full shared items here.

Mini Volleyball

12 December 2008 — Leave a comment

This is a silly adaptation of the classic volleyball game except players must remain on their knees at all times!

Numbers: groups of around 10 or over (2 teams of equal numbers are needed).
Suitable for: ages 7 and up!
Preparation time: under 5 minutes.
Venue: large room or small hall.
Safety First: As participants are all sitting on the floor, the only risk is from over-enthusiastic individuals waving their arms around too much. Try and encourage the team to spread out and cover the court between them to avoid injury.
Equipment needed:

  • An Inflatable Beach Ball
  • Tape, cones, or some other way of marking the court
  • An optional net set-up across the court

The game:
Set up the court by marking out two equal sized squares divided by a central line. If you have a tennis or badminton court already marked out, that is the perfect size. If you have a net, set it up between the two squares. If you don’t have a net, clearly mark a line of tape down the centre between the two.

Organise the group into two teams and have them spread out across their side of the court. The more people you have on a team, the more silly the game becomes as everyone tries to get a touch on the ball! Have every team member kneel down on the floor and explain that they are not allowed to get up. That means no running, jumping or diving – everyone must remain with their knees on the floor at all times!

You then play volleyball! The obvious aim is to get the ball to touch the floor on the opposition’s side. Every time this happens, the team gains a point. A point is also given if the opposition team knock the ball out of the court (just like in tennis).

To start, throw the beach ball onto the court and watch as the team passes it around and tries to knock it over to their opponent’s side. With large groups it is best to allow them as many touches on the ball as they want rather than the usual three-per-team. You can play until a certain score is reached, or until a given time limit is up. The winning team is the one with the most points.

Adaptation: To make it even more difficult, you can get the teams to sit on their bottoms instead of kneeling!

Online Missions Trip

11 December 2008 — 4 Comments

Tim Schmoyer over at Life In Student Ministry has unvieled his idea for free missions trips – a co-ordinated online “mission to facebook”!

The Online Missions Trip is a two week outreach campaign for teenagers and youth leaders to capitalize on the tremendous social opportunities that exist on the Internet and use it to share Christ with unsaved friends all over the world!

The ‘trip’ will be taking place early next year with youth groups encouraged to train their young people in online evangelism throughout January, and then start sharing their faith in the first two weeks of February. Dates, details and downloads are available at the brand new

I think this is a really good idea! While I’m not so interested in a coordinated approach to evangelism, I believe that empowering young people to share their faith is vital and to help them do so through digital media is important. Nearly every teen I know has multiple accounts on various social networking sites, so the online missions trip can help them to better live out their faith online.

Go check it out and see what you think!

These are my youth work, youth ministry, childrens ministry and schools work links for 5th December to 9th December. For more related links, check out my links page