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Key dates, texts and themes for Lent 2015

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We are once again planning a lent course for the Diocese of Winchester, this year exploring what it might mean to have a rule of life, a spiritual measure that people have been using for centuries as they seek to follow Christ.

The key dates, texts and themes are now available on the Winchester Diocesan Website.

We are preparing material that will we accessible for people of all learning preferences and of all ages – we’re excited about it!

Secure – Youth Event at St Mary’s Eastrop, Saturday 21 March

Just a quick update on the next Rooted youth event planned for the Basingstoke area.

Martin Salter has been booked to speak at the event, which will explore how you can be secure in your faith.

The event runs from 3 – 8, is for young people aged 14-18 and tickets cost £5. All the details are on the flyer below!

SECURE A4 Poster

Job Advert: Music Development Worker Bournemouth (PT)

AIMCommunityFYT Music Development Worker

Bournemouth

Part Time -19hrs per week

Hours across Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

This role is to lead the provision of rockschool™ Music Practitioner Level 2 course in an Academy setting in Bournemouth. We are looking for an experienced musician with excellent music leadership and youth work skills who can offer young people the opportunity to express themselves creatively, by facilitating and encouraging them to ‘perform higher’ and reach their potential.

AIMCommunityFYT is a creative arts, education and mentoring project for young people in Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset. All of our AIMCommunityFYT projects are based on the same successful ethos and principles of offering students a chance to develop technical ability while also working towards areas of personal development.

All staff working within AIMCommunity will be required to complete or hold a valid CRC/DBS check prior to their commencement of work with young people.

Closing date for applications is Friday 21st November 2014 with interviews being held on the evening of 25th November 2014.

CONTRACT: This post commences from December 2014 and initially runs until 24th July

2015. This post is subject to a 3 month probation period.

SALARY: £ 22,888 pro rata

HOURS: Part Time 19hrs pw (pro rata full time 37.5hrs pw)

For more information, Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form, please email us aim.community@fyt.org.uk

Rooted, Youth Event – Saturday 21 March, 3-8pm

Will Eley from St Mary’s Eastrop writes:

“After the success of last years gathering we are going to run another ROOTED  on 21st March 2015 from 3-8pm. The day will consist of fantastic Bible teaching from Romans 8, sung worship, interviews, optional seminars, bookstall, a market place (run by UCCF, Changing Lanes, Lovewise + others to be confirmed), food, games, inflatables and lots of other fun. The day is open to any 14-18s and their youth leaders who would like to benefit from excellent Bible teaching and the encouragement of gathering with other Christians in their age group, from in and around North Hampshire (and elsewhere if they would like to join us).”

We’ve cracked… And we’re sorry… Cracking ministry cancelled.

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We really thought that it was a great idea… but apparently we were in the minority. As we’ve only sold a very small handful of tickets for Cracking Ministry with Families, Children and Youth we have regretfully decided to cancel…

We’re sorry if you had planned to come, and just hadn’t got round to buying your ticket yet. Maybe next time eh?!

If you have any thoughts or reflections on future events then we’d love to hear them.

SnapChat Hack

Icon_100pxIf you’ve got young people in your church, then there is a strong chance that at least some of them will be using SnapChat. The idea of the Social Media Network is that young people can take photos, annotate them and then send them to friends. The picture will appear on the friend’s screen for a few seconds and then be deleted. No picture is saved on SnapChat’s servers and technically speaking all traces of the interaction are destroyed.

However, as with so much tech, where there’s a way for something to be subverted it will be, and so third party developers have found ways around the SnapChat safeguards, and have allowed people receiving pictures to store them, and as you will have seen in the news, these stores were recently hacked, with thousands of pictures, many of them of young people have been leaked to the internet.

The vast majority of these pictures were entirely innocent, and as they weren’t linked with usernames, there is no easy way to trace a photo back to a particular individual. Some of the pictures were however sexual in nature, and any young people who may have used SnapChat to send graphic photos of themselves will now be worried that their pictures are in the public domain.

Below is the official press release from CEOP from their ThinkUKNow website.

If you work with young people, now might be the time to offer support and care for anyone who is concerned about the SnapChat hack.

“There has been a lot of press coverage reporting the upload of a large number of stolen Snapchat photos to the internet.

These images have apparently been taken from a third party site ‘Snapsaved’ which appears to have been hacked. ‘Snapsaved’ enables users to save Snapchat pictures rather than see them disappear but in doing so saves the images on its own servers. Press reports state that it is images from this database which have been uploaded and made available via the 4Chan discussion boards. This story from The Independent provides background.

From the press reports it would appear that:

It is unlikely the images are linked to usernames so it would be hard to locate a photo of an individual
There is no additional personal information associated with images
Most of the images are not sexual
Despite this, young people you work with may be concerned that images of them have been uploaded. It’s really important that they are provided with support and know what to do if they lose control of a sexual image. It’s never too late to get help.

Young people can:

Talk to a counsellor at ChildLine on 0800 1111 or at http://www.childline.org.uk. ChildLine will also work with the Internet Watch Foundation to notify sites hosting images to have them removed.
If young people are being harassed, threatened or blackmailed because of a sexual image they can report to us at CEOP via the CEOP report form at http://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre.
If images end up on a site they can often report to the sites where they have been shared. Find out how to report to some popular sites here.
An education response

If you’d like to explore this issue with young people you work with, use the ‘News’ section of Thinkuknow – we’ve posted an article about it here.

Young people should be made aware of the potential consequences of sharing sexual images. They can visit Thinkuknow for 11-13s or Thinkuknow for 14+ for advice and films on the topic.

If you’re concerned about young people being blackmailed over images they have shared you can also access the ‘Webcam with Confidence’ fact sheet and assembly which tackles this issue from the Thinkuknow for Teachers Resources Area.”