Thursday, August 29, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
By Ian Harkness from The Explore Experience.
Could you help with a worthwhile educational project by the charity Explore aimed at helping young people understand about relationships?
The vast majority of young people (over 90% according to MORI) hold very real and deep aspirations for having an enduring and meaningful relationship, and a healthy family life that is probably through the institution of marriage.
But did you know that less than 5% of today’s young people have ever had the chance to hold a detailed and open conversation with a parent, relative, teacher or adult on the subject?
Explore runs workshops in secondary schools targeted for sixth formers to give them that chance to discover what it takes to maintain successful relationships.
Explore applies the principle of learning by experience, where young people themselves lead their own question and answer sessions to investigate the relationships of ordinary couples who, in response, answer with the experience of their own marriage. The young people are prepared and supported to draw conclusions from these dialogues which will lead them into seeing, through the life experience of our volunteers, some of the moral components and life skills that produce enduring and healthy relationships, family life and marriage in today’s society.
The workshops are organised and led by trained Explore staff.
We arrange for volunteer married couples to come to schools to engage with groups of about 20 students at a time.
Commitment is light, generally no more than two workshops a year, and most of our volunteers find it an enjoyable experience. Training is given.
Some questions which have been asked of our volunteers by students recently:
Why did you get married?
Did you worry that you wouldn’t get on with your inlaws?
Did the inlaws influence your decision to marry?
Were you worried it wouldn’t last?
How old were you when you got married?
Are you still attracted to each other?
Couples – prepared to answer questions put to them by young people about their relationship, family life and marriage.
We provide a briefing for couples and endeavour to only use couples once or twice a year to ensure freshness and spontaneity in the dialogue. More information is available on our leaflet which can be downloaded from our website theexploreexperience.co.uk;
Friday, August 23, 2013
The second meeting of this group will be held on 9th September at 7.45 pm in church. The evening will include an introduction to Parish Churches from June Richards, a short guided tour of the Church with Anne Le Bas and short talk from Peter Mountfield about the rood screen.
For more information please contact, Anna Linley at 01732 760095
Friday, August 16, 2013
Seal's Village Fete takes place this year on Saturday September 21st, with lots of stalls, activities and fun on offer. All it needs to be a success is people! We need people to come on the day, of course, but also to offer to man stalls, set up and clear away, bake cakes and tray bakes for the afternoon teas, provide prizes for the tombola and bottles of wine for the "Water and Wine" stall etc... If you can help, please contact Marion Gilchrist on 01732 763727. Donations can be brought to the vicarage or to a Sunday service, but please don't leave them in church when no one's there, in case they go missing!
Friday, August 09, 2013
Links to September's news from the Church of England, "In Review" and "In Focus "can be found below.