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Alice Smith
Essex
wife to Andy, mum to Matilda and Isaac, Youth Ministry Adviser for the Anglican church in Essex, loving life and tea and organising...!
Interests: Extended family, Jesus, people, family, music, food, tea, youth work, church, scrapbooking, books, people, shabby chic, max lucado, singing loudly, training people in youth work, thinking out loud, being with people, wagamama's, playing house, lovely stationery, developing good practice in youth work and getting it right, having my back scratched, talking, reading, The Order of Mission, my kids, my husband.
Recent Activity
A couple of weeks ago, I was speaking at a youthwork training in Havering Deanery. Takeaway has been going for 20 years, the initiative of Michael Eastman, legendary youthworker, former CEO of Frontier Youth Trust and Romford YMCA. It was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Crucible - a melting pot
This is the editorial text from my last Crucible Newsletter (which you can sign up for here) which I'm posting now before the February edition goes out tomorrow! Last month I spoke in the Crucible about cultivating new habits, one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Crucible - a melting pot
My friend Jack has a great blog, full of wonderful reflections on the church year, the saints and spiritual disciplines. His recent post on journalling struck me after my recent retreat day in January and as I embark on 2... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 4, 2014 at Crucible - a melting pot
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Supervision, coaching, mentoring, 1:1, spiritual direction, peer to peer, group supervision, reflective practice, line management, reviews....all words used today in a meeting about good practice in *these things* and how we might work better together across the Diocese in supporting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Crucible - a melting pot
Today has been a retreat day. The Youth Advisers Team have booked St Marks' College for 4 days between now and May and just made the space available for anyone who wants to come, no charge. The day is punctuated... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Crucible - a melting pot
The Children's Society do amazing work, research and support, highlighting the true picture of childhood and adolescence in Britain today. Not only are they filling the gaps left by many Government initiatives and cuts but they are sharing their resources... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 14, 2014 at Crucible - a melting pot
Have been watching with fascination the BBC4 documentary God's Cadets about the training of Salvation Army Officers. We have some very good friends who grew up in the Army and so I know something of the routine, lifestyle, beliefs, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Crucible - a melting pot
SUCH a long time since I posted on this blog... I have been posting on my family blog www.funkydoofamily.blogspot.com a bit more regularly...well, if you count about every 3 months as more regular! There are some changes afoot - my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Crucible - a melting pot
I'm in the midst of putting together my bumper Crucible Newsletter with lots of great ideas, links and resources to assist you in this busy season. If you don't already receive my newsletter, you still have time to sign up... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at Crucible - a melting pot
Really loved this post from Sarah Bessey and feel encouraged to sort out my silly stack of reading and replace with some better prospects... http://sarahbessey.com/in-which-i-share-10-books-that-changed-my-faith/# (Thanks to @thevicarswife who pointed out the missing link on my original post!) Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 2, 2012 at Crucible - a melting pot
I've now been back at work for about 10 days...and feel like I'm getting into the swing of things properly now that I've moved into my new office (having ousted the curate!) and met with Bishop John today. Spending quite... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2012 at Crucible - a melting pot
After 1 house move, 1 new baby, 39 weeks and many, many feeds, nappies and loads of washing - I am now back at work as of today! Some kind of full service will eventually resume on the blog and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at Crucible - a melting pot
My posting on this blog has been poor in recent months, for which I apologise...but unfortunately, it's not going to get much better! I'm a week away from beginning 9 months of maternity leave so will be exiting the world... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at Crucible - a melting pot
Welcome to the blog if you're here after the session last Saturday 11th June. Powerpoint from the Youth Focused session is Download St Melitus Training Day 12th June 2010 The Key - Did you know DVD is available from Diocese... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at Crucible - a melting pot
From an interview in Esquire Magazine, Shane Claiborne founder of the Simple Way and author of The Irresistible Revoultion addresses those who don't believe: To all my nonbelieving, sort-of-believing, and used-to-be-believing friends: I feel like I should begin with a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2011 at Crucible - a melting pot
Saturday 8th January in the late afternoon, 5pm, St Mary's Walthamstow. A bit of a milestone in the Smith Family journey. For a couple of years now we've been exploring The Order of Mission - a new monastic movement of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at Crucible - a melting pot
"And in despair, I bowed my head: ‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said. For hate is strong, and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men. Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: ‘God... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2010 at Crucible - a melting pot
I wrote a post that has been the most popular a while ago called the Ten Commandments of Discipleship. After reading Seth Godin on his retreat planning, I thought I would follow up. via beingministry.com Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 17, 2010 at Crucible - a melting pot
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I'm participating in Reverb10 with daily prompts to help us delve into the last year and connect with events, feeling and the significant and otherwise forgotten. Today's was about a moment which made me feel alive - and you can... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 3, 2010 at Crucible - a melting pot
Continuing through my list of starred posts and I have reached November and December 2009!! So thought I'd compile a final post for today with some seasonal links and ideas for you to have a go with! Enjoy Christine Sine... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at Crucible - a melting pot
continuing the post from last week of the various starred blog posts that I have wanted to keep but now have forgotten why...so I'm filtering them and posting the best and most longlastingly relevant (!) here so they are easier... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at Crucible - a melting pot
I star a lot of posts that I read on blogs through Google Reader - intending to go back and use the resources or follow up on the ideas or share elsewhere. I have failed miserably to do that since... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2010 at Crucible - a melting pot
Why I'm excited about Youthwork the Conference: 1. Uninterrupted sleep, I hope. Seagulls, be gone! 2. Input and teaching to restore the soul - programme looks great and, whereas in some years I've wondered whether any of the topics interest... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at Crucible - a melting pot