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Paul Bowman
I'm a Youth Director. My greatest achievements are marrying Val and becoming a Dad!
Interests: music, travel, good coffee, movies, photography, playing guitar.
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Group Size: medium to large size groups. Age: Teenagers. Resources: 2 pool noodles / foam swords and 2 Frisbees This is another classic game that I have used for many years in my youth ministry. It is fast and it... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Group size: medium to large group Age: Teenagers Resources: nerf/foam balls (soccer ball size) How to play: Have the group form a large circle. Nominate one person to be the president (if you have a guest speaker at your camp... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Group size: 20+ Age: 11+ Resources needed: Nerf balls or Dodge balls (these will be the projectiles/shells the tanks will fire). A large room/sports hall or playing area. This is one of my favourite games! I have used it regularly... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Resources needed: None (apart from an area large enough for everyone playing). This is another classic English Camp game. It is very easy to play, and it generates a lot of laughter and a lot of fun. All you need... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Resources needed: none! A classic English Camp game! This one is high energy, and has a fun competitive element to it. It works well as a group energiser at the start of an event or group activity. Planes, Trains and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Mass Kai-Bai-Bo Materials needed: Cones, Duck Tape (or anything you can use to designate the safe zones & middle line in the game) Age Range: 11+ Group size: 14+ The classic game Rock, Paper, Scissors originated in Asia and in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Games are more than simply time fillers in a youth group programme, though they are often treated as such. I would argue that games can play a much more profound role. In his excellent book Games Without Frontiers Pip Wilson... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Tonight at Fitzroy we had a ‘meet the staff’ interview conducted by Paul Clark. Paul is an accomplished broadcaster and journalist who knows how to ask incisive questions. A master at work his interview was insightful, thought provoking, humorous and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Today is a day we've been counting down to for months. Today is the day our Mission Team leaves for Uganda, and on that team is our daughter Erin. I had planned to be on this trip too, leading our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I haven't blogged in quite a while, mainly because life has taken an unexpected and uncertain turn of late. You can read about my collapse in Prague as best I can remember it (click here). Since coming home I've been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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One final song for Resurrection Day and this one comes from Andrew Peterson. He takes that high noon imagery which we associate with the old west - the showdown or the decisive confrontation - and he applies it to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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The rule has been disproved The stone it has been moved The grave is now a groove All debts are removed Window In The Skies is one of U2’s best songs, that it didn’t find a home on any of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I love how Dustin Kensrue weaves melody, truth and theology together. Disarmed is one of my favourite Thrice tunes and it also happens to be an outstanding track for resurrection day. Here it is stripped back, live and acoustic. We... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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It is Resurrection Day... Jesus took in that breath And shattered all death with his life I'm posting this video shot during the last Global Youth Initiative forum in Israel. You'll visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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We come to the Surprise & Joy of Sunday... The revolution has started, nothing is ever going to be the same again! But I can't shake that Saturday feeling just yet... I've had a strange week, and suffered a few... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I have been off the grid recently, some of you who have been following events on social media will know that on 23rd March I collapsed in Prague in the Czech Republic, and spent several days in the hospital. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Holy week is a tremendous opportunity for reflection and meditation... to journey with Jesus through the daily events of the last week of his earthly life. Every event and every word is packed with significance. And beginning with the events... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Flipside is our Friday night youth group and what a fantastic group of young people it is! Just before Christmas we had our winter Lock-In, with ten hours of mirth, madness and mayhem! Here is a video of some of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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A new year has begun! Every year on New Year's Day I read this poem by Wendell Berry, it is my all time favourite poem and it is packed with much wisdom and solid advice as we head into the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I thoroughly enjoy the poetry of Billy Collins, the former Poet Laureate of the United States. I love the wit and humour that flows through his poetry. Here is his poem New year's Day. Everyone has two birthdays according to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I was preaching in church this morning ...so I'd been thinking all week about what I should share on a New Years Day? What passage of Scripture should I take us into for hope, encouragement and challenge as we look... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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We have journeyed through Advent and Christmas and here we stand at the threshold of a new year. I’ve been thinking about Mary’s journey through that very first Advent… a young girl pregnant and no doubt facing the criticism and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Twenty16 has been another good year for music and in particular a great year for local (Northern Irish/Irish) artists. These are the 20 albums I have enjoyed the most during the past year. Music is a wonderful gift, next to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Here is my Playlist from the year that was Twenty16. When I hear these songs, many of them are indelibly connected to memories and experiences; a good few of these tunes were the soundtrack to our travels across Oregon and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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We are at an interesting point in popular culture when TV rivals and sometimes even surpasses the cinema as a storytelling medium. There are certainly some stories that benefit from the option to tell a sweeping story over multiple series;... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog