Still Game: Community and Compassion

Still Game: Community and Compassion

Assembly – Community and Compassion Like many people I was excited to hear that Still Game will be returning to our TV screens for another new series. The last series of the Craiglang Comedy drew record viewing figures of around 3.2million across the UK. Many have attempted to explain the success of the show but for me it’s to do with the strength of community and the bond between the characters. There’s something about the way Jack, Victor, Isa, Tam, Winston and the gang treat one another. Even in amongst all the banter. Here’s a few clips… I think Lorraine Kelly summed it up really well when she spoke about the community spirit and everyone looking out for one another. If you’ve ever seen an episode you’ll know that there at times when not all the characters get on with one another…Winston trying to fast forward Isa to the point of her story, Jack and Victor burning Boaby the barman. But when the chips are down and things get difficult everyone in Craiglang is there for one another; there is more that unites them that divides them. And that’s true for all of us that are part of this community. If we pay attention to one another we recognise that. Being present and paying attention to one another opens us to true compassion. Sometimes we can think of compassion as a gift that we either have or we don’t. If we haven’t we’re out of luck. Or we can think of compassion as some kind of emotional reaction that spontaneously erupts out of us…like we have no control over...
Why do we suffer? Time for Reflection

Why do we suffer? Time for Reflection

Time for Reflection – Why do we suffer? During our first Time for Reflection at the high school we gathered responses from pupils about questions they might ask God if they had the opportunity. The question of suffering came up time and time again. Why do we suffer? People of faith, and of no faith, have attempted to provide an answer to the reality of suffering but logical explanations and well-crafted arguments don’t really seem to get to the heart of the problem. Our experience of suffering is felt at a much deeper level. Video: Story of the Handful of Mustard Seeds (Peter Rollins) Questions for Class discussion What do you think the story teaches about suffering and how to respond to it? Why do you think it’s easier to forget than remember? When you’re having a hard time or facing a difficult situation who are the people you’d go to first for help? Take some time to share as a class times when you’ve faced a difficult or painful situation. How did you feel? What helped most? Is there anything you’ve learned about yourself during those times/situations? You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children’s work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y team. More school based resources...
Animation: The Story of Joseph

Animation: The Story of Joseph

Animation: The Story of Joseph http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Gods-Story-Joseph.mp4 A beautifully animated video from kids’ club showing the story of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers and his rise within Egypt. It’s ideal for children’s groups or sunday school. You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children’s work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y...
Animation: Noah and the Flood

Animation: Noah and the Flood

http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Gods-Story-Noah.mp4 A beautifully animated video from kids’ club showing the story of Noah and the Flood. It’s ideal for children’s groups or sunday school. You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children’s work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y...
Animation: Creation Story

Animation: Creation Story

http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Creation-Story.mp4 A beautifully animated video from kids’ club showing the  creation story. It’s ideal for children’s groups or sunday school. You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children’s work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y...
Video: Remembrance Reflection

Video: Remembrance Reflection

How best do we honour the sacrifice of those who gave their life for Queen and country? Is peace possible or is the stuff of dreams? Is there a better way? Can love win? You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children’s work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y...