Justin Welby received some pretty big news last week - he’s going to be the new Archbishop of Canterbury - in his words, an ‘astonishing and exciting’ opportunity.  He has until March to tie up any loose ends in Durham and move on to his next position.  I wonder what he will say to the clergy and others he leads in his Diocese as he moves on.  What last, lasting sentiments will he prioritise to communicate in the coming months?

What about you?  The Bishop has months to say goodbye but here’s a question...if you were called away from your job today and all you could do to say goodbye was to write a postcard to your young people, what would you write on it?  You don’t have time for lengthy goodbyes and you can’t give them a pile of books which dramatically or eloquently communicate those things you wished you’d said.  All you have is a postcard and a few words.  What are those vital ideas, truths, verses, pleas, that are crucial enough to make it onto that small piece of card?

If you were waving goodbye tomorrow, what would you leave with them?

We can’t live out a whole youth work only ever focussing on three or four things, but it’s sometimes helpful to come back to those things which we are desperate for them to grasp.   Would you write that they are forgiven, that they are loved, that they are called to love, that they can make an impact on their world, that the Bible is a gateway to discovering God, that God is bigger than they could ever understand, that Jesus will never leave them, that you’re sorry, that you’re grateful...

Why not take 5 minutes now to shut your laptop, close that book and sit in front of an A5 piece of paper.  Why not write that postcard.  I’d love to see some photos of what you come up with #justapostcard

Pippa Elmes

Ministry Training Leader

Pippa supports those in church based student ministry to do their job really well. She loves challenging churches to work with students and equipping them to pioneer new mission opportunities to reach students.                     

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