11 December, 2008

Secondary School Snowboard Trip

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Sign-Ups are officially open today for The Journey 2009 Snowboard Trip to France. We will be joining forces with Champfleuri, a Christian-run camp just outside of France. The cost will be €350 plus the cost of your flight (details in the brochure). Days will be spent snowboarding and in the evenings we will discuss life and faith from a Christian perspective.

Download the Brochure for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there.

09 December, 2008

Blog Readings

Phil has been digging up some great posts on church and mission:

Exit Strategies & Empowerment Strategies for Christian Leaders by Neil Cole
Does our leadership enable and empower those around us to join in God's mission for the world?

A True Seeker Service by Neil Cole
Neil turns the phrase "seeker" on its head: rather than providing a space for those searching for God, we become the seekers and go to the places where Jesus would hang out.

Three Questions for the Attractional Practitioners Who Question the Fruit of Missional by David Fitch
Fitch explores the paradigm shift required when transitioning between attractional and missional forms of church in the form of questions.

And finally, a video from our friend Michael Frost who wants us to get our heads around what it means to be missional:

Camino Trip


The Journey is joining up with Agape to organize the trip of a lifetime. June 13-27 2009 will provide the opportunity to bring students and young adults on a pilgrimage in Northwestern Spain, on the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James).

Go HERE for more information.

"The normal course of day-to-day human interactions locks us into patterns of feeling, thought, and action that are geared to a world set against God."
- Dallas Willard
The Camino de Santiago is the only long-distance footpath to be recognized by the United Nations, and given World Heritage status because of its historical and spiritual significance. The June 13-23 walk will take us 150km (92 miles), through a truly spectacular part of Spain, and will give us an authentic pilgrim's experience!

Our vision is to make this a fun and 'safe' place to invite friends, as we exercise our bodies (with lots of walking), broaden our minds (with new cultural experiences), deepen our souls (as we hear from the Word each evening, and dialogue with one another about it along the way), and nourish our hearts (as we pray for and serve one another and those we meet along the way).

Our guide will be veteran, twelve-time pilgrim, and 'Camino' expert, Kelly Mulholland.

The project will also nourish our hearts and deepen our souls as we will use this pilgrimage to raise funds for an orphanage in Portugal.

This could be the most rewarding thing you do next summer. Check it out!

"Just take a look for a moment at our daily routine. In general we are very busy people. We have many meetings to attend, many visits to make, many services to lead. Our calendars are filled with appointments, our days and weeks filled with engagements, and our years filled with plans and projects. There is seldom a period in which we do not know what to do, and we move through life in such a distracted way that we do not even take the time and rest to wonder if any of the things we think, say, or do are worth thinking, saying, or doing. We simply go along with the many 'musts' and 'oughts' that have been handed on to us, and we live with them as if they were authentic translations of the Gospel of our Lord."
- Henri J.M Nouwen

Clean Newpark Day

We're joining forces with our friends at Serve the City to clean up Newpark Secondary School in Blackrock. From the STC website:

"Coming up on Saturday, 13 December, there'll be an opportunity for anyone and everyone to serve at Newpark Comprehensive School in Newtown Park Avenue. Projects will range from painting to gardening. The project is being led by some parents and teachers who would like to improve the appearance of this underfunded local school in order to create a more pleasant environment for staff and students alike. So if you're available or if you can get away from that Christmas shopping in Dundrum or the city centre for a few hours of serving, e-mail Cormac Shaw at cormacandkaren@eircom.net.This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it The group will begin tidying up the school at 9.00 and go for about 4 hours, finishing up around 13.00. The only thing you might need will be gloves for the gardening. All other supplies will be provided, though a smile and a willing heart are also highly recommended. =) Expect to hear a special solo rendition of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" from our friend Cormac."

02 December, 2008

The Journey University Snowboard Trip

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We're taking applications for The Journey University Snowboard Trip Jan. 22-29, 2009 for those 18 and older. If you're up for coming along, please download the brochure and let us know of your interest. Look forward to seeing you on the slopes and discussing God.


The Journey has begun a new initiative to be intentional about how we live out the Gospel. It's called BELLS. We've decided to insert weekly rhythms into our lives in an effort to define what it means to be a follower of Christ in Blackrock. These are less a set of rules we must do and more a set of commitments we've chosen to do as a reminder that we're all not crazy and are, in fact, a part of something bigger happening in Ireland. So, without delay, here are the BELLS*:

Bless at least 3 people each week. Blessing someone could be as short and simple as a kind word or email or as extravagant as a gift or celebration for someone.

Eat with at least 3 other people each week. If you read about the life of Jesus, you'll see he ate with people a lot. Try to share at least one of these meals with a person who is a not-yet Christian.

Listen to the promptings of God in our lives. Commit specific times of solitude for active listening to God. It's hard to stop so we need to be intentional about doing it.

Learn from Jesus each week. Make sure you spend a significant time each week learning from the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John). If we're hoping to be like Jesus we must know Jesus.

Sent (Journal). This is an affirmation that we are to be missional or "sent" in our nature. We must seek out acts of hospitality, just use of our money, fights for justice and ways to help the poor & marginalized. Take time each week to journal and praise God for how he's sending you.

*We've taken these commitments from Michael Frost's book Exiles - an excellent resource for those searching out how to live missionally.

01 May, 2008

Snowboard Videos

I've finally gotten around to posting our snowboard videos online. Feel free to check them out.

The Journey Snowboard Trip Feb. 2008 (Secondary School Students)

The Journey Snowboard Trip March 2008 (University Students)

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26 March, 2008

God is in Cervinia

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Got back late Saturday night after seven days in Italy. The trip was tough on many levels but perhaps the most personally satisfying too. We were hit with a lot of set-backs. Back home Hailey, watched Eoin contract a muscle virus (giving him sore legs) along with scarlet fever (again!) and Moia battled a head and chest cold giving them all many sleepless nights. In Cervinia we had injury after injury - one student sprained their wrist, another tore his ligament, one knocked himself out cold, another found it hard to walk after he popped his hip and yet another found it hard to sit after severely bruising his tail bone. Perhaps the crescendo was when the rescue helicopter had to be called in to save two of our students from falling into a large crevasse in which someone had died just 30 minutes earlier. They hung on to ice for 20 minutes before being rescued.

Midway through the trip Cormac and I looked at each other and asked, "Can we afford to do these trips?" By the end of that night our question was "Can we afford to not do these trips?" So many of these university students have questions, deep questions, life questions. Our theme was "living life to the full," and we looked at the many ways Jesus reorients our life not so he can rule us like a tyrant but so that we can become our true selves and join him in his plan of world reconciliation. We were reminded that these lads don't often get to wrestle with the deep questions of life. Like many of us, it's not often that they stop and ask why they're living their lives they way they do.

It was such a blessing to be able to hang with guys who have become good friends and meet others for the first time. It was encouraging to see some of the lads desire to pursue God more for the first time. It was good to know that even with all the hard times this trip endured we could say at the end, "God is in Cervinia."

A few pictures from the trip.

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06 March, 2008

In Manchester

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Yesterday I awoke at 4am to join six others from Dublin jumping on a plane to Manchester for the day. We were there for a conference put on by RUN on cafes as ministry. While I appreciated the conference and was introduced to some new resources I'll be honest and say I wasn't that impressed. What was valuable, however, was the time spent with others of like-mind. Not only did we have a great laugh but we were able to encourage one another and share our visions for working in the cafe culture emerging in Dublin. Although only seven of us flew over from Dublin I was shocked over the past few months to meet individual after individual who had similar visions. I think we counted 10 different initiatives to start cafes in Dublin! Each vision is different but the heart is the same - to see God's kingdom realized in the lives of Dubliners. We were able to visit Nexus, a new cafe focused on art culture and also the meeting grounds of Sanctus1. While there we bumped into Mark Berry who a few knew from Sojourners this past summer. He was randomly speaking that night but we decided to miss it in favor of some lovely Chinese food.

All-in-all the trip was fantastic and much needed. I'm excited to see where these initiatives go and how we might be involved in the process.

The Journey Feb Snowboard Trip

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We made it back from Italy (well almost - more on that later). The trip was amazing. Any time you spend seven days snowboarding over 6 hours each day and incur no major injuries, it's amazing. The beginners did well and kept up with those who'd been before though they took many a fall (two finally gave up and went back to skiing). The weather was phenomenal. We had 7 days of sun. This meant we didn't have much powder but to be honest it allowed us to enjoy ourselves that much more. The night discussions we especially powerful this year, with each of the students feeling free to share and engaging deeply from their hearts. I was on holy ground hearing what they had to say. Thank you to those who helped make this trip possible and who prayed for it.

Towards the end of the week I was thanking God that no major problems had occurred. A few hours later a student walked up to me and informed me he didn't have his passport. We ran back to the hotel, looked everywhere but found nothing. Once at the airport, we were informed that we needed police approval to fly. After speaking to the police they (he) said it wouldn't be possible to fly (the stewardess told us contrary - hmmmm). So, after much debating we had to leave the student and Cormac back in Milan. They made it home the next night just before midnight.

We're running this same trip again in March with another 20 students. Can't wait.

Check out some photos of the trip.