Did you graduate from CYM in 2006??? Congratulations – you are nearly 10 years old!!!

If that’s you then we have a date for your diary… It’s Tuesday 18th October 2016.  That is the date of the Class of 2016 Awards day in London and we would LOVE it if you could join us at the  Reception and Awards ceremony for a bit of a reunion, and to pass on some of your heart/wisdom/experience/passion to those starting out.

We would love for you as a group of 2006-ers to pray for our new graduates as we send them out into the world as newly qualified practitioners during the graduation ceremony!

We’d also love to have your voice of experience speaking to the Newly Qualified Practioners…

Finally we just wondered how you were, and what you’ve been up to during the past 10 years! We’d love to hear your story – pre/during/post CYM – so if you fancy writing a short blog article for the CYM website we’d love to use it!!

So… please:
A) pass this on to any fellow 2006 CYM-ers.
B) let me know if you could join us on 18/10/16 and I’ll send you more info nearer the time
C) if you fancy telling (some/all) of your story from the past 10+ years get in touch –  it would be great to have you as a guest blogger…

At our recent Class of 2015 Award Ceremony Clive Bennett from the Class of 2006 gave the following advice:

So you’ve come to the end of your cat-herding degree
The journals are over and you can jump with glee
But hold up, wait a minute and don’t cheer too long
Because journals – well they need to carry right on
Says me – I don’t do it, but I wish that I had
To look back on the good times and also the bad

So you’re qualified – professional, expectations are high
Now they’ll all look to you and you’ll oft wonder why
‘We didn’t learn THAT at college’ you’ll coo
“But I’ll reflect on it theologically and get back to you”
But sometimes you’ve got to just go with your gut
And sometimes you might end up flat on your butt

 But that’s OK, it’s a journey and a new one’s begun
A journey of a thousand steps starts with one
So just pray for wisdom and then take that step
And just get the balance of youth work and prep
Oh and make it about people and not about tasks
It’s harder to measure but get over that fast

So straight off the bat you’ll be gunning for glory
Creating new normal and a more hopeful story
You’ll need to build round you a competent team
(The young cool ones aren’t always quite what they seem)
And accountability, yes don’t forget that
Or you’ll get in a pickle and that could be that

A spiritual director, prayer partner and mates
Mean you won’t show up early at those Pearly Gates
And don’t beat yourself up when you get things all wrong
The bible’s full of muppets – hang in there, stay strong
You’re one and I’m one, that’s a good thing you see
It means that God gets the glory and that’s key

So I’ll finish off now with these words of advice
Having been there for years and paid a big price
But oh what a blessing, a privilege indeed
Even if you do end up stinking of weed
It’s a rollercoaster ride with big dips and huge climbs
But whatever happens, praise God at ALL times

And Linda Hopkins prayed the following blessing:

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships,
so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people,
so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain to joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world,
so that you will do what others claim cannot be done


Go with confidence into the days ahead,
trusting in God’s unfailing love and faithfulness.
God will not abandon you,
for you are the work of His hands—His own creation—
and His love endures forever.
So go in joy to love and serve the Lord!