Thanks to Alice Smith for hosting the Eastern region Sophia Network meeting in Walthamstow today. That makes it sound like we're hyper organised with the whole country strategically split into regions with hosts appointed - when that's not at all true! Regional Sophia meetings happen when someone local volunteers to run something, so huge thanks to Alice for a great morning of conversation, Bible study, prayer and fabulous food! The next event for the region is on Saturday 27th June, 11-3pm at Legacy Skate Park in Benfleet. Alice says: 'We're planning a day to include female youth workers, leaders and volunteers (YOU!!) and those whom you are mentoring and who are 'up and coming' in leadership to give you some space to think together, receive input and invest in them on the journey. So, stick that in your diary and we'll get you more info as we plan it - if you'd like to be part of the planning team for that day, do be in touch!' You can find Alice's email address on the Events page.
I met Kathleen Pickering, the editor of Liberti magazine which has just had a redesign. It's a magazine for women that aims to cover spirit, body and soul and has the kind of articles you'd expect - on relationships, sex, beauty and chocolate - but with faith fully intertwined. If you have older female teenagers in your group, they may really enjoy this as an alternative to other women's magazines. It's similar enough in terms of the areas it covers to feel familiar but gives a Christian perspective that hopefully will help them to critique the messages they get from other sources. Their website is going through a redesign to match the magazine, but you can find out more here and request a free sample copy. Well worth a look.