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Saturday, 3 January 2015

New Years Series Unveiled!


New Year Challenge to all, We believe the Bible, We believe when Paul says that all Scripture is beneficial.... We believe that scripture is inspired! although so is more inspiring than others...


We'd really rather NOT include Leviticus....

So we at Bellaghy... are going to be Livin' Leviticus Loca!

We are excited to learn from this great book... called in Hebrew not Leviticus (For the Priests) but is called "And God Said...

So this year Don't you want to enter 2015 with the book name "And God Said!"

Monday, 8 September 2014

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Back to School Sunday


Computers, Coding and Children. Our Church's response




For a new generation of university graduates, the line between art and science is blurring as technology becomes an integral part of our everyday lives. How we travel, work, play and shop have all been transformed by rapid advances in technology and design in the last 10 years. Steve Jobs ascribed Apple’s success in part to its marriage of technology and liberal arts.

The omnipresence of technology is changing the face of the global workforce and our educational system needs to adapt to this new reality. I believe that no matter what profession someone pursues, a deep grounding in the basic concepts of computer science will be key to success in the future. At the same time, the best engineers will need to bring a keen understanding of design and art to their work since consumers expect technology to be elegant and intuitive.
A recent study found that by 2018, the U.S. could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 workers with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts, especially in areas such as healthcare, retail and manufacturing.


Rapper and producer Will.I.am recently noted that coders are the new rock stars. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and a number of other great technologists spoke about the importance of understanding coding as a key skill set in the modern workplace in a recent video for code.org:





As the film shows, by 2020 it’s expected that there will be 1 million more jobs in technology than students in technology. Not only are minorities and women under-represented in this field but most schools (nine out of ten, in fact) don’t even offer computer science classes.


I strongly believe that technology teaches you how to solve problems better, faster and with more structure. You gain a certain critical thinking through cause-and-effect, sequence commands, identity patterns, use procedures and debugging. This kind of methodical thinking can help you succeed in any career path. Consider the butterfly effect: If I make a small change here then that could have a large impact somewhere else and technology teaches you how to account for that regression before it’s too late.

As a parent, I want my daughter to pursue her passions, whether she wants to be artist or scientist. While her options may be limitless, I want her to appreciate the value of maths and science as the foundation of any discipline she may choose.

As a church, we are starting a computer club, assisting with coding/programming (using the most excellent Raspberry Pi) and using broken/old hardware to upgrade or refurbish.  we want the young people to not only be confident with ipads and xbox, but to be confident in the innerds of the machines. We are going to learn how older machines still have huge potential as home PCs or home media centres.

What do you think? Share your thoughts with me below.