Go For It

Edinburgh Street Pastors don’t stand still


Edinburgh Street Pastors have been patrolling the city centre streets since 2009, and we continually set ambitious but achievable targets for ourselves. Initially, there were 12 Street Pastors, who went out in groups of three on Friday nights. For seven years, we’ve been walking the streets: listening, helping and caring. We’ve expanded our numbers to just over 50 Street Pastors, and developed an extensive training course that runs twice a year. About three years ago, after some successful Grant applications, we were able to employ a part time Coordinator, who works 22.5 hours a week... read more

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Creative approaches to fundraising

Fundraising. That dreaded word, which often sums up many hours of endless applications, over many years. Trying to find match funding can often be a challenge, and if not done properly, can leave many projects running at a shortfall.

At Perth and District YMCA, being creative in our approach to be less reliant on Grants saw us developing three main social enterprises:

YPat – this venture gives a young person real employment, and meets the needs of local businesses through Portable Appliance Testing... read more

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Unanswered Question


If, when we’re reading the Gospels, Jesus asks a question, we’re going to take it seriously, and think about it, right? If he leaves the question hanging and doesn’t give an obvious answer, then you’d imagine that we’ll be debating it obsessively, we’ll be wrestling with it down the years, we’ll exegete that puppy real good … or something.

So why does this passage from Mark 9:11-13 sneak up on me so stealthily:

“And they asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”

Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things... read more

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Celebrations

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Recently, I’ve noticed that some news website have a section entitled “Good News”. What a good idea – and such a contrast to all the bad news that usually fills our TV screens and online news sites. I wonder why we find it so difficult to focus on the good news? After all, most of us enjoy celebrations! Any excuse for a party, and all that.

One of the projects that I’m closely involved with, St Rollox Community Outreach, had a celebration the other week... read more

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Valuing Volunteers

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While most often we concentrate on the people who use our services – many of them very vulnerable – the truth is that our volunteers are every bit as important to us. Volunteering needs to be seen as an entirely positive life choice; woe betide those groups and organisations that undervalue their volunteers!

‘Molly’ started volunteering at Havilah some five years ago. Her marriage (which has now broken down) was teetering on the brink back then. I felt the phrase ‘low on confidence’ was coined for people like Molly, as she was at that point in her life... read more

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The Winning Side

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I’ve been on the losing side of the last two referendums. I’m married to someone who has the infuriating ability to be good at (nearly) everything, and win at most things we compete at. I support a football and rugby team who, no matter what a good team they are, seem to lack the ability, most of the time, to deliver the result. I know how it feels to be on the losing side. There are many people hurting in America just now because they were on the losing side of the presidential election... read more

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Hurrah for imperfection?!

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As a keen observer of politics, I have been fascinated over these last few days, with all the news from the USA. Why did Trump win? Who voted for him? I have also been somewhat disturbed by the protests against his victory which, to me at least, seems to fly in the face of the democratic process and the will of the people. #NotMyPresident?

The election result in America comes at a time in our country when we remember the fallen of war... read more

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Embracing the Mystery

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I love a mystery! From a vintage Agatha Christie to the BBC’s eerie ‘The Missing’, I’m drawn in by the twists and turns, the shifting ground and the unexpected. It’s strange then, that I find the mysteries of real life, and the unforeseen, harder to deal with.

As a practical and fairly focused person, I set out with a plan which has been prayerfully hatched, and expect to see it fulfilled to my specifications. In our community project in Wellwood, in Dunfermline, I wanted to crack the puzzle that is church in the 21st century, and create a new form of church relevant to those three generations away from any religious influence... read more

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The Key to an Open Door

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In our first Go For It blog contribution in April 2014, I wrote about finding peace in the Kirkyard, as the Kirk building was kept locked. This year brings hope that open doors will become a reality, brought about by greater awareness of their value.

Space for reflection

Parton Kirk offers a flexible space, as there are no pews. Earlier this year, an artist friend and I took advantage of this, by staging an art event (pictured below). Each piece of her abstract art was matched with a framed poem of mine... read more

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Change and Prayer

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The Go For It blog is a vehicle for faithful change. This is exciting stuff. New ideas are springing up, and in this blog, we share stories that inspire and encourage others, nurturing faith within and beyond the church.

But some change is difficult to see. In this reflective season, with the activity of Advent still ahead of us, we have time to consider what quiet changes are happening, around and within us.

How does our changing life and mission work its way into our life of prayer?.. read more

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