Go For It

The Time Machine Talk Show


For the past few years, Brechin Crossroads Storytellers have performed the Christmas Story in many different ways. We’ve done musicals, angel business meetings, a classical traditional story (even in poetry). This year we decided to take a slightly different approach; combining comedy and sci-fi!

On ‘The TV Time Machine Talk Show’, the host of the show invited guests from 2000 years ago for an interview in the studio. Guests arrived via the time machine. Mary and Joseph, Herod, the shepherds, the Magi, and even the archangel Gabriel were all interviewed... read more

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Making a difference through music

In this blog, 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys’ Brigade (BB) Company have asked two members of their band to tell everyone the difference that being involved makes to them, and to the community in which they live …

The 25th Stirling (Dunblane) BB Band has been giving opportunities to boys for the past seven years, such as teaching them how to read music, how to play many different musical instruments (brass, woodwind and percussion) and the chance to perform in front of large audiences in different places... read more

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In Pursuit of Silence


‘Silence is a journey into the wilderness and into the dark. You can’t be sure what you’re going to encounter there, and I think many people are rightly wary of silence, because we use noise as a distraction and an evasion. Silence is a journey, right into the heart of your being.’
Pico Iyer
Film: In Pursuit of Silence

On Earth Day, 22 April 2005, Gordon Hempton placed a small red stone on a log in the middle of the Hoh Rainforest, at the Olympic National Park in Washington State, USA... read more

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Kemnay Kirk Anytime Anywhere – Update 2

It’s quite remarkable (but not surprising) how long it can take to realise project goals, particularly when we depend on external agencies over which we have no direct control. The Kemnay Kirk Anytime Anywhere (KKAA) project, which was first reported in this blog in May 2016, depended on having the church broadband service upgraded, to facilitate the live broadcast of services. Whist we waited for our broadband provider to deliver the upgrade, we started to record and publish services online, making them available on demand through the church website... read more

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It’s not much, but …


When we go on walks with our little boy, we often come home with a whole array of items found in the woods and beaches of Scotland. We even have an old plant pot full of foraged sticks, outside of our front door. Precariously full, I dread the day when there’s no more room in that pot. And since Scotland boasts more stick than space, I feel the inevitable will come. Perhaps by then it will be snail shell season and that’ll be a great distraction... read more

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The Process of Rebuilding

I find that photography (via my phone) is a great way for me to capture the mood of how I’m experiencing life at Trinity in Inverness. We’ve become a very image based society; Instagram users alone share 3600 images every second!!! It seemed appropriate that this medium would be the basis for my blog post of words and images.

Three pairs of child shoes lay abandoned under empty pews. I’d been thinking about the loss of children from our Sunday services, and wanted to represent how that felt... read more

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Storytelling


I love telling stories! Most of all, I love telling Bible stories. Why? Because they’re packed with excitement and drama, emotion and intrigue; some leave you wondering what happens next, others leave you in no doubt. There’s romance, adventure, battles, and always a hero. They are great stories to tell.

And our world needs to hear them. We can no longer assume the majority of people know any stories from the Bible. They don’t. And it’s through these stories they can discover the God of the Bible... read more

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Tuned in


“Has it ever occurred to you, that one hundred pianos, all tuned to the same fork, are automatically tuned to each other?”
A Tozer, The Pursuit of God

There is something amazing about finding yourself in tune with other people, especially when everything points to you having little in common.

In November 2016, I joined with hundreds of Christians in St Pierre’s Cathedral, Geneva. Known as John Calvin’s church, we were there as part of a 24/7 Prayer Gathering... read more

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I went to St Rollox … and met the world!


St Rollox Church is in the Sighthill area of Glasgow – just north of the city centre, beyond the thundering M8. It’s an area undergoing rapid transformation; old buildings are being torn down and there are big plans for new developments in the neighbourhood. These plans include a brand new building for the church, which is also home to the St Rollox Community Outreach project.

St Rollox Community Outreach has received a Go For It Main Grant for its work with asylum seekers and refugees, including support for those who are on low or no incomes, through providing a charity shop, food bank, English classes, sewing classes, men’s football group, computer classes, and much more... read more

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Become Like Children Again


Just before Christmas, I helped to co-ordinate a Bubblegum ‘n’ Fluff event for some of the Primary 5 pupils in my town, along with the school Chaplains. For those who haven’t heard of it before, Bubblegum ‘n’ Fluff is a two hour programme of events, explaining and engaging the children in the Christmas story, with games, craft, a puppet sketch and more. Working with children who have a limited experience of church is one of my favourite parts of being a Youth Worker, because of the way they interact with the stories... read more

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