Monthly Archives: March 2014

A Shout for Volunteers

Spring LunchI’ve just come home from the annual Spring Lunch for the senior members of our congregation, and pause to reflect on the conversations around the tables and the wisdom gathered in the room. I can still see the enjoyment in each face, to be coming together for this happy occasion.

Each day of the week, I walk into the church rooms, and am greeted by the smell of coffee and home baking in the morning, and the enticing aroma of soup at lunch time, served in our Swing Café... read more

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Knowing Me, Knowing You

Stats for Mission27 March 2011 was Census Day.

Across the country, millions of people dutifully completed and returned their Census Forms.

But what happened to the information then?

Many of you will know that the Church of Scotland established a Statistics for Mission Group. Using the recently released Census data, the Group have produced a file of maps and data for every single Church of Scotland parish! Each of us can now access twelve pages of information about our community, simply by typing a postcode into the Church Finder, pressing submit, and clicking on the Parish Statistics file in the further information column for our local church... read more

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Scott McRobertsWho did you last have round for dinner? Friends? Family? People you already knew really well? That’s who we have round for meals as well. But my church and I are beginning to be challenged to open up places at the table to new faces and new conversations.

I’ve been struck recently by how much of what is significant in our life-sharing and faith-sharing as a church, happens around the dinner table. People are getting to know one another better (and more importantly still, getting to know God better), mostly when we eat... read more

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Imagining a Difference

Muriel Pearson copyI’ve just been to the hairdressers’ (see selfie, opposite) and, as always, she and I have put the world to rights. One of the questions Claire asked was how I feel about all the discussion around the Scottish referendum. I told her I was still among the number of the ‘undecided’. She told me that one of her clients earlier in the week had been really offended to be asked where she stands on the issue.

I said that, on the contrary, I was glad she’d raised the subject, because the more chat there is about what we value and why it is important, the better informed and the more meaningful the referendum will be, regardless of the outcome... read more

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Mind Your Language

Angus MathiesonI’ve been on Twitter since some time in 2011 … and have seven followers. Not like James Blunt. He’s got almost a quarter of a million followers …

I follow a wide range of Twitter feeds though, from the Moderator of the General Assembly to Hibs FC, via Dara O Briain and others.

In the last two weeks, there’s been a lot of talk on Twitter about the Independence Referendum. What’s striking is not the depth of passion (that’s a given) but how folk say what they’re feeling... read more

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