Monthly Archives: May 2014

Emotional Wellbeing of Young People

Jackie-CowanDid you know … ?

93% of young people whose parents are divorced or separated feel sadness and loss: “Loss is still there, ’cause it’s not like [an] altogether family thing. You’re either with Mum or with Dad … you still feel loss … I think you will always feel loss”.

69% of young people whose parents are divorced or separated experience anger: “I was annoyed ’cause … the relationship kept going on and off, we were telt a year before they actually split up [that] they were [going to split up] so it was annoying”... read more

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Just Be Held

Facebook-20140502-101848The Go For It blogging rota popped into my Inbox.

I’ll deal with that when I get home after meeting the Councillors at The Well, I thought.

Problem was, I didn’t make it home.

Hurtling downhill on my bike, at a speed inadvisable for a woman of my age, I lost control, went over the handlebars, and found myself in a bloody mess in the middle of the road.

In the ambulance, nursing an obviously broken wrist, my mind was racing: What about Messy Easter?.. read more

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The Living in the Kirkyard

629817_46666232“Why do they mow the churchyard?”, my new neighbour asked.

“Couldn’t they leave it uncut for the wildlife?”

I pointed out to her that the people who come to visit the graves and leave flowers would not want to walk in long grass.

In my local Kirkyard, there is a man who died 100 years ago and who shares my surname. He’s no relation, but I feel an affinity. I don’t want his gravestone to become obscured by long grass and dandelions... read more

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Gospel by word, Gospel by deed or Gospel by relationship?

CITY64 - CroppedIn recent weeks, I’ve had a number of conversations with Christians who either tend towards, or fervently believe, that each of the above categories is exclusive. Mostly, these chats have arisen from my tour of churches and groups, giving an update on the life and work of Stirling Street Pastors. The discussion at coffee, after a Presentation, always fascinates me.

Almost a thousand people have approached us regarding a spiritual or faith based matter. James Mackenzie, Stirling Street Pastors

One guy was determined to find out if I believed that the Gospel should only be shared once we have forged a relationship with someone... read more

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