Monthly Archives: July 2014

Let Glasgow Flourish

St Paul's at VellodromeMany of you will know that “Let Glasgow flourish” is the motto of the current Commonwealth Games host city.

In June, we had the privilege of meeting two of our funded initiatives who are enabling this motto through their work.

Using DJ-ing and dancing, crafts and cooking, St Paul’s Youth Forum has dramatically reduced anti-social behaviour in Provanmill. Neil Young, Development Worker, showed us a DVD of the work, highlighting some of the activities and young people involved. One girl featured in the DVD spoke about her mother’s death, and Neil told us about the high number of alcohol related deaths in the area, highlighting the availability of cheap alcohol as a contributory factor... read more

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Local Voices; Globally Connected

SONY DSCLast week, I was part of history.

I was one of three from St. Paul’s Youth Forum, who had the honour of taking part in the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games; carrying the fantastic creation that has been to all 70 of the Commonwealth Countries taking part (Fiji only decided to be pals again with Her Majesty in the last few months).

As part of the preparations for the day, we were told about the creation of the Baton, including its symbolism from the wooden boat building skills of the Galgale Trust in Govan... read more

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Churches are like trams … they can drive you mad, or take you on a journey

TramI took a tram on Saturday night.

That’s a hard thing to say in Edinburgh, where to many people, tram is just a four letter word.

I had come from the evening service at my church and was in the mood for reflection. We had heard about the lives of Saints Peter and Paul, those two heavyweights of the church.

I’d like to say I was totally focused, but as is often the case, I was contemplating the evening ahead, wondering what was for dinner, what the tram journey would be like... read more

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Guests and Visitors

Katie Munnik resizeSummer is a good spiritual practice for churches.

It’s not because of the slower pace of Summer days, or because it’s a time of diminished numbers and the creative challenges that brings for corporate worship. It’s because of tourism.

Summer is a time when visitors come to church simply because they are passing through, and there are many unfamiliar faces in the pews.

Almost every church has a sign out front declaring that everyone is welcome. Perhaps your church even opens its doors during the week, when there is no service of worship... read more

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Enthusiasm for Change

dandylionDid you know Go For It funds 120 projects?

We’d love to have time to visit each one of them, but sadly there just aren’t enough hours in the day!

However, while working in Glasgow at the end of April, we did manage to visit two: “The Creative Word: Good News in a Visual Age” and PEEK (Possibilities for Each and Every Kid).

“The Creative Word” is based at Glasgow: St George’s Tron. Having walked along Buchanan Street to enter the building, it was mind blowing to discover that we were just two of the many millions of people who walk past the church each year!.. read more

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