Monthly Archives: August 2015
As the Go For It Fund celebrates its third birthday this September, it’s time for me to come clean about how it got its name! As plans for the new Fund were being developed, there was a bit of time put aside at a number of meetings, to think about a name. There were lots of ideas, but they all felt like names that a Committee would come up with – especially a Church Committee!
Then in the shower one morning – people often tell me that I do my best (or perhaps only) thinking in the shower – the idea of ‘Go For It’ struck me... read more
Years ago I’m working for a YMCA supporting a vulnerable young man who wants to be a youth worker. I overhear him talking with the janitor (call him Dan) who goes to a local Pentecostal church. Dan suggests he come down to the church on Sunday night: he could volunteer with their youth work. Later I ask Dan if this was realistic – the young man isn’t the most reliable just now, his lifestyle is pretty wild, oh … and he’s Muslim... read more
Our Go For It funded project, Havilah, will celebrate the ninth anniversary of its coming into existence on 16 August. And what better way to do that, than with the receipt of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which was bestowed upon the project in a special ceremony earlier this summer!
But the success of our project has got very little to do with awards and recognition. Much more important, has been the dedication and faithfulness of all those involved, the vast majority of which goes un-noticed... read more
This blog is a great place to get a glimpse of the wide range of creative projects supported through the Go For It Fund. It is, in a very real sense, a window on the larger church.
And what a view it offers! There are so many people in so many different places across Scotland, looking for new ways of doing church, and of being church.
Back in March of this year, our Board members proposed that Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre should host a community event to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. A date in July was chosen, to follow on from the other commemorative events that were taking place up and down the length of the country. Invitations and notices were sent out to the various community groups and individuals that are associated with the work of the Neighbourhood Centre. We were almost overwhelmed by their level of response... read more