Monthly Archives: November 2015

A friend in need …

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Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Highland Perthshire Debt Centre would like to share one befriender’s story with Go For It blog readers, which will give you a flavour of how CAP works locally. Every CAP client is allocated a befriender, who walks the road with the client until he/she becomes debt free. (Note: names have been changed in this story).

I wasn’t sure what I was getting involved in when I agreed to become a befriender for a new CAP client. Denise was a big person in every way – and funny with it... read more

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Reaching Out from Within

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In recent months, many of us have been chatting with all kinds of local people for whom the Church and Christianity is far removed from their priorities, their goals and their outlook on life. It has reminded us that ‘reaching out from within’ so to speak, is, and always will be, very challenging, stimulating and yes, frustrating, but sometimes funny. On our patch in the West of Scotland, humour is never far away. ‘If only you lot prayed like it rains – without ceasing!’, said a friend... read more

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Demand for emergency shelter grows, pushing thinking on access

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Men and women were literally sleeping on the doorstep of Glass Door’s Headquarters on 2 November 2015, the day the night shelters opened for the winter season. They wanted to make sure they were first in line, as the shelters work on a first-come, first-served basis. Once a person secures a spot, he or she is automatically guaranteed a place for the next three months, as long as the guest arrives on time and abides by the rules. Securing a spot could mean the difference between life and death for a homeless person... read more

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Many Players – One Composition

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After much preparation, a special Remembrance Event was held at Colinton Parish Church in Edinburgh, yesterday evening. The event reflected on ‘The Pity of War’ (after a quote by Wilfred Owen) in words, music and images. It brought together our ecumenical partners living in and around Colinton, and featured the Wilfred Owen violin, which was fashioned from a broken limb of a tree in Edinburgh’s Craiglockhart Campus, where those who were wounded in WWI were sent to recuperate.

This event took many months to plan, and involved a great number of individuals who contributed their artistic talents in memory of those young people who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country... read more

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Who do you think Jesus is?

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Who do you think Jesus is? Before reading any further, I wonder how you would answer that yourself? I mean, if someone just walked up to you and asked you that, what would you say? Would you be ready to give an answer?

At the heart of the Gospel, is Jesus Christ. I wonder how many conversations you’ve had with people where you talk about ‘my faith’ or ‘our church’ or ‘God’s love’ or ‘being religious’? The thing is, the Bible talks about Jesus... read more

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