Monthly Archives: April 2016

Sharing youth work practice

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“Why can’t we do this here in Aberfeldy?”, cried a small group of young people who had attended a city centre, high energy, youth event.

“Why not indeed!” said I, the, at the time, enthusiastic volunteer Youth Worker for Aberfeldy Parish Church of Scotland. So in 2006, with the support of the then minister, Rev Sandy Gunn, and no money, we piloted a high energy youth event involving inflatables, with six excited young people leading the way. Over 40 young people attended, and that was the birth of The Breathe Project... read more

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Going round in circles

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I heard someone’s story of how they came to faith recently. Aged about 20, he was hanging out with some friends in the street, when a couple of men from a local church approached them and invited them to come along to a group for young guys at the church. His friend was attracted by the appeal of music, food and general good times, and he went along to keep him company.

Somehow, the friendly invitation to come and have some fun morphed a little when they were there, and he found himself in the middle of a circle of adult men who were all praying for him... read more

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What can you do with a million pounds?

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It’s quite a question isn’t it? What would you do with a million pounds? Well, the Go For It Committee has to answer that question every year! The Church of Scotland entrusts the Go For It Fund with a million pounds, to distribute to projects across the whole of the Church on an annual basis. These projects need to have a clear link to one of our congregations, and will have an impact on their local community.

The money comes from reserves held by the Church of Scotland’s Ministries Council... read more

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Where to start?

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It’s difficult not to organise ‘need’ into some kind of league table. Should we stop serving or working to alleviate the needs of vulnerable and excluded people in our society because there are people starving elsewhere in the world? Can we differentiate between people suffering incurable illnesses and genetic conditions and those whose circumstances are seen by many to be self-inflicted?

I’ve come to believe that over-analysis leads to paralysis, and the best approach is to identify the areas in which you can most effectively make a difference – and then go for it!.. read more

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