Monthly Archives: May 2016

It’s Oh So Quiet

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“Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.” Robert Louis Stevenson

But have you ever thought that maybe it’s not just adults who need time to be quiet? Or to wonder about big questions? Or to be still? Or to think about feelings? Or to reflect on all that is going on in the world?

Children are naturally curious and have an amazing capacity to think and feel deeply... read more

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Giving people a fresh start

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Sam and I walked to the door.

“Can I give you a lift somewhere?” I asked.

“No thanks,” Sam replied “I’ll find somewhere at the station tonight”.

And with a smile, he fastened up his coat and headed off into the late Edinburgh evening along Palmerston Place towards Haymarket Station.

It was 1998, a couple of years before the Millennium.

A group of Edinburgh church leaders were wondering how to celebrate the Millennium.

Was it or was it not the 2000th anniversary of the birth of Jesus?.. read more

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Being in the room is not the same as belonging

Crossreach Learning Disabilities National Forum, St John's Church, Hamilton, 11 November 2015
People with Learning Disabilities want to be part of your church. I’m sure your church is a welcoming place, but what happens after the good mornings? What is your church like for someone with a developmental challenge? Is it a very wordy place? Could you imagine a church without words?

The Church of Scotland Learning Disability Conference: Exploring Call in our Communities of Belonging, takes place on Saturday 4 June at the University of Dundee. Book your place today!

Our conference is an event to connect, resource and inspire those with a passion for enabling their church to be communities where those with learning disabilities belong, and are supported to explore God’s call in their lives... read more

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Kemnay Kirk Anytime Anywhere

Kemnay Parish Church of Scotland, is located in rural Aberdeenshire. The church reaches out to the surrounding community by providing a wide range of activities for all ages, including children and youth programmes, Alpha courses and regular adult groups. It has also undertaken two major, weekend long projects called “Pentecost in the Park”. These featured a series of events, both in the church building, and in a marquee set up in the village park.

The church’s first multimedia venture was in 2012; to create an outreach DVD, which was offered to every home in the parish... read more

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Change Challenges

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What is changing within your workplace, your personal life or your own heart at the moment? What ‘change challenges’ is God giving you just now? Is He asking you to do something new and exciting? Has there been an unforeseen change in your life that is making you question the Lord? These are just some of the questions we face at the crossroads of life.

Over the past year, this has been true of my journey. I have graduated from university, moved home to start a new job, got married and then moved house again... read more

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How can lollipops help to make the streets safer?

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Edinburgh Street Pastors currently number 57 Christians from 24 different churches in Edinburgh. We take God’s love onto the streets of Edinburgh by our actions; we don’t preach, though we are happy to share our faith and offer prayer when asked.

We patrol in groups of three, usually two or three Teams, in the city centre streets during the night time, between 10:30pm and 04:00am. We’re on hand when the pubs and clubs close every Friday night. Teams are out on the last Saturday of the month to help with the “payday millionaires”... read more

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