Monthly Archives: May 2017

Sunset get-together…


March 25th 2017: A stunning sunset, reflected in the waters of Loch Tay, lured CAP debt clients, befrienders and other supporters along the winding loch road to Ardeonaig Outdoor Centre on Loch Tay for the first ever CAP Family Chillin’ Weekend in Highland Perthshire. We had nineteen staying over on the Friday evening and another 10 joining us on the Saturday which turned out to be the hottest day of the year with temperatures heading up towards 20 degrees. Ice breaker games and hot chocolate for supper got us all feeling comfortable with each other and then it was off to comfy beds for a good night’s rest before a full day of activities... read more

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Happy Birthday – GO FOR IT!!


It’s amazing where a step of faith can take you… 5 years ago the General Assembly consolidated several funds into the new Go For It Fund and committed the church’s money on an ongoing basis to support the new fund. If you were a commissioner at that General Assembly I’m sure you never imagined the kind of success that the Go For It Fund has achieved in such a short space of time.

Although, let me be clear, it’s not really the Fund itself that claims success... read more

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a step forward in the face of homelessness …


Emily*, came to our Glass Door church-based shelters in central London after sleeping under doorways in the area for months. She regularly sought out public baths, and made sure to keep tidy as best she could. A casual observer would never guess she was homeless; only her large backpack gave her away.

She had been a live-in nanny, but when the relationship soured, she wasn’t able to find a job as soon as she expected, and her savings quickly ran out... read more

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Are You Listening?

I won’t be the first to say that we are facing challenging times. With two, rather contentious referendums down and perhaps another to go, we find ourselves in the midst of Brexit uncertainty and unsure who to trust. More people than ever are finding themselves in need of food banks, there are scores of homeless people sleeping in our shop doorways, and we don’t know who to blame for this everlasting austerity – is it ‘benefit scroungers’, ‘the hordes of refugees taking over our country’, or the ‘soaring elderly population’????.. read more

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A cautionary tale about caution

When it comes to driving, I’ve always been a pretty cautious sort. When I was 12, I went Go-Karting for the first time with my best mate. Whilst he lapped me the fourth time, I was using the brakes more than the accelerator. When I stepped out of the kart, my parents looked pleased. ‘We’re not worried about you being let loose on the roads in a few years now,’ they beamed.

Fast forward 22 years… A couple of months ago, the police were out in force on the A9 on a speed enforcement operation... read more

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