Monthly Archives: November 2017

A No Cost Christmas

Good news travels … and so do good ideas! Last year Colston Milton Parish Church held a Christmas Giveaway. The idea is that folk both give and receive unwanted or extra gifts, allowing those with little cash to participate in a Christmas event and perhaps end up with some gifts to give to a loved one.

It was a great event, apparently; festive, cheerful, with plenty of stuff. Everyone went away satisfied, and there wasn’t too much to drop off to the charity shop next day... read more

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100 years of Outreach

It’s a hugely important year for the Junior Section in Boys’ Brigade. One hundred years ago, on 15th September 1917 – strangely in the midst of the tumult of WWI – the Boy Life Reserves was started.

Previously, the B.B. had only been for boys aged 12 and above, but there was recognition of a need to recruit at a younger age and of the great potentially of the organisation to start teach younger boys about Jesus.

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Loneliness

As I researched for an event we were having on loneliness I was amazed at the number of reports that have focused on this topic in the last few years. It seems the consensus is clear – loneliness is bad for health and wellbeing and it is becoming increasingly prevalent and pervasive.

From childhood to old age, from poverty to affluence, from social isolation to high density living – loneliness can be found and experienced. Loneliness affects physical health as well as mental health... read more

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