Monthly Archives: January 2018

Health and Wellbeing

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Telling tales

We’ve got a lot to learn from the masons.

For example, how do we grow as Christians? How do we enable others to grow?

These are key questions for a living faith and, even more so, for a living church.

Hot Chocolate isn’t, in itself, a church but a youth work organization. Nevertheless, we are a living, growing Christian community and we take discipleship seriously. It just always ends up looking a bit unusual.

Something we have found really helpful in recent years is a couple of essays by Stanley Hauerwas in Living Out Loud... read more

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Winter at the St Columba’s Night Shelter

Every year between November and April, St Columba’s Church of Scotland in London opens its doors to 35 homeless guests one night a week in winter. We also serve an evening meal for many more. For the last 5 years, I have been volunteering with this winter night shelter project.

The scheme is run by the charity Glass Door, with St Columba’s being one of seven churches in the circuit. Each church provides the volunteers and the sleeping space for a different night of the week... read more

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Friendship is better than charity

When another envelope or email lands reporting a crisis and inviting money to help, each time I wrestle – ‘Do I give to this one, or that? Do I give this time, or not?’ Sure, I give. Although those who will receive it are strangers to me, there’s plenty of call in God’s Word to provide for people we will never meet (e.g. 1 Corinthians 16:1-3).

But there’s something different about providing for the needs of those who aren’t strangers, but friends... read more

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