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Thank you

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever (Psalm 107,v1)

Spring with all its new life and blossom bursting forth gives rise to feelings of gratitude for the wonder of nature and God’s goodness in all of life. Nature may inspire us to look around and notice the many other things we might be grateful for.

As I am writing my last blog as Convener of the Go For It fund, I look back on 6 years filled with creative activity across the length and breadth of the country. During this time, the work of the fund has grown from small beginnings to become a major player in Scotland funding work undertaken by local congregations and their partners.

During its relatively short life-time, the Go For It fund has distributed over 5 and a half million pounds to projects by meeting locally identified needs; developing Christian faith; working with people who are struggling with poverty and social injustice; developing new ways of being church; and being innovative in how they tackle the challenges in local communities.

Looking back, I am full of admiration for the creativity and commitment of countless volunteers and members of staff serving their local church and neighbourhood.

You are an inspiration to the people with whom you come in daily contact and beacons of hope for those who are wondering how the church can play a meaningful role in parishes across the land.

I have also been deeply grateful to the Church of Scotland for its vision in establishing the Go For It fund as a means of encouraging local congregations to ‘think outside the box’ through courageous and dedicated acts of ministry and service. It’s amazing what a little seed-money can do!

Lastly, I want to express my deep gratitude for the commitment of the Go For It staff team and committee. Their hard work has ensured that funded projects have been of consistently high quality while feeling supported throughout the application process and for the entire duration of their funding cycle.

I wish Jane Howitt well as the new Go For It convener and look forward to hearing about future developments. And who knows, one of these days I may even put my name to a funding application.

With thanks and gratitude,
Rolf Billes

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About the Author

Rev Rolf Billes is minister at Edinburgh: Colinton and has been the Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Go For It Fund.

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