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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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Spreading Good News

We’ve heard a lot about fake news recently. In case you’ve missed it, fake news is an untrue piece of information – usually news – spread for some kind of political gain. It’s what we used to call rumour and spin – and, in older times, propaganda. Most recently, the term was first used by US President Donald Trump during his election campaign to try to score points over any media outlet that presented a negative image of him. A lot of fake news has received more coverage than traditional propaganda because of social media... 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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Harvest Celebrations

 

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On Sunday afternoon, as part of our ecumenical Harvest Celebrations, I found myself contemplating on a hazelnut. Don’t worry, it’s not as uncomfortable as it might sound! In fact, it is a prayer practice traced to Julian of Norwich and the idea is a very simple but very powerful one. Take a small hazelnut into the palm of your hand. Find a quiet space to slow down and imagine the small thing in your hands as representing all that is created... read more

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My word will always produce fruit …

It is the same with my word, I send it out and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it”. Isaiah 55:11

Our project, Ten Must Know Bible Stories, launched a year ago. We are working with local schools to help them teach Christianity as part of the RME curriculum. We’re producing resources, training teachers and working with classes.

We want children to know Bible Stories. We want the storytelling and the learning to be so memorable, fun, active and relevant so those stories stick in their heads for the rest of their lives.

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Living Together In Unity

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From Roots To Fruits

Roots and Fruits gardening project started three years ago as a pilot here in the Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre to provide opportunities for adults with additional needs to learn the benefits of growing and cooking grown produce. Working with North Lanarkshire Council Support Services the project supported a group of ten adults of mixed ages with physical or mental disabilities. Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre provided rooms for the group to meet and an area of land for the group to turn into a community garden for growing produce... read more

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moving in the right direction …

At the Havilah project, we enjoy nothing better than seeing people getting their lives back on track – people who were at the lowest ebb and who now know the meaning of, ‘Amazing grace, that saved a wretch like me.’

T has been coming to our project for years, mostly moving in the right direction but every so often slipping back into chaos. When she told us she was pregnant, we weren’t sure what to think – wondering if she’d cope... read more

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Edinburgh Street Pastors: a favourite hymn

 

One more step along the world I go

Street Pastors have had an eventful 2017 so far: the recruitment and training of new volunteers has increased the numbers in our teams. At the end of May, fourteen new Street Pastors were commissioned and a joyful and moving night was had by all. This means that when we can divide into sub-teams of 3 we can simultaneously patrol more areas of the city centre. With 9 volunteers in a team we can cover Princes Street and George Street, the Bridges and the Cowgate and Lothian Road and Grassmarket... read more

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LIVING THE JESUS STORY…

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