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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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What Next

There are two ways to read that heading:

One is with an exclamation mark – What Next!

‘Oh no something else has gone wrong‘

The other is with a more positive question mark – What next?

‘We’ve reached a place where we need to decide what steps to take to move forward.’

Most of us involved in Go For It Funded projects will have experienced a fair share of both. In recent years, Wellwood, the village where we run ‘The Well’ was devastated by school closure but has also undergone a series of positive changes – rebuilding of community, council funded initiatives to improve roads and housing and the setting up of a Community Council and floral group which received a Silver Award in 2016... read more

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Keeping the Lamp Burning

Our church and its congregation began looking at different ways to worship in 2014 with the aid of a small research grant from Go For It. In this the 3rd year of our journey, the members of our congregation who run Christian Clubs in two of our local schools – the SUPA Club in Springholm and the Scripture Union Club at Crossmichael, have joined forces and are making preparations to host a summer Holiday Club for local children of Primary School age [5 – 11] using resources from the Scripture Union to engage with youngsters in the various activities which form part of their programme “Wastewatchers”... read more

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the value of volunteering …

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What make you ‘tick’?

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Dreams come true …

My last post for this blog was about our community consultation on the creative work of the WIN Project and the community’s dreams for what the work could become. Now, just over six months later, many of those dreams have become realities. Studio 46, our weekly drama group for adults, was one of those dreams.

We opened our doors for the first time at the end of October offering a 9 week course in drama, now we are six months down the line and the weekly sessions are a firm fixture in the diaries of the group’s membership which has more than doubled since we began... 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 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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