Developing new ecclesial/Christian communities
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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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
“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.
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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.
Recently, I’ve been challenged in my job as a local church youth worker. Why did I get into this career in the first place? Is it enough to just be chatting together and eating cake?
After reviewing attendance at youth group over previous holidays, it was decided that we would not run our sessions over the summer and allow a period of rest. Since a great deal of my role is in schools work, my workload drastically reduced in July. This ‘challenge’ sounds like no hardship but when you are used to spending so much time with children and young people, I felt very much at a loss... read more
At the last Drumchapel Early Years Network (DEYN) meeting in June, I asked the question ‘What matters to you?’ For so long the focus has been ‘what is the matter with you?’ This is especially true in the field of health. At last, the narrative is beginning to change. Unless we can understand what matters to individuals; what is important, their values, their likes, dislikes, passions and generally what makes people tick, we will never understand what their needs really are and how we can best support them... read more