Developing new ecclesial/Christian communities

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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More Than Cake and Conversations?

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

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Living Together In Unity

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Being Hospitable


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The Story of Us


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

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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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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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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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