Developing new ecclesial/Christian communities

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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Loneliness

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

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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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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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