Meeting identified needs in the community
I am a member of a Bible study group at my local church. We enjoy using the materials from York Courses. This year York Courses produced Daily Devotional Readings – from Easter to Pentecost. We are using these readings as the basis for our weekly discussion sessions. Each reading is one page and they vary in nature. Sometimes it is a biblical analysis. Others take a theme like “saints” or focus on someone of interest such as Eglantyne Jebb, the founder of Save the Children... read more
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
‘Give thanks with a grateful heart’ is something which we sing regularly in the Church where I worship. If I’m honest, though, giving thanks is actually something which I feel I don’t do enough of. It’s something which we might think of in Church life around September or October. That’s when Harvest Thanksgiving comes round, whatever that might look like in urban Scotland today. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to say thank you – and I’ve been there too.
When you go to Google, and type in ‘saying thank you’ a whole range of answers pop up, from self-help, to life-coaching, and other insights from the corporate world... read more
Spring arrives slowly. One bud at a time. At first, you don’t even notice. A green shoot here, a snow drop there. And the mornings gradually getting lighter. But these small signs of new life are frequently obscured by grey clouds or the odd sleety shower. Or by the tiredness that our bodies have been nursing.
Sometimes we want to just jump ahead. Let it be summer! Let our lives be filled with sun and warmth. And yet, life gradually winds its way past obstacles to be negotiated and relationships to be nurtured... read more