Meeting identified needs in the community

In Pursuit of Silence


‘Silence is a journey into the wilderness and into the dark. You can’t be sure what you’re going to encounter there, and I think many people are rightly wary of silence, because we use noise as a distraction and an evasion. Silence is a journey, right into the heart of your being.’
Pico Iyer
Film: In Pursuit of Silence

On Earth Day, 22 April 2005, Gordon Hempton placed a small red stone on a log in the middle of the Hoh Rainforest, at the Olympic National Park in Washington State, USA... read more

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It’s not much, but …


When we go on walks with our little boy, we often come home with a whole array of items found in the woods and beaches of Scotland. We even have an old plant pot full of foraged sticks, outside of our front door. Precariously full, I dread the day when there’s no more room in that pot. And since Scotland boasts more stick than space, I feel the inevitable will come. Perhaps by then it will be snail shell season and that’ll be a great distraction... read more

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Edinburgh Street Pastors don’t stand still


Edinburgh Street Pastors have been patrolling the city centre streets since 2009, and we continually set ambitious but achievable targets for ourselves. Initially, there were 12 Street Pastors, who went out in groups of three on Friday nights. For seven years, we’ve been walking the streets: listening, helping and caring. We’ve expanded our numbers to just over 50 Street Pastors, and developed an extensive training course that runs twice a year. About three years ago, after some successful Grant applications, we were able to employ a part time Coordinator, who works 22.5 hours a week... read more

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The Key to an Open Door

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In our first Go For It blog contribution in April 2014, I wrote about finding peace in the Kirkyard, as the Kirk building was kept locked. This year brings hope that open doors will become a reality, brought about by greater awareness of their value.

Space for reflection

Parton Kirk offers a flexible space, as there are no pews. Earlier this year, an artist friend and I took advantage of this, by staging an art event (pictured below). Each piece of her abstract art was matched with a framed poem of mine... read more

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Intergenerational Mentoring

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Later this month, I will meet the sixth student I will mentor.

According to the dictionary, a mentor is a wise and trusted counsellor or teacher. The first mentor was in Greek mythology, where Odysseus’s trusted counsellor, Athena, became the guardian and teacher of Telemarchus.

I’m a member of the Intergenerational Mentoring Programme, at Springburn Academy in Glasgow. At Springburn, any student in S5 who is studying for five Highers gets a mentor. We are matched based on our interests and academic background... read more

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What’s the time?

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It used to be the case that folk who had worked their whole life in one place were presented with a gold watch or carriage clock when they retired. This was a sign that the time they had given to their place of work, the time that they’d invested over their working life, was being given back to them, for them to enjoy. In today’s world of zero hours and agency contracts, and portfolio careers, the idea of a job for life is somewhat curious and unusual... read more

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“Summer Days”

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As I sat down to put together this blog post, my mind was full of thoughts of Summer.

Holidays, rest, barbeques and sunshine are just some of the vivid images that were in my mind, until I looked out of the nearest window and realised it was pouring with rain! The Scottish weather can change so quickly that our best thought out plans may have to be changed at a moment’s notice.

I wonder – what do you have planned for this Summer?.. read more

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Being in the room is not the same as belonging

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People with Learning Disabilities want to be part of your church. I’m sure your church is a welcoming place, but what happens after the good mornings? What is your church like for someone with a developmental challenge? Is it a very wordy place? Could you imagine a church without words?

The Church of Scotland Learning Disability Conference: Exploring Call in our Communities of Belonging, takes place on Saturday 4 June at the University of Dundee. Book your place today!

Our conference is an event to connect, resource and inspire those with a passion for enabling their church to be communities where those with learning disabilities belong, and are supported to explore God’s call in their lives... read more

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Change Challenges

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What is changing within your workplace, your personal life or your own heart at the moment? What ‘change challenges’ is God giving you just now? Is He asking you to do something new and exciting? Has there been an unforeseen change in your life that is making you question the Lord? These are just some of the questions we face at the crossroads of life.

Over the past year, this has been true of my journey. I have graduated from university, moved home to start a new job, got married and then moved house again... read more

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How can lollipops help to make the streets safer?

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Edinburgh Street Pastors currently number 57 Christians from 24 different churches in Edinburgh. We take God’s love onto the streets of Edinburgh by our actions; we don’t preach, though we are happy to share our faith and offer prayer when asked.

We patrol in groups of three, usually two or three Teams, in the city centre streets during the night time, between 10:30pm and 04:00am. We’re on hand when the pubs and clubs close every Friday night. Teams are out on the last Saturday of the month to help with the “payday millionaires”... read more

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