Nurturing Christian faith within and beyond the church

the value of volunteering …

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What make you ‘tick’?

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do not be afraid …

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

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Dreams come true …

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

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Sunset get-together…


March 25th 2017: A stunning sunset, reflected in the waters of Loch Tay, lured CAP debt clients, befrienders and other supporters along the winding loch road to Ardeonaig Outdoor Centre on Loch Tay for the first ever CAP Family Chillin’ Weekend in Highland Perthshire. We had nineteen staying over on the Friday evening and another 10 joining us on the Saturday which turned out to be the hottest day of the year with temperatures heading up towards 20 degrees. Ice breaker games and hot chocolate for supper got us all feeling comfortable with each other and then it was off to comfy beds for a good night’s rest before a full day of activities... 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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tackling poverty …


“I am not a client, a customer, nor a service user. I am not a shirker, a scrounger, a beggar, nor a thief. I’m not a National Insurance Number or blip on a screen. I paid my dues, never a penny short, and proud to do so. I don’t tug the forelock, but look my neighbour in the eye and help him if I can. I don’t accept or seek charity. My name is Daniel Blake. I am a man, not a dog... read more

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The Time Machine Talk Show


For the past few years, Brechin Crossroads Storytellers have performed the Christmas Story in many different ways. We’ve done musicals, angel business meetings, a classical traditional story (even in poetry). This year we decided to take a slightly different approach; combining comedy and sci-fi!

On ‘The TV Time Machine Talk Show’, the host of the show invited guests from 2000 years ago for an interview in the studio. Guests arrived via the time machine. Mary and Joseph, Herod, the shepherds, the Magi, and even the archangel Gabriel were all interviewed... read more

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Kemnay Kirk Anytime Anywhere – Update 2

It’s quite remarkable (but not surprising) how long it can take to realise project goals, particularly when we depend on external agencies over which we have no direct control. The Kemnay Kirk Anytime Anywhere (KKAA) project, which was first reported in this blog in May 2016, depended on having the church broadband service upgraded, to facilitate the live broadcast of services. Whist we waited for our broadband provider to deliver the upgrade, we started to record and publish services online, making them available on demand through the church website... read more

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