Nurturing Christian faith within and beyond the church

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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Storytelling


I love telling stories! Most of all, I love telling Bible stories. Why? Because they’re packed with excitement and drama, emotion and intrigue; some leave you wondering what happens next, others leave you in no doubt. There’s romance, adventure, battles, and always a hero. They are great stories to tell.

And our world needs to hear them. We can no longer assume the majority of people know any stories from the Bible. They don’t. And it’s through these stories they can discover the God of the Bible... read more

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Tuned in


“Has it ever occurred to you, that one hundred pianos, all tuned to the same fork, are automatically tuned to each other?”
A Tozer, The Pursuit of God

There is something amazing about finding yourself in tune with other people, especially when everything points to you having little in common.

In November 2016, I joined with hundreds of Christians in St Pierre’s Cathedral, Geneva. Known as John Calvin’s church, we were there as part of a 24/7 Prayer Gathering... read more

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Become Like Children Again


Just before Christmas, I helped to co-ordinate a Bubblegum ‘n’ Fluff event for some of the Primary 5 pupils in my town, along with the school Chaplains. For those who haven’t heard of it before, Bubblegum ‘n’ Fluff is a two hour programme of events, explaining and engaging the children in the Christmas story, with games, craft, a puppet sketch and more. Working with children who have a limited experience of church is one of my favourite parts of being a Youth Worker, because of the way they interact with the stories... read more

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Hurrah for imperfection?!

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As a keen observer of politics, I have been fascinated over these last few days, with all the news from the USA. Why did Trump win? Who voted for him? I have also been somewhat disturbed by the protests against his victory which, to me at least, seems to fly in the face of the democratic process and the will of the people. #NotMyPresident?

The election result in America comes at a time in our country when we remember the fallen of war... read more

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Change and Prayer

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The Go For It blog is a vehicle for faithful change. This is exciting stuff. New ideas are springing up, and in this blog, we share stories that inspire and encourage others, nurturing faith within and beyond the church.

But some change is difficult to see. In this reflective season, with the activity of Advent still ahead of us, we have time to consider what quiet changes are happening, around and within us.

How does our changing life and mission work its way into our life of prayer?.. read more

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Repetition, repetition, repetition

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In our village, we’re building new facilities: the Madoch Centre. When I attended a big social event last weekend, it was heartening to have so many folk from our community talking about what’s happening – excited about the new possibilities, and what it will mean for them and their families. Over the past 18 months, we have: held community meetings, visited community groups, displayed plans at fetes, talked to individuals, set up focus-groups, published articles, posted on Facebook, and organised fundraisers – all in order to engage with our community... read more

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Am I doing this alone?

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Working in ministry full-time, part-time or as a voluntary position, can all seem a bit daunting if you feel you’re alone. Whether that’s from lack of support, or the geographical nature of your position, there are times where you’re literally the only Worker in your area. At the Formartine Youth Project, we’ve been encouraged and supported by working together with a number of partnering agencies, who’ve backed and resourced our project over the past two years. I wanted to share some of those with you, as an encouragement of the variety of agencies available in Scotland... read more

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Grand Designs

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I like to watch Channel 4’s ‘Grand Designs’: to see a house emerge from the germ of an idea, to a beautifully crafted masterpiece. I confess, though, I often choose to skip 50 minutes of Kevin McCloud’s handwringing about whether the budget will stretch, the marriage survive, or the dream be realised, and go straight to the last 10 minutes of reveal, when the house with gleaming kitchen, open stretches of glass, ingenious lighting and all mod cons, is unveiled... read more

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