Tackling poverty and/or social injustice
How many church members would it take to change a light bulb?
There we are, in our community meeting space in the church building when the light goes out, what do we do. Well first we need to ascertain if the light bulb needs changing. Is the bulb broken, or did a non-designated person operate the light switch without authorisation? If the bulb is broken, then who will fund the new light bulb? An emergency session meeting is called... read more
We’ve got a lot to learn from the masons.
For example, how do we grow as Christians? How do we enable others to grow?
These are key questions for a living faith and, even more so, for a living church.
Hot Chocolate isn’t, in itself, a church but a youth work organization. Nevertheless, we are a living, growing Christian community and we take discipleship seriously. It just always ends up looking a bit unusual.
Every year between November and April, St Columba’s Church of Scotland in London opens its doors to 35 homeless guests one night a week in winter. We also serve an evening meal for many more. For the last 5 years, I have been volunteering with this winter night shelter project.
The scheme is run by the charity Glass Door, with St Columba’s being one of seven churches in the circuit. Each church provides the volunteers and the sleeping space for a different night of the week... read more
Advent and the closing out of another year always lead me to reflection, and what a year we have to reflect upon at the Carnwadric WIN Project. Throughout this year we have seen new pieces of work get off the ground, participation numbers grow, relationships develop and we’ve seen positive outcomes for many of the families that we work with.
None of these things would have been possible without the dedication of our small team of volunteers who work tirelessly to support the work of the project, so we were delighted this year to receive funding from the Voluntary Action Fund to develop our work with, and support of, volunteers at WIN... read more
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
Good news travels … and so do good ideas! Last year Colston Milton Parish Church held a Christmas Giveaway. The idea is that folk both give and receive unwanted or extra gifts, allowing those with little cash to participate in a Christmas event and perhaps end up with some gifts to give to a loved one.
It was a great event, apparently; festive, cheerful, with plenty of stuff. Everyone went away satisfied, and there wasn’t too much to drop off to the charity shop next day... read more
Some people land on their feet. Others have two left feet. But all of us are finding our feet. We are all trying to make our way and find the niche in which we fit. Work, church, family, community; we all have to find our place in the world.
If this isn’t challenging enough, our sense of place is tightly entwined with our self worth. If we can’t find our feet in the various areas of our life we can feel useless, lonely, inferior and even unlovable... read more
On Sunday afternoon, as part of our ecumenical Harvest Celebrations, I found myself contemplating on a hazelnut. Don’t worry, it’s not as uncomfortable as it might sound! In fact, it is a prayer practice traced to Julian of Norwich and the idea is a very simple but very powerful one. Take a small hazelnut into the palm of your hand. Find a quiet space to slow down and imagine the small thing in your hands as representing all that is created... read more