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100 years of Outreach

It’s a hugely important year for the Junior Section in Boys’ Brigade. One hundred years ago, on 15th September 1917 – strangely in the midst of the tumult of WWI – the Boy Life Reserves was started.

Previously, the B.B. had only been for boys aged 12 and above, but there was recognition of a need to recruit at a younger age and of the great potentially of the organisation to start teach younger boys about Jesus.

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Loneliness

As I researched for an event we were having on loneliness I was amazed at the number of reports that have focused on this topic in the last few years. It seems the consensus is clear – loneliness is bad for health and wellbeing and it is becoming increasingly prevalent and pervasive.

From childhood to old age, from poverty to affluence, from social isolation to high density living – loneliness can be found and experienced. Loneliness affects physical health as well as mental health... read more

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Forever Finding Our Feet

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

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Harvest Celebrations

 

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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

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Busy time for a Parish Nurse

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My word will always produce fruit …

It is the same with my word, I send it out and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it”. Isaiah 55:11

Our project, Ten Must Know Bible Stories, launched a year ago. We are working with local schools to help them teach Christianity as part of the RME curriculum. We’re producing resources, training teachers and working with classes.

We want children to know Bible Stories. We want the storytelling and the learning to be so memorable, fun, active and relevant so those stories stick in their heads for the rest of their lives.

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More Than Cake and Conversations?

Recently, I’ve been challenged in my job as a local church youth worker. Why did I get into this career in the first place? Is it enough to just be chatting together and eating cake?

After reviewing attendance at youth group over previous holidays, it was decided that we would not run our sessions over the summer and allow a period of rest. Since a great deal of my role is in schools work, my workload drastically reduced in July. This ‘challenge’ sounds like no hardship but when you are used to spending so much time with children and young people, I felt very much at a loss... read more

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Living Together In Unity

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Being Hospitable


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From Roots To Fruits

Roots and Fruits gardening project started three years ago as a pilot here in the Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre to provide opportunities for adults with additional needs to learn the benefits of growing and cooking grown produce. Working with North Lanarkshire Council Support Services the project supported a group of ten adults of mixed ages with physical or mental disabilities. Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre provided rooms for the group to meet and an area of land for the group to turn into a community garden for growing produce... read more

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