Monthly Archives: June 2013
A partnership: Argo Boxing Club and Drumchapel St Mark’s church
Drumchapel St Mark’s is a small but enthusiastic congregation with few resources, developing the ability to engage with new projects. Argo boxing club has been running for decades in Drumchapel and is led by a very conscientious group of men who care deeply about the young people in Drumchapel.
The people in St Mark’s church think the guys at the boxing club are great! There is a mutual respect between the two groups and a willingness to be alongside each other and offer help when needed... read more
Here in Milton, the sun is shining and the world feels great. It is amazing the difference that the sun makes at this time of year. There are flowers open, the grass is growing and things feel hopeful.
The last few weeks have felt a bit different, six funerals in a fortnight made trying to do other things difficult. In the matrix of urgent and important versus non-urgent and important, the non-urgent important things always seem to get squeezed, like visiting the elderly or getting into the school, or simply wandering around the streets chatting to folk... read more
A couple of months ago I had the terrifying experience of being on the panel for a live debate on Newsnight Scotland. The interviewer suggested to me that the Church needs a more coherent communications strategy and that, in particular, we need to have a single voice who speaks on behalf of the Church.
I was quite proud of my response, particularly in the heat of TV lights. I pointed out that the Church has 500,000 leaders, its members, who through their words and actions speak for the Church and the Gospel every day... read more
I suppose, in its simplest terms, the work of the Priority Areas Committee is about doing what we can to support, develop and co-ordinate the Church’s work within its poorest 56 communities.
We enable and assist, often small congregations, to continue giving expression of the Gospel in communities where poverty has had a massive impact on so many aspects of people’s lives.
It is clear that in spite of the many millions of pounds which have been spent on ‘regenerating’ many of these communities, poverty is still very much around and with Government Welfare Cuts it might bite even more deeply in the future... read more