Monthly Archives: March 2017

Priorities…. Change

Three streets worth of derelict houses clung to the steep side of the hill like the remnants of ancient teeth in a prehistoric skull.

They were my new neighbours in my new church placement at St. Martin’s in Port Glasgow in September 2015.

By the end of the year they were gone.  A while after that the land was smoothed out, grass began to grow. If you were to look at the hill now for the first time you would never know that here was a place where people lived and loved and had families and grew up... read more

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Priorities…. Questions

‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8

During Lent, we’re asked to take a long, hard look at ourselves; how we live our life, consider the choices we have made and look ahead to the choices before us.
In doing this there are, inevitably, questions – and with questions, we seek answers... read more

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Priorities…. A.B.C.

The A.B.C. (All-together Better Church) perspective on ministry and life in priority areas.

Often the approach we have in ministry is to work through the problems or needs in the context we are called to serve. The general perception of a Priority Area Parish (PA) is a place with deprivation, illness, and damaging social behaviour.

The church mission then takes the shape of serving the needs judged by demographic analysis, past experience and the reputation of the said community. While this understanding paints a picture it is a deficit identifying approach that starts from a negative premise... read more

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Priorities…. Serving!

 

A Year of Service – A lifetime a change – that’s the strapline for the PCUSA Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) programme.  For the past couple of years, I have had the real privilege of acting as site coordinator for the four YAVs who have come each year to spend 11 months, from September to July working within different priority area parishes in Glasgow.  Scotland is one of the 6 international sites and there are 15 national sites around the USA working with partner agencies and within churches to address the root causes of poverty, violence and injustice within a global context and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ... read more

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Priorities…. Moments

In November, I went with a group of 18 others to Rome as part of the European Festival of Joy and Mercy.  We were a mixed bunch from Glasgow and Leeds, four different organisations, of different religious beliefs including Catholic, Muslim and Protestant.  To mark the Jubilee of Mercy Pope Francis invited people living in poverty to Rome from 11 to 13 November.  Our group leader, Martin, had successfully applied to take a group to the event and with much needed donations from some amazing and generous individuals and organisations off we set... read more

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