Monthly Archives: May 2017

Priorities…. Defiance

Derek Pope who retires as the Convenor of the Priority Areas Committee reflects on a Boys Brigade Review he attended and calls for the Church to embrace a radical theology of Defiance.

Last Friday evening I attended the Annual Review of the Motherwell, Bellshill and District Battalion of the Boys Brigade.  The large town centre church was well filled with 250-300 boys, plus their parents and supporters.  There was much about the event that was impressive.  The large turnout spoke of the commitment of the Lanarkshire churches to the Boys Brigade.  John Swinney, the Depute First Minister and Guest of Honour, spoke sincerely of how the BB had shaped his life and how its values were needed today.  The Chaplain presented an age appropriate multi media address and the excitement of the boys was palpable as the previously unknown results of the various competitions were revealed.  It was a particularly good night for North Motherwell, where this blogger has ministered for the past 22 years, as our small BB Company (the Motherwell 20th) managed to win ‘The Flag’ for the third time in four years.  I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t quietly pleased for the boys and officers who had put in so much work and were now enjoying the rewards... read more

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Priorities…. Service

Maryhill Parish Church is coming to the end of its time as a Priority Areas church.  As part of our PA journey, we joined the Chance to Thrive programme, which prompted us to focus on what it is we do to serve the community and how we could do better going forward.  We wanted service to be embedded in everything we do, so we came up with three strands to describe our work: Care for Others, Care for Young People and Care for the Environment... read more

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Priorities…. #SquadGoals

I saw a tube of toothpaste and I cried. But we’ll get to that later.

One of the five values of the YAV program is intentional Christian community.

                  “YAVs explore what it means to be a Christian community with one another and their neighbors. While some will live in housing together and others spread throughout their country, all YAVs will reflect together on their service and explore their relationship with God, the church, and their ministry in a broken world.”

Not that I wasn’t expecting it, maybe more so it wasn’t at the forefront of my mind, but my intentional Christian community in the context of my YAV year extends far beyond my YAV community... read more

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