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The Earth is the Lord's and Everything in it

By Rachel Mander | 16 April 2021

Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970, when the first Earth Day was held in the United States. But in the fifty years since then, the earth itself has undergone a huge transformation as our energy use and resource consumption has multiplied, transfiguring entire landscapes and underwriting the way we live.

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Church Step Forward

By Stewart McCulloch | 15 April 2021

‘Faith sees best in the dark.’

 

Like any great quote, the meaning is open to interpretation. Still, there can be little debate that we live in challenging times, or that as Christians, there’s something familiar about Kierkegaard’s words.

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Asking and Receiving: Palm Sunday and its Relevance for Today

By Frances Miles | 23 March 2021

Sometimes it is all a matter of timing. As a little boy, my son always knew the perfect time to ask me for a biscuit: when I was on a long phone call.  He knew I would be a soft touch when I couldn’t respond properly. I would agree, just to stop his persistent pleading!

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Stepping Out Whilst Locked Down

By Joel Leakey | 12 February 2021

What has the latest round of lockdowns provoked in you? Most of us are feeling loss to some degree, but, if you’re anything like me, you’re also waking up feeling more aware of your own personal frustrations, starting the day with a touch of resentment at the same old scenery, and finishing your day feeling the horizons of your life drawing closer in: just my own walls, my people, my three meals, my bed.

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Humbled by Sacrifice

By Rosanna Jeffery | 11 February 2021

Would you give away your last bit of change to help someone in need? What if it was all you had to live on?

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How to be Generous to a Friend With Depression

By Catherine Durant | 22 January 2021 | Comments (5)

The month of January doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to mental health. This year especially, when so many more people are isolated and vulnerable, it’s an ideal moment to consider how we could give our time and resources to help those suffering from depression and anxiety.

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For Churches Planning a Capital Appeal

By Sean Tully | 21 January 2021 | Comments (3)

 

So you’re planning a church capital appeal. Or perhaps you are already knee-deep in it. My guess is that you are likely to be processing any number of thoughts.

 

You may be wondering if the plans you were making last year have any meaning in the context of…you know what. Or you might be thinking that this is the ideal time to push ahead with a capital appeal – after-all, the options for using your building are limited these days, and who knows when you will get another opportunity to deliver building works that won’t inconvenience your congregation?

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Loving Our Neighbour: A Message from Our CEO for 2021

By Stewart McCulloch | 20 January 2021

As Christians we are commanded to ‘Love our Neighbour’ but how can you do this while isolated at home?

It may surprise you to hear that I believe we are loving our neighbour more than ever in these times. Let me give you three examples:

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Naomi: Giving Through Grief

By Catherine Durant | 18 December 2020 | Comments (2)

If the pandemic has turned your circumstances upside down, if you’ve lost loved ones or your livelihood, or even if you’re just finding life lonely at the moment, then you may be able to relate to some of the pain that Naomi was suffering in the book of Ruth.

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