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Jesus House: Tackling Food Poverty, Domestic Violence and Mental Health Concerns

By Ruth Leigh | 24 March 2021

"We were able to provide support for those in food poverty, provide employability training and address mental health challenges as well as domestic violence and abuse. We’ve always wanted to do even more as the hands and feet of Jesus in our neighbourhood, and Stewardship gave us an amazing gift that has helped us produce even more incredible fruit."

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Harper Church: Caring for Refugees in the Pandemic

By Ruth Leigh | 24 March 2021

Harper Church sits in the city centre overlooking the Clyde. It’s just five minutes from the Home Office and around 4,000 asylum seekers and refugees are placed within a mile of the church for their initial accommodation each year. In the past five years, the church has nearly doubled in size. The congregation used to be entirely Scottish. Now there are members from Iran and all over Africa. Harper’s Cross-Cultural Worker is involved in discipleship and pastoral care for asylum seekers and refugees.

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Matthew's House: Bringing Hope and Hospitality to Swansea

By Ruth Leigh | 24 March 2021

In Wales, Swansea-based Matthew’s House offers hospitality and hope to the most vulnerable members of its community. The project was started in 2017 by The Hill Church and is led by Robin Vincent (Chief Executive of Care for the Family). The first two volunteers were Robin and the now employed project manager, Thom Lynch. Since they began, the volunteer team has grown to over 100 people from all over the city, donating to date 38,000 hours. 

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Feeding the Community in Lockdown - YMCA Thames Gateway

By Ruth Leigh | 5 February 2021

What does your weekly shopping list look like? However long your list, it’s almost certain that it pales into insignificance compared to the weekly shop done by Penny Culliford, Chaplain at YMCA Thames Gateway.

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Adoption: Lessons in Giving from Children

By Ruth Leigh | 11 December 2020 | Comments (1)

Two women: both Christian writers, both married to clergy, both mothers of four children. And both adoptive parents.

As Christmas approaches, they shared some of the ways they’re looking forward to living out generosity at home and in their communities, as well as the truths about giving that they’ve learnt since adopting.

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Street Connect: Helping Addicts Recover During Covid-19

By Ruth Leigh | 15 October 2020

Based in Glasgow, which has one of the highest numbers of drug-related deaths in the UK, Street Connect offers support to those struggling with homelessness, mental health issues, addiction, poverty and trauma of all kinds. 

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Hope from Addiction: How Generosity Brought Ricky and Julie to Jesus

By Ruth Leigh | 28 August 2020

“People avoided me and things were difficult with my family because of my drug taking. Donald and June treated me like a normal person, and their willingness to sit down with me and get me whatever I needed showed me what transformational generosity looked like.”

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The Power of a Thank You

By Ruth Leigh | 20 May 2020

Receiving an unexpected gift is a wonderful blessing. Shakespeare had something to say about how we should respond to one in Twelfth Night: ‘I can no answer make but thanks and thanks and ever thanks...’

As Christians, we give because God asks us to. We don’t do it for thanks, but out of gratitude for everything that we’ve been given by him. Responding with thanks for the gifts with which we’re blessed is not only biblical, but common sense. Who doesn’t love a thank you?

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The wonder drug of generosity

By Ruth Leigh | 21 February 2020 | Comments (2)

Since his cancer diagnosis seven years ago, Jeremy Marshall has discovered his own wonder drug. It’s not a treatment plan, nor a mental attitude. It is simply and wholly this: generosity.

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Funding Mission with the Gift of Poetry

By Ruth Leigh | 21 November 2019

No less a person than William Wordsworth once said that poetry is emotion recollected in tranquillity. This has certainly been the experience of Paul Bebbington, part time civil servant and poet. Twelve years ago, his friend Mark Darvell invited him to be his travel companion on a church trip to Romania. Neither traveller had any inkling of the changes that would come as a result of their journey.

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