Outreach 2021

At our recent prayer meeting the Outreach Group gave us an update about some of our hopes for 2021. Of course our plans were thrown into disarray in 2020 so what was shared was tentative and subject to change. However, it’s fair to say that despite the challenges of 2020 we were pleased with the ministry we were still able to do  and much of this has been pencilled in again for 2021. This table gives a brief overview of 2021 for your prayers although we also want to emphasise the importance of one to one ministry as outlined in the previous blog. The items marked in red are uncertain at the moment as we are unsure how things will play out this year. However, even the items we are more hopeful about are in the Lord’s hands

One to One Ministry

Recently our Outreach Group held an online event to help us think about reaching others with the good news of Jesus. We thought about the current climate and the challenges of event based ministry during this time.

Although we have adapted and enjoyed running several online events including both Christianity Explored and Life Explored in 2020 the group wanted to encourage us to think about one to one ministry.

We looked at three examples in the bible. Of course there’s nothing new in this but a refresher is always helpful. Continue reading “One to One Ministry”

Responding to Restrictions

I recently attended one of the online webinars through the Pastor’s Network which was to help churches think about how to deal with the new Covid restrictions in Scotland. Whilst it’s disappointing to be faced with fresh restrictions it was perhaps expected to some degree after the rules were relaxed over Christmas. I found the webinar to be balanced and helpful. Here are some of my notes taken from the session. As always these are my notes and not direct quotes.

Searching

As human beings we love to search. We search for meaning, purpose, information and sometimes we just enjoy searching for the sake of it. As we enter a new year and a new lockdown perhaps we are searching once again for answers.

At the start of the first lockdown in March 2020 I thought it beneficial to take time out to look over the past ten years of my life and do what we may call some soul searching as a Christian. A global pandemic and a national lockdown seemed to create the right atmosphere for it. In some measure this was echoed across the country with an increased interest in the gospel with people seeking meaningful answers.

So I was interested when I came across this article last year about the google searches that took place during the initial stages of lockdown in March 2020. Of course if we’re searching in life then google seems to be the first port of call(!) but as usual these searches tell us a bit about ourselves and perhaps something more significant about God. Continue reading “Searching”

A Personal Gift

It’s that time of the year when we enjoy giving and receiving gifts and recently I enjoyed sharing my story of God’s gift in my own life with Hope For Glasgow. As I look back over the past twenty years of sobriety and try to reflect on the work of God in my own life I’m grateful for Jesus Christ God’s greatest gift to the world. I looked at four areas where God worked in my life to help me share my story and which I’m rewriting now.  Continue reading “A Personal Gift”