Reflections and Stories

Refreshing Commitments: Self

9 Jan 2019

I find New Year and my birthday (which is conveniently in the summer, so they are well spaced!) good times to reflect on my life and particularly my self-care routine. Unlike traditional New Year’s Resolutions, I like to use this time to be gentle with myself. This year I am eating more...

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Advent Joy: Waiting for the Saviour

19 Dec 2018

Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,

    according to your word...

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Rach's Reflections: A Joyful Christmas?

19 Dec 2018

I don’t really know where this year has gone, but somehow it is Christmas. I wonder what 2018 has been like for you? If I had to describe 2018 in one word it would be 'change'. What would yours be? 

This year the SCM staff team has had three people leave, two people return and three ...

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Welcoming Christ in the Chaos

18 Dec 2018

This advent, I have been rushed off my feet.

I love the atmosphere of the season of Advent. The darkness, the stillness, the waiting. In an ideal world, I would spend time every day during advent quietly contemplating the incarnation of our Saviour, and waiting in joyful anticipation for...

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It's Not A Christmas Bush!

13 Dec 2018

My housemates like to tease me by calling the Advent bouquet I have put up in our kitchen a Christmas bush or a Christmas tree. They think I will take offence when they call it a tree or a bush. But actually, renaming it as a bush I can forgive. It does sound much more impressive than bouquet....

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An Advent to Remember

6 Dec 2018

Many people see Advent as the countdown to Christmas. The countdown to one intense day where presents are given, families get together, and a meal is shared between loved ones. 

However, what if we reframed our thoughts about what Advent is all about?

Instead of looking at it as...

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My Favourite Saint: St Thérèse of Lisieux

13 Nov 2018

A recent article about my favourite saint, St Thérèse of Lisieux, described her as one of the most dangerous of all saints. Although this is an odd description to give someone so revered within Roman Catholicism, it is quite apt.

Born in northern France in 1873, Thérèse was a sickly and...

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My Favourite Saint: St Godric of Finchale

13 Nov 2018

The North-East has a rich history of saints: Cuthbert, Oswald, Hild, Bede, Aidan. Among this great cloud of witnesses is St. Godric of Finchale, a hermit who lived for sixty years beside the River Wear.

Godric was born in Norfolk, in 1065, to humble beginnings. He spent his youth as a...

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Rach's Reflection: What shapes my faith?

22 Oct 2018

This month we are thinking about how our faith impacts our politics, and I’ve been wondering what it is that shapes my faith in the first place.

This shouldn’t be surprising, but through some training, meetings and worship in the last couple of weeks, the importance of reading the Bible...

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Rach’s Diary: The Calm Before The Beginning

12 Sep 2018

My summer has been an odd one. I’ve mostly worked from my desk in Salford with a couple of visits to Birmingham. It has been nice to have that time of calm but it's also meant that once September hit it was a bit of a shock to the system to get back to my usual train journeys around and about...

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