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Rach's Reflection: A People in Exile

28 Apr 2020

If you've attended my “How to Run a Workshop” workshop, you’ll know how much I love the phrase “I Wonder?”. I use it often to start questions; I find it helps to open the mind.  

I learnt to wonder myself through Godly Play, a method of exploring God's word through interactive play. Just...

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The God Who Chose To Make Us

12 Feb 2020

A few weeks ago, I was sat talking to a friend, feeling uncertain about what path my future was going to take. I was worried about many things; what the best choices to make would be, how best to honour God in my life, and many smaller worries. The friend turned to me and told me that I would be...

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Rach's Diary: Round Four of Freshers

26 Sep 2019

It’s freshers' season.

Welcome Week lasts four weeks for me and takes me to six different university campuses. It’s a great opportunity to work with chaplains (it’s amazing what conversations you get into while trying to make the perfect pancake!) meet with church leaders (including...

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Rach's Reflection: Every Walk a Pilgrimage?

7 Feb 2019

It might surprise you that until about three years ago I wasn't a walker. I didn't learn till I was 19 months old, 'cos crawling was where it was at, and when I left home my family delighted in going on a walking holiday without me to hold them back. I'm not saying I couldn't walk, more that I...

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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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Rach's Diary - Both Sides of the River

3 May 2018

As is often the case in my role, each week has a different feel. Last week I got to spend more time with people and this week more time with my computer. Last week was mostly in Manchester and this week mostly in Salford. It's not that I've not seen people this week or only sat at my desk last...

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Rach's Diary - Crossing Rivers and Walking Along Canals

26 Mar 2018

March has sped past, as the months often do and it means I've been based at the University of Salford for a whole month now! I've got a brand new desk that is all set up and I'm sharing my office with Hilary, the Faith Centre Coordinator, and our office plant donated by one of the chaplains. I'...

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Rach's Diary - Let's GlasGOw

14 Mar 2018

In my year and a half working for SCM I have now been to five events. Three regional and two national - two in the North West (Manchester and Lancaster), one in Leeds and two in Glasgow. We've had themes of the Bible, Vocation, Welcoming, Grace and Unity. Each time students have come together,...

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Rach's Diary - Just another month in the office

23 Feb 2018

I'm not really sure where February has disappeared to! Last time I wrote a diary blog it was the 1st of the month, and here we are now at the end of the month. While the diary blog might not have been so regular I have written two reflection blogs, one on the...

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Rach's Diary - Commuter: Ninja Level - Unlocked

1 Feb 2018

Since my last blog I've had three days in Birmingham which were packed with helping out with mailing week; putting initial ideas together about a new resource for schools and youth groups with Rob, our SCM Connect Project Worker; and having my monthly review meeting with Simon, SCM's National...

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