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Rach's Diary - A Day in Liverpool

6 Oct 2016

I've heard it said 'join the church and see the world'. In this case it's join SCM and see the North West (and Birmingham)! The photo is from my weekly train to Birmingham, it always makes me smile.

On Wednesday I spent the day in Liverpool. I basically had to meet strangers in places I...

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Rach's Diary - Food Glorious Food

29 Sep 2016

As a student, when we had a new chaplain start at my university I remembered saying the two things he needed for Student Ministry were food and Facebook. Similarly in my interview for this job, which was straight after lunch, I talked about the importance of food, particularly when meeting...

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Feast or Famine: A Fresh Approach to Worship at Greenbelt 2016

26 Sep 2016

If I am honest, I often find worship at Greenbelt a mixed bag; including the beautiful, the ludicrous, the clichéd, the over-done, the innovative and the moving. I feel sorry for those responsible for leading sessions on the worship programme; it must be a nigh on impossible task to lead worship...

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Rach's Diary - Freshers in Manchester

23 Sep 2016

This week has been busy in a totally new way. There has been a lot less trains and a lot more time with students. Being based in the chaplaincy has meant I've worked on my soup pouring skills, trying not to get too much down the outside of the cups. I've staffed the stall, giving out postcards,...

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Glasgow Coffee Afternoon

Rach's Diary - Dashing here and dashing there

16 Sep 2016

Tuesday was a really long day with a trip to Glasgow. I managed to spill coffee all down me before I'd even left Manchester, but a train delay in Preston meant I had time to pop out and buy a new top - which will ever be known as my emergency Glasgow top. It was great to meet some of the SCM-ers...

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Panel Discussion

Rach’s Diary – No Train No Gain

12 Sep 2016

Thursday and Friday last week was more training. This time rather than induction with other members of the staff I attended the Effective Student Worker Training (8-9 September) SCM was running in Birmingham. It was a really interesting two days, I've learnt that I'm a teddy bear and team worker...

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Rach's Diary - Home Sweet Office Home

7 Sep 2016

So week two of being the Regional Development Worker for the North West has started in Manchester. Here is my office that I share with the Student Worker at St Peter's House. I know it doesn't look like much yet and I'm still missing some essentials but it's good to have somewhere to put my SCM...

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Prayers for Freshers 2016

6 Sep 2016
A Prayer for God's Love
God of yesterday, today and tomorrow,
when I've answered the questions,
"Where are you from?"
"What 'A' Levels did you do?"
and "What are you studying?"
for the eighty fifth...
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Rach Collins

Rach's diary - Week 1

2 Sep 2016

Hi I'm Rach and I'm the newest member of the SCM staff team. I'm going to be updating the blog with some of my adventures as the new Regional Development Worker for the North West.

I'll usually be based in Manchester but day one and two have been spent in the SCM Office in Birmingham. It'...

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SCM@Greenbelt 2016: Discover some student stars!

1 Aug 2016

Here at SCM we’re really excited about our eclectic mix of worship, workshops and panel discussions at Greenbelt 2016. We’ve prepared a space to just hang out and meet other students, helping you connect with friendly faces to keep in touch with over the coming years. So look out for us in the G...

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