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Rach's Diary - talks, tissues and even more trains

20 Oct 2016

Last time I blogged I was in the middle of 7 full on days. If you recall I'd spent time in Manchester, Birmingham and Sheffield. Thursday evening took me to a talk by Brian McLaren about his new book The Great Spiritual...

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All Are Welcome: Prayers for Student Sunday

20 Oct 2016

We are called to welcome everyone into the life of our churches and communities. Throughout the Gospels, we see this demonstrated by Jesus – bringing people together and inviting them in with open arms.

That’s why our theme for Student Sunday next year (19 February 2017) will be ‘All Are...

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Rach's Diary - Over the Pennines

13 Oct 2016

Train update for October, 33 trains, 5 trams, and still just 2 buses.

This last week; I've had coffee with an URC minister to talk about becoming a Link Church (and I'm now booked in to preach at his church in June 2017), I've met an SCM friend and found a new cafe, it was really...

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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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