Reflections and Stories

Rach's 130 Challenge: Knitting On A Train

28 May 2019

At the end of last year the staff team started to discuss what they could do for the 130 Challenge. Some people talked about walking, running and swimming or using their musical or artistic skills, and I started to wonder how I could raise my £130. 

I've been knitting for almost 6 years...

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Coming Home to Chaplaincy

20 May 2019

In 2012, after years of working hard to get the grades I needed to get a place at university and move away from my hometown, I found myself as an undergrad at Newcastle University - the furthest away I could get whilst still being in England.

I had been working shifts while retaking A-...

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Finding Faith through Chaplaincy

20 May 2019

I became a Christian in my penultimate term of university. It was the end of a period in which God was leading me to Him.

I had seen Christianity as a moral way to live, but didn’t believe in Jesus. This gradually changed at university. I met people who were open about their faith and who...

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The Breathing Sacrament of Chaplaincy

3 May 2019

CN: references psychosis, suicide/suicide attempt, trauma.

University chaplains champion faith presence and practices on campus. What is sometimes less obvious is that they are part of university wellbeing teams: there for anyone of any faith, denomination or none, for...

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Rach's Reflection: Championing Chaplaincy

3 May 2019

One of the many joys in my job as the Regional Development Worker for the North West is the time I spend with chaplains. Whether it’s a Facebook chat planning preaching appointments, a 1-2-1 over a cuppa, or a phone call to check that they're okay and talk about how I can support them and their...

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Challenge Accepted!

30 Apr 2019

As a teenager, whenever someone uttered those dreaded words, “I challenge you to…”, I could never resist attempting straightaway whatever it was that ended the sentence. As a result I wouldn’t normally recommend jumping into something so quickly, but as part of...

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A Community Divided?

21 Mar 2019

Speaking as someone who has grown up in the Methodist tradition and still proudly calls themselves a Methodist, recent events at the United Methodist Church General Conference (UMCGC) have saddened me deeply. For those of you who aren’t clued up on Methodism, ie. most people, the United...

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Rach's Reflection: Veggie Lent

20 Mar 2019

Working for SCM has obviously rubbed off on me - there are many things I say or do differently because of the time I’ve spent in this inclusive environment, and this lent I’m trying something I’ve never done before.

I’m going veggie… for one day a week.

It’s not that I only eat...

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Carving Out Christian Community

20 Mar 2019
How do you participate in a Christian community when you cannot attend church due to health issues? This was the painful predicament I found myself in several years ago, when a shift in my mental stability meant that attending church became challenging and, at times, even dangerous. I do not...
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Community In Action

14 Mar 2019

I will never forget the moment that I knew I wanted to become a Church Related Community Worker (CRCW) with the United Reformed Church. Community work has always been a big part of my life. In the village where I used to live, teach and worship, I organised Messy Church sessions, set up Guiding...

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