Reflections and Stories

Seeing Is (Not Always) Believing: Reflections From Pilgrimage

7 Feb 2019

The Oxford Living Dictionaries list three meanings for ‘pilgrimage’. I would like to share some musings on what pilgrimage means to me and the lessons I have learnt from my pilgrim travels.

I have made many pilgrimages...

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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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Why I Walk

1 Feb 2019

I grew up in a Free Church tradition. I attended a Baptist Church at home and when I went to university I found the SCM-affiliated Methodist Society, and through it St Paul’s Methodist Church where I was later baptised. Despite that, this year will be my sixth participating in Student Cross, a ...

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A Reflection on Refreshment

31 Jan 2019

Do you remember being a child and demanding a cup of water? I used to act like I would drop dead without a drink, then when I was finally given some I would consume it like some sort of desert hermit refreshing themselves at an oasis. Think about ‘refreshment’ for yourself. Does it conjure up...

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Emilia's 130 Challenge

17 Jan 2019
The Student Christian Movement means a lot to me. I've only been involved in SCM for just under a year, yet it already feels like a place I can call home; it's a group of people who understand me and share similar views, who I don't have to explain things to or hide my religion from, and it...
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Refreshing Commitments: Resolutions

15 Jan 2019

I’d reached the top of the hill at Glasgow Necropolis and, looking out over the city, I stood for a while thinking about all the exciting and sometimes stressful things I’d be doing with SCM in 2019. One of the bigger challenges I’ll be facing is a 130 mile walk from Glasgow to Iona as my...

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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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