Reflections and Stories

Rach's Reflection: What shapes my faith?

22 Oct 2018

This month we are thinking about how our faith impacts our politics, and I’ve been wondering what it is that shapes my faith in the first place.

This shouldn’t be surprising, but through some training, meetings and worship in the last couple of weeks, the importance of reading the Bible...

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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 Reflection: From This Day

16 Aug 2018

Today is A Level results day. I want to think about what this means for a moment.  

I wonder, how today is for you?  

You may, like me, be reliving memories of getting those results and finding out if and where and what the future held.  

Or maybe it is today for you...

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Rach's Reflection: Rest

18 Jul 2018

I wonder what it is that you do that influences other people, whether you realise it or not? 

Since the major train changes back in May I've often found myself with mere minutes to get across a train station to make my connection. There has been a couple of times when I have broken into a...

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Kept in Precious Love: Finding True Rest in God

17 Jul 2018

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest’  - Matthew 11:28

I’m writing this blog while preparing to go on holiday to Devon, which feels appropriate in many ways. For many people, holidays are a chance to rest...

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Rach's Reflections: Discipleship

18 Jun 2018

As SCM "goes regional" each regional member of staff has their own national focus - mine is events. This means I now have a really long and snazzy job title, Regional Development Worker (North West) and Events Lead. This isn't my first fancy job title. My first ever job was Youth Ministry...

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Where Jesus Might Need Us

31 May 2018

There is something of a misconception that vocation in the Church involves, or should involve, becoming ordained or being in some kind licensed position. I’m not sure that’s right. The bottom line of vocation is following the call to follow Him; once he has that commitment, he can work through...

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Intergenerational (in)justice

31 May 2018

Every generation is different. Every generation has a different experience of the world.  Every generation brings something new and interesting to the table.

In a fair society, each generation might expect to inherit opportunities which are at the very least equal to those open to the...

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Rach's Reflections - Heaven Jump

15 May 2018

Acts 2 is often classed as the birth of the church and seems to be everywhere at the moment.  So when given the opportunity to preach on Acts 1, I was excited to get my teeth into the start of the story. Luke's second book starts with Jesus and his ascension into heaven. I spent Ascension in...

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More than a Man Bun

19 Apr 2018

Over the last twelve months I have been covering for Hilary as National Coordinator of the Student Christian Movement and in fact I never really anticipated that I would be doing this. Someone once told me that you should never apply for a job that you think you will get in an attempt to stretch...

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