Some days, I wish I were a man

Stories written in response to the #SheNeeds series This is an anonymous story written by a friend. I grew up in a Christian family and committed to follow Jesus at the early age of 8. My enthusiasm, boldness and leadership skills were commented upon by those around me. I had felt a strong calling toContinue reading “Some days, I wish I were a man”

She doesn’t want to be treated like a child

Stories written in response to the #SheNeeds series This is an anonymous story written by a friend. “A while ago I read an article by Jen Wilkin about the Three Female Ghosts who haunt the church. Jen wrote about the three different ways that women are treated by people in the church; the usurper, theContinue reading “She doesn’t want to be treated like a child”

She needs you to fix the leaky pipe

“6,300 professors are women – from 23% to 28% of these are in senior posts. This is despite women representing 46% of all academic staff” BBC article I first came across some of these stats when my husband started working on the Athena Swan committee. A committee that looks at representation of women in STEM.Continue reading “She needs you to fix the leaky pipe”

She needs brothers for her to speak in your church

“When men are in the majority women speak 75% less”. One Princeton research team set out to measure how much less women talk. Male and female volunteers were put to work solving a budget challenge. The study found that in some cases women, when in the minority, spoke 75% less than men did. But itsContinue reading “She needs brothers for her to speak in your church”

PFE Wonder conference – mentoring and training female evangelists

Over the last year God has opened a door for many women to communicate the gospel in public. Douglas Johnson in Contending for the Faith writes about the history of IFES. He says “one of the chief lessons of war-time was how little things of the Spirit depend upon material conditions. Both student and graduateContinue reading “PFE Wonder conference – mentoring and training female evangelists”

Try Prayer – a new initiative for our community

This is a new initiative that we’ve set up in our community to invite our friends to try prayer. “When you pray, say: Father…” Luke 11:2 When thinking about prayer, what words come to your mind? Something detached, a thing to do or something you feel guilty about? We so easily forget that prayer isContinue reading “Try Prayer – a new initiative for our community”

Park life – a tour of Southampton and surrounding area

This guest blog is written by my friend Vanessa Baldwin When the November lockdown hit in 2020 and everything closed again (except playgrounds!) my family decided to make it our mission to try as many new parks within our local area as possible.  George age 5 and Kate age 2 were excited at the prospectContinue reading “Park life – a tour of Southampton and surrounding area”

She needs help failing in order to serve in your church

“The propensity to dwell on failure and mistakes, and an inability to shut out the outside world are, the biggest psychological impediments for female players” Mike Thibault, Mystics basketball coach, Confidence Code. Mike Thibault, legendary coach was in a unique position as he had trained both men and women at NBA level. Mike observed theContinue reading “She needs help failing in order to serve in your church”

Give a doorstep gift this Easter

A letterbox gift does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a gift that can be posted through the letterbox. It’s a convenient way to send a present to someone and they don’t have to worry about being at home to receive it. During lockdown, letterbox presents have become hugely popular. These giftsContinue reading “Give a doorstep gift this Easter”

She doesn’t feel good enough to serve in your church…

“Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them” Hewlett Packard Internal report. These statistics have been discussed and debated and the reasons why this is true put in question. Is this about confidence, a mistaken perception of the hiring process,Continue reading “She doesn’t feel good enough to serve in your church…”