Fire pit discussions

This guest post is written by Sarah Pickett, UCCF Staff Worker in Oxford & Buckinghamshire. This is part of a series of blogs looking at friendship at this time, read more here Why the rule of six maybe good for friendship. When I heard the news about the rule of six, my heart sank. IContinue reading “Fire pit discussions”

Letting the darkness point us to the light – why I’m running a Halloween trail this year

We live in an area that loves Halloween. Each year hundreds of kids get dressed up and walk around the street trick or treating. Families decorate their gardens and really embrace this event. Until this year we’ve done the complete opposite. We’ve closed our curtains, told our girls we don’t get involved and had anContinue reading “Letting the darkness point us to the light – why I’m running a Halloween trail this year”

Southampton’s response to Marcus Rashford’s Free School Meals campaign

Did you know? “37% of teachers spot signs of malnourishment when children return home from the school holidays” National Union of Teachers Survey on Holiday Hunger (2017) “1 in 3 children from low income families have skipped a meal so that their children can eat during the school holidays” – Kellogs, Isolation and Hunger: TheContinue reading “Southampton’s response to Marcus Rashford’s Free School Meals campaign”

Garden gatherings

Norwegians have a word, “koselig”, that means a sense of coziness. It’s like the best parts of Christmas, without all the stress. People light candles, light fires, drink warm beverages, and sit under fuzzy blankets. Norwegians embrace long dark winters as something to celebrate. They see it as a season not just to endure butContinue reading “Garden gatherings”

Why the Rule of six could help your homegroup

This article is part two in a series. Please read part one first Why the Rule of Six could help your friendships. We belong to a Church home group called Rooted, for six years we’ve met together on alternate weeks. Our group consists of about fourteen people, but its pretty fluid. People come and goContinue reading “Why the Rule of six could help your homegroup”

Why the Rule of six could help your friendships

We’d been round at a friends house for food and a catch up. Most weeks after the school pick up, we get invited and simply turn up. There’s usually between six and eight of us, from two families. There’s always great food and lots of fun, to be honest its just really easy company. ThisContinue reading “Why the Rule of six could help your friendships”

“The social Dilemma” – starting a conversation

May 2018. We were looking forward to a week in our favourite campsite near Rome. Our family holidays are a time to slow right down and simply enjoy being together. My husband was working in Rhodes the week before our holiday. So to save him travelling too much, we planned to meet at Rome airport.Continue reading ““The social Dilemma” – starting a conversation”

Refuge for Student Workers

This blog post is written by Helen Taylor. This is part of a series of blogs written for weary gospel workers, see here for previous blogs. September is a big month for a student worker – filled with trepidation at everything to be done before term starts, and buckets of excitement.   Showing new students it’sContinue reading “Refuge for Student Workers”

Motivation for the term ahead for the weary gospel worker part 2

This is part 2 of a series of blogs written by Sarah Dawkins, the first one is here. In part one we reflected on 6 months of lockdown. I wonder how that made you feel. Maybe just a little helpless? That’s how I feel at the start of a new academic year. I write fromContinue reading “Motivation for the term ahead for the weary gospel worker part 2”

Motivation for the term ahead for the weary gospel worker

After a summer of recovery and recuperation I was hoping I’d feel better for the start of term. The start has been slow, with many ups and downs and I’ve come to realise that among many things my surge capacity is depleted. I found this article by Tara Haelle incredibly helpful in helping me understandContinue reading “Motivation for the term ahead for the weary gospel worker”