Choosing to enjoy uncertainty – student ministry in lockdown

This blog is in a series on the future of student work. Mark Ellis Director of Christian Unions Ireland (CUI) has written this guest blog. Jesus didn’t step into a normal world. He stepped into this world. He was born during days of upheaval. He grew up in days when ‘give us this day ourContinue reading “Choosing to enjoy uncertainty – student ministry in lockdown”

Zoom Prayer meeting

Prayer is trending on Google, it seems that in a Crisis the British public are turning to prayer. Some fantastic initiatives have been set up to help remind us to pray. As a church we’re using Unite 714 from Pete Greig. Every day at 7.14am and pm we’re reminded to pray alongside millions others. ItsContinue reading “Zoom Prayer meeting”

Decluttering in lockdown? When I’ve lost so much already?

This guest blog is from Gwen Montgomery Early in the days of Covid19 lockdown, like others, I had a lot of concerns, particularly as we are away from home on a sabbatical in Vancouver.  The worst times for me were those days when things were changing fast, every three hours it seemed, as decisions toContinue reading “Decluttering in lockdown? When I’ve lost so much already?”

Hope in loneliness

Our guest blog is from Rosamund O’Donnell I was lonely. I just didn’t realise it. I was used to moving around. This time, I moved to a completely new city for work. It was a great job, therefore I didn’t mind the unsociable hours. I honestly couldn’t work out what was wrong. The waves ofContinue reading “Hope in loneliness”

Reach Puppets in lockdown

  Puppets… aren’t they just for kids? That’s a question that we’ve heard so many times! But we’re convinced that although they may often be aimed at children, the big kids (a.k.a. the adults) love and learn from them too!  Many different ideas will come into your head when you hear of puppets, whether that’sContinue reading “Reach Puppets in lockdown”

Contagion phobia or what?

This guest blog is by Steve Sturman a Neurologist specialising in Neurorehabilitation It used to be just unlucky people caught up in accidents, terrorist attacks or distant wars but things have changed. All the givens have been moved and now life is strange and different. How do we react? What does this all mean forContinue reading “Contagion phobia or what?”

Learning from the experts in the new normal

Can you think of a situation where you’ve tried to learn something new without taking the advice of experts? This is me all over. My lack of patience plays out in many ways. One of these is an unwillingness to read instructions. This has resulted in many failed attempts at new recipes and DIY projects.Continue reading “Learning from the experts in the new normal”

Little Superheroes in quarantine

Guest blog post by Abi Andrews Holiday Club blog Each year, over the Easter Holiday break, our church runs our annual kids holiday club for primary school children to come and have fun while exploring the Bible together. This year was no different as we were excited to launch our week under the theme ofContinue reading “Little Superheroes in quarantine”

Intentional interruption

Our guest blog is from Jonathan Thomas When lock down started, as a pastor of church with a good number of older folk, I realised that two things were going to be true of them over the coming months: they would be lonely, and they would be desperate for good teaching. So, I decided toContinue reading “Intentional interruption”

Lockdown Day – will life ever be the same again?

Our guest blog in this series on death and grief in COVID 19 is from Kath Coulson 23 March 2020 – Lockdown Day for us all here in the UK.  And we wonder, we worry – will life ever be the same again?  But, we don’t know.  No one knows.  However 23 March is aContinue reading “Lockdown Day – will life ever be the same again?”