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A Skinny Fairtrade Latte in the Food Court of Life - Page 2

  • Happy Birthday to Us!

    That was a very lovely morning.

    Celebrating, commemorating, covenanting...

    A truly wonderful sermon from my good friend Revd Dr Ruth Gouldbourne, a joy to co-preside at Communion with her and Revd Dr Jim Gordon.  Wonderful to have visitors, new students and established friends.  The 'ubiquitous' yummy cake hand made by N, amazing music from P, L S F and E and of course the choir.  A card and flowers from the Sunday School... It just felt ful of love and life, hope and happiness - what more could a girl wish for?

    In the meantime - it's back to being "bothersome small things" in the Kingdom of God.

    Thank you everyone, I am blessed beyond measure.


  • More Anniversaries...

    Today I am involved in a Glasgow-wide service which will mark two important anniversaries - the 150th of the Baptist Union of Scotland and the 125th of the Scottish Baptist College.  Should be good - report, and possibly photo, to follow.

  • Now We are Ten!

    3rd October - the date on which I was Inducted at The Gathering Place ten years ago today.

    It was then  as it is now - a truly glorious, golden autumn day.

    I had spent a few days settling in, setting up my office and trying to get my bearings, and I was a mix of excited and terrified.

    The church was packed to bursting - between guests I had invited and guests the church had invited - and we enjoyed a great time of worship and promise making.

    Ten years later, and on Sunday we will renew those same promises.  We have the same guest preacher.  And I look forward to a time of worship and fellowship.

    Happy Birthday (?) to us Gatherers - thank you for putting up with me and my weird and wonderful ideas all this time.  With God's grace, may our journey together continue for a long time yet.

  • It's so nice to go travelling...

    ... but it's so much nicer to come home!

    Had a lovely week in Crete.  Did some fairly serious walking, some ancient sites, some sea-swimming, some exploring Chania (where we stayed) and some chilling.

    Lots of lovely Greek food - sheep and goats cheese, spinach pie, cheese pie, 'cream' pie, sheep milk ice-cream, mountain tea, almond cordial and many more.

    Was well bitten by mozzies - and by fish when sea-swimming!

    Should have got the overnight coach back from Manchester at 1 a.m. but couldn't face the seven hour wait, so splashed out on a train ticket and was tucked up in bed by 10:30 p.m.

    I have now been living in Glasgow a full decade and have to admit it was a very welcome site when I reached it last night!!

  • Mental Health First Aid

    One reason this blog has been so very quiet of late as that I have been very busy with training courses, including two days of Mental Health First Aid.

    It was a great course, though could have done with being twice the length to allow us to really dig into any of the topics.

    Based on Australian material it uses the acronym ALGEE...

    • Ask about suicide (in Australian version this one is 'assess for risk of suicide or harm')
    • Listen non-judgmentally
    • Give reassurance and information
    • Encourage appropriate profressional help
    • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

    I cannot claim suddenly to be equipped to support anyone or everyone I may encounter, but at least I have some ideas what not to say or do, which I guess is helpful in and of itself.