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By Charis Fergusson Covid-19 has up-ended a lot of our plans. More so for some than others. Whilst many have remained in largely familiar routines during the pandemic, some have experienced loss of employment, furlough, uncertainty, or have perhaps decided to do something different with their lives. I planned to begin a training contract to become a solicitor in August,
By Miriam Westfall Lydia Hiorns is a local artist in the North East of England. She works with a gallery called Shield Field ArtWorks in Newcastle and has intentionally practiced and researched hospitality over the last few years. Miriam, from Agapé UK, asked Lydia a few questions. M: So Lydia, how would you define hospitality? Lydia: I guess most people think it’s either inviting someone round to your house for
By Larry Platner I wonder if you are like me when it comes to motivating yourself to follow Jesus? There was a time when I motivated myself with a list of what I believed I needed to do. It consisted of commands to obey, attitudes to change, disciplines to maintain, sins to overcome and on it went. Not only did
By Jonny Potts We all want to belong. To feel included. To have a sense of community in our lives. But many people in our society, even in our churches, feel marginalised, lonely and forgotten. And you might be one of them. As we read the Bible, we see that in God’s Kingdom, people are not left on the side-lines.
By Jack Barraclough I remember visiting a small church of less than twenty people. The welcome was warm and friendly and I was given a seat in the front row. I didn’t feel like a stranger until ‘Testimony Time’, where all the members of the church were expected to shout ‘Testimony Time’ in unison. Personally, I like to think of
What does it look like to show love to our nation, day by day? The reckless love of the Gospel Showing reckless love often doesn’t appear ‘reckless’, because love is focussed on others, not the hoopla surrounding yourself. I believe that reckless love often means looking to very deliberately do the Christlike things that the rest of our culture neither