Let your Light Shine

Let your Light Shine

It’s that time of year again, the days are getting shorter, the night draws in earlier and everywhere feels grey. Along with the festivals that come with this season, everything can feel a little dark. This can often reflect our society, we hear of tragedies in the news and see negative behaviours from people. Sometimes it can seem like there is little hope in a world that feels so dark. However, in the very beginning, God created light (Genesis 1v3), in Him there is no darkness, and the darkness cannot extinguish the light (John 1v5).  

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Volunteering with 'Open The Book'

Volunteering with 'Open The Book'

Open The Book is reliant on some amazing volunteers who have a real passion to share the good news with children and are willing to give time each week to do so. We are so grateful for those that can do this as we couldn’t do it without them!  It is with some sadness, that we have to say goodbye to one of our longest Open The Book (OTB) volunteers, Barbara,  as she moves away from Chester. We thought it would be a good chance to ask her some questions about what volunteering means and why she has done it.

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So Ungrateful

So Ungrateful

‘Young people are so ungrateful these days!’ I wonder if you have heard that phrase or one similar; maybe you have uttered it.  Someone who I have a lot of respect for, once told me that one sign of a person’s maturity is their ability to say thank you.   It is a small phrase that carries with it huge significance. It recognises the thought, work, generosity and kindness of others.

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Rest on Him

Rest on Him

Last week I had the privilege of going away to Lithuania for three days with a small team to visit a youth centre in the city of Kaunas. The purpose of our trip was to build relationships with the youth centre, to share ideas on the work that we do and to strengthen one another through prayer and teaching. I want to share a reflection from this time away.

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Expectation vs Reality

Expectation vs Reality

If anyone has the Pinterest app they will know that it is an incredible resource for finding all sorts of creative ideas.  I use it a lot for different youth resources and games and particularly for craft activities.  However, they never end up looking quite as good as the pictures on Pinterest! The reality of what I create does not live up to the work of art I am told I can make. My expectations don’t match up with reality.

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