My name is Carrie, I’m almost 60, and while most of my friends and other people my age are preparing for retirement, I did the unthinkable. Eight months ago I sold my belongings and left family, kids, and precious grandkids to move across the ocean to a small community in the east end of Glasgow.
It’s hard to believe it is January again. January has always been a time of reflection for us in Barlanark, a time of looking back to evaluate and of looking forward to plan (whilst promising ourselves that this will be the year the diet will make it past the first two weeks!). There have been a
On Sunday 7th January, we (Hope Community Church Barlanark) plan to ‘launch’ as a church. Now, you might not have heard of a church launch before. It sounds strange, doesn’t it? Like, what are we, a rocket?! (Sometimes we get called a bunch of rockets, but that’s a different thing – Scottish for
It’s been a Proverbs 19:21 start to the year in Barlanark: Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21) In fact, our whole experience here is summed up in that one verse. 18 months ago we left our roles as youth workers and set out
It’s Monday morning; the staff and interns are bleary-eyed from the weekend past, sleepwalking through their morning routine, all thanks to 10 days of intense activity which, on the run up to it, was prophetically dubbed ‘radge-week’ (“radge” | adjective: an informal Scottish term meaning wild,
We had our first ever '20schemes Women's Training Day' on Tuesday. It's something that has always been intended but seemed an impossibility to make a reality; to bring all the busy wives and women in ministry, (many of whom are mothers), to one location during the day for teaching, fellowship and
Exactly a year ago we had just come back from our 20schemes staff week away which was our first week of full time church planting. Now, a year later, we are just back from our second staff week away where we spent time marvelling at what God has done in the past year. [bctt tweet="'Pray for unity
We have now been church planting full time for just under a year. It has been equally energising and draining. Full of exhilarating highs and desperate lows. We have been encouraged by much needed support, yet we have been stung by sharp opposition. The number one comment we have received, however,