All posts by Sharon Dickens

Sharon has over 26 years experience working in the community primarily with families and people who have experienced homelessness. She has two grown up children who are both at University. Sharon has worked at Niddrie Community Church for over 8 years primarily establishing, training and co-ordinationing the women’s ministry. In October 2012 her ministry role changed as she focused solely on 20schemes.

Dumb Yet Dumber, or Smart Yet Wise 1/2

I sat in a meeting talking about how we might be able to help women in hard places do women’s ministry. The thing is, I’m sitting there thinking, ‘This is crazy! What have we got

Stressed to the Max: How Does God Want Us to Deal With Stress?

This is part 2 of a 2 part blog series on the issue of stress written by Sharon Dickens (20schemes director of women’s ministry). In the previous post, we looked at what stress is, how

Stressed to the Max: How Do You Know if You’re Too Stressed?

This is part 1 of a 2 part blog series on the issue of stress written by Sharon Dickens (20schemes director of women’s ministry). How Do You Know if You’re Too Stressed? ‘Come to me, all

The First Cut Is The Deepest: Self-Harmers In The Church

Originally posted on 9 Sept 2015 “People say it’s for attention but I dinnae think so. They just feel worthless.” (anonymous Scottish female) What is the first thought that comes to mind when we say

How Should Our Churches Deal With The After Effects Of Abortion?

Originally posted on 19 Aug 2015 Luke 7:47 “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven….” Recently I felt compelled to read one of my favourite Francine Rivers books, “Atonement Child”. It’s

The Lies Women Believe About Biblical Submission…

Originally posted on 13 May 2015 In the middle of the service listening to Mez preach she turns round to me and exclaimed, “What?!” She’s absolutely mortified by what he was saying. “There’s no way,

Why You Shouldn't Just "Claim Your Healing" When Living With Chronic Pain

Originally posted on 1 April 2015 “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and

Women in Ministry: What Are The Barriers To True Friendship & Meaningful Evangelism?

Originally posted on 25 March 2015 Although I am intentional and deliberate as I spend time with people in my community, my relationships are real. In other words, people aren’t my pet ‘projects’. If they

Why Are We So Afraid Of Evangelising Our Female Friends?

Originally posted on 18 March 2015 A question that I get asked a lot is, “How do you engage women?” Unless you are one of those rare women who works from home, does all her

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Single In The Schemes: Gift or Curse?

Originally posted on 4 March 2015 “Singleness is a gift from the Lord.” Sometimes the way this phrase gets bandied around in church’s is often glib and unhelpful for those of us who are single.