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Runner-up is the real win – what my new obsession with Sam Ryder has reminded me this week

Who could have missed the pure joy on Sam Ryder’s face when he heard the final vote and discovered he had come second in the Eurovision Song Contest? He didn’t make the top spot on the Official UK Chart this week either.  Second place looks pretty good on him though!   I was late to the …

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SILENCE IS GOLDEN. Shut. Your. Mouth.

I’ve just been reminded of one key to relational evangelism. No training is required and no answers are needed. You don’t need to have practised your five-point testimony or edited your life story into a 30-second nutshell. You don’t need good small talk or strong Biblical knowledge. You don’t need that webinar on apologetics. You …

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‘More people want to know more about Jesus today than they did in 2015!’

45% of people in the UK believe in the Resurrection. Does that surprise you? After a conversation with a Christian, one in three not-yet-Christians want to know more! Talking Jesus SurveyWe’ve just watched the live launch of the Talking Jesus survey results released by the Evangelical Alliance today. The full report will be available in …

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Review of one of our collaborations – read if you’re interested in our Days Away!

From the very first conversation the Activate Team grasped our Shine Like Stars vision for our weekend retreat. They were enthusiastic, creative and an amazing sounding board for developing talks. Their experience came through in the suggestions they made much of which was based on what works well. They put us at ease quite quickly, …

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The Well of Contemplation – a creative piece by Margaret Mayer

This week we have a piece written by one of our long-time supporters, Margaret Mayer.  It seems a good time to share this gorgeous writing.  It inspires us to hope and reflects some of our feelings and thoughts as we emerge from a period of difficulty and isolation. Margaret wrote to us before the weekend …

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Rescuing our teens: Speak out your encouragement and acceptance as if their lives depend on it

I feel uneasy about teens going after more ‘likes’ when they post photos on social media. It is well documented that they spend hours in front of their phones. (Let’s stop judging them for this, as we do it too!) Even after taking dozens of selfies, in just the right light, many just won’t post anything. …

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‘My local involvement is unspectacular, but…’ Never too old, never too small

On International Women’s Day, we wanted to share an email we received a couple of weeks ago, in reply to an invitation to a book launch with Fiona Castle: Thank you so much for including me on your mailing list. Of course, I’ll be glad to pray for the book launch, but at nearly 90 …

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BE Programme – Find out all about your weekend away: 4-6 March 2022

  Watch short videos from our seminar speakers – this will be updated with more videos so keep an eye out on our YouTube playlist Be Activate weekend away We’re looking forward to welcoming 200 women from across the country, all ready to learn new ways to reach out and to hear lots of Godly …

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Good news jump-starter 2: Free six-week resource for your home group!

Our friends at Third Space have published a fantastic resource that is right up our street!  ‘First Steps: Sharing Jesus in Your Everyday’ is a brand new course on evangelism.  This six-week online group study explains how we can share our faith naturally, allowing you to try things out and find a method that suits you. …

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Good News Jump-starter 1: Share your testimony in fifteen seconds!

Happy New Year!  We hope you’ll join us as we jump into a new series on tried-and-tested ways to share the best news of all – the hope that can be found when we say ‘yes’ to Jesus. Whether you like or loathe New Year’s Resolutions, we’re sure you’ll agree that now is a great time to …

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