We are pleased to confirm that for the 14th year in a row Glasgow City Mission will open our Overnight Welcome Centre (OWC) on 1 December 2023.
Katie Thomson, who volunteers at one of our evening drop-in sessions, highlights the importance of human connection and the difference a simple smile can make to whether or not a person feels 'seen'.
In our latest blog, CEO Charles Maasz highlights the importance of genuine human connection and the gratitude we have for people in our lives. He emphasises the significance of deep and authentic communities, and draws a parallel between the deprivation of such communities and the trauma of being an orphan. He presents the early Church as an example of a revolutionary community that provided nourishment and support, emphasizing the need for the church to serve as a sanctuary for those who feel disconnected in today's individualised culture.
Our Overnight Welcome Centre (OWC) ran from 1 December 2022 until 31 March 2023. For the first time the OWC was operated from our Crimea Street building to allow us to access emergency beds from a variety of venues in Glasgow.
Last week we journeyed through Holy Week together. We looked at the betrayal of Judas, the importance of prayer in our lives, the denial from Peter, the brutality of Jesus’ death all taken in silence, the Sabbath, and the resurrection of Jesus! Now, we look at a world with a risen King and how the disciples coped with encountering Jesus after his resurrection. It is a joyous moment but also one full of scepticism and very real human reactions.