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Stories to inspire and inform

We write and release a new blog every week, each offering different insights and perspectives on life at Glasgow City Mission. Team members from our three different projects provide reflections and updates from within their respective services, our chaplain Marion Carson challenges us from a spiritual perspective and our CEO Charles Maasz regularly contributes with his thoughts.

New blogs will appear here at the beginning of each week. We also send an email out at the end of each month containing a round-up of the latest blogs. To receive the email, please submit your email address below:

The Story of a Victim

18 July 2022|

He arrived in Glasgow via London on the overnight bus. Over a hot cup of coffee in our city centre drop-in, and with the aid of a volunteer who could speak his language, he was able [...]

A Day in the Life of Urban

11 July 2022|

In this week's blog, Urban Coordinator Clare O'Sullivan shares some of the activities and experiences people enjoy as they engage with Urban - our creative 'moving-on' space located on our second floor.

Weak at the Knees

4 July 2022|

Marion Carson reflects on the positives of pain; how it can be gift, and how it has the power to break any relational barriers that prevent us getting closer to someone.

Exclusion & Embrace

27 June 2022|

The Bible mentions reconciliation a lot. We ought to assume then that it is important to get to grips with what it means. Join CEO Charles Maasz as he unpacks this theme during this week's blog.

Value in Vulnerability

20 June 2022|

Today, 20 June 2022, is World Refugee Day, followed closely by International Widow’s Day on 23 June 2022. As we prepare to mark these days at Glasgow City Mission, we are mindful of all those who have suffered hardship, displacement and loss, and in particular, those of our guests for whom these days will have significant pertinence.

World Refugee Day

20 June 2022|

Today, 20 June 2022, is World Refugee Day, followed closely by International Widow’s Day on 23 June 2022. As we prepare to mark these days at Glasgow City Mission, we are mindful of all those who have suffered hardship, displacement and loss, and in particular, those of our guests for whom these days will have significant pertinence.

Vulnerability as Strength

16 May 2022|

Making ourselves vulnerable is risky business in a society that only seems to value the strongest, the fittest and the smartest. Charles Maasz explores the merit in vulnerability, and how it should be seen as a strength and not a weakness.

Healing for the Heart at the Overnight Welcome Centre.

9 May 2022|

This week’s blog comes from Jem Crawley who works for our Overnight Welcome Centre (OWC) partner, Healing for the Heart. Jem tells of his experiences of the listening service that Healing for the Heart provided for our guests. This service was of great benefit and we look forward to continuing our partnership during next season’s OWC.

It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference

2 May 2022|

As another year at the Overnight Welcome Centre draws to a close, manager Elyse MacKinnon shares with us some of the things she is grateful for, as we see record numbers of guests moving into positive outcomes.

Easter Hope

25 April 2022|

Marion Carson highlights the need for hope through the lens of the resurrection and in particular for our guests, many of whom struggle to have something to hope for. She explores where this hope come from and how we work every day to pass this onto our guests.

Remembering James

18 April 2022|

We were greatly saddened by the recent death of one of our guests. James Hyslop was known to us for many years; he was much loved and will be sorely missed. 

The Lion’s Den

14 March 2022|

After a remarkably quick few months, final plans are being made in anticipation of the closure of the Overnight Welcome Centre at the end of March. Elyse MacKinnon shares some of her thoughts and reflects on what we can learn from some of the challenges faced by the team this season.

A Rookie’s Mate

7 March 2022|

This week, one of our long-serving volunteers shares and reflects on an experience she once had with a guest concerning the game of chess.

Are We Part of the System?

28 February 2022|

Marion Carson challenges us to examine and refine our thoughts around shopping habits, and draws parallels with the Biblical story of Joseph to ask if we do enough when it comes to fighting modern day slavery, exploitation and oppression.

Family

21 February 2022|

Clare O'Sullivan shares some of the experiences that help integrate guests into the Glasgow City Mission family.

Moving on in 2022

7 February 2022|

As we unwittingly approach the middle of February after what seems to have been an unnaturally quick start to the year, Bethany outlines our aspirations for the year and highlights some of the reasons we at Glasgow City Mission are excited and looking forward to seeing what 2022 brings.

What kind of life?

31 January 2022|

Charles Maasz draws on a passage from Micah to wrestle with the concept of what is important in life.

Good News

24 January 2022|

In a world where it feels increasingly like things go from bad to worse, Elyse MacKinnon reminds us that if we look hard enough, there is still some good left in the world.

Learning To Be Free

19 January 2022|

This week in our blog, we take a look at one of our regular contributors, Marion Carson, and some of the areas of ministry that she is passionate about.

Trust and Rest

10 January 2022|

In our first blog of the new year, Clare highlights some of the blessings we're able to bestow upon our guests thanks to the generous donations of our supporters.

John’s Story

9 December 2021|

John experienced a family breakdown during the height of the pandemic in 2020. He tells the story of how he was forced to sleep in his car, and how he went weeks without a proper cooked dinner. John stumbled across Glasgow City Mission following a Google search, and linked in with our team, who advised and helped guide John towards making positive choices that ultimately lead to a reunion with his partner and son.

We Care

22 November 2021|

James Hawthorn, adult worker at our Child and Family Centre gives the latest update from Govan and shares some of the latest news on the groups, activities and how we've been supporting those in need within the community.

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