September 2011 Contents
What's in store for you in September
The lessons we’ve learned Three busy women on what helps then keep things under control
‘We learn more about God in dark times.’ What one woman discovered after redundancy and then the loss of her mother shattered her world
Would Like To Meet Hopeful Girl’s dreams are dashed at an inter-church football match
‘I couldn’t believe the smell and the noise’ Rosemary Emmett reports on the plight of children living among the garbage in Nicaragua
Sex and marriage How do you cope when you and your children disagree about which comes first?
Meet the pioneer minister at the new MediaCity in Salford
Body & Soul
Are you living in the light or stumbling in the dark? Anne Le Tissier looks at God’s promise for those who believe
Wendy Virgo talks about her spiritual journey
Nancy Goudie pays tribute to Smith Wigglesworth
Would you pass a spiritual MOT? Make time for a yearly review with God
Make & Do
Be a happy shopper Top tips to make clothes shopping fun
Reach out to your community How a love of sport made a difference to a small Yorkshire village
Organise a breakfast party It’s a fun way to get together
Create a summer scrapbook with your holiday snaps
News, Views & Events
Your letters on parenting teenagers, natural beauty and finding encouragement
Agenda Inspiration for the month ahead
Women’s World The difference a small loan can make to the lives of women in under-developed countries
Book Club Your recommended reads and an interview with Lynne Chandler
Man Alive What will it take to bring us back to Paradise, asks Nick Tomlinson
Veronica Zundel on the blessings of new beginnings
Just for you
Giveaways Matt Redman’s latest album 10,000 Reasons, an autumn leaf door stop, Nana’s Gift, a story by Janette Oke and Weeds & Wonders, an inspirational book from The Leprosy Mission
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Joining us in September
We asked some of our contributors what’s in store for them in the busy autumn months ahead
I am a married mum of four boys ranging in age from 12 down to three. I am Welsh by birth, but I now live on the Dorset Wiltshire border with my husband who is the local parish assistant! Not only am I a freelance craft writer, but I also go into the local school to help with the ‘Open the Book’ assemblies and run two after school clubs! This autumn my second son makes the move up to comprehensive school, where he will join his big brother who went last year. Meanwhile, I will be busy learning all the names of the new intake of children who will start school this month.
A vicar in my native Liverpool asked some schoolchildren what they thought church was for. “You go there to die,” said one young Scouser, confidently. The only time she had ever set foot in a church building was for a family funeral. As media officer for Fresh Expressions, I tell the stories of those who help to develop church for people who don’t ‘do’ church. Spanning the denominations, these men and women, lay and ordained, complement the work of inherited church across the UK in reaching those for whom the church means death, not life – if it means anything at all. This autumn I will meet pioneer ministers to hear more from those relating the Gospel in many new ways. The story-telling continues …
I’m hoping this autumn will be a season of mellow fruitfulness. I am going to call a ‘Time Out’ to do my own spiritual MOT. My family has been on an emotional rollercoaster and (a lot of aeroplanes) since last November, when my dad took seriously ill and then passed away on Christmas Eve (in California). My mother-in-law died on 8th January, and our youngest son got married in Australia on 29th January, so we had three major events on three continents in six weeks. God sustained us in his perfect peace and enabled us to rejoice with Doug and Joey. A wedding blessing in Scotland in July brought family from round the globe, in addition to our usual B&B guests. So as the garden goes into hibernation for the winter, I hope to do likewise! For a wee while, anyway.
In 1980 my husband and I were called by God to leave our native Scotland and start a band called Heartbeat. In the ‘80s’ as we grew, we changed our overall name to ngm. When Heartbeat finished, the work of ngm continued and I began writing books and travelling as a speaker in the UK and abroad. As well as heading up ngm, I now run Spiritual Health Weekends for women in luxury 4 star hotels in Bristol, Preston and Glasgow (see www.nancygoudie.com). This autumn I will be finishing a new book on Hope. I will also be writing my new annual magazine and, as well as speaking at various events/conferences, I will be preparing myself for my Spiritual Health Weekends in early 2012.
Also writing for us are freelance writers and journalists Rosemary Emmett, Susan Hibbins, Anne Le Tissier, Claire Musters, Angi Pollard, Tracy Spiers and Stuart Weir.
Coming soon in our October issue
The Lifestyle Issue
* Back to basics – Could you live on £1 a day?
* Look after your body - Rosemary Conley is celebrating 40 years in the diet and fitness industry
* Work it out – Meet the women whose faith inspires them to excellence in the workplace
A Harvest mystery tale from Veronica Heley
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