Scotland said it’s “Better Together”

In the historic referendum on the question of whether Scotland should be an independent country. 

The people of Scotland, voted against secession from the United Kingdom.


My hope is that in the aftermath of the two campaigns, a stronger and more unified Scotland emerges.

Scotland deserves that much at least.

LifeKids– “Dish Out The Money” – The Charity Single


“Dish Out The Money”  – is a charity single done by +LifeKids Manchester  (children and children’s groups leaders) from LifeChurch Manchester – supporting 3 great charities which all have a connection with LifeChurch Manchester , involved in various communities and projects.

All well worth supporting!

Read more about what they do below.

LifeKids Manchester–Dish Out The Money

The Charities supported are:

City Centre Ministries (CCM)

The aim of CCM is to reach out to the marginalized in our city with the love and compassion of Christ. We believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and that is the message we take out on a Wednesday and Saturday night.

City Centre Ministries


Hope For Justice

Hope for Justice is an anti-human trafficking organisation working to uncover and abolish the hidden crime of modern-day slavery.

Hope For Justice–Every Good Father



PEPAIDS’ mission is to contribute to the reduction of poverty and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and to raise awareness, both within the affected communities and internationally, of the issues surrounding poverty and HIV/AIDS.


How has the Web changed things for parents? – a video from Switched On Families


This video was posted recently on Youtube and on the Guardian website here.

This was originally created as part of the Virgin Media group’s actions to support consumers, particularly in the use of the web and digital media.

So they created the Switched On Families resource:

Switched on Families is about giving parents clear, honest, useful (and sometimes even fun) support to make sure your family gets the best from the web.

…and covers information for parents on all the big digital issues like who to trust, digital addition, what to share, and how to play nice online. This information is filtered by child development stages and also features videos with families talking about the choices they’re making online.

Well done to Virgin Media for making this available.

[Disclosure – I’m not a Virgin Media customer – just a parent appreciating this helpful resource]

Celebrating Chinese New Year – in memory of Lily Song

Today we celebrated Chinese New Year, a fairly simple meal, of chicken stir fry and noodles, and other typical Chinese starters and sides.

The girls have covered Chinese New Year as part of their school work, and were excited to be celebrating the event at home.  They even had a lucky red envelope each. Smile

It seemed fitting occasion too, the mark the passing of my Grandmother Lily Song.  Who passed away peacefully last week, after living well into her nineties and having enjoyed a richly blessed and adventurous life.  She will be enjoying new things now with her Lord Jesus.


2 Tim 4:7 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith (KJV)

Welcome to:- Nathan Stanley John

Nathan was born to us last week.  At birth he was 8 pounds and 12 ounces, and is a wonderful early Christmas present to the whole family.

Baby Nathan Sleeping


Baby Nathan

Personally, it brings home a fresh view of Isaiah 9:6 (the first section only).

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given…”

As I marvel at the delicate assembly of his precious being.

However, we can all share the wonderful news and excitement of God’s Son Jesus being born to all at Christmas time!

(second section)

“and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isn’t it awesome to contemplate that we celebrate (Christmas and Easter) the times in Jesus’ incarnation, when he was content to make his physical body completely dependant and vulnerable to those around him.

As it says in Isaiah 53:7

“He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”

To me it is clear that there is no part of the human existence that God has dismissed or considered beneath his knowledge or understanding to directly experience himself!

However, this shared humanity wasn’t without reason or purpose but as Hebrews 2:17 explains:

“For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.”

That’s why we celebrate Jesus’ (“God with us”) birth at Christmas.

Wishing you all a blessed Christmas time.