Going deeper: anticipating

real change in Glasgow

We believe that God is calling

us to go deeper, with Christ, with

staff and volunteers and with

those we serve, in order to bring

about real transformation in

Glasgow. “Love is patient and

kind… Love never gives up.”

1 Corinthians 13 v4,7

Summer 2015

How deep is

the Father’s

love for us?

Every morning when I leave the house each

member of the family must get a hug and a

kiss goodbye. On more than one occasion

when declaring my love for my children they’ve

responded, “How much do you love me daddy?”

While tempted to reply “Today it’s 63.45%”

normally I simply say “BIG much.”

How do I communicate in words the depth of

love I have for them and what I’m prepared to

do for them? From the moment they were born

nothing has given me more joy – but they can

also be exhausting.

How do we use all that God is

blessing us with to make the

biggest impact on those who

are broken and in need?

Love never gives up 1 and there is something

about this consistent loving approach that I

think we’re called to, not just towards our families

and friends - but those who we can at times

find hard to love, and even our enemies. 2 If

this involves never giving up on people, then

I think there is something profoundly biblical

that Glasgow City Mission is trying to do. Our

ambition and aspiration is that we would

journey DEEPER with those we serve, that we

would continue to design what we do around

a desire to never give up, to keep going, to be


Our God never changes or has mood swings,

but is consistent in His practical expression of

love towards us. I think we have a duty to copy

this consistent, never-give-up, deep love. It can

be exhausting and frustrating, but through the

power of the Holy Spirit, Christ’s followers can live

out a DEEPER practical expression of love.

In this issue of Connect we reveal where we

believe God is leading us over the coming years.

How do we use all that God is blessing us with

to make the biggest impact on those who are

broken and in need? We believe He is calling

us to go deeper: deeper with Himself, deeper in

our discipleship with staff and volunteers, and

deeper with those we serve.

Grant Campbell, Chief Executive.


1st Corinthians 13:7 NLT


Luke 6:27 NLT

Learning as

we serve

Going deeper with those we serve

often starts with us going deeper

with Christ

Since Jesus’ calling of the 12 disciples, we’ve seen

that growing as followers of Christ doesn’t just

happen in pews and classrooms. How we think

about God, people, and the world changes as

we serve.

Through volunteering I am

being blessed myself as the

experience has made me

more understanding, and God

is building me up spiritually.

Deeper understanding

Teresa has been volunteering with us for nearly

three years. She is involved in various activities

such as our weekly church service and a ladies’

Bible study. She also helps people with low

literacy levels or low confidence to fill out forms

and attends appointments with them.

“I show love and understanding to the clients

with the struggles they face,” she says, “and try

and help them understand that God loves them

and wants the best for them. It is good to know

that you have shown God’s love to someone, and

to remember that it is God’s Spirit who changes

people. I sometimes accompany people to

church where they live to help them settle in if

they’ve never attended that church before.”

She says of the Bible study, “This allows me to

go deeper with the women, and as their stories

unfold I get a better sense of who they truly are,

and I can support them better.”

We know that our large, dedicated volunteer

team is one of our best assets - we simply

couldn’t do all we do without them. We want to

be much more deliberate about discipling our

volunteers, and we have ambitions to see our

connections with churches and what we can

offer in discipleship opportunities to grow.

Our hope is not only to see those who are

marginalised transformed by the Holy Spirit,

but also the Christian community in Glasgow

and beyond having a deeper experience and

understanding of God in our world today.

“Through volunteering I am being blessed

myself as the experience has made me more

understanding, and God is building me up

spiritually,” says Teresa.

Go deeper

If you, or people you know, would

be interested not just in volunteering

but in intentional discipleship with

Glasgow City Mission we’d be

keen to talk to you. Please see the

volunteering pages of our website,

www.glasgowcitymission.com or

call us on 0141 221 2630.

Making connections

Your support is helping us go deeper in our relationships with those we serve.

We have been able to recruit two new project workers for our city centre team.

This will allow us to spend more time on a one to one basis with those we work

with, and extend our opening hours.

Kirsty had just had a baby boy and was in a

violent relationship when she started coming

here in 2009. “I walked out of the house,” she

says, “and was sitting by the Clyde. Someone

came up to me and said ‘you look cold, I’ll take

you for a cup of tea’, and they brought me to

Glasgow City Mission.”

She met Linda, one of our Project Workers, at

the evening drop-in. Kirsty says, “I clicked with

her, and something told me to come back.

“Even at my lowest and when everyone else

turned their back on me, Linda was there. I can

talk to her about anything and she doesn’t

judge me; she’ll try and help me sort it out. She

came to court cases with me, if I wanted to

buy a bag of smack [heroin] I’d phone Linda

and she’d come to a narcotics anonymous

meeting with me.

“She helped me get into a daily rehab. She

came with me and made sure I went every day

and then got me into a residential rehab. I got

out on Christmas night in 2012 and haven’t

touched anything since, except legal highs and

I’m off them now.”

Ewan Clydesdale, our Project Manager, says, “It’s

about more than just going to appointments –

it’s about having time to have lunch or a cup

of coffee with clients – people underestimate

the importance of that. Spending time with

people over lunch or a coffee is how we make

connections and build relationships.”

Many of the people who come to Glasgow

City Mission feel like they have never achieved

anything, and might not have had much praise

or affirmation in their life. Consequently they can

have low self-esteem and low confidence. Many

are isolated. In this context, having staff who have

time to have a cup of coffee with someone and

help them feel valued and listened to can be

really significant.

Over the years Kirsty has used a lot of our

services, such as our evening drop-in, cookery

classes and Urban – which is a café space

where people can have lunch, chat with

volunteers, browse the internet and use our gym

or music suite. She has done an Alpha course

with us four times, goes to a local church and

hopes to get baptised in Loch Lomond.

Even at my lowest and when

everyone else turned their

back on me, Linda was there.

food bank on a Monday. She says, “I want to be

a support worker in addictions. I’ll get experience

here and then go to college next year - I’m

applying to do Social Care at City of Glasgow

College. People talk to you about things; it’s good

to think people want to talk to me. It will hopefully

help me do what I want to do.”

It’s thanks to your support that we’ve been able

to recruit new Project Workers, taking our team to

eight plus a Project Manager. This means we’ll be

able to spend more time on an individual basis

with people, building relationships and enabling

them to move forwards. Thank you.

Photos: Left, Linda and Kirsty connect over a cuppa.

Below, Kirsty makes tea for those attending our food bank.

She says, “I’m at the stage now where I don’t

need as much support. But I don’t want to pull

away completely. I can phone Linda and she’ll

meet me somewhere away from the Mission for

a coffee.”

Kirsty is now involved in our new internship

programme. This is for people who have received

support from us and are ready to move on. It

is a structured six-month programme to help

people get more used to things like routine and

responsibility and to help them set and work

towards goals.

For Kirsty, this includes making and serving tea

and coffee for those who come in to use our


Fundraising thanks

A massive thank you to all this year’s spin-fitters.

From 7am until 5pm, individuals, teams from

local businesses and even some Glasgow City

Mission clients, volunteers and staff pedalled

furiously to raise an amazing £6,000 for

homeless and marginalised men and women

in Glasgow. Thank you to all the fantastic

participants, instructors and volunteers who

made the day possible.

Big thank yous also go to our brave abseilers,

who abseiled 175 feet down the Finnieston

Crane at the end of May. It was an amazing

achievement, particularly by those that have a

fear of heights. They raised more than £2,000.

This is more than enough to pay for sausages

and soup at our evening drop-in for more

than 10 weeks. Rev Pamela Gordon, Minister at

Barrhead Bourock Church of Scotland, says, “I

was inspired to do the abseil because I like to

live life on the edge. Glasgow City Mission is a

fantastic outreach and is in need of so much

support for its ministry to continue. Glasgow

City Mission isn’t only about feeding people

but looks for the potential in every person that

enters their building.”

Keep your eye on our website for all

our fundraising opportunities, or give

us a call if we can support you in

your fundraising events. The money

you raise means we can continue to

provide practical Christian care.

A voice in the election

We wanted the voices of our clients to be heard,

and to encourage people to register to vote. They

were able to use our address if they didn’t have a

fixed address of their own.

Candidates had the opportunity to put their

case before taking questions from the audience.

Astute questions ranged from the possibility

of sanctioning MPs who misuse their right to

expenses; to asking how the money given to the

Government for housing has been spent. One

gentleman said: “Social security was meant to

spare us the humiliation of foodbanks. Can we

not make food cheaper?”

We want to make sure that those who use our

services know that they are valued and feel a

part of significant events. So before the General

Election we held a hustings, building on the

success of our referendum hustings last summer.

Caroline, 46, has been homeless for most

of her adult life and is living in supported

accommodation. She registered to vote for the

first time at our hustings and said: “I really want a

house of my own and a stable life, and it’s time

politicians stood up for people like me.”

Keep in touch

There are lots of ways to stay up to

date with all our news and events.

Visit our website:


Our latest Alpha course is underway exploring

who Jesus is and what the Christian faith is

about. Run in conjunction with Alpha Scotland,

it will run for seven weeks and is open to our staff

and volunteers as well as our clients. Some 25

guests have been attending with some honest

discussions and insightful questions. There is a

sense that God’s spirit is moving amongst the

participants and He is touching hearts.


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Families matter

Our Child and Family Centre in Govan has always sought to give children the

best possible start in life. To help us go deeper in meeting this aim, we’ve

recruited a dedicated Adult Worker. And we’re carrying out a feasibility study to

expand the range of services we provide in Govan. Again, it’s your support that

is enabling these exciting developments to take place.

“Like a big family,” is how sisters Emma and Jackie

and their cousin Christine describe the Child and

Family Centre. They are sitting in the parents’ room

at the Centre having a coffee while their children

are in the nursery.

When the kids leave here

and go to school, we’ve got

certificates and training to

help us get jobs.

Emma is at the Centre every morning while her

son Keighan is in the nursery. On Mondays and

Tuesdays she’s here for coffee mornings and

on a Wednesday there’s a crochet group and

Bible study. She has just started an arts and

crafts group on a Thursday, and on Fridays she’s

at our cookery class. These last two are run in

conjunction with Jobs and Business Glasgow.

Jackie works but is able to come on a Monday for

coffee. She says, “It’s good to get to know the other

parents.” Jackie came to the nursery herself as a

child and says, “My ma said she’d come to pick us

up and we didn’t want to go home.”

The mums are enjoying learning new skills at the

courses. Emma says, “I’m learning to cook healthy

food. If we did courses through the job centre

we’d need to get child care, but Anne [Centre

Manager] gives us the chance to do it during

nursery.” Christine says, “I’ve not worked for a while,

so it helps you get back in.”

Deeper with parents

Having a new adult worker will allow us to build

deeper relationships with parents such as Emma,

Christine and Jackie, and we’ll be able to offer

more classes and parenting courses for them. It

will also mean we can be there for people when

they need us and we’ll be able to spend quality

time with people on a one to one basis.

Working with the parents helps the whole family - it

is our hope that the parents feel supported, learn

from one another, and will be actively involved in

their children’s learning. The parents are all kept

up to date with what their children are doing

in the nursery. Emma sits on the Parent Council

which meets once a term. “At the meetings they

ask for our opinions and they don’t do things

without consulting the parents. We feel this is our

family. It’s here for the parents as well,” she says.

We feel this is our family. It’s

here for the parents as well.

Through our feasibility study, we’re looking at

expanding the services we offer. Some of the

parents we’ve been working with continue their

links with the centre after their child has left

nursery. But for many, the connection ends once

all their children are of school age. Asked what

else they’d like to see the Centre offer, they say an

after school club. “The kids who have come to the

nursery feel comfortable here, it would be good

for them,” says Jackie.

They appreciate all that the Centre is doing for

their children, with the staff going the extra mile for

the children in their care. Keighan is Emma’s son.

She says, “He had a bad temper. But he calmed

down when he came here. The teachers are really

good, and the kids feel safe and secure and get

love and attention.”

Photos: Left, from left to right, Jackie, Christine and Emma.

Above, the mums with their nursery-age children.

Our new Adult Worker will start

after the summer. And we’ll

be sharing the results of our

study into the feasibility of

expanding our services in the

autumn – look out for news in

future issues of Connect and

on our website.

Thank you for all of your

support which has allowed us

to recruit the new Adult Worker.

Please pray for our leadership

as they seek God’s heart for

the expansion of the Centre.

CAN we

end rough


What hopes and ambitions do you

have for your life?

Imagine if you were sleeping rough. Would

you have any ambition at all if, consciously or

subconsciously, you knew that to move forwards

would mean starting to deal with the past,

uncovering the reasons that had led you to a life

on the streets in the first place? If you had lost all

self-esteem, felt invisible and unwanted – would

you have any hope?

We want to advocate on behalf

of those we’re working with ...

never giving up on them.

The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter opens for three

months of the year, providing a vital and often

life-saving service. Our ambition though, is that

through going deeper in our involvement to end

rough sleeping, we will eventually remove the

need for a Night Shelter.

To help us achieve our goal we have cofounded

a new initiative in the city, the City

Ambition Network (CAN), along with the Marie

Trust, Simon Community Scotland, Glasgow City

Council and the NHS.

The group has identified some of the most

vulnerable people in Glasgow who are

homeless, socially excluded and have complex

needs. Each person will be appointed a

key worker. The group will look at what has

worked for each person in the past and what

barriers they are facing to getting into settled

accommodation. They will work intensively to try

and overcome these barriers.

For example, it’s all too common for someone

with complex needs to attend the local

authority’s homelessness services, sit and wait

for an appointment for up to ten hours only to

be told there is no accommodation available.

This leaves them homeless for the night, and

less likely to try and access such services in the


Part of the ambition is that the group will change

current systems and processes, for example that

services will be designed to fit those who are in

need, rather than expecting people, often with

chaotic lifestyles and mental health issues, to

fit the services. The network also hopes to be

able to find an immediate alternative to rough

sleeping. We want to advocate on behalf of

those we’re working with, pushing for them to

receive appropriate help and improve their

situation, never giving up on them.

Lyn Docherty has been appointed Coordinator

of the network. She says, “The CAN approach

needs to be very ambitious for those for whom

hope and expectations could not be any lower.”

Please join us in praying for

the network as it starts its

ambitious project to end rough

sleeping in Glasgow.

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Going deeper

anticipating real change in Glasgow

God is impacting Glasgow’s broken and

marginalised with His love and it is the generosity of

our supporters that is allowing us to go deeper with

those we serve. If you join us, we’ll be able to do

even more.

Join us in Going Deeper with the

people we serve to see lasting


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