How can I listen to a church talk if I don’t use the internet ?

By Carl Knightly | 02/04/2020

Do you remember when some churches had cassette libraries for all the recorded sermons? Now everything is online, but how do you access this if you don’t have the internet? There’s a new solution, and it seems to be solving the problem. Cassettes may have made a recent cult resurgence, but sermon cassettes certainly haven’t.…

What can we learn from ‘the older generation’ about rationing?

By Carl Knightly | 31/03/2020

Those over 80 were children in the 1940s: they may remember air raids, evacuation, sudden trauma and loss. They said ‘keep calm and carry on’, and their learned what it means to know God’s presence ‘in the valley of the shadow of death’. Those aged over 70 were children in the post-war years of rationing.…

Hope amidst Coronavirus

By Carl Knightly | 30/03/2020

  ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea.’ Psalm 46 v 1-2 (ESV) Welcome to this March newsletter, and thank you for your continued interest and support. As ever,…

The Second Naivete

By Carl Knightly | 27/03/2020

Youth is something of an obsession in Western societies; even within the church there seems to be a disproportionate amount of effort focused on young people. But, while engaging the next generation is obviously of immense importance to the sustainability of the body of Christ, this obsession with youth does not take account of how…

Look up, look out, look back, look down: ideas to keep you going

By Carl Knightly | 25/03/2020

Gillian Phillips writes: We are not in control of many things at the moment, but we don’t need to feel out of control. We have no choice but to be dependent on the Lord, our shepherd and Saviour. We have the very strange privilege of seeing the world, our world, our lives differently. Four ideas…

Tackling anxiety and fear in the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Carl Knightly | 25/03/2020

Louise Morse shares some great ways for helping us manage during isolation and social upheaval. Isolation is not natural for human beings, writes Louise Morse – we are not designed for it. In times of crisis, such as we are experiencing with Covid-19, our instinct is to group together. Yet here we are, millions of…

The mental health risks of isolation – and how we can help each other.

By Carl Knightly | 24/03/2020

Even before ‘social distancing’, research showed that more than a quarter of older people living alone have a mental health condition, and are 50% more likely to go to A&E than those who live with someone else. This week Mel Lacy (@lacymel), the Director of Growing Young Disciples and Director of Youth & Children’s ministry…

What about older people who aren’t online?

By Carl Knightly | 23/03/2020

What is digital poverty, and what does it mean in a time of crisis? Betty is 99 and daily uses her iPad, sending and receiving emails. But she is probably an exception. Take Mary for example. She is 96, grateful still to have her memory, mobility and independence intact, but up to now has resisted…

Principles for caring for those with dementia during Coronavirus – by someone who knows

By Carl Knightly | 20/03/2020

As so much changes, amidst the Coronavirus crisis, there are a number of things we can do to help people living with dementia or cognitive decline – or indeed to help anyone who is anxious. Dr Jennifer Bute is a retired GP, diagnosed with dementia aged 63. Jennifer is in the unique position of being…

Coronavirus: Radio appearances

By Carl Knightly | 20/03/2020

Our CEO Carl Knightly recently spoke on Christian radio station TWR, sharing thoughts about how Christians can respond to the Coronavirus crisis. You can catch up below:   Carl was also interviewed on the nationwide mainstream ‘Talk Radio’ station, on 16th March, by Julia Hartley-Brewer on their breakfast show. You can catch up below: