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Watching, waiting and hoping in the darkness

In the midst of dark times for many, Corin Pilling reminds us that Advent (the period leading up to Christmas) is all about hope based on a God who is with us in the reality of darkness. Believing it is a hope that darkness will never be able to overcome, Corin shares his conviction that those who carry out acts of kindness, neighbourliness and transformation – however insignificant or unseen – are bearers of that hope.

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Is your happiness adding up?

Andy Parnham reflects on the three categories of happiness – pleasure, engagement and meaning – and shares how this has profoundly impacted who have been involved with Livability’s Happiness Course, which he devised. He also looks at what simple activities give us all greater wellbeing and contentment – and how we can build them into our lives.

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It starts with me! This Ability Sunday, how do we create a community where everyone can take part?

Corin Pilling reflects on what it takes to become a community where everyone can take part. Sharing some of the sermon material from The Ability Sunday Pack he discovers the journey starts with us as individuals – how do I view the gifts God has given me? Do I value them and see them as a gift to the community? He finishes with some corporate prayers from the More than Welcome pack.

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Flowers make Yorkshire community bloom

Walk around Ossett marketplace in West Yorkshire and you’ll see big planters bursting with blooms. Despite the blistering summer weather – even in Yorkshire – the plants are looking in tip-top condition, cared for by local volunteers and businesses, including people from Livability York House. York House supporting Ossett in Bloom Peter, who lives at …

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How do you know you’re welcome?

Corin Pilling shares the story of his own parents’ experience of the different ways churches have responded to his father’s arrival in a wheelchair. Together with input from his mother on what would help her, Corin draws out some simple tips that any church wanting to transform their welcome could adopt.

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Kingsley Hall Nursery opens its doors to the local community

On the 12 July the newly developed Kingsley Hall Nursery, was opened by Councillor Evelyn Carpenter. Kingsley Hall is a Livability Link Church in East London working to create opportunities for the whole community. Local ward councillors, Councillor Dorothy Akwaboah and Councillor Elizabeth Kangethe also attended. “I was proud to cut the ribbon for the …

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Why it helps to laugh – the subversive power of humorous humility

Mike Pears has been involved in urban ministry for thirty five years and is currently director of Urban life. He writes here about the power of humorous humility – how sharing stories and laughing at ourselves can make it easier to see things from someone else’s point of view and to talk about difficult things.

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Making space for dementia: how two people’s approach to care made such a difference to someone living with dementia

Yo Tozer-Loft is a professional singer and storyteller, a mother, a wife – and a carer. She cared for her father, who had a dementia diagnosis, for two years until he died. She tells us here about the impact that reaching out to someone with advanced dementia can have on the person and those around …

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The Art of Slowing Down – providing spiritual support to people living with dementia

Corin Pilling reflects on what he has learnt leading services in a care home. He shares the discovery that simple activities offered with time, patience and the opportunity to participate have the power to build deep connections among a group as well as with God.

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The Search for Clarity and Confidence – how to work out your Christian Distinctive

Livability team members Anna Ruddick and Ruth Young both have lots of experience in advising Christian organisations on articulating their Christian ethos. This is the story of how they recently helped London-based youth organisation Hebe work out who they are in relation to their faith. We also find out why it matters for everyone to be clear, consistent and confident and Anna and Ruth share their top tips.

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