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Not one more step, the soldier said.
You must go back. You can’t stay here.

They’re killing little boys! I said.
We can’t go back – you’ve no idea.

They’re killing all the little boys;
we have a boy. We can’t stay there.

Do you have proof of what you say?
It’s really none of our affair.

They’re killing baby boys! I said.
Here is my son. We have to stay.

Read more: Lucy Berry poem on ‘The Border’


The Revd Alan McGougan was inducted by the National Synod of Scotland Moderator, Revd Dr David Pickering, to the Fife and Tayside Pastorate on 26 November. This Pastorate comprises of five Churches: Coaltown-of-Balgonie, Dundee, Dunning, Dunfermline and Dundee. As Churches look to new patterns of Ministry in Scotland, they are – where possible – forming ‘clusters’. Fife and Tayside is the first cluster to form and also the first to call a minister.

Read more: Alan makes history in Fife and Tayside

The Reverend Mitchell Bunting has been appointed as part-time Transitional Director of the Windermere Centre from 1 December 2016 to 31 May 2017. Mr Bunting is very familiar with the work of the centre, as he has been serving as convenor of the Windermere management committee since July 2014. Thanks are expressed to Rebecca Gudgeon, who willingly stood in during the absence of a Director.

Read more: New Director for the Windermere Centre


Friday night is ROC Youth Café night in Edgeley, near Stockport. Based in a café on the Cheshire town’s high street; its aim is to provide a safe, comfortable, sanctuary for young people aged 11 to 16 – reports Youth Assembly Moderator-Elect, and café volunteer, Dan Morrell.

The ROC Youth Café came into being just over two years ago as a result of discussions between Edgeley Community Church, the Police, ROC (Redeeming our Communities), Stockport Council and other local bodies. Over the course of two hours, the ‘regulars’ make the most of what’s on offer, including a PlayStation, Nintendo Wii, tuck shop, craft area and board games.

Read more: ROC Youth Café: a place to ‘be yourself’

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A new film released today highlights some of the challenges facing asylum seekers in the UK through a modern retelling of the nativity story. This release comes the day after new figures from the Government were published revealing that in September of this year 37,958 asylum seekers in the UK were in receipt of accommodation and/or financial support of less than £6 per day.

Read more: A Very British Nativity highlights UK’s ‘hostile environment’ for asylum seekers