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How can I love people I don’t like?

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, October 5, 2017, In : Reflections 



It’s hard to love everyone. It’s almost impossible to like everyone. Yet, there are ways that we can develop a more Jesus-like heart towards those we find difficult.

God has been challenging me about loving my enemies.

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”
Matt. 5: 44 - 45

I used to rather piously think I didn’t have any enemies. Perhaps it’s true that there’s no one who’s trying to k...


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Why believe? 6 bonus apologetics sites and apps

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, September 11, 2017, In : Resources 



In May I did a series on 12 apologetics sites and apps. You can see 1 - 6 here and 7 - 12 here.

Here are a further 6 resources that are helpful for people exploring Christianity, or helpful for Christians who want to have robust answers to difficult questions.

(1) Christian Apologetics Alliance
The CAA is an evangelical, non-denominational Christian ministry. It concentrates on a robust defence of the central claims of Christianity, rather than secondary issues about which Christian may disa...


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Agapé Student Life in Newcastle showcase 2017

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, In : Video 
A video of photos and quotes from Agapé Student Life in Newcastle, from the academic year 2016 - 7.


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God’s moral law

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, In : Reflections 



It seems that we’re living in a post-truth world, surrounded by fake news in a post-modern culture of extreme moral relativism. How many times have you heard someone say, ‘Well that might be true for you, but it isn’t true for me.’ or ‘This is my truth’?

A difficulty with moral relativism is that right and wrong become simply a matter of opinion. There is no intrinsic rightness or wrongness and no substantive or qualitative difference between 'Don't drive through a red light' and ...


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11 Christian musicians who are worth a listen

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, In : Random stuff 


I always like getting recommendations of new artists to check out, so I hope you’ll enjoy discovering some new favourites here. In no particular order:

  1. Jane Kitson
    North-East based Jane Kitson is a talented singer-songwriter, pianist, guitarist (and probably plays other instruments as well), with a great voice.

  2. Aaron Taylor
    Soulful Aaron Taylor is so mellow and his R&B sounds are silky smooth.

  3. mStork
    mStork is ‘not your average rap package, unabashedly expansive and genuinely rebellious'. His l...

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Philip and the Ethiopian: Lessons in evangelism

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, July 31, 2017, In : Reflections 


I recently preached at Kelvin Grove church in Gateshead and my text was Acts 8: 26 - 40. I’m not going to recreate the sermon here or go into the background and exegesis of the passage, but I did want to highlight 4 things we can learn about Philip’s approach to evangelism:

(1) Relying on the on the Holy Spirit
Clear that Philip relied on and was directed by the Spirit (v.26, 29, 39). He was open to going where God told him to go in the power that God gave him, and we need to do the same. W...

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Cryptic Christians Quiz

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, July 24, 2017, In : Random stuff 


Every now and again I like to post something a bit lighthearted on my blog, and this time I've written a series of cryptic clues to lead you to the names of famous Christians past and present. See if you can get them all without looking stuff up on Google!

  1. Redeemed, eighth month, adolescent 
  2. Dad's Army's Mr Dunn, paper-fasteners, Oxford crime-solver
  3. Mr Major has a bony foot deformity
  4. Fairy take goat, Golden cereal
  5. Ultimate, toilet, vehicle, uncooked-bread
  6. Triple-jumping puritan theologian?
  7. Mr Presco...

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The C word: Why is celibacy so misunderstood and undervalued?

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, July 3, 2017, In : Reflections 

Celibacy is like a dirty word in our culture - something to be ashamed of. People don't know how to react when I say I'm celibate (but it ranges from embarrassed silence to pity, to disbelief, to thinking that there must be something seriously wrong with me, to being intrigued or impressed). It may be misunderstood in our culture, but celibacy is liberating, demanding, exhilarating and above all, a gift from God. 

Part of the problem is that our society equates intimacy with sex and treats sex...

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9 recommended books for skeptics and those investigating Christianity

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, June 30, 2017, In : Books 

Maybe you’re already a Christian and would like some good books to give to friends who are interested in your faith, or would like to make sure that you have rigorously thought through what you believe. Or maybe you have doubts about Christianity and objections to the claims Christians make. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, I would highly recommend the books below.

  1. Gospel of John
    The best place to start is with one of the gospel accounts in the Bible itself. They all have their own...

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After the Rain - Stewart Garry

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, June 19, 2017, In : Video 
I love this piece of music.


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Educational, inspirational and funny treats for your ears: 12 of my favourite podcasts

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, May 26, 2017, In : Random stuff 


I find that listening to podcasts helps me to engage with big ideas, be more informed about the world around me, and enjoy some top-class entertainment. Maybe you haven’t tried podcasts yet, or maybe you’re looking for some new favourites. There are thousands of brilliant free podcasts out there just waiting to be discovered, but where do you start? Well, hopefully this list of my 12 favourites will point you in the right direction.

All of these are available free through iTunes, Google Pl...

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Doesn’t religion treat women terribly?

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, In : Apologetics 


One of the many reasons that I love Jesus is his radical approach to women. At a time when women were treated as possessions and had virtually no voice in public life, Jesus unequivocally saw women as equal in worth and value to men.

Luke 7: 36 - 50 records the account of Jesus eating at a Pharisee's house when a prostitute weeps over his feet, kisses them and pours perfume on them in an intimate gesture of devotion. It's hard to describe how shocked and horrified the Pharisee (an up...


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Letting God Drive: Pain, prayer and the Holy Spirit

Posted by Anne Witton on Sunday, May 21, 2017, In : Reflections 


I suffer from Bipolar Disorder and have to be careful about my routine in order to keep my mood stable. I definitely overdid things in the first few months of this year, which led to me feeling burnt out and struggling with low mood. The doctor signed me off work so that I could rest and recuperate and my colleagues and friends have been very supportive in recognising this need to regroup.

The first few weeks were very difficult and I didn’t feel capable of much, but I very clearly felt held...

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Why believe? 12 Apologetics sites and apps [Part 2 of 2]

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, In : Resources 


In part 1 of this post, I shared 6 helpful apologetics websites, which I hope have challenged you to be a thinking believer and helped you to answer the questions of your non-Christian family and friends.

Here are the final 6, in no particular order:

(7) Christianity Explored
iOS app download 
Android app download 
This site has a page with 15 videos on commonly asked tough questions, including ‘Why bother with church?’, ‘Surely it’s arrogant to say that your religion is the only right one...

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Why believe? 12 Apologetics sites and apps [Part 1 of 2]

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, May 12, 2017, In : Resources 


In Scripture we are exhorted to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3: 15). Many of us will have non-Christian family and friends who ask us questions about why we believe what we believe, and we need to be prepared to answer them “with gentleness and respect.”

Many atheists, especially those who follow the teachings of Richard Dawkins and the like particularly closely, think that faith is ‘blind faith...

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Finding a future in the age of fear [MOVE magazine feature]

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, May 5, 2017, In : Move magazine 


The latest edition of Agapé MOVE magazine is out and it's a great read. The theme is 'Finding a future in the age of fear' and it's packed with interesting articles and resources. As editor Danielle Wilson says:

"I don’t need to tell you that global events over the last year or so have left many of us feeling uncertain about the future, unsure if we really know our neighbours and perhaps paralysed in the face of unfathomable suffering.

We live in a world where talk is cheap, answers aren’t...

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Legal drug

Posted by Anne Witton on Saturday, April 29, 2017, In : Random stuff 


I've been doing a lot of thinking and reading recently about how technology affects our emotional and spiritual lives. Once I've formulated my thoughts, I'm sure I'll write something about it here.

In the meantime, I discovered a load of old poetry when I was sorting through some folders on my computer. This is a poem that I wrote when I was 17 in 1994, before most people had the internet and long before social media and smartphones. It's interesting to re-discover it and realise that I seem t...
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Christian book library

Posted by Anne Witton on Sunday, April 9, 2017, In : Resources 


I am fortunate enough to own a good selection of Christian books and want to make these available for other people to borrow. I have uploaded a searchable spreadsheet of over 1200 Christian books that are available to borrow. Please contact me for the password.


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50 Years of Agapé UK - What is our Story?

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, In : Video 
Agapé began in the UK in 1967. This short animation tells the story of God at work in and through us over the last 50 years.

50 Years of Agapé UK - What is our Story? from Agapé UK on Vimeo.


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Wholehearted From the Start - The Gospel

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, February 9, 2017, In : Reflections 


Last weekend I had the opportunity to speak at the Agapé MOVE conference - a celebration of 50 years of ministry in the UK. It was a brilliant weekend and an opportunity to praise God for the gospel transformation he has brought to so many lives.

A number of people have asked for copies of my talk so here it is.

Download the audio (MP3 - Duration 20 mins)

Download the transcript (PDF)

Download the PowerPoint

Transcript below

Wholehearted from the Start

Many of us here have had our lives transformed...

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9 Fantastic Bible Study Apps and Websites

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, In : Resources 
(1) WORDsearch Bible by LifeWay Christian Resources (Free)

Available for PC and Mac, this free Bible reference software package includes over 200 Bibles, commentaries, devotionals, dictionaries, maps and other study tools, with the option to buy more if you want. The computer software syncs with the app so that you always have your reference library handy. It's absolutely amazing that all this Christian reference material is ...

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Repentance 101

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, January 9, 2017, In : Reflections 



I have been challenged recently that I’m not repentant enough in my walk with God. Sometimes I find it too easy to just say a blanket ‘Sorry for all the bad things I’ve done’ without really thinking about it. But I want to be better at being honest with God about specific areas of struggle and allow the Holy Spirit to change me to be more Christlike.

I searched for some stuff to help and couldn’t really find any step-by-step prompts that I could work through every day, so I decided...


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Starting out with prayer

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, January 9, 2017, In : Prayer 



If your New Year’s resolutions include ‘pray more’, then you might be interested in this free January prayer guide from Agapé. The guide features something short and specific for you to pray each day, mainly for your personal walk with God and witness.

Download the free January prayer guide here.


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Agapé MOVE weekend

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, December 8, 2016, In : Events 


Coming up in February is the Agapé MOVE Weekend - a celebration of 50 years of ministry in the UK and a chance to be envisioned and equipped for sharing the gospel. It will also incorporate the Fireseeds annual student gathering. I would like to invite you to come along and here are 5 reasons why I think you'd love it:

  • There will be a real atmosphere of celebration and some truly inspirational stories of God transforming lives.
  • There will be some great teaching and workshops on how to share ou...

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Allowing our Father to clean up the mess

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, December 8, 2016, In : Reflections 
Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."



The other day I saw a little boy running along and he tripped and fell flat on his face. He was covered in mud and gravel with blood all over his knees and snot and tears all over his face, but his Mum scooped him up and hugged away the pain, getting covered in blood, snot, mud and tears in the process. He wasn’t embarrassed that she saw him in that state. He didn’...
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40th birthday reflections

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, November 25, 2016, In : Random stuff 
Last week was a significant week for me as I marked my 40th birthday! It was great to be surrounded by family and friends and also to reflect on how far God has brought me. I am reminded of John 10: 10 when Jesus says "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." I haven't always been able to grasp that, but as I celebrated with so many people that I treasure all around me and thought about the hope I have in Christ, I feel immensely grateful to him for everything he's given...
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Amazing grace

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, November 7, 2016, In : Reflections 


This term has been really busy so far and it's got to that point where we're all feeling pretty tired. I've been finding it really important to remind myself that God is the one who sustains me and that I can't do ministry in my own strength. It can be very tempting to think that once God has done his work of salvation, it's then up to us to live up to his standards and become better people.

Most of us would probably agree that we don't need to prove ourselves to God or earn his love, but we c...
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Who matters?

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, October 28, 2016, In : Reflections 



Here’s a quiz for you. You don't have to actually answer the questions.

Just read it straight through, and you'll get the point.

  1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
  2. Name the last five winners of the Sports Personality of the Year.
  3. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
  4. Name the last five Entrepreneur Of The Year winners.
  5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
  6. Name the last decade's worth of Premiership winners.

How did you do?

The ...


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Snapshot

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, In : Ministry 

Snapshot


Over the Freshers’ period, we have been running a photo project called Snapshot, inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ blog. Snapshot is a fun and simple way to meet new students, capture a snapshot of who they are and give them an invitation to the Student Life society.

We took ordinary packs of playing cards and stuck a different question to each card. Students were invited to pick 3 cards at random and answer the question that most appealed to them to be featured on the Snaps...


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Worship song - Behold Our God

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, September 26, 2016, In : Worship 

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Gunning for God Book Recommendation

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, September 19, 2016, In : Books 


I'm a big fan of John Lennox and really enjoyed Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target: A Critique of the New Atheism. Lennox is learned, intelligent, rigorous and writes with clarity and wit. Here he tackles the seductive arguments of the likes of Dawkins, Hitchins, Dennett and Hawking and argues robustly that intelligent people can put their faith in the evidence for Christianity and enjoy a vibrant faith that is anything but 'blind'.

To give you a flavour of the book, ...
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Freshers' Week Prayer Diary 2016

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, In : Ministry 


It's that time of the year when we get excited about welcoming new students to Newcastle from all over the nation and the globe. At Student Life, we have a wide range of activities designed to welcome new students, build friendships and engage people in spiritual questions and exploring Jesus' claims for themselves.

Here's the timetable of stuff we've got planned so far. Please pray for each of the events and that we will be a real blessing to the students, that lots of people will join in and...

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Bible Study Tips

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, August 29, 2016, In : Bible study 


There are three phases to good Bible study:

Discovery (observation) What does the text say?
Understanding (Interpretation)    What does it mean?
Application What does it mean for me / us?

Remember to ask good questions:

Who is the writer?
is he writing to?
is he writing about?
is speaking?
is being spoken to?

Where    is the writer writing from?
is the intended audience of the letter / prophecy / book?
is the writer referring to?
is the action taking place?

When     is the writer...
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4 Thoughts on Evangelism

Posted by Anne Witton on Sunday, August 14, 2016, In : Reflections 


At church today we were reminded that as saved children of God we're all on mission. Our church banner says "Word, Community, Mission" to remind us that sharing our faith is an integral part of living as Christians in our world.

So here are 4 thoughts about the privilege and responsibility of sharing our faith:
  1. Evangelism stems from our own walk with God.
    Peter of Rheims, a French Dominican friar, said "Anyone who is not burning will not be able to set anyone else on fire."
  2. We're all qualified fo...

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The Wind and the Sun

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, August 4, 2016, In : Random stuff 


As a child, my favourite book was a collection of Aesop's fables. I loved the tales of animals and people facing moral dilemmas, and the important lessons I could learn from them.

As I've been thinking about how to communicate my faith in a postmodern world, a particular story came to mind, so I thought I'd share it here.

The Wind and the Sun

The wind and the sun were once arguing about which of them was the stronger. As they could not agree, they decided to arrange a contest.

"You see that trave...
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Sheep Thief

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, In : Random stuff 



At primary school, we often used to have stories in assembly and there is one in particular that has stuck with me. It was a tale of two brothers in a rural community who once stole some sheep. They were caught and their punishment was to have the letters ‘ST’ for ‘Sheep Thief’ branded onto their foreheads so that everyone would know of their crime and the kind of people they were.

One of the brothers was so ashamed that he ran away to far off lands. Wherever he went, people were susp...


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Creative prayer part 2 - 18 More Ideas to Help You Pray

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, In : Prayer 



In my previous post - Creative prayer: 19 Ideas to Help You Pray - I shared some suggestions and practical tips to spend more time in communion with God. Since then, I’ve compiled some more simple ideas to kick-start your prayer life. Let me know what works for you or whether you have other ideas to add.

  • Pray directly for people via Facebook Messenger, What’s App etc. Maybe work through your list of contacts and send them a prayer every so often.
  • Have a friendship bracelet or leather band ...

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Retreat locations

Posted by Anne Witton on Sunday, May 29, 2016, In : Resources 
When I made my photography website, I created a Google map with my favourite photo locations in the North East and it occurred to me that this would be a great resource to help people find locations for a retreat.

North East England is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the country. From craggy coastlines to rolling hills, from castles to bridges to THAT wall, there's so much to explore. I've been noting my favourite locations over the years, as well as some that are on my 'to do...
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Thank you Lord

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, May 27, 2016, In : Prayer 


Thank you Lord for...
Deliciously comfy sofas
and the smell of skin.
A lovely sweet cup of tea at the end of a long day.

Thank you for...
roller-skates, baboons, snooker, trees, funny-shaped vegetables and hair.

Thank you for making fields, cliffs, streams and woods.

Thank you for the taste of lemon sorbet, for the sound of seagulls, for the smell of blossom.

Thank you for the giggles, for the touch of a friend, for the feel of soft carpet on bare feet.

Thank you for when I wake up and realise that yo...
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How long does it take to become a mature Christian?

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, May 19, 2016, In : Reflections 


In today’s culture, we so often want quick fixes and instant results. We’re told that attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. The window of opportunity for catching someone’s attention in a YouTube clip is 5 seconds. We buy on credit because we don’t want to save up. We get impatient if we have to wait more than 5 mins for a bus. So often we want something instantly without having to wait at all.

In contrast, maturity is something that develops over time and with perseverance....
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New tools page on website

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, May 13, 2016, In : Resources 


In my line of work, I'm often asked for advice about resources to help with evangelism and discipleship. I've collected together some really useful tools over the years and I thought it would be good to collect these together on this website for the benefit of more people.

On my new tools page you'll find evangelism tools, articles, gospel outlines, small group studies, video and audio.

I hope you find these helpful. Do get in touch with comments, questions or suggestions for more resources ...
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Student Life in Newcastle - the interviews 2016

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, May 13, 2016, In : Video 
Over the last week, Emily and I have been interviewing various people who come to Student Life to find out more about their experiences. We asked them:

  1. What's your favourite thing about Student Life?
  2. How did you get involved in Student Life?
  3. What was your favourite Hub topic and why?
  4. What have you learnt from being involved in Student Life?
  5. How has being involved in Student Life helped you think about spiritual things?
  6. What is your favourite fun moment from Student Life?

Find out what Chris, Declan,...


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Living Authentically [Move Magazine Feature]

Posted by Anne Witton on Saturday, May 7, 2016, In : Move magazine 


The latest edition of Move magazine is out and it's a cracker! It's all about how to live out and speak out our faith authentically in our communities, our families, universities and workplaces. There are loads of great ideas and conversation starters. Look out for the stories of two students from the North East, as well as the 'Word on the Street' feature where Emily and I had great fun talking about God to people on the streets of Newcastle!

Here's how Communications Director Danielle introd...
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Priorities

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, In : Reflections 



I used to work at Northern Rock as a mortgage advisor. Once I had a customer who had a £300,000 mortgage and obviously had a good job, nice car etc. and he was haggling over £2.70 that he didn’t think he should pay. It got me thinking about priorities and how sometimes we have such a warped view of what’s important. Everything in society tries to tell you that your worth as a person is measured by your bank balance, your salary, the car you drive, your marital status, your children and ...


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Sticks and Stones - James 3: 1 - 12

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, In : Video 
I have just returned from the Agapé Easter Bible Conference and it was a great week of spending time with friends, digging into God's word and being challenged to apply it to our lives.

As part of the course, we had to choose a passage of Scripture to explore during the week. Our written assignment was to do a textural and theological analysis of our chosen passage and then look at how we would convey the message to our chosen audience. On the final day, we all had to give a presentation to t...
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Colouring with God

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, March 11, 2016, In : Prayer 
I've recently been enjoying the current trend of colouring as a way to relax and get my creative juices going. Not being very artistically inclined, it's a good way for me to create something pretty to look at without being able to draw and it's a good way to focus the mind and get away from distractions.

I was really pleased to come across a website called 'Colouring with God' which is a great resource for Bible-focused colouring. 



They sell colouring books, cards and bookmarks will wonderful ...
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Fireseeds: Us engaging with God

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, February 26, 2016, In : Bible study 
Last weekend was the fantastic Fireseeds annual student conference in Birmingham. It was a fabulous time of enjoying God together, learning from his word, worshipping and blessing the campus by cleaning grubby student kitchens!



On the Sunday morning, I had the privilege of speaking on the theme of 'Us Engaging With God' and so I chose to look at John 15. The talk wasn't recorded, but here are my notes which I hope will be interesting.

Context of passage

Building up to Jesus’ death. He...


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10 Top Christian Video Sites, Apps and Playlists

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, February 15, 2016, In : Video 



In our modern world there are lots of different ways of taking in information, and video is becoming increasingly popular. Online video now accounts for 50% of all mobile traffic and 78% of people watch videos online every week*.

There are some great sites and apps to help us share interesting and thought-provoking Christian videos online, so I thought I’d collect together some of the best.

Global Short Film Network

These short films are intended to raise spiritual questions and provide a s...


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Why I'm excited about the We Are Women project

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, February 8, 2016, In : Ministry 



The We Are Women project has been going really well and it's been a privilege getting to know so many amazing women with different stories to tell. It's also been brilliant partnering with The Holy Biscuit for the photo shoots and exhibition knowing that they share our vision for helping women to find their identity in Christ. Here's some stuff I recently wrote for their blog about why I'm excited by the We Are Women project:

At the heart of the Christian faith is the belief that women, like m...


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We Are Women

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, In : Ministry 
At Student Life in Newcastle, we're very excited to have just launched our We Are Women project. We Are Women aims to empower women on campus to creatively explore, express and celebrate who they are.

We're running a photo project in partnership with The Holy Biscuit, discussion groups and outreaches to engage, affirm and build friendships with women on campus on deepening levels.

We had our first photo shoot last week and it was great fun! The next photo shoots are 3 - 5 Feb and are open to al...

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Table Talk app review

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, In : App review 
I have just discovered a brilliant free app for iOS and Android called Table Talk. Table Talk is described as 'A Game of Conversations' and is designed to help groups of friends to have meaningful conversations about the big questions of life (as well as some hilarious banter along the way).



The app is free to download and there are 12 packs within it, all of which can be downloaded for free. They are:

  1. Table Talk for Friends
  2. Table Talk for Forces
  3. Table Talk for Uni Students
  4. Table Talk for Scotland...

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Newcastle 20s and 30s Formal

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, January 7, 2016, In : Events 


Here's an opportunity for a great night out! The Newcastle 20s and 30s Formal is a night where 20s and 30s Church groups and their friends and families in the Newcastle upon Tyne gather together for a meal, music and quiz with the opportunity to make new friends.

Ticket prices are:
- £20 Students
- £25 Non-Students

You can order online through or type '20s and 30s Formal Newcastle' on www.eventbrite.co.uk
The closing date for ticket sales is: Monday, 18 January 2016

Ticket prices i...

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Having a retreat day - Practical tips

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, In : Resources 


In my last post, I shared with you a handy Retreat day guide which you can use to help you reflect when you have a day with the Lord. I thought it would also be good to explore some practical tips for making the most of a day set aside for God.

Over the years, I've found that having regular times where I choose to be alone with God has been a brilliant way to nurture my relationship with him, to grow spiritually and to enjoy "life in all its fulness" (John 10: 10). It's also been particularly ...

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Prayer and retreat guide

Posted by Anne Witton on Saturday, December 19, 2015, In : Resources 


As many of us have some time off over Christmas and New Year, it's a good opportunity to reflect on the year that has gone and commit the upcoming year to God. I'm planning to take some time out of the busyness to pray and reflect and I'll be using this great new guide from Agapé to help me.

Whatever this year has held for us - and whatever next year may bring - we have a God who is faithful, loving and compassionate, and who longs for us to draw near to him. Let's do that.

Download the free P...
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Hub: What's Christmas really all about?

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, December 4, 2015, In : Hub 


Last night we were joined by a team from Youth With A Mission (YWAM) who have come over from Norway to do some youth work in Byker. They generously agreed to come along and share at the Hub and we had a great time reflecting on Christmas traditions from different cultures and how our faith comes into play.

Here are the questions we discussed:

  1. Does your family celebrate the holidays? If so, how?
  2. What is the purpose behind any holiday traditions you have?
  3. Does your faith affect how you celebrate th...

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Visualising the Great Commission

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, In : Infographics 
I've been experimenting with a great free online tool for making word clouds called Tagul. I uploaded a world map and then put in Matthew 28: 16 - 20 and here was the result (click to enlarge):


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Imagine if the Bible wasn't available in English

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, November 30, 2015, In : Infographics 
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I came across this infographic and it really challenged me about how often we take the Bible for granted. Most of us have multiple different translations of the Bible, plus study guides and commentaries that are easily available. We also have access to free online / smartphone Bibles and so many Bible tools.

Yet we often neglect the precious jewel that has been entrusted to us and don't appreciate its full value. In our materialistic culture, it's easy to think ...

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Hub: Fair trade and ethical shopping

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, November 23, 2015, In : Hub 


Our Hub last Thursday was entitled 'Faith and fair trade – the spirituality of shopping'. Tessa Bees from Traidcraft shared her personal reflections on why fair trade matters to her. We explored what motivates us to make sacrifices for others and how small choices we make can have a huge impact on the world around us.

Discussion questions
  1. What matters most to you when you decide where to shop / what to buy? (Price, convenience, brand, store loyalty, ethical values etc.)
  2. What are the root cause...

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Hub: Change

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, In : Hub 


Some discussion questions on on the subject of change:

  1. What have been the biggest changes in your life so far?
  2. How do you cope with lots of external changes (eg. leaving home, coming to a new city, making new friends)?
  3. Do you think that faith can bring stability during times of change? Why / why not?
  4. Are there things about yourself that you’d like to change?
  5. Is there anything in your life that never changes?

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Hub: Identity

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, In : Hub 
I thought it would be good to post some of the questions that we discuss in our Student Life weekly Hub on here so that you can think about them for yourselves and talk them through with your friends. Last week we explored the theme of Identity. Part of the presentation involved watching this TED video:



Discussion questions
  1. In what way do you think your identity is shaped by your family / cultural background / relationships with others?
  2. What’s the most important thing that you’d like others...

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Living Out the Gospel in a Changing World [Move Magazine Feature]

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, November 2, 2015, In : Move magazine 
This is from the latest Move magazine and was written by Student Life Director, Matt Walmsley:



Former UN Secretary General Charles Malik once said, “More potently than by any other means, change the university and you change the world.” Because university authorities KNOW this to be true and because of high-profile global events, faith groups increasingly find themselves under scrutiny on campus. This is not just a British trend, but also a global one, and can feel threatening to the minis...

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A Psalm of Praise

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, In : Worship 
In a recent staff worship session, we had a go at writing our own acrostic psalm using the letters of ‘PRAISE’. I found it a really helpful way to express praise and worship to God. Here’s my effort:



Why not have a go at writing your own acrostic psalm?


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Love each other - John 15

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, In : Reflections 

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Explaining Student Life

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, In : Ministry 

One of my roles on the team is to take responsibility for team communications. I'm off to a meeting tomorrow to network with church leaders from across the region and so I've put together a leaflet to explain more about what Student Life is and how we work.

I thought it might be interesting to a wider audience so here it is for your reading pleasure! I welcome any comments and questions, so feel free to get in touch.

Download the Student Life Newcastle leaflet (PDF)

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If students wrote the Bible

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, October 5, 2015, In : Random stuff 


  • Instead of God creating the world in six days and resting on the seventh, he would have put it off until the night before it was due and then pulled an all-nighter.
  • The Last Supper would have been eaten the next morning, cold.
  • The forbidden fruit would still have been eaten because anything is better than the food in halls.
  • Paul's letter to the Romans becomes Paul's e-mail to believers@romans.gov
  • Reason Cain killed Abel: they were living in the one bedsit and the dishes weren't getting done.
  • The t...

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Sharing our faith together

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, October 5, 2015, In : Ministry 


I recently did a seminar at the annual TfT conference on the topic of sharing our faith with our gay friends. One of the things that I'm particularly excited about is sharing my faith in community, so here are some thoughts on that.

Evangelism is a team sport. There are three key reasons why sharing our faith together is important:

  1. In the body of Christ, we all have different and complementary roles.
    “If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were a...

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A - Z photo challenge

Posted by Anne Witton on Saturday, September 19, 2015, In : Ministry 


Today was the Student Life A - Z photo challenge around Newcastle. The idea was simple - to get a photo of each letter of the alphabet whilst exploring Newcastle. We had a good turn out of new students and existing Student Life members and we had great fun. I even discovered some bits of Newcastle I hadn't seen before. Here are the photos I came up with:





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Freshers' Week Prayer Diary

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, September 7, 2015, In : Ministry 


There's a lot of activity planned for Freshers' aimed at building community, encouraging friendships, developing leadership skills and sharing the Gospel. Please pray that each of the events below will be used by God to build His Kingdom and bring new students into the Student Life community.

Northumbria
Weds 9 - Fri 11 | Oasis Lounge hangout in Trinity Square
Mon 14, 7pm | Pool night
Tues 15, 1 - 4pm | Quayside trip
Weds 16 11am - 5pm | Freshers' Fair
Thurs 17 - Fri 18, 1 - 5pm | Oasis Lounge hang...

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Lessons

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, August 31, 2015, In : Reflections 
Today I wanted to share with you a lovely poem written by my friend Lindsay Reid from her collection 'Certain Joy':

Lessons

I saw in Him a light that was unfading,
I saw in Him such power that demons fled,
I saw in Him a truth beyond all knowledge - 
Oh teach me Lord, I said.
He bent and poured some water in a basin,
Washed His disciples' feet. They don't deserve
Such treatment Lord!
I told Him but He answered
First you must learn to serve.

I saw in Him a future shining brightly,
I heard in Him a voice ...
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Biblical Top Trumps

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, In : Random stuff 


Whilst sorting through files on my computer, I came across a home-made set of Top Trumps based on Biblical characters that I devised about 12 years ago. The rules of the game are quite simple and are as follows:

Object: To win all the cards

Preparation: Deal the cards out so that each person has the same number. Pour yourself a drink and put some Twigletts in a bowl (optional)

Play: Each player holds their pack and only looks at the top card. Choose who starts first (an arm-wrestle is usually a ...

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God's Big Story in 10 videos

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, July 23, 2015, In : Resources 
My colleague Duncan has been working on an exciting project to help tell the gospel story through a series of 4min videos, all shot with the gorgeous backdrop of Newcastle and the surrounding area.

God's Big Story gives an overview of the story of the Bible in 10 parts and helps us to reflect on our own life in light of it. The videos take us through Creation, Fall, Patriarchs, Exodus, Kingdom, Exile, Messiah, Church, Judgement and New Creation.

There is an accompanying handout with the script,...
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The Gospel Coalition app review

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, July 9, 2015, In : App review 


I’m a fan of the Gospel Coalition website for its mix of news, opinion, reviews, videos and talks from a range of respected Christian commentators*. The Gospel Coalition is a fellowship of conservative evangelical churches throughout North America, directed by Tim Keller and Don Carson (who I still think bears an uncanny resemblance to Johnny Ball).

The iOS and Android apps make that content easily accessible on mobile devices, so I thought I’d check them out. My first impression of the iP...

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Prayer of abandonment

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, July 2, 2015, In : Prayer 
Father, I abandon myself into your hands; 
do with me what you will. 
Whatever you may do, I thank you: 
I am ready for all, I accept all. 
Let only your will be done in me, 
and in all Your creatures - 
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul; 
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, 
for I love you Lord, 
and so need to give myself, 
to surrender myself into your hands, 
without reserve, 
and with boundless confidence,

For you are my Father.

--Charles de Foucauld (1858...

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Why Ben Folds made me cry (And other reflections on emotion)

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, July 2, 2015, In : Reflections 



I’m quite an emotional person and find that there’s something cathartic about a good cry. And I don’t just cry when I’m upset. I sometimes cry when I’m angry or frustrated, or every when I’m bowled over by joy.

I went to see Ben Folds performing with the Northern Sinfonia at the Sage last year and it was so jaw-droppingly sublime that I found tears of happiness rolling down my cheeks. I felt alive!

When I became a Christian, it was drummed into me that feelings may or may not foll...


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Perspective - Free spiritual conversation app

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, June 1, 2015, In : App review 


It can sometimes be difficult to know how to get a conversation about spiritual things started without it seeming weird, which is why I like using tools like Soularium which make spiritual discussions natural and fun.

Another tool that I’ve found helpful is the Perspective app, which has the added bonus that it’s free and you always have it with you as it’s on your phone. It can help you explore your worldview on your own, but is probably more useful with one or two other people so that ...

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Westgate Baptist Prayer Week

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, In : Prayer 
This morning for our staff prayer time, we went over to Westgate Baptist Church. They are having their prayer week and have decorated the church beautifully with loads of creative prayer stations focussing on the Holy Spirit. If you get a chance to go down there, it's well worth it.


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Open to ridicule? [Move magazine feature]

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, April 23, 2015, In : Move magazine 
If you're an Agapé supporter, you will hopefully have received the latest edition of Move magazine full of fascinating articles, ministry updates and prayer points. The article to catch my eye this time was written by my friend Joel who is on staff in Birmingham. Here he challenges us to be open to ridicule for our faith:



Two thousand years ago Jesus and his message were frequently ridiculed. Today if Jesus is mocked should Christians protest and demand respect or grin and bear it, or neither...

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The Prodigal Son [Guest Post]

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, In : Reflections 
One of my friends and mission partners, Susanna (or Constable as I call her, rather ridiculously!), has recently written a very thought-provoking reflection on the prodigal son and has kindly allowed me to repost it here. She writes from the point of view of the church and the LGBTQ community as that is her area of ministry, but I think it's applicable to anyone who has felt less than welcome in the church, for whatever reason. It captures the spirit of how we're trying to connect with studen...

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Princess Anne visits Gateshead Foodbank

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, In : Random stuff 


Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting royalty as Princess Anne visited the Foodbank where I volunteer. The Princess spent a good amount of time chatting with us and finding out about how the Foodbank works.

There was lots of press coverage of the event. We had a great write up in the Chronicle which included a little interview with me, and I was also interviewed for BBC Look North.

It was a lovely occasion and will hopefully raise the profile of the Foodbank so that more people will support ...
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Evangelism castles

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, March 19, 2015, In : Ministry 
Recently, we've been doing a lot of thinking as a team about our model of ministry and how we do evangelism. Duncan has helpfully come up with a diagram that illustrates how we've been trying to move away from an 'Us vs Them' approach to evangelism in the way that we run Student Life.

My own personal conviction and approach to evangelism has changed over the years as I've grown in my faith and sought to help others come to know Jesus personally. I was definitely guilty in the past of taking qu...
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Invitation to the Agapé Move weekend

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, In : Training / conferences 


Details have just been released for Agapé's Move weekend - a chance for staff, supporters, student leaders and church leaders to enjoy fellowship, evangelism training and worship together. I'll be going and would love to be joined by friends and supporters. I think it'll be a really exciting time to hear stories of how God's at work and gain practical help with sharing our faith in our circle of influence, so why not check out the details and pray about whether you'd like to come?

12-14 June ...

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Why Student Life is special

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, February 19, 2015, In : Ministry 


Our aim at Student Life is to create a welcoming and inclusive community where people of all backgrounds and beliefs feel valued and listened to. We encourage people to make friends, enjoy free food, explore life's big questions and encounter Jesus in a safe environment where they can be themselves.

Kimberley and Jack did a seminar on community and gospel living at the Fireseeds conference and they asked students for their thoughts about Student Life. Here are some of the responses:

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Identity - we are so much more

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, February 2, 2015, In : Ministry 


Last Thursday I had the opportunity to speak at our weekly Hub on the topic of identity, so I thought I'd share some of the things that I spoke about.

Who are we?

How do we answer the question Who are we?

Oscar Wilde once said “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”. But what does ‘being yourself’ mean?

On the one hand, there’s our official identity - the facts about us that appear on our passport or that we’re required to fill in on forms. That might include age, sex, religion...

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Soularium - Inviting spiritual conversations

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, January 19, 2015, In : Ministry 
Last week, I had my first experience of using Soularium to engage with students on campus. It’s a great tool to help people talk about what they believe and it seems like quite a natural way to get a conversation going.



There are 50 cards all with different photos, ranging from abstract and natural scenes to pictures of human activity and objects. The idea is that you invite people to choose 3 cards to answer each of these questions:

  1. Which images would you choose to describe your life at the ...

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New Staff Training Retreat - Heroes of Faith

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, January 12, 2015, In : Reflections 
Last week I was at the lovely Shallowford House for the New Staff Training Retreat, along with the other first year staff and interns. It was a great time of learning together, praying and having some retreat time to seek the Lord.



One of the things that we did was look at the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11, so it was fitting that that was the passage I'd chosen to do my devotional on when we arrived.

Here's what I shared:

Hebrews 11 gives an account of men and women of God who have accomplished ...

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December news update and prayer requests

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, December 19, 2014, In : Support 
The great news is that I've now got all the financial support that I need to start full-time on campus in the new year! I'm so thankful to God for his provision and to you for your faithful prayers, generous giving and lovely encouragements to press on when things have been tough.

We're having some staff time this Friday to reflect on this term and look ahead to next year so please pray that God will direct our thoughts and discussion as we make future plans. It's difficult to say what my time...

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Where do you weigh a pie?

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, In : Random stuff 
...Somewhere over the rainbow!

I love a good cracker joke and have been collecting up favourites to share with you. Enjoy!



Q. Why did no-one bid for Rudolph and Blitzen on eBay?
A. Because they were two deer.

Q. How do you know if Santa's been in your garden shed?
A. You've got three extra hoes.

Q. What's the most popular Christmas wine?
A. 'I don't like Brussels sprouts!'

Q. What operating system do Advent calendars use?
A. Windows 24

Q. What do you call a fish with no eyes?
A. Fsh!

Q. Why are horse-dra...

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Enjoy the silence

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, November 24, 2014, In : Reflections 
"Be still and know that I am God"
Psalm 46: 10

Our world is full of noise. Everywhere we go there’s background music, ‘special offer’ announcements on the tannoy, big screen sports and stuff clamouring for our attention. I was waiting for Abby at the doctors the other day and the TV was on showing Jeremy Kyle with people shouting at each other. What an unrelaxing environment to sit in when you’re already feeling ill! In the summer, they even put huge screens up in public spaces outside ...

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Hope and hopelessness [Move magazine feature]

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, November 14, 2014, In : Move magazine 
The theme of the latest edition of Move magazine is 'Hope and hopelessness' and explores what it means to have hope in Jesus, how faith can conquer hopelessness and how we can support one another on a journey through doubts and dark nights of the soul.



Here's Communications Director Danielle explaining more:

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” Hebrews 10: 23

‘Hope’ can be a lonely word. It’s the far-off dream or the ...
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November news update and prayer requests

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, November 6, 2014, In : Support 
It's been another really busy month. The big news on the house front is that - after a number of delays - we finally exchanged contracts and got the keys last Friday! I'm really excited about getting our ministry house and so grateful to God for his provision. I must admit that I'm feeling exhausted at the moment as it's quite stressful dealing with solicitors, financial advisors, banks, removal companies, utilities, insurance companies etc. and trying to make sure that everything is sorted o...

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VisualUnit: Biblical Infographics

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, In : Infographics 
I had a Good News Bible when I was younger and one of the things I liked most were the pictures. Especially this one, where Satan looks uncannily like Richard O’Brian from the Crystal Maze!


Being a visual person, I was quite disappointed to find that most Bibles don’t have pictures and maybe just include a couple of black and white maps at the back.

So imagine my delight when I discovered VisualUnit - an excellent site full of Biblical diagrams, illustrations and infographics! There are loa...

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Sharing life together

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, In : Church 

As conservative evangelicals we sometimes criticise non-Bible-teaching churches for being ‘just a social club’, but isn’t there also a danger that church sometimes isn’t enough of a social club? Part of church should be really enjoying being together, having a laugh, sharing experiences, eating together, catching up on news, caring, praying, crying and celebrating together. There can be a danger that we make church too academic - listening to a lecture on Sunday and studying the mat...


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Old Testament reading challenge, with a little help from Poirot!

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, In : Resources 


One of my current Agapé training assignments is to read the Old Testament and to do a short review of each book. Although I have read through the entire Bible numerous times before, I've often found some bits of the Old Testament difficult because of the lists of hard-to-pronounce names (you know the stuff - "Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goyim, Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar...")

So I've taken a different approach this time and am letting my favourite actor, Dav...
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An antidote to worry

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, In : Reflections 


I have just returned from a brilliant Christian conference where I got a chance to hang out with some amazing friends and be challenged by some excellent teaching.

The focus of the Bible talks was the Sermon on the Mount, and one of the sessions that really spoke to me was the teaching on worry in Matthew 6: 25 - 34.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clo...

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Support update and prayer requests

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, In : Support 
I hope you all had a good summer and are enjoying the driest September for 50 years!

While my colleagues have been busy with Freshers' Week activities, I am continuing to grow my team of ministry partners. My financial support is gradually increasing and God has now provided 65% of the monthly total I need to start working full-time with students. In the meantime, I've been supporting my colleagues behind the scenes and really enjoy doing prayer walks round the universities. Obviously, ...
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Think Box

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, In : Resources 


The new Student Life website is live and is a great place for people who want to explore the big questions of life, or just find out more about what Agapé Student Life does on campus.

There are articles exploring Biblical wisdom for student problems, real life stories about how Jesus has changed people, and information about Student Life groups around the country.

My favourite feature is the Think Box - a photo game to spark spiritual conversations and create opportunities for you and your fri...
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Before the throne of God Above

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, In : Worship 
It's easy to sing familiar songs in church and not really think about the words, so I sometimes find it helpful to take a song or hymn with particularly rich words and spend a few moments reflecting on it. One of my all-time favourites is 'Before the throne of God Above'. It was originally written by Charitie Lees Bancroft (1841-1892), but the modern music was written by Vikki Cook.

It gives such hope as it reminds us of the eternal truth that, as Christians, our life is 'hid with Christ on hi...
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Reckless Love for a Reckless Nation

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, September 8, 2014, In : Video 
The UK is both a place of great beauty and ugliness, progress and exploitation, creativity and soul-sapping consumerism, rich heritage and blinkered individualism.

This short Agapé film introduces some spiritual change agents and reflects with them on the state of the nation and how together we can help rehumanise our communities and cities.

If we grasp even for a moment God’s reckless, unconditional love for us, how will it transform our perspective and behaviour?


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4 thoughts about the Great Commission

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, September 1, 2014, In : Bible study 
At the weekend, I had the privilege of speaking at Kelvin Grove Church in Gateshead. I shared some thoughts about the Great Commission, and thought it might be useful to summarise them here.

Matthew 28 is one of the most exciting chapters in the Bible. The preceding chapters have been an emotional roller coaster - Jesus has had the final meal with his friends, was betrayed by one of his closest followers, was arrested and dragged before the high priest. Then he was disowned by Peter, who had p...
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24-7 prayer room

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, August 25, 2014, In : Prayer 


I have just returned from a week-long Agapé staff conference in Nottingham, which was a brilliant time of studying the Bible, praying for one another and catching up with lots of old friends!

As some of you know, I've been getting increasingly excited about prayer recently. At the conference, we had a 24-7 prayer room and we all signed up for slots so that at least one person was praying in there every hour of every day and night. It had been decorated beautifully with different areas to focu...

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Answers to common questions about Christianity

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, In : Resources 


The Agapé website has some really helpful resources including a selection of articles dealing with common objections and questions about Christianity.

These resources cover 21 diverse topics in a succinct and and clearly presented way. There's something for everyone as the range of subjects covered includes:

  • God and science
  • Relationships and sex
  • Suffering
  • Trusting the Bible
  • Reasons for faith
They are available free as PDF downloads here. Why not keep them on your iPad or smartphone to refer to or d...
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The Cwtch - Our vision for the new house

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, July 31, 2014, In : Ministry 

It all started when my friend Abby snapped her achilles tendon playing squash (let that be a lesson - exercise is bad for you!). She had an operation and was then discharged from hospital back to her house that she lived in alone that only had an upstairs bathroom. There was no way she could manage the stairs and so she came to stay with me as I also lived alone, but in a ground floor flat. Over the months that she stayed, we talked a lot about being single and living alone and the advantages...

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Schwellanangst - 'Fear of the Threshold'

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, In : Church 


When I worked for Voluntary Arts, the Chair of our Board, Peter Stark popped in to visit us and we had a very nice conversation (and some lovely M&S bakewell tart biscuits!). One of the things he said really got me thinking. He told this little story...

Peter has always wanted to go into a betting shop and put a bet on a horse. He's a self-confident, extrovert, middle-aged older man [his words, not mine!] who helped develop The Baltic and The Sage, was awarded an OBE and ran a successful compa...

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Creative prayer - 19 ideas to help you pray

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, July 21, 2014, In : Prayer 


Recently, I've been inspired by the power of prayer and challenged to pray more. If we're honest, we all find it difficult to pray sometimes - whether that's because we're wrestling with doubts, going through a time of great pain, or just getting distracted by work, family, household chores, TV or iPhone apps.

Over the years, I've been making a list of ideas to help me pray and one evening at housegroup we all shared things that we found helpful. I hope you find them helpful too.

  • Write prayers ...

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Prayer for spiritual revival

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, July 17, 2014, In : Prayer 

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves, 
When our dreams have come true 
Because we have dreamed too little, 
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when 
With the abundance of things we possess 
We have lost our thirst 
For the waters of life; 
Having fallen in love with life, 
We have ceased to dream of eternity 
And in our efforts to build a new earth, 
We have allowed our vision 
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more ...


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Gospel memory verses - BibleMinded app

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, In : App review 
Recently, I've been trying to get better at memorising bits of the Bible that I can use to explain the gospel to people. Here's a simple gospel outline and 10 short Bible verses (NIV).

  • God created men and women for a relationship with him.
    [John 17: 3] Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

  • God gave us free will. We all choose to rebel against God (Sin = rebellion against God. Putting ourselves first instead of him and breaking ...

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Help spread the word

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, July 3, 2014, In : Support 
A few people have asked how they can help me build my support team, which is very kind! It's great if you can point people to this website, but I realise that not everyone is into technology, so I have created a leaflet (with the wonderful help and design skills of Abby!).

The leaflet gives a bit of background about Agapé and tells a bit of my story, as well as explaining about the ministry I'll be doing and how people can support me. I have hard copies of the leaflet so do let me know if you...
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Reflections on a broken window

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, In : Reflections 
Yesterday I got home from a great team prayer meeting to find that the lounge window had been smashed. It looked very much as though someone had shot it so my first thought was "I wish I had one of those laser things they have in CSI so I can trace the trajectory of the bullet." Then I realised that I live in Gateshead and not Las Vegas, so I carefully examined the crime scene for forensic evidence of avian damage but could find no blood or bird carcass.



Then the reality sank in that it would ...
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Have you ever met Christians who are like Jesus? [Move magazine feature]

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, June 19, 2014, In : Move magazine 
Move is Agapé's bi-annual magazine and is well worth a read. (You can download PDF copies from the Agapé website). In the latest edition, a question is posed to various members of the public - "Have you ever met Christians who are like Jesus?"

Here are some of the responses:

"No. I know one Christian and she goes to church at Christmas. That's it, I think." Laura

"Truly following no, but they were still nice. Jesus did a lot, feeding the 5000, performing miracles wherever he went, spreading th...
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The adventure begins (again)

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, June 16, 2014, In : Ministry 
Last week I got some very exciting news. After much prayer, plus application and interview process, I have been accepted to work for Agapé UK (again). I say 'again' because I used to work for Agapé from 2000 - 2003. I was younger and less wrinkled then, but my vision was the same - to help students understand the good news about Jesus Christ and have their lives transformed by him.

Two days after being officially accepted, I was down in Birmingham on a Support Discovery training course. All ...
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