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“We know from our own experience that it feels really good when people say something encouraging to us. It can really make a difference, when things feel difficult, or when we feel down, someone telling us they value us, or that they think we are doing a good job, can really help change our perspective and give us hope. Even when things are going well, it feels wonderful to know that you’re appreciated. And encouragement isn’t just good for those receiving it, it also feels good for the people giving it too! You don’t have to look far to see ordinary people doing amazing things in this world - let’s take a moment to recognise that.”

- David Pickersgill

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Words for you, from God

Do not be afraid, I will be with you. You are precious in my sight, and honoured, and I love you (Isaiah 43:1-4). I know that life can be hard. So if you feel trapped and boxed in or if your heart is broken, know that I am here to set people free and mend broken hearts (Isaiah 61:1). And if you are weary right now, or feel like you are carrying a heavy load, come to me and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). My peace, which is greater than you’ll ever know, will guard your heart and mind (Philippians 4:7). I want to do this for you because you are my child who I love, and I am so pleased with you (Matthew 3:17).

In this time when the world might feel like it’s getting a bit darker, let’s spread some light and some encouragement to those around us. Get involved today!
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“There are various ways to get involved in this project, and the easiest is to say something to encourage someone. You can get a pack from the church which has postcards that you can hand out, you can print these off our website too, as well as finding lots of other ways to join in. We would really like to see a post on social media with your message of encouragement using the hashtag #ProjectEncouragement.  It could be a message from or to a group, a family member, a carer, in fact anyone! My encouragement goes especially to those who are feeling like they've got too much on or don't have anyone around to lift them up.”

- Lou Williams