Twice a year, people from the Fulwood Free Methodist Church congregation share stories in Heart magazine.

These people live in your community. We want you to know what is happening near you. Going into any new place for the first time can be scary, but sometimes, when you dare to step over the threshold, you are surprised by something good. Readers of Heart come to Lunch Break, Parenting Support, Alpha – in fact, most things. You are all welcome!

Congratulations to Hattie, Ken and Brenda, who share their encouraging stories (p 2-3) that will definitely make us all smile!

Life can be tough

At times, life can be tough. They say ‘A trouble shared is a trouble halved,’ but Celebrate Recovery (see p 6-7) is about more than halving a problem; it offers on-going hope, support and practical changes for any man or woman who is battling with hurts, habits or hang-ups.

Two brilliant bookshops

Meet Nigel and Kath, (on page 10) whose son is working in Syria. They run two brilliant bookshops in Preston and Lancaster.

Sign Nine BSL course

On the back cover you can read about our popular ‘Sign Nine’ BSL course, running for the third time; a fun, first step to confident communication!