We keep in touch with out FaithShare mission partner Joel Githinji, who works in Nepal in a Church of Scotland sponsored relief and development role with United Mission to Nepal. His latest newsletter is joel-news-201506.
Arrangements are well in hand for our trip to the Isle of Whithorn on Saturday 26th September. We will leave by coach at 9 am and return about 9 pm, with a stop on the return journey home for an evening meal.
A non-returnable deposit of £20 is required to be paid as soon as possible to Irene Rennie or Sandy Brown, to confirm your seat on the coach. The remainder of the cost can be paid nearer the time.
The first stage of the Church of Scotland’s Decade for Ministry is about to begin, encouraging candidates to come forward to serve in parish ministry. The campaign, using the slogan Tomorrow’s Calling, reflects God’s call to serve through the church and demands a response from those individuals who may hear that call.
The highlight of the launch at Heart and Soul this Sunday coming is a short film which champions the important work of parish ministers across the country. In selecting a handful of ministers and promoting the impact they are having in their local areas, the Church wants to show the significant role each and every one of our ministers has through their congregations and communities. We want to help more people answer God’s call and also boost the profile of parish ministry. A very brief clip of the video has been shown on BBC and STV news this morning.
Why not watch the film, engage with the website, and share material on Facebook and Twitter? You will be able to find out all the information you need at www.tomorrowscalling.org.uk . On Twitter we are using the hashtag #tomorrowscalling.
If you’d like any more information in the first place about responding to a call to serve in ministry, have a word with the Minister, Grant Barclay.
We’re contributing to the Fresh Expressions stories, at least a little. We’ve explained that the video clips seen by the Kirk Session encouraged new possibilities and allowed us to develop our thinking. You can read more stories from Fresh Expressions.
Sundays are special.
Our present Sunday morning services mix traditional and contemporary worship with a range of musical styles, an orderly but relaxed approach to worship and a welcome for everyone.
We like to think our worship is relaxed but reverent, flexible but organised, and designed to promote worship through adoration and careful thinking. Although familiar, it’s also intended to be unsettling and challenging. We follow the historic Reformed pattern of focusing on preaching though we are also aware of the importance of sung praise and of praying. We generally don’t dress up much, though we admire those who do! Worship starts at 11 am, lasts an hour and there’s the opportunity for coffee and conversation right afterwards.
As well as worship, we use Sundays as times to get together, to think about faith, to pray and to consider how we might help one another better serve Christ’s kingdom. From time to time we welcome others from our community and other churches to shared services.
We also hold praise evenings or join with other congregations for worship from time to time. Have a look at our Services page for more details