Holy Week Services

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Ministry in the Lightof the Cross – Tuesday 31st March and Wednesday 1st April 7 – 9 pm. Two evenings to consider our response to Christ’s call and example.

Maundy Thursday Communion – Thursday 2nd April at 7 pm.

Easter Day 7 am – Early service in the Kay Park followed by breakfast in Kay Park Church.

Easter Day 11 am – The Easter Morning service.

 

Meaning of Lent

The Church is exploring the meaning of Lent through a series of specially commissioned daily articles on the Church of Scotland website which began on the first day of Lent, and continue throughout the 40 days. The Moderator, Rt Rev John Chalmers, is urging Presbyteries and congregations to engage with the lent reflections and here he explains the initiative, which we are undertaking in partnership with Christian Aid. They are available at this link http://bit.ly/1A5loSQ.

“Following up on the successful Advent Reflections series on the Church website in the run up to Christmas, I have commissioned another list of friends to contribute to further series of reflections during the period of Lent. This time I am delighted that we are collaborating with Christian Aid in order to bring a sharper edge to our Lenten journey.

Each day throughout Lent the Homepage of the Church of Scotland website is featuring Christian Aid’s count your blessings diary; as you click on the count your blessings icon it will lead you to a short reflection which expands on the theme for the day. Within the expanded reflection there is a further hyperlink and, for those who are interested, it leads to one of Christian Aid’s in-depth theological articles

We are giving people an opportunity to experience their Lenten journey at different levels and, in this way, we hope to open eyes and minds and hearts to the complexity and the urgency of building the Kingdom in both spiritual and practical ways.

As Moderator I provided the first reflection for Ash Wednesday and other friends have provided other thoughts that will help us to count our blessings throughout Lent. At the weekends we have access to the material which Christian Aid itself has written for Lent; this also contains resources that may be used in worship. It is my hope and prayer that the across the Church we will be sharing some common themes as we make our way to the Cross and then to the Easter Garden.

Then as we celebrate the resurrection and the promise of life after death, we will be able to pray and work so that the poorest of the world’s poor might also have the opportunity to enjoy life before death.

The Advent series was put together at the very last minute, but it attracted as many as 2,500 to 3,000 hits each day; this time we hope you will share the link through Facebook and Twitter, and publish this information in our pew leaflets and newsletters we hope to reach a far greater audience.

We’d also like to invite people to send us an image inspired by their Lenten journey which we will share in a gallery on our Facebook page. The image can be personal, spiritual, funny, or thought provoking, and through sharing we hope others may find inspiration through the 40 days of Lent.

Please send your images to lent.churchofscotland@outlook.com

I offer you the challenge of seeing this go viral and in so doing expanding the impact of Christian Aid’s important work.

Sundays are Special!

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

Growing in faith and service

Here are key areas where we can grow in our faith in Christ and in serving others because of our faith. We can do this better together than on our own. What would you like to take forward? Complete the form below as the first step:

Exploring what it means to pray in greater depth. There are historic, traditional spiritual practices for Christians which we do not all find easy, but which have invigorated the spiritual lives of millions. Would you like to find out more?
Discovering more about some person or group doing something to advance the kingdom somewhere in the world. We might then be able to support them, even if only through our concern and interest. It has never been easier to find out what people are doing, but we do need to try. We might even find something that excites us as a congregation so we can put our collective weight behind it.
Sensing where and in what way God is calling us each to serve him. There has never, in the past hundred years, been both a greater need nor a greater recognition of the importance of the ministry of all God’s people in the Church of Scotland. Full-time paid service is fast disappearing; if any widespread ministry will remain, it will be carried out by people like you. What is God calling you to do?
Taking early steps towards commitment. Jesus expects people will say they are his followers. What does that mean, what will it involve and how can we do what he asks us in today’s world? This foundational thinking supports all the rest and may lead to church membership or a renewed commitment to vows taken before.
Developing what we are doing together as God’s people to serve our community. Let’s not downplay our role – we are here, and we provide worship and activities for people of all ages, we give a bit to all our local schools and we share our premises with others. However,  are struggling to keep doing all we do, and it may be we need to check that we are doing the right things, and encourage others to join in.

Where will you begin to explore your part in this?