The June to August edition of our magazine, will be ready for distribution on Sunday 5th June from the box in the foyer. Please take your copy and any other copies you may want to deliver to other members, friends, neighbours, etc.
Junior Church is on every Sunday at 11 am (at the same time as the service) – apart from holidays. All children aged 3 to 12 years are very welcome. We have stories, games, baking, singing, drama, activities and crafts. Older siblings can join Youth Church. Please come and join us!
On 4th June the Junior Church have their summer trip to Calderglen Country Park. Children need to return their permission slips to Audrey as soon as possible. If members of the congregation would like to go on the trip, then please see Audrey,for an information sheet.
On 5th June we have our end of term party, which will be a chance for us to wind down and celebrate!
On Saturday June 4th we join Junior Church on their outing to Calderglen. If any of the members of the Youth Church plan to go to this please let Audrey Frazer know.
Youth Church next meets at 11 am on Sunday 5th June. All young people of secondary school age are most welcome.
On Sunday June 12th we join the celebration in the church with Junior Church for the presentation of vouchers.
We celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper at 11 am during our morning service on Sunday 5th June and again at the First Tuesday Service at 2 pm on Tuesday 7th June. There is a Preparatory Service at 6.30 pm on Saturday 4th June.
All who love the Lord Jesus are welcome to share in the sacrament. If you would like more details contact the Minister.
On Sunday mornings we will have books in the large hall. All we ask is if you take a book you leave a donation. All money raised will go to our project in Romania, in helping the elderly. We hope to refresh the books every now and then, so please bring some books/CDs/DVDs any Sunday. We will stop the book stall on 12th June and start up again in August.
Clarks have been working in partnership with UNICEF since 2008 to help to fund educational projects by raising money through shoe donations. ShoeShare drop off points are in more than 500 of Clarks stores nationwide.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and child rights. Working in more than 190 countries with families, local communities, business partners and governments, UNICEF work to help every child reach their full potential. UNICEF UK is a registered charity and is funded by voluntary contributions.
Help UNICEF to reach even more children by donating your old or unwanted shoes at your nearest Clarks store. Your shoes will help to change children’s lives by buying educational equipment such as the ‘School in a Box’.
Schools in a Box can transform any space into a learning space, with enough resource to educate 80 children, allowing children the chance to learn, no matter where they are, or what is happening around them.
For further information: http://www.clarks.co.uk/information/unicef
From Hampden Park to the Callanish stones in Lewis, ideas for where people would like to see the church hold its new Take A Pew discussions have been pouring in. More than 100 locations and topics have already been submitted since the initiative was launched at the weekend.
The two church pews are being taken around Scotland this summer, to locations where invited guests will ‘take a pew’ with a Church of Scotland minister to talk about some of the big issues facing us today. Videos featuring the conversations will be shared online and across the church from later this month.
You can register online to be the first alerted when each new Take a Pew film goes live. And when you subscribe, you can also submit a topic you’d like to hear discussed and propose locations for our pews to visit in future. The diverse range of subjects already submitted online include how best to engage young people, how to maintain relationships with our older people, how we tackle poverty and inequality and how to maintain our historic buildings.
Rev Neil Glover, convener of the Ministries Council, says he is delighted at the warm reception the initiative is receiving.
“Thousands of people are watching the short introductory Take a Pew video and we have had a huge amount of fantastic feedback already. I realise people in the church are discussing these big ideas among themselves already, but I hope Take a Pew will inspire people to open up these conversations with much wider audiences. Some have already asked me if they can use this idea at a local level, so it’s great to see its already capturing the imagination.”
The redundant pews in the video were donated to the Grassmarket Project in Edinburgh, who refurbished them specially to make them more portable for filming in unusual places. The first Take a Pew video conversation will be released later this month before the General Assembly, and the pews themselves will feature at the Heart and Soul festival in Princes St Gardens on May 22nd.
PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS WORSENING WORLDWIDE
Wednesday January 13
Over 7000 Christians were killed because of their faith last year, the charity Open Doors said today.
Publishing its annual list of the 50 countries with the worst persecution record against Christians, Open Doors warned that persecution levels across the globe were rising. The charity’s CEO, Lisa Pearce, said: “This year, a country had to score 50 per cent more points than in 2013 to even make it onto the list. This is a cause of great concern.”
According to the list, North Korea remains the worst place to be a Christian, followed by Iraq, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan and Somalia. The worst increases in persecution in the past year were in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and Eritrea.
Open Doors also warn that India (17th on the list) has seen persecution levels rise rapidly following Hindu national electoral successes.
Lisa Pearce added: “The persecution of Christians is getting worse, in every region in which we work – and it’s getting worse fast. The trend is stark, as are the consequences for real people – we should not expect that to change unless we are part of changing the situation.
“As a key voice within the international community and a generous provider of aid to a number of the countries on the 2016 World Watch List, I urge our government to do everything possible within their spheres of influence to affect what happens next. We will not get these days back.”
The Open Doors World Watch List is compiled annually by Open Doors World Watch Unit. Its methodology is designed to track how the exercise of the Christian faith gets squeezed in five areas – private life, family life, community life, national life and church life, as well as covering violence such as rapes, killings and church burnings.
Open Doors records show that worldwide there were well over 7,000 Christians killed for faith-related reasons in the reporting period for the 2016 list. That is a rise of almost 3,000 in comparison to conservative figures for the previous year. This is excluding North Korea, Syria and Iraq, where accurate records do not exist. Statistics also show that around 2,300 churches were attacked or damaged, which is over double the number for last year.
The Church of Scotland has frequently expressed concern for persecuted Christians in recent year. The most recent General Assembly passed a motion ‘Continu(ing) to pray for and support minority communities, especially Christians, as they face extremism, and other challenges to personal, family and community wellbeing, on a daily basis; and instruct(ing) the (World Mission) Council to express at every opportunity loving and prayerful solidarity with churches whose members have been martyred.’