This morning we started thinking about our dreams for our church in the years ahead. The minister, Rev Sarah Nicol, explained that we were preparing for a Local Church Review (LCR) which gives us a chance to tell our story, where we have come from and where we are, and also to think forward. The LCR lays down our five-year plan and is being helped by three of the thinking groups which were formed a couple of months ago (please see entry for 30 June 2019). Every member of the congregation is invited to share their vision.
Sarah also took a photograph of the congregation to use as a baseline. We would love to see more people coming to meet Jesus Christ and help to fill our church. Next year, and the years ahead, more photographs will be taken to see what changes there have been and also think about what more we can do.
Christ be our light! Shine in our hearts. Shine through the darkness. Christ, be our light! Shine in your Church gathered today.
Bernadette Farrell (b. 1957)
Next Sunday, 29th September 2019, will be Harvest Sunday when we have an opportunity to celebrate and give thanks this year’s bountiful harvest. We particularly think of those who, for whatever reason, are unable to take advantage of the wide variety of foods which are available to many of us.
This year we ask for donations of dried and/or tinned foods which will be sent to North Ayrshire Foodbank, the closest of which is in Glasgow Street, Ardrossan.
We are also asked to bring one single item of fresh edible produce (e.g. a grape, tomato, turnip) to keep with us. The reason will become clear during our informal time of worship.
This morning, Sunday 15th September 2019, was this year’s Guild Dedication service, mostly taken by Guild members.
We were reminded about the upcoming Quiz Night (Friday 27th September) and discovered, after the reflection, that answers to all the Guild related questions had been disclosed. This is only one of ten rounds so plenty of opportunities for all to pit their knowledge on a wide variety of subjects.
St Cuthbert’s in Saltcoats are happy to announce that the Community Cafe is starting again on Wednesday 11th September from 11.30 – 1.30 and continues on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month (please check diary). Come along for good food, good company and a chance to be part of the wider community at the same time.
For anyone planning to join the Beginner’s Ballroom class, please note that the start time is 18:00, not 18:30 as originally intimated.
In an effort to improve inter-denominational links, items which may be of interest will be included from time-to-time. Our minister drew our attention to the Baptist Church who have evening services at 6.30 pm from September to June. The format changes from week to week. Please follow THIS LINK for specific details.
Today’s service focused on Good New. The children were asked to share good things that had happened during their break from Sunday School. The sermon reminded us that Jesus came to bring the Good News that God is with us.