Today the children explored the letters ‘H’ and ‘I’ in the Bible and had again come well prepared.
‘H’ resulted in Heaven; Hosannah; Hannah, Holy Spirit; Herod (boo!!); Hymns and Hell (which sometimes means “not with God”) while ‘I’ brought us Inn; Israel and the Israelites; Isaac; Isiah and Issachar (one of Joseph’s brothers). Next week the Bible letters will be ‘J’ and ‘K’.
Sarah, our minister, recently celebrated a ‘significant’ birthday. To mark this auspicious occasion, the pulpit was decorated with banners and a balloon. Then she was presented with flowers and an enormous chocolate egg (which we trust will be hidden away from her until after Easter because she has chosen to give up her addiction to chocolate during Lent) from the congregation with a further presentation from the Sunday School. The congregation then serenaded her with a rousing ‘Happy Birthday’.
Today, the children considered the letters ‘F’ & ‘G’ as part of the Bible Alphabet exercise. They had certainly done their homework and had found Father; faith, fisherman; fish, frankincense and famine for ‘F’ with God; Goliath; Genesis, grace, gifts, Gospel, gold, Galilee; gentiles and greyhound for ‘G’. (The greyhound can be found in some versions of the King James Bible in Proverbs chapter 30, verse 31). Next week we are looking at ‘H’ & ‘I’.
This coming Wednesday’s Guild will see the postponed visit of Alison Montgomery talking about the family climb on Mount Kilimanjaro last June. Everybody is encouraged to come along to share a fascinating recount of their adventure. You will be made very welcome, and there will be a cup of tea afterwards!
The postponed Session Meeting will now take place this Thursday, 21st March at 7 pm.
Volunteers to deliver Easter invitations to all homes in the parish are being sought. There is a sign-up sheet on the notice board at the end of the long corridor. They are also wanted to look after street collections for Christian Aid during Christian Aid week (12-18 May 2019). If you can help, please see Graham or Liz Sutherland.
After the service next Sunday (24 March) please stay behind for the Annual Stated Meeting to review the Trustees’ Annual report and Accounts for year ending 31 December 2018.
If you have any material for the April 2019 magazine, please send it to William Parker by Sunday 24 March.
Today’s service considered the meaning of Lent; both its history and how we think of it today. The minister signposted a number of possible ideas, some of which can be found on the Lent page under Worship and Christian Festivals. This will open in a new tab and is a new page so your comments would be appreciated (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are interested in the idea of Eco-Congregations, please follow THIS LINK.
The letter challenge continued this week with the children having done their homework and coming with a number of suggestions of Biblical words starting with either ‘B’ or ‘C’. Next week will be ‘D’ and ‘E’.
As we are just about to come into the period of Lent, we were each encouraged to follow this year’s Christian Aid programme ‘Count Your Blessings’ which is focussing on Climate Change. There are daily reflections and challenges which allow each one of us to put our faith into action. You can download your personal copyHERE.
We also sang the chorus of ‘Count your blessings’, which some knew and others didn’t. As it will be repeated through Lent, and should you wish to practice, here is a link to one rendition of the whole song on YouTube (there are many available). It is worth listening to the words of the verses too! LINK TO YOUTUBE
There will be no Strollers walk this Wednesday (6th March).
All groups are reminded to nominate two people from their group to attend Food Safety Training as 12:30 next Sunday, 10th March.
The next Session Meeting is on Tuesday 12th March from 7pm in the small hall.
The minister challenged both the children and the congregation to start thinking about people, places or things in the Bible which start with the letter ‘A’. A list was soon created including Ark, Angel, Adam, Abraham, Ants and Acts. Their context was then briefly mentioned. Over the coming weeks, we will think about further letters starting with ‘B’ and ‘C’ next week, so revision is needed! If you don’t have a Bible but have internet access, try looking at Bible Gateway?
After much deliberation at The Men’s Group AGM, they have changed their name in the hope that it will make their evenings more inclusive. They are now known as The Twilight Zone.
The March magazine is now available for download from the Magazine page