There was no Bible Alphabet this week but we did consider the work of Christian Aid as we come towards Christian Aid Week (today until 18 May). The minister took the time to speak to Graeme and Liz Sutherland who have coordinated efforts in our church since 2007. They explained that all Christian denominations come together to provide coordinated help to ALL in need (irrelevant of faith) around the world. There are plenty of fundraising activities going on both locally and across the UK as well as the street collections. This year’s appeal focusses on pregnancy care in Sierra Leone, “the world’s most dangerous place to give birth”.
Our readings today were taken from Micah 6: 6-8 (“And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”) and Matthew 25: 31-46 (“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”) and the address further expanded how our actions to help others, in whatever way we are able, will be done in Jesus’ name.
Delightfully we were told that, so far, £1900.00 has been raised from the Plant Sale. Grateful thanks were offered to Ann, and her helpers, for all her work.
Any contributions for the next issue of the Church Magazine, which will be the last until September, should be with William by next Sunday, 19th May.
While encouraging us all to keep up to date with this year’s General Assembly and, if possible, come along to the Heart & Soul event in Princes Street Gardens (see previous posts), we were also asked to think about this year’s National Youth Assembly in August (follow this LINK for more information). The National Youth Assembly is a platform for young adults to voice their opinions and actively participate in decision making within the Church of Scotland. If you know anyone in the age group 17-25 who might be interested, please speak to the minister.