New hymns and songs: please stay on in the church after the morning service on Sunday 9th February for a participatory session to learn some new hymns and songs for congregational use.
Here’s what we plan to learn
At the morning service on February 2 Fraser Edwards told the congregation about the work of Bethany Christian Trust. Afterwards a lunch was held in the church hall in aid of the Trust.
About a hundred young folks and grown-ups were at the Palmerston Place All-Age Christmas Party held at the Tom Fleming Centre in Stewart’s Melville College. Games and dancing got it off to a good start.
Food was an important part of the afternoon!
An important visitor called in with presents for the younger ones, there were quizzes for the grown-ups and for everyone songs and carols to sing. A lovely afternoon.
A meeting was held on Thursday 14th November in Annan House to discuss Mission in the Church of Scotland.
In the first talk Jack and Rebecca Macdonald shared what they had learned from the Mission Shaped Ministry course as well as taking us through a helpful exercise to clarify our vision by drawing a project we are involved in.
Rev Colin Sinclair then shared something of his work in Mission and Discipleship and how congregations are being challenged to consider new ways to do church alongside traditional ways.
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At the evening with a name we worked through a series of questions for developing a vision for a Fresh Expression. A number of people seemed to find them helpful so they are listed below.
Values – What are our values? Who are we and what things really matter to us?
Context – What is our context? What communities are we in, what forms our culture?
Who is the pioneer, or leading the vision?
Who is with the pioneer? Are they part of a team, or dispersed? Where is the team relative to the picture?
What is the vision? What is God calling you to do? What is God calling you to grow?
Clouds – What are the difficulties above you or on the horizon?
Treasure – what blessing, resources, and gifts has God given you?
Movement – where is the movement towards the vision? What pace is it moving at? What do you need to do to keep it moving?
The Soup and Cheese lunch held in the Church Hall after the morning service on Sunday September 8th. The money raised from the lunch (£438.50) is for the on-going work of Chogoria Hospital in Kenya, with which Palmerston Place has a long connection, outlined by our minister, Rev Colin Sinclair.