The first coffee morning of 2017 takes place on Wednesday 1st February.
Meeting in Room 1 of Annan House, 10 Palmerston Place, from 10.30am until Noon, all are welcome along to enjoy Coffee (or tea) and conversation.
For your diary, there will be a Coffee Morning on 1st March, 5th April and 3rd May.
If you would like any further information about these events, please contact the Church Office.
Youth work is vitally important to the Church of Scotland, a former member of the National Youth Assembly has said.
Gigha Lennox, Children’s and Youth Worker at St David’s Broomhouse Parish Church, Edinburgh explains why she thinks the role she and many others play is essential to the future.
When people ask what I do, I take pride in saying that I am a Children’s and Youth Worker for a Church of Scotland congregation.
Two years ago at this time I had not attended church regularly, or even barely at all since I was 15 years old. At the time I went, like so many teenagers, off to college and lost the connection with my church.
Nurture and love
However, because I attended a youth group which had nurtured my faith I never lost my connection with God.
When I returned to the church in Christmas 2014, I made a vow to follow the call the Lord put before me and this has led me to aim to be the person who provides that nurture and love to today’s children and young people so they can experience the same everlasting connection with our Lord.
Working with children and young people of course involves all kinds of fun and energetic games and ever time consuming, but my personal favourite, crafts. This is just part of creating that safe and open place for children and young people to come together in fellowship.
It is about having time and space for them to feel heard, accepted and inspired to explore their faith.
We all travel through our journey of faith differently, and God travels with us in many ways, but we also need people around us to help us through all the twists and turns of that journey, be there to support and encourage our times of searching and our times of enlightenment and value our voice in the crowd.
I believe that this is hugely important for every child and young person within the church as they learn and grow in their faith; having people around them that care about what they think and feel about God, about Church and about life.
Grow in faith
I believe children’s and youth work, whether paid or voluntary is a vital part of the Church today, because children and young people are a vital part of the life of the Church.
A lot of people say they are the future of our Church – while that is one way of putting it, I believe they, along with the rest of our congregations, are the intergenerational present of our church who all grow in faith together.
I feel the quote by Frank.A.Clark is very accurate, in which he said: ‘There’s nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child’.
WHAT’S THE BEST GIFT GOD COULD GIVE YOU?
Life Explored is a seven session series featuring a combination of short films – shot around the world – and Bible interaction.
It’s an exposé of the little gods that promise us so much happiness, yet deliver so little. As it explores the Bible story (creation, fall, redemption, new creation), Life Explored shows how our deepest desires for happiness can only be satisfied in one person, Jesus Christ. The best gift God can give us is himself.
At a time in the Western world when basic knowledge of the Bible is increasingly rare, it is a pleasure to recommend Life Explored. Here is an introduction to the good news found in Jesus Christ, sweeping through some of the “big pictures” in the Bible. As far as a short series can, Life Explored outlines what the Bible is about, exposes our idolatry, and makes clear where forgiveness and hope lie. This is one of the best of the rising number of evangelistic tools addressing men and women in the twenty-first century.” (D. A. Carson)
The 7 week course starts at Palmerston Place Church on Thursday 2nd February. Meetings will take place at Annan House, 10 Palmerston Place (right next door to the church)
Session 1 The Good God
Session 2 The Trustworthy God
Session 3 The Generous God
Session 4 The Liberating God
Session 5 The Fulfilling God
Session 6 The Life-Giving God
Session 7 The Joyful God
If you would like further information please contact the church office.
Our annual ‘Carols by Candlelight’ takes place on Sunday 18 December.
The sanctuary will be bathed in candlelight for the service which features traditional carols and readings.
Congregational Carol – Once in royal David’s city (v1 Solo)
First Lesson: Genesis 3:8-15 – The prophecy in the Garden of Eden
Choir – Sing lullaby words: S Baring-Gould, music: Basque Noel, arr by E Pettman
Second Lesson: Genesis 22:15-18 – God’s promise to Abraham
Choir – Myn Lyking words: 15th Century, music: R R Terry
Third Lesson : Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 – Christ’s birth and kingdom are foretold
Choir – O little one sweet 17th C. German carol – words tr by P Dearmer, music harmonized by J S Bach
Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-4b, 6-9 – The peace that Christ will bring
Congregational Carol – A great and mighty wonder (v1 Choir only)
Fifth Lesson: Luke 1:26-38 – The angel Gabriel appears to Mary
Choir – Candlelight Carol words and music by J Rutter
Sixth Lesson: Luke 2:1-7 – Luke tells of the birth of Jesus
Choir – Still, still, still German carol – words tr by M Peacocke, music arr by P Ledger
Choir – Away in a manger words: anon (19th C. American), music: W Kirkpatrick, arr by D Willcocks
Seventh Lesson: Luke 2:8-16 – The shepherds go to the manger
Congregational Carol – Hark the herald angels sing
Choir – Shepherds’ cradle song German carol – words tr by J Davies, music by K Leuner, arr by G Grimes
Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2:1-11 – The Wise Men are led by the star to Jesus
Choir – All poor men and humble Welsh carol – words tr by K Roberts, music arr by E Routley
Ninth Lesson: John 1:1-14 – John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation
Congregational Carol – O come, all ye faithful
|Tuesday 13th December
1pm – 1.30pm – Informal Carol Service with the Dalry Primary School Choir.
Mince pies, tea & coffee from 12.30pm.
Sunday 18th December
11am – With the children of the Sunday morning groups.
|Carols by Candlelight
6.30pm – An evocative presentation of the Christmas story in music and words
A new online Advent calendar will bring the true spirit of Christmas to life with 25 specially created videos made by members of the Church of Scotland ministries team.
Each of the thought provoking, often hard-hitting, films feature trainee ministers, probationers, a deacon and youth workers from across the country who reflect on a word that symbolises the true meaning of the season.
Half of the daily messages, which are also inspiring and uplifting, have been recorded by women and follow on from the Church’s successful Advent campaign last year which saw 24 short videos viewed more than 180,000 times.
Nearly 6,000 people signed up to receive the high quality films last year and early indications suggest that this year’s campaign, which is bigger in scope, will prove even more popular.
The tone of the films ranges from the joyful to the spiritual and are aimed at helping people seeking to find the true festive spirit amid the “rampant commercialism” which now dominates the weeks of Advent.
The Moderator of the General Assembly Right Rev Dr Russell Barr features in the first video, which was recorded in Glasgow’s Queen Street train station, and focuses on the word “Journey”.
He also features in the last video, recorded at the site of the old Rottenrow maternity Hospital in Glasgow near Strathclyde University where he was born, which is being released on Christmas Day and will reflect on the word “Shelter”.
It is a pertinent theme for Dr Barr because he is using his year in office to highlight homelessness and the Tomorrow’s Calling campaign, which encourages people to consider entering the ministry.
“The Advent season is when the church picks up the Christmas story and turns its attention towards Bethlehem,” he said.
“Beginning in Glasgow’s Queen Street station, the Advent Video project will take you on a fascinating journey of discovery.
“As the series explores some of the background to the birth of Jesus, you will learn so much more about the deep meaning of Christmas and so much more about yourself.
“And when the journey ends outside a broken down maternity hospital, your heart will be filled with wonder and you will be glad to join with the shepherds and angels, and with people the world over, celebrating the birth of the Christ child.”