Active Kids BBQ tonight Friday 4th August at 6.30pm still going ahead at Active Kids as planned.
Dress for the weather and we can BBQ anyway! Hopefully it will brighten up later.
SUMMER MESSY CHURCH
Sunday 13th August, 2017, 3pm – 5pm in Luncarty Church Centre
Followed by an evening meal ( BBQ : Cold Buffet : Salads )
A Messy Church Event, as an alternative to Holiday Club. If you and your family would like to attend, and perhaps contribute to the buffet, that would be great. We are also looking for volunteers to help out with activities and crafts on the day. Please give your names to any of the undernoted, if you can take part. The more, the merrier! There is no admission fee but donations are always welcome.
During Holy week there will be a Big Read on Tuesday 11th April in the Manse in Stanley. We will read through the Gospel of Matthew from start to finish, bring your favourite bible translation.
Thursday 13th April at 7pm will be an informal Maundy ThursdayCommunion Service at Bankfoot Church Centre.
Good Friday 14th April 7pm in Luncarty Church Centre Tenebrae Service, a service of light and darkness.
Easter Sunday Morning 16th April
Little Glenshee Service meet at 8am, (or meet earlier at Bankfoot Church Centre to get a lift), this will include decorated Easter Egg competition and egg rolling, and “He is risen rockets” from the Messy Easter events. Followed by bacon rolls at the Bankfoot Church Centre.
This year we will be reading the Gospel of Matthew during Lent.
Here is part one of a version read by the Riding Lights Theatre Company, produced by the Bible Society.
On Tuesday 11th April at 7pm we will meet together to read through the whole of the Gospel of Matthew.
Most people wouldn’t think twice about sitting down with others to watch a movie for 3 hours at home or at the cinema. We might also think it normal to go to a live theatre performance for an evening out. So maybe what we did in Lent last year was not so unusual really, we got together for 3 hours and read the whole of John’s Gospel in a single sitting together.
The idea started in the first of our Lent discussion groups in 2103 when somebody made the suggestion, and a few others said why don’t we try that, then we set a date and just did it. In the end 10 of us gathered from different churches, we knew it would take about 3 hours so we had cake and treats to keep us going. When each person was reading they chose the translation that they preferred to read, nobody had to read, some intended just to listen, but in the end we all did read about a chapter at a time, finishing just as the clock struck 10!
It was a great story, lots of action all the way from before Christmas to after Easter! Lots of bits were sooo familiar, but it was wonderful to see how they all fitted together because so often when we read the bible we just read 10 verses at a time. Other sections felt completely new, or sounded different in an unfamiliar translation, and this meant they had more impact. But we didn’t stop to have a bible study or a sermon, we just kept on with reading the story, when else do we get to do that? This reading wasn’t for the head, it went straight to the heart, engaging our feelings and imagination. We had plenty coffee while we were reading but we didn’t need it to keep awake because the gospel was so exciting and so much was happening.
It was an emotional experience for holy week, to read the whole life of Jesus and then to read about his death, and then about the resurrection. It was also a shared experience with the other readers which brought us together in a unique way. It was an experience that changed forever the way I read and listen to the bible. I had never done this before we moved here, it was great, I hope we can read Matthew’s gospel together this year, would you like to join in too?
This Lent we are encouraging everybody to “Count Your Blessings” with Christian Aid. If you did not receive your free copy at the start of Lent or in Life and Work please collect yours on Sunday or download the resource here.
This year we are having two Messy Easter events like the popular Messy Advent event. The first will start at 3pm in Luncarty Church Centre on Sunday 12th March and the next one in Bankfoot Church Centre on 19th March, both finish at 5pm with a family tea.
Are you concerned for the health of the church… discouraged by the decline of many congregations … a Christian, but not a church goer? If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then this book is for you. Come and hear Steve Aisthorpe talk about the Invisible Church!
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The Church of Scotland has drawn on the findings of extensive new research that it has commissioned in order to put together this set of carefully crafted and informed resources aimed at helping every congregation to understand why people leave the Church, how to avoid unnecessary departures and, above all, to develop an enriching, vital Christian fellowship with the large numbers of Churchless Christians in every community across the country.
This ground-breaking book, illustrated by Dave Walker, offers information, hope, insight, prayerful reflection and practical ideas for bringing together in fellowship all Christians, whether they are members of an institutional Church or not.
Reforming the Kirk
— the future of the Church of Scotland
Rev Dr Doug Gay
Lecturer in Practical Theology, Principal of Trinity College, University of Glasgow
FEBRUARY 1st, 8th and 15th, 2017 • 6.30pm • St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh
In this series of three lectures, Glasgow-based Practical
Theologian and Kirk Minister Doug Gay offers a candid,
forthright and bold analysis of the state of the
Church of Scotland and the choices facing it.
LECTURE 1 WED 1ST FEBRUARY
The first lecture explores ‘what
just happened?’ tracing the
decline of the Kirk as a national
institution since the 1960s.
The second lecture explores
the relationship between the
church’s understanding of its
own calling and its response.
The final lecture makes the case
for radical structural reform of
the Church of Scotland over the
Doug describes the lectures as ‘hard thinking done with a soft heart’ and ‘radical thinking
offered in a cautious spirit’. He hopes the lectures will both contribute to a broader
understanding of the state of the Kirk across Scotland and the international reformed
community and to a creative and productive conversation about reform within the Kirk.