Lent and Easter 2017

During Lent we are Counting Our blessings with Christian Aid.

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 Thursday Communion 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.

10am Easter Service at Luncarty Church Centre.

11.15am Easter Service at Bankfoot Church Centre.

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Matthew – the Big Read

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?

Messy Easter 2017

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.

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Rascals do Passover and the Last Supper.

As part of the run up to Easter we wanted to understand what Passover and the Last Supper was all about.  The Passover meal is a big deal and one of the most important events in the Jewish calendar because it remembers when the children of Israel were freed from slavery and led out of Egypt by Moses over 3000 years ago. We also wanted to learn about what Jesus did at the Passover meal he had in Jerusalem with his disciples.   We figured that the best way to do this was to prepare our own passover meal and run through what Jesus and the disciples did during their passover meal.

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In our preparations we decided that for a special meal we should have a special tablecloth. Whilst we made this we talked about how God’s Love was with the Israelites all that time ago, then He sent Jesus and His love is with us now and always –  so we felt that Psalm 107:1  “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, and His Love endures forever!” was pretty perfect for our table cloth.

For the meal itself we headed to the kitchen and made some delicious flatbreads. (Recipe: https://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/flatbreads.) We prepared some lemons, parsley and salt water, some lamb koftas (from M&S) and some honey.

Then we jumped back 2000 years to when Jesus celebrated the Passover feast with the disciples in Jerusalem. So we did what they might have done.  We brought a beautiful table cloth, cups and plates and set the table.  We brought lemons and the bitter herbs for dipping into salt water that was to remind the Israelites of their sadness at being slaves. We brought the Lamb that represents how God protected them from a terrible disease.  We brought the  flat breads that reminds us of how the Israelites left Egypt so quickly there was no time for the bread to rise. Finally, the honey that represents the joy of the Israelites reaching the promised land.  So we tasted the bitter herbs and pulled sour faces when we ate the lemons and really enjoyed our flatbreads, lamb and honey.  After we chatted for a while we learned what Jesus did on that night when he broke the bread and drank the wine and said that this was his body broken for us and his blood poured out for us.  So we did what he told us  to do – we remembered what he did for us by breaking our bread and drinking our wine (grape juice) and we said thank you for the cross.

In the end it really  was a special meal!

Thank you to the Messy church resources that used to help us put our passover meal together. ( Messy church Magazine Jan- April 2016)

 

 

Lent and Easter events

John for Everyone

This year we will be focusing on the Gospel of John in Lent.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday which is 10th Feb 2016 and Easter will be March 27th this year.

There will be a discussion group on Monday evenings at 7.30pm in the Hub at Bankfoot Church Centre from Feb 15th till March 21st.  There will also be a Tuesday afternoon group meeting on 16th Feb, 1st March and 15th March, in Redgorton and Stanley, call 827952 for details.  Both groups will have tea/coffee and last 1.5 hours discussing our questions about John’s gospel based on this study guide:

For Everyone Bible Study Guides – JOHN    by Tom Wright  A study guide for John’s Gospel.

RRP £5.99 we get a bulk discount and support our local Christian Bookshop the Manna House. Cost to you £4.50.  If you missed signing up in church then you can still contaact the Manna House directly on 638142 or here

Have a wee look in the book on Sunday, or here

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Lent Bible Studies

Monday 7.30pm in the Hub Bankfoot Church Centre

Monday 15 Feb 2016 to Monday 21 March 2016

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Tuesday Afternoon 2pm

Tuesday 16 Feb, Luncarty (McFarlane’s home 2 Yew Gardens)

Tuesday 1 March The Manse in Stanley (22 King St)

Tuesday 15 March 2016 Luncarty (McFarlane’s home 2 Yew Gardens)

 

Souper Sunday 21 Feb 2016

Thinking Day Joint service at Bankfoot Church Centre 28 Feb 2016 (No service in Redgorton and Stanley)

World Day of Prayer 7pm Friday 4th March 2016 Luncarty Church Centre

 

Sunday 13 March 2016 Bill McGregor Stanley Village Hall

Sunday 13 March 2016 Bankfoot Church Centre Ordination of New Elders

 

Services during Easter / Holy Week

Tuesday 22nd March 2016                 6.30pm Compass Easter Concert Bankfoot Church Centre

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Wednesday 23rd March 2016            7.30pm “The Big Read” John’s Gospel Luncarty (McFarlane’s home 2 Yew Gardens)

Thursday 24th March 2016                7.30pm Maundy Thursday Communion Bankfoot Church Centre

Friday25th March 2016                      8 pm Tenebrae Good Friday Service Stanley Stanley Village Hall

 

Easter Sunday 27th March 2016        8am Little Glenshee Easter Egg service

(Clocks Change)                                 10am Stanley Village Hall Easter Sunday Service

11.15 Bankfoot Church Centre Easter Sunday Service

Daily Readings for Lent

Reading the Gospel of John in Lent

John 1:1-18

John 1:19-51

John 2:1-25

John 3:1-36

John 4:1-42

John 4:43-5:18

John 5:19-47

John 6:1-21

John 6:22-59

John 6:60-7:9

John 7:10-31

John 7:32-52

John 7:53-8:30

John 8:31-59

John 9:1-41

John 10:1-20

John 10:21-42

John 11:1-37

John 11:38-57

John 12:1-26

John 12:27-50

John 13:1-20

John 13:21-38

John 14:1-31

John 15:1-27

John 16:1-33

John 17:1-26

John 18:1-27

John 18:28-19:16a

John 19:16b-42

John 20:1-18

John 20:19-30

John 21:1-14

John 21:15-25