Light Factory Holiday Club 2017

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.

 

 

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listen to the song “He is the Light”

words of the song here

Download a registration form here to make registration quicker when you arrive.

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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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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Prayers for the nation and the world

From the MODERATOR of the CHURCH of SCOTLAND

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION FOR THE NATION AND THE WORLD

As we turn to the God of life who has called us together in the name of our Saviour Christ we do so in the faith that we are sisters and brothers in the one family of God’s people

We praise God for the wonders of the universe and this earth which is our home, and we do so in the faith that in all the changing circumstances of life, the Spirit of God is with us, around us and within

Trusting in God’s continuing concern for us and for all creation, and at a time of great political and economic uncertainty for the United Kingdom and for our neighbours in Europe, let us bring to God our prayers for our nation and for the world.

God of peace

we pray for the healing of the nations

and for a just and equal sharing

of all the good things this earth affords

 

Renew our commitment to overcome ancient hatreds

help us pull down the walls that separate us

and overcome the attitudes that divide us.

 

Bring near the day

when Your people of whatever nationality

may come and go in peace

 

God of wisdom

at a time of political uncertainty

with the United Kingdom having voted to leave the European Union

we pray for politicians, diplomats and civil servants

here and in the European Union

who will now attend to the negotiations

and make important decisions affecting the lives of us all.

 

Bless them with calm hearts and clear minds

a commitment to doing what is right and just

and a willingness to seek what is good for all Europe’s people

 

God of power

at a time of economic uncertainty

with the financial markets in turmoil

we pray for the Governor of the Bank of England

and for the leaders in the business and economic life of the nation

 

With concerns over investment

and many people left feeling anxious

about what will happen to their jobs and their savings

remind us of Your calling us to seek above all things the kingdom of God

 

God of hospitality

as Jesus welcomed the least and the lost

we pray for people left feeling vulnerable by what has been decided

and wondering what the future will hold for them and their families

for those who are anxious about others coming to live in this country

and for all who have suffered taunts and been subject to abuse

 

Free us from all bitterness and recrimination

teach us to treat one another with respect

to listen carefully especially to those whose views are different from ours

and help us show by our actions and attitudes

how each person is loved and valued by You.

 

God of the least and the lost

we pray in Christ’s name

for people burdened by life’s cares and concerns

people who are homeless or living on the edge of hardship and poverty

people whose lives are overshadowed by illness, loneliness or loss

 

Surround all for whom we pray

with Your gifts of healing, hope and peace

and help us bring the light of Christ’s care

into the darkness of human despair

 

God of time and eternity

bless to us our communion with the saints

as we remember with thanksgiving

those we have loved and held dear

and who live now beyond our earthly sight.

 

As we thank You for the hope of heaven

strengthen our faith in the promise of the gospel

that nothing in life or death can ever separate us

from Your love in Christ

to whom with the Father and the Holy Spirit

one God

be all glory and praise

Amen

 

Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent at Compass.

Last week at Compass we did the 46 day season of Lent in a flurry and record time of  1 hr and 15 mins.  ( Well 55 mins if you take away the games and snack.)

It was  Shrove Tuesday, so good place to start.

Susan and Lucy made brilliant pancakes with the young people – congratulations to Kristie for winning the Ultimate Pancake Flipper medal!

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In this session we learned that Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent starts. That Lent is often a time of giving things up and fasting – so Shrove Tuesday is a day to use up foods and indulge yourself…..we managed that bit just fine.  Fried batter with chocolate, cream, sugar, lemon.  Definitely sweetens the difficult bits of Lent.  But then we learned about Ash Wednesday. The start of Lent. Definitely not so much fun! We learned that Ash Wednesday is a day to take a long good hard look at yourself.  Yeeeeeeeeeeesssshhhh!  Not ever pleasant!  Some churches burn the palm fronds from last years palm Sunday and put little ash crosses on their foreheads to remind them to say sorry to God and think about their lives.  So we got some burned ashes (from my shopping lists not actual palms) and marked wee crosses on a big paper cross.   The ashes smelt terrible which brought forth many exclamations of ‘yuk’ and ‘that’s disgusting’ while we talked about what Ash Wednesday means, which detracted from the somber occasion somewhat – but we got the point….

(Thank you to the brilliant Flame Creative website for this brilliant idea)

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We talked about Lent being a time when we think about the events leading up to and including Jesus’ death on the cross.  That Lent is a time when Christians reflect and prepare before the celebrations of Easter.

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Finally we made these crosses with my favourite thing  -liquid watercolours (very very messy – sorry Heather!)- and we wrote the words Love and Hope on them to remind us that at the end of Lent there is  Love and Hope and Joy because of what Jesus did.

We would recommend that everyone else sticks to the 46 days….it was a little rushed. Thanks to Compass staff and young leaders for all their help.