For anyone who comes to the Church and Centre they see the excavations and the diggers.
No one is more excited than the Small Miracles children. They have the perfect playground for their imaginations right next door.
I am amazed but very pleased that so much is going on just as if nothing is happening. Thanks to Andrea our Community Centre Manager for that.
Bill Humphrey began the first of his three sessions on Eckhart Tolle – The Way to Happiness last night at 7.30pm. You are still welcome to join the second and third sessions 7.30pm to 9.00pm - the next two Monday evenings.
The choir is now meeting in the Sunshine Room on Wednesdays – making the swap with the Body Balance Class. This has been no trouble and everyone is catered for, - the beginning of the flexibility we will need to have to accommodate our programmes. Getting ready for this Sunday I know Denis Lozica, our Music Director, would have me make a last minute appeal for any singers to join them tomorrow night (Wednesday) for the all age choir. Come at 7pm. He (and the choir) will welcome you.
Request From Clive Homes (Building and Maintenance Convenor) – he needs help to get the Johnston Hall ready for this Sunday 27th July
“This is what I have in mind........
I am looking for a few helpers on Friday morning (25th) for a couple of hours.
What we are wanting to achieve is:
· Collect some borrowed chairs from the Anglican Church and bring these up and set out in Johnston Hall.
· Vacuum the Hall.
· Vacuum the seats of a number of old blue chairs already in Johnston Hall.
· Take some chairs from our Church down to Johnston Hall.
· Set up trestles/tables in the lounge and J/Hall.
· Perhaps move a cupboard from the Hall to another resting place.
· If I had 3 - 4 teams of two or so I'm sure we would be all done in two hours.
If you are available please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Clive - 5755446, text 027 2006606.
Thank you very much. Clive Holmes
Other tasks required come Friday after 5pm
There will be a general working bee in Johnston hall, in the church and lounge on Friday from 5pm.
Could you come at any time between 5pm and 8.30pm to help with some aspect of cleaning or organization? There are surfaces that need dusting, some areas need decorating and sorting. Older children and young people who like working are welcome also!
A few more things to say about this Sunday 27th July
Some are confused as to whether to come at 10am or come for 10.30am.
10am - the Music of the Bay Singers (Johnston Hall) the music of the piper (outside) and the music of the Projekt 0 and youth band (church) all commence at 10am .
10.30am the actual worship service begins. The service will take place in two venues but we will all be one congregation. There is a large team preparing boxed lunches and little bags for the children. There will be a warm sip for you when you arrive and we will celebrate the procession of the Haggis in the lounge and the church just after the service is over. If you don’t know what a Haggis is or why we are having one – google it! Our heritage is Scottish!
Yes it is a farewell to an old building – very dear to some and very dreary for others who use it. That’s because it has worked hard for the community for almost 75 years and now there is a new day, time for something new to come from the end of this building’s life. I don’t believe it will be better than Johnston Hall was for the people who first built it and used it, but it will be different. The commitment to offer the community. This coming Sunday we honour the work that it has done and we say thank you to the people who built it. William Johnston gave about 65% of the total cost of the building and the church decided to name it after him, not at the time but later. He was a very generous man.
I am asking our members who are regular to see themselves as Hosts this Sunday for the sake of the visitors. Some of us are not confident as we don’t remember names but warmth and a genuine interest in others is valuable and your effort becomes part of the worship we will offer as God’s people.
Come on Sunday! Stay for lunch. Hear the stories. Enjoy the music. Bring your children. Bring your grandchildren. Email: email@example.com if you have not already done so to confirm your attendance to assist with catering.
A Thought: This last week we talked and heard about the Parable of the Weeds in the book of Matthew in the bible.. One aspect that people have mentioned to me is that so much of religion and even the Christian faith is about doing things to get God’s approval or to win points to heaven. It creates a headmaster/ child relationship that doesn’t even exist. That is so much the opposite of what Jesus came to do and say and the example his life was.
The life of freedom that He offers seems too far from the conventional view; too good to be true so we revert to trying to gain approval or hide from disapproval. The Freedom is the joy we receive from following Christ and serving him. This freedom is the joy of committing to something beyond our own needs and wants and loving the risk and sense of purpose. It is about caring enough for others that they make you cry. Jesus freedom is costly but worth everything.
The fear is within ourselves that we will fail. or God will give up on us because we give up on ourselves or others do. No NO No. Listen! God’s love and his gift of Jesus is about your life growing in grace to be more beautiful and to outlast the stuff that holds back growth and chokes peace. God's offer to you in Jesus is complete love that you might embrace the freedom.
My love to you all wherever you are.
For some of you - Hold on - keep believing. -
For all who are in the city - looking forward to Sunday!!!