Pastoral Letter – October 2019 Dear Friends, I spoke at a morning service recently on the first half of Acts 12 – where Peter is imprisoned, facing execution the next day and yet was still able to sleep soundly whilst changed to 2 soldiers. One of the key verses was verse 5: Acts 12:5 NIV… Continue Reading Displacing our worries
Dear Friends, As I write this letter we have just gone through an emotional Easter Sunday service. Not only did we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection but we also celebrated the end of 14 years of Sam’s ministry at Barclay Viewforth Church. I hope that we were able to do justice to both. Sam’s departure leaves a… Continue Reading Don’t worry…
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6 As I read this verse for the day I was reminded of something I witnessed on holiday last week. I was in Italy where I visited a number of beautiful churches. As I was sitting in… Continue Reading Thought for the Day – Being Humble
You cannot fail to observe the large number of children worshipping at Barclay Viewforth. What a Blessing. We have an active Sunday programme of classes throughout the year for our children ranging from Creche to Next. This year’s session is drawing to a close with presentations on Sunday 17th June and a small picnic for the… Continue Reading Interested in helping with the Children’s work?
In October 2018 Barclay Viewforth will launch a new Bereavement Support Programme in the community. 2 teams of people have been trained by Rev Tom Gordon, an expert and writer in the field, to accompany groups of people on a 6 week journey after they have been bereaved. More information will be posted about this… Continue Reading Bereavement Support Programme
Pastoral Letter February 2018 perseverance pəːsɪˈvɪər(ə)ns/ noun: perseverance 1 persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Dear Friends, February has dawned – hopefully that means that spring is just around the corner…and we’ve managed to survive January! It’s almost as though we have to persevere through the post- Christmas blues of… Continue Reading Perseverance
PASTORAL LETTER The 5 senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste… Which is your strongest? I know that there is proof that if you have a deficiency in any one, then the others will work harder for you to compensate. I’ve had poor hearing for many years but my strongest sense is that of smell. I can… Continue Reading “Sorrow and love flow mingled down”
The Grove An introduction to Barclay Viewforth Church Hi! We are looking for your help on Sunday the 2nd October. Our mission statement ‘Making God’s love known in Jesus Christ’ has been around for a number of years now. In an effort to equip ourselves to do this more fully we are launching The Grove.… Continue Reading The Grove – Seeds sown yesterday, bearing fruit tomorrow
Tanzania Tales July 2016 “Who is my neighbour?” A good question, and one we were able to answer this weekend…more of that soon. On 7 July 2016 24 volunteers from all the airts and pairts of Scotland, including the Barclay Viewforth ‘regulars’ (and some local shopkeepers) left the not so balmy weather of home, for… Continue Reading Tanzania Tales 1 – “Who is my neighbour?”
Refreshed? A Thought from the Pastoral Associate The other day I opened my phone and prepared to do my daily bible reading as I do most days at breakfast when suddenly I was faced with a message: “Unable to refresh”. My Bible in One Year readings appear every day on the app and I just… Continue Reading Refreshed?