(posted on behalf of Lorna Gentleman). After our forays to the Golf Tavern for our annual Christmas and Burns’ Lunches, February found us back in the Pillar Hall welcoming Michelle from the Blythswood Trust, founded in 1966. To most of us, the Trust means shoeboxes but we found out this is just one of the… Continue Reading Afternoon Fellowship
A very special Armistice Centenary remembrance service last Sunday. There was respect for sacrifices made balanced with a re-commitment to the work of reconciliation that Jesus called us to share with Him, following His example of reaching out across barriers of ethnicity, religion, social standing and so on. It included time for reflection, listening to… Continue Reading Time for reflection
Sunny day at the Meadows Festival, lots of chatting, Robin’s balloon animals and children icing biscuits with the wonderful team from Barclay Viewforth.
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.”
Could you help a family on crisis get back on their feet? Find out more by listening to this excellent and moving introduction by Linda Hoskins to the work of Safe Families for Children.
Sam, our Minister, gave us a challenge on Easter Sunday. Each of us took a paper cup with soil and a sunflower seed as a symbol of hope and told us to nurture it. Is your hope growing? Perhaps not as impressively as Connie’s with her careful cultivation – a good position and a few carefully arranged used… Continue Reading Hope springs eternal!
I’ve hardly spent anything on books since discovering a real treasure trove of free Amazon Kindle ebooks by George MacDonald, who has become my favourite author. I’m in good company – he was a major influence on C.S.Lewis of ‘Narnia stories’ fame (another favourite author) as well as Lewis Carroll and others. He was… Continue Reading A Good Read
The Bethany Care Shelter is facing higher than usual demand this year – accommodating up to their capacity of 45 homeless people per night on most nights since starting in October. They need your old blankets and sleeping bags. Cameron Black, Care Shelter Co-ordinator writes: “One result of having such high numbers is that we have… Continue Reading Blankets for Bethany!
Laboratory of love. One of my favourite descriptions of the church, picked up from our previous Minister, Graham Leitch. I was on the receiving end of it in action on Sunday evening. I’d been let loose on the sound desk for the evening service. I’d had quite a few weeks of expert instruction from Moray… Continue Reading Laboratory of Love
Laura Goswami writes: Taste, Barclay Viewforth’s missional community for students, is currently going through a period of change. We had a swap-over of leadership back in September and we’re trying to find how best to work out the up-in-out cycle of missional communities as students. We haven’t quite got this sorted yet but what we’re… Continue Reading Taste Update