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
At the Barclay Viewforth Learning Community in February, we had the idea of having our own mini version for Connect Plus, to spend time looking back, taking stock and planning ahead. This month we put the idea into action. We crafted lots of happy faces (and a few sad ones just in case). Then we… Continue Reading Connect Plus
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…
(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
“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
Sunny day at the Meadows Festival, lots of chatting, Robin’s balloon animals and children icing biscuits with the wonderful team from Barclay Viewforth.