Monthly Archives: July 2015

Handstands, monkey bars and the faithfulness of God

Once again Eilidh was leading the Holiday Sunday Club, looking at the ‘Fruits of the Spirit’. This week they were looking at ‘faithfulness’, and before the children left with her for the Club, she gave them a wee taster of what was to follow. She spoke about God’s faithfulness – God’s continuing support – of her at a hard time in her life. She’d gone to New Zealand for a year to work with young people in a church there. She’d

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Lighting beacons

This morning, Duncan recommended ‘Living Beacons – a liturgy for life.’ Here’s the story behind it: (Links below) ‘A group from the Restore community in Crewe were keen to create a daily prayer resource that was easy to use and accessible. The idea was to create a single volume book of liturgy that begins at the start of the book with Monday morning and works through to the end of the book on Sunday night. Each day includes Morning Prayer,

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Home baking appeal for Soul Survivor

Jonathan mentioned this morning that he's off on Saturday to Soul Survivor with a group of young people from the church. (There are still a couple of spaces if anyone from 3rd year and older would like to sign up.) Please pray for those going that they will be blessed. And Jonathan would really appreciate kind donations of home baking (traybakes etc) to sustain leaders and young people during their arduous few days of camping. Jonathan will be around

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Be happy, do good: finding meaning in life

Today Duncan preached on Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 and 3:1-14. It’s a part of the Bible we don’t often hear sermons on! The text in italics below are John's reflections - the rest is a report of Duncan's talk Ecclesiastes is attributed to King Solomon, son of King David, and there’s an old Jewish legend suggesting it was written when he was an old, world-weary old man. Certainly, there’s much mention of the ‘vanity’ or ‘meaninglessness’

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Aileen’s Monster Paddle

Nice to see this photo of Aileen Thomson in yesterday’s Courier. Aileen will be paddling the 20.5 mile length of Loch Ness in a Canadian canoe along with her friend Lynne Savage. The aim of their ‘Monster Paddle’ is to raise funds for Highland Hospice. The paddling takes place on Saturday 29th August.  The equipment and help on the day is being provided by Jon Trafford from Boots ‘n’ Paddles. Earlier this month a new record for the route

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Finding meaning in angst-ridden times: Bible reading for tomorrow’s service

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 Everything is meaningless The words of the Teacher, son of David, king of Jerusalem: 2 ‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.’ 3 What do people gain from all their labours at which they toil under the sun? 4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains for ever. 5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. 6 The wind blows

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Pause for thought: holiday pictures and reflections (6)
BMPath to follow

As you’ll have gathered from this series of reflections, I love how ordinary objects and actions resonate with our inner lives as Christians, helping us reflect, and challenging us to change and action. Today, some photos of the walk my wife Lorna and I took round Buttermere. The walk was about four and a half miles – within even my capabilities! – and took two hours. Each walk, each journey mirrors in some ways the journey of our lives as

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Pause for thought: holiday pictures and reflections (5)

We went to see a number of churches during our time in the Lakes. I think my favourite was St Martin’s Church in Bowness on Windermere, adjacent to the town’s main thoroughfare. I appreciated the sense of peace and welcome which engulfed you on entering the building; the cheerful lady at the welcome table; the beauty of stained glass and murals and a stunning etched glass screen depicting ‘Angels and Music’ which was installed in 2000; the

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Pause for thought: holiday pictures and reflections (4)

The wall of a house in Ambleside, built in traditional Cumberland slate; stones forming the path round Buttermere; a tree plantation by Windermere, managed by the National Trust, which apparently contains specimens of every tree found in England; and a pile of boots and shoes, decorated and shaped into a cairn in a Kendal shopping centre. This cairn is particularly evocative. It’s comprised of about a thousand pieces of footwear, each representing

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Pause for thought: holiday pictures and reflections (3)

We drove through a high pass from Keswick to beautiful Lake Buttermere, nestling beneath high fells. The village itself is tiny: a few houses, a couple of hotels, two farms offering refreshments to travellers – and, a short distance away, the lovely old church, St James – the present building dates from 1840. What I liked most about the church was the iron ‘Shepherd’s Gate’, depicting a shepherd caring for his sheep. We saw lots of sheep

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