Kirk news update – December 2009

Greetings!

It’s been a while since the last ‘news update’ was published (so much to do, so little time!) but this one just had to go out, partly as a follow-up to the last of our Anniversary services on Sunday evening and partly to keep everyone up-to-date with what’s going on in the kirk over the Advent and Christmas seasons. As usual, I have provided some information about what’s going on in the wider church, too.

Firstly, though, it really was a privilege to be part of the worship service last Sunday evening and to bring our anniversary year to a close in such style. As with our other ‘special’ services in January and June, it was great to see so many different people involved in one way or another: whether reading the Scriptures, playing music, lighting candles, participating in our prayers, making and serving tea or just making sure the temporary lighting rigs weren’t blown over by the wind. Thanks, God, for being with us and for Your presence in our worship, which I am sure we all felt.

I have to admit suppressing a wry smile or two when singing “blaze, Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire” while holding nervously onto a candle in one hand and a hymn sheet in the other. I don’t think I was alone in that emotion!

And so to the photographs. It’s also been two or three months since our “Year In The Life” photo album was updated but I have now managed to put the photos from September and October online, as well as those from the start and end of November (including a selection from last Sunday). You can view them here

The pictures from our “All Our Yesterdays” weekend have still to be added to the album – thanks are due to those people who have given me copies of their pictures. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get them uploaded over the next week or two.

So what else is new? Well, the latest edition of our church newsletter is now available for delivery and the main articles are also online on the kirk’s website. Details of our Advent and Christmas worship services, including Toddlers’ Praise, the Festival of Light and the Rainbow Service, have also been posted to the website.

First up, of course, is our annual Christmas Fair in the Village Hall on Saturday (5th December). Doors open at 10.30am and we are hoping both for a good turnout and generous visitors!. Then we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion this coming Sunday, 6th December, at services at 11am and 6.30pm.

Over the past few weeks and months there has been a lot of work done on the Project ROCK front, about which there is a brief update in the newsletter, and also Parish Appraisal. We are already one year into that process and those who attended the gathering in Kildrum Parish Church a couple of weeks ago will know the amount of work which has already gone into that. The Kirk Session will now be looking at the discussion document early in the New Year.

News from the Church of Scotland:

The November edition of Good News (available for download from the Church of Scotland website) contains news that a Glasgow minister has lashed out at one of Britain’s biggest banks following changes to its overdraft fees. Speaking on his blog Reverend Ian Galloway, convener of the Kirk’s Church and Society Council, attacked the greed of HBOS for “hammering ordinary customers”, claiming that the poorest would be hardest hit by the new measures. There is news of Dundee Presbytery’s attempts to raise over £10,000 for an HIV charity. In May this year, Right Reverend Bill Hewitt, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, urged every Presbytery to raise £10,000 for its HIV/AIDS Project – branding it the “Moderator’s Challenge”. Tayside churches have risen to the call and their £10,000 total is expected to increase following the completion of fundraising events in November and January. Read more about these and what else in happening in the kirk here.

The November e-news from the Mission and Discipleship Council contains information on events, resources and websites that may be of interest to church folk throughout Scotland.  New this month is a new section of news from the Panel on Review & Reform. Read the separate entry on this blog.

The November edition of the Church and Society Council’s enews takes as its theme is the debate around ‘end of life issues’. See our separate blog entry (below) to access it.

“We must be ready to overcome ignorance, stigma and fear by showing a willingness to speak frankly about the dangers of HIV and the lifestyle choices which will keep this generation and the next safe from its risks,” says Robin Hill, Convener of the Church of Scotland HIV/AIDS Project in the latest issue of the World Mission Council magazine WM32. Read more and find out about the work of the Project and that of our partners in this issue which can also be accessed from our blog (see separate article below).

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