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Pastoral Care

If you know of anyone who is in hospital or would appreciate a card or a visit, please let a member of our Pastoral Care Team know. (Val Ramshaw, Mary Taylor, Judy Taylor, Maureen McLellan - 01224 582491)

 

Prayer Tree

It was felt by the elders and pastoral care group that a prayer tree would be helpful and maybe stimulating for members of the congregation.
Prayer is central to our faith and worship, but sometimes neglected.
The ‘tree’ is situated at the back of the church on one of the blue noticeboards.
There are post-its and pens on the window sill.
We will try another three month trial to see if people are using it or finding it helpful.
There are so many issues and problems in this turbulent world for us to ponder and pray about.

 

Ukulele Group

The ukulele group was really busy entertaining over the Christmas period.    In addition to our normal monthly slot for the Forget Me Not Club at Bennett House and the first Sunday in Advent service at the church, we played for the Aboyne-Dinnet Guild Christmas Party, the Finzean Friendship Club Christmas Lunch, Hanover Court sheltered housing in Banchory and the Santa Specials for the steam trains in Crathes.   Our weekly practices are on Wednesdays at 2pm if anyone would like to join us.

 

Reflections/Newsletter

Our regular contributors are urged to send anything they may have written, or would write if gently pushed into action to, roger.ramshaw@btinternet.com.  The store cupboard is almost bare! Needless to say, reflections from any new contributors with something on their mind that they would like to share with others in the congregation would be especially welcome.

Messy Church dates
Wednesday 6th February

Wednesday 6th March
The theme is the Gospel of Matthew

Volunteers to help with craft activities or catering would be very welcome.  Please see Kerry Hendriksen or there is a catering rota by the door.

 

FIRESIDE REFLECTIONS

John Forbes writes: Many people now cannot see the relevance of the Kirk being satisfied that as long as it is there when they need it, they would wish it no harm.  

 

The history of the Kirk in Scotland is a proud one and historically the particular character of the Scots found its root in the teaching and preaching of its Kirk.   But these are changed days and two world wars and a good deal of prosperity has largely dulled our appetite for worshipping something greater than self. 

 

Luckily Jesus still has his disciples in Scotland although Robbie Burns in his Holy Willie prayer, can also help us to chuckle at the Uncoo good!

 

A poem by Peter Allen entitled ‘FEED US NOW, O SON OF GOD’…does provides some thought, he writes…

 

The people came to hear you, the poor, the lame the blind

They asked for food to save them and you fed them body and mind.

 

Chorus             Feed us now, O Son of God

                        As you fed them long ago.

 

                        The one’s who didn’t listen the rich, the safe, the sure

                        They didn’t think they needed, the offering of a cure.

 

                        And it’s hard for us to listen things haven’t changed at all,

We’ve got the things we wanted, we don’t want to hear your call.

 

                        Yet millions still have hunger, disease, no homes and fear

                        We offer them so little and it costs them very dear.

 

                        So help us see the writing written clear upon the wall

                        He who doesn’t feed his neighbour will get no food at all. 

 

Quotes from Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788), hymnist, poet, theologian

 

“God buries His workmen but carries on His work.”

 

“Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees, and looks to God alone; Laughs at impossibilities, and cries it shall be done.”

 

“See the Gospel Church secure, and founded on a Rock! All her promises are sure; her bulwarks who can shock? Count her every precious shtrine; Tell, to after-ages tell, fortified by power divine, the Church can never fail.”

 

“The person who bears and suffers evils with meekness and silence is the sum of a Christian man.”

 

“I shall be satisfied with Thy likeness-satisfied, satisfied.”

 

“Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”

 

“Christ the Lord is risen today, sons of men and angels say. Raise your joys and triumphs high; sing, ye heavens, and earth reply.”

 

“To God your every Want in instant Prayer display. Pray always; pray, and never faint; Pray, without ceasing, Pray.”