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Our Last Alpha Night
For our last Alpha night, the Chinese teachers all cooked us a fantastic meal, and we had a great end to a great course. In fact, it was so good that we’re planning to run a follow-up course later in the summer… details to come nearer the time.
Ruth – True Devotion
For our summer series we are going to look at Ruth and Nehemiah. The idea is that as well as looking at these books on Sunday morning we can also read through them in our own time and discuss them together – either in person or online. Here are some questions about Ruth to get our thinking started:
What would it mean for us to show kindness and loyalty in our relationships which goes way beyond what is expected of us culturally?
In what ways is your own life journey similar to Naomi’s?
Have there been any people in your life who have acted like a Ruth or a Boaz?
Has Jesus been like a Ruth or a Boaz for you?
What are the parallels between the story of Ruth and the way that God has included you into his family?
Not just a business meeting! The AGM is a chance to meet together for worship and prayer, reflecting on where he has led us this last year and where he will lead us in the next. The ‘business’ of the meeting is also important, recognising the work that Craig does as our treasurer, looking after the finances and enabling the church to run smoothly and prayerfully considering those up for re-election this year.
Alpha Away Day Sat 18th May
Sat 18th May is our Alpha Away Day where we look at the topic of the Holy Spirit together. We’ll be heading up to Newhills Stables for the day, looking at 3 talks including ‘who is the Holy Spirit and what does he do?’ and ‘how can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?’. Lots of people have signed up already, so if you’re interested in coming let us know asap.
Are you interested in finding out more about life and faith? Do you have questions about Christianity? Then Alpha could be just the thing for you. It’s informal, friendly and fun – we eat a meal together, watch a video looking at a different topic each week and then split into discussion groups where everyone is able to have their say. There is no pressure, and it is designed for people who don’t usually come to church. Our course starts on Wed 17th April at 7pm at the church and will run each Wednesday for 7 weeks, we’d love to have you along!
Vision Building Day
On Sunday 21st April we will have a shorter service, followed by lunch and a ‘vision building day’ led by Anne Tree. She will be helping us to think through where God is leading us as a church. We feel this is an especially important day given the transition period we will be entering as a church as we get closer to the date when Dave & Beccy move down to Glasgow and would like to encourage as many people as possible to be involved in this process of seeking God’s will and looking forward together to his plans for us as a church.
Alpha is a chance to explore the meaning of life in an informal and friendly setting. We eat a meal together and then watch a video looking at a different topic within Christianity each week – e.g. ‘Who is Jesus?’ or ‘Why and How Should I read the bible?’ before splitting into discussion groups to share our own thoughts on the topic.
The course lasts for 10 weeks and is ideal for anyone who is interested in learning more about life, faith and the message of Christianity. We are having a planning meeting for those interested in volunteering to cook meals or to help with discussion groups on Tues 12th March at 7.30pm at the church.
24/7 Prayer Week
We had a great week of prayer during the first week of February with many of us experiencing God’s refreshing and encouragement during our times in the prayer room. The room was well used both by members of the congregation and by other churches and groups we have links with. Here are just a few of the comments from those using the room:
You and your team have done a wonderful job in setting up the hall as a prayer room. I found some of the prayer requests very moving and a wonderful sense of peace in the room.
Jean (International Bible Study)
Anne and I spent part of the evening there last night and loved the quiet,gentle,still and prayerful nature of the room.we felt we were in the presence of the Lord in a very tangible way indeed and thoroughly enjoyed the privelage of being there. – Hector Mackenzie
Thankyou for the prayer room. We enjoyed Friday evening here praying, listening to quiet worship songs and reading. Thank you Hector for the books you brought along to share. – Anonymous
As a final encouragement, one verse which impressed itself very strongly on Gordon and which seems very appropriate for The Mission Church at the moment is Revelation 3:8 I know your deeds. See I have placed before you an open door that no-one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
Love Mercy in Prayer Luke 11:5-13
In the build-up to our 24/7 Prayer Week we are doing a series on Kingdom Values in prayer. This week Hector speaks to us about loving mercy in prayer from Luke 11, where we’re reminded that God is our Father who loves us and who loves to give us good gifts, especially the gift of the Holy Spirit.