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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.
24/7 Prayer – Feb 2013
The first week of February will be our 24/7 prayer week, themed around the verse ‘Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with your God’ (Micah 6:18). 24/7 Prayer is a global prayer movement which encourages churches to pray for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in creative ways. We’ll be setting up a prayer room in our back hall with lots of inspiration for prayer. If you’d like to sign up for a 1-hour slot then just email firstname.lastname@example.org or there is a sign-up sheet at church. The building will also be accessible during the week.
On Sunday 16th Dec we’ll have our Christmas celebration! This will be a service which is particularly accessible for those who don’t usually come to church whatever age they are. We’ll be exploring the story of Jesus’ birth through games and songs and looking at the bible and we’ll have some festive food together afterwards as we enjoy our December church lunch. If you’d like to invite anyone then there are some cards available at the church. Or if you’re interested in coming along then please do, we’d love to have you join us!
Thanks to everyone who has already filled a shoebox with Christmas presents to give away. The shoeboxes will be collected by Blytheswood on the 18th December so there’s still chance to get involved if you haven’t already. Look on the Blytheswood website for more details about how to fill a shoebox. www.blytheswood.org
Also, thanks to those who brought in tinned goods for the Lighthouse food cupboard last week. That was a special collection for our thanksgiving service, but you are always welcome to make donations towards Lighthouse and these will be given out to those in need in the community. Just leave things in a plastic bag under one of the tables and let Dave or one of the other leaders know about it and they’ll make sure they get to the Lighthouse.
Church Open Day
On Saturday 22nd September we’re having a church open day. From 1pm-2.30pm we’ll be having a holiday club taster session for kids in P1-P7, then from 2.30-4.30 there’ll be refreshments, games and a bouncy castles, for families, new students and anyone else who wants to find out more about the church.
Weekend Away 2012
We are planning a church weekend away from Fri 5th-Sun 7th October. Graham Black will be coming to speak to us, helping us to think about how we can use our gifts to serve. These weekends are always a great chance to get to know one another better, to learn together and to enjoy the countryside – sign up and come along!