International Welcome Meal
This year we’re hosting the International Welcome Meal for the University of Aberdeen. This is a meal put on by the churches together across Aberdeen to welcome all the new international students to our city. If you’d like to help, either in the kitchen or by being around to talk to students, then let Dave know.
Sams in the Park
We had our third Sams in the Park on Sat 11th August, which was a great success! Thanks to everyone who was involved in helping the event to run so well. There were loads of kids and families down enjoying themselves at the stalls and bouncy castles, taking part in the songs and games, listening to the teaching and writing on the prayer wall. So let’s praise God for his goodness to us and pray that his kingdom would come in our lives and our community!
Thank God for the holiday club which happened during the first week of the holidays. We had around 25 primary aged children attending the club and learning more about God through games, bible stories and songs. The conversations at group times and the questions that the kids asked about God were particularly good.
Thank God as well for the SU camps which some of our children and teenagers have already been on and pray for the other camps which will be happening this summer. Pray that God would use them to impact the lives of these young people.
Pray also for our Sams in the Park event which happens on Sat 11th August. Flyers are available in the church for you to take and hand out to anyone who might be interested. The day is a ‘family fun day’ with various stalls and events helping to show the presence of God’s people in our community, to bless them by putting on a fun day and to share God’s love and good news with them.
This Sunday is an All Age Service followed by a church lunch to which all are welcome. Our Fellowship Groups will be on as usual on Monday and Tuesday. Our monthly church prayer meeting will be on next Sunday 7.30pm. Our AGM is on Thurs 21st June at 7.30pm.
Please pray for Prison Fellowship – our Mission of the Month, and for Dugald and Jonathan Grove’s trip to Malawi with Dochas. Also, please bring donations of non-perishable food for distribuition at the Lighthouse to our community.
We are hoping to run another holiday club in the summer( (on either the first or last week of July – to be decided depending when people are available) after the success of the one at Easter. To do this we need to have sufficient volunteers, so if you are interested (even if you’ve not been involved before), please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are starting a new series on 1 Corinthians, and we’ll continue to apply the teaching in further detail at our fellowship groups. The questions from this week’s sermon are available on the website, so even if you don’t come to one of the groups you can still reflect further on how the teaching applies to your life.
MISSION OF THE MONTH
Our Mission of the month for May is Prison Fellowship. On the website is a newly updated version of the mission of the month newsletter for May, June and July. We are also collecting food for distribution at the Lighthouse. The food needs to be non-perishable. Items which are needed most are: Instant Coffee, Sugar, Tins of fruit/rice pudding/custard and tins of mince/corned beef/ham
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
St Machar Cathedral are involved in door-to-door collections for Christian Aid Week and have asked if we as a church would like to join them. . Please let me know if you’re interested and I will put you in touch with Bill Howie who is organising this.
Events this week
(Mon 30th April – Sun 6th May)
Mon 7.30pm Fellowship Group at the Loudens (77 Westburn Drive)
Tues 7pm International Bible Study at The Mission
Tues 7.30pm Fellowship Group at the Lazonbys (8 Cairnfield Place)
Wed & Fri 3pm Sams Kids Club at Seaton and Cornhill Primary Schools
Thurs 2.30pm Open Door meeting for older folk at The Mission
Sun 10.30am Prayer Meeting in the office at The Mission
Sun 11am Worship Service – Hector will be continuing our series on 1 Corinthians, Anita will be sharing about her time working in the homeless shelters in Edinburgh and we’ll be sharing communion
Here are some prayer points courtesy of David Burgess from the prayer meeting on Sunday, but which can fuel all our prayers in the coming weeks!
For the leadership. For more people to be drawn in under the sound of the
Gospel and for opportunities to take the word out to the people.
For those sick and laid aside and those of advanced years who are now unable to be with us on a Sunday.
We think especially of Margaret and Bill. A general thanks giving that the work is now largely complete.
For the work of Sams now taking place in the Schools and for the
leadership in Sams and for all the people dedicated to this work
INTERNATIONAL BIBLE STUDY
That they would be blessed with more
people coming along.
For the open door starting up again soon –especially
prayer for visitation which we will be
doing soon, that we would not only be able to encourage our regular people to
come back but also that we could encourage new people to come along .
For the C U and the work among the students
carried out here which I believe will now be on a Monday.
For all our brothers and sisters in Christ especially those who are involved in
Christian work. That the work of The Kingdom may be blessed and extended. Yes even for revival. For all the various facilities ie
Police—NHS—Social workers—Fire services—Our local Council—-Prison services etc And perhaps above all pray for our children through out the city who may be in any danger. Pray for protection from any evil that could touch them.
C S W and the work they do around the world with persecuted Christians but they ask especially for prayer for Columbia all this week.
Christian Institute who I believe do a great work for what I would call persecuted Christians in this country.
F E B A Ask for Prayer for Iraq
I V M and the work of Suresh and Roja.
For family and friends and
ANY OTHER POINTS that God lays on your heart
Back to The Mission
Our Sunday Services are back in The Mission at 11am, and other things are back to normal too:
Sun 10.30am – short prayer meeting before the service
First Sunday of the month – Communion
Second Sunday of the month – church lunch together after the service
Third Sunday of the month – prayer meeting at 7.30pm
Last Sunday of the month – TnT (Tea ‘n’ Tilly) at 5pm
Dedication Service and First Sunday Back
Saturday at 6pm is our dedication service in the newly refurbished building. There will be time of worship and prayer, time to explore the building and see the work done and a chance to hear from the various ministries – TnT/Lighthouse; Sams Kids Club, International Bible Studay and Open Door
Moving back into The Mission
It’s not long to go now… in fact, it’s 9 days and counting until our Dedication Service when we move back into The Mission.
So, Sat 24th March will be a great time of celebration, praising God for his provision which enabled us to do these renovations and rededicating both the building, and more importantly ourselves to him and to his work in our area.
The evening starts at 6pm, and there are flyers available – please invite anyone you think would be interested to come along – the more, the merrier.
We’ll then be back in The Mission at 11am from Sun 25th March.
However, to enable all this to happen, there is a lot of work still to do. If anyone can come along this Saturday during the daytime, or any evening between now and Sat 24th then please do so (probably best to call myself or Alasdair first just to check that someone is in at The Mission).