“Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Church, Happy Birthday to you”. We all have birthdays, and the Christian Church is no different.
Did you know the Church had a birthday? When Jesus had been resurrected, he said he would send a helper – the Holy Spirit – to help the disciples in the work he’d asked them to do. Jesus went back to Heaven but as he did so, the Holy Spirit came down onto the disciples like flames of fire; like a strong wind. They then carried on the work that Jesus had asked them to do.
This month in J.A.F.A. Church we’re holding a birthday party! We’ll be making candles with flames, birthday cards, paper chains for our party and we’re even going to have a birthday cake!
Come along from 4 – 6pm on Sunday 29th May to Abronhill Parish Church. It’s free and you don’t even have to bring a present! Jesus is your present!
Rev. Tomas Bisek, a former Associate Minister at Condorrat Parish Church in Cumbernauld, has published a book called “Finding My Way“, memories of a Czech Dissident 1939-2008.
The book tells the story of Tomas’ life in what was then Czechoslovakia: his early childhood during the Second World War; his youth and army service under the Soviet Communist regime; his life as a minister in the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren; his signing, along with his wife Daniela, of Charter 77 and their subsequent persecution by the regime leading to their exile in 1985. Tomas relates how they then came to Scotland with their young family and, struggling with the pain of exile, he worked as a minister in Cumbernauld and in Glasgow until they were able to return in 1996, after the collapse of the Communist regime, to a Prague that was much changed.
Tomas and Daniela will be in Edinburgh to attend a launch event for the book during the Church of Scotland General Assembly. The launch will take place on Wednesday, 25th May at around 1pm in the Augustine Centre on George IV Bridge. A complimentary light lunch will be served from 12.30 and copies of the book will be available to buy at the cover price of £9.95. There will also be an opportunity for questions and discussion. You are warmly invited to attend this event.
Copies of the book are also available to buy at a pre-launch price of £8.00, before May 25th. If you would like to order a copy, please contact John & Mary Miller by email: mary.miller15 at btinternet.com, or by post to 0/1 98 Kirkcaldy Road, Glasgow G41 4LD.