This coming Wednesday 7th September Sanctuary First will be live-streaming from the Acoustic Cafe in 7 Melville Lane, Falkirk. It is hoped this will be the first of many in different venues all around the country.
They also hope that this will be a touching place for those who use Sanctuary First to come and meet each other.
This Wednesday Rachel Zylstra, a New York singer/songwriter will be featured live along with an interactive Bible Study based around some verses in Matthew chapter 5, looking specifically at Christian Identity based on the Beatitudes. This week’s theme will be ‘loss’.
You can watch this event live and online from 7 – 8.30 on Wednesday evening. If you have not yet made it over the door of a church, or it’s been a while since you have done so, why not drop into the Cafe or listen and take part online. Sanctuary First is not looking for regular church attenders, but people who may have given up on church but not the Lord.
Please also keep this event in your prayers this week. If you haven’t checked out the Sanctuary First webpage go to www.sanctuaryfirst.org.uk or check them out on Facebook.
Cumbernauld Churches Together are holding a series of Lent Bible Studies, the first of which is this Thursday 11th February. We meet at 7.00pm (for 7.30pm) starting with tea / coffee in the Session Room at Condorrat Parish Church. Further meetings will be on Thursdays 18th & 25th February and 3rd March.
Today (7 February) we were delighted to welcome to our Morning Worship the Rev George MacDonald, the Moderator of Falkirk Presbytery, who gave an address to the children and preached the Sermon.
On Thursday, 11 February we will be hosting The Churches Together Lent Study Group – 7pm for 7.30pm. Subsequent meetings are 18 and 25 February and 3 March. All are welcome.
The Sunday School, Guild, Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades are very much ‘up and running’ again with an interesting programme ahead. This year the 1st Condorrat Boys’ Brigade celebrate their 80th year.
The Social Committee has been busy as ever and our next event is a Fish and Chip Supper/Beetle Drive on the evening of Wednesday 17 February. Forthcoming events are as follows:
16 March – The Westertones Male Voice Choir are coming to entertain us. More details later.
16 April – Craft Fair/Coffee Morning
14 May – Spring Fair
8 October – Ladies Lunch/Fashion Show
22 October – Craft Fair/Coffee Morning
26 November – Christmas Fayre
The latest book in the popular Pray Now series is now available to buy.
Based on the theme ‘Living Stones’, which was also the theme for this year’s Heart & Soul event timed to coincide with the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the book explores through prayer and meditation the ways in which architecture, landscapes and people inspire us in our relationship with God.
Living Stones 2015 guides the reader through the year, with 52 chapters, offering both a weekly and daily prayer resource of a Bible verse, meditation, morning and evening prayers, additional Scripture reading suggestions and a blessing. There are also prayer activities and space for users of the book to make their own personal notes and observations.
Rev Carol Ford, convener of the Pray Now Writers’ Group, says: “Living Stones prompts us all to meditate and pray about our personal and communal response to God’s love in our daily living. Hopefully, the content of this book offers comfort, reassurance, challenge and food for thought as well as providing a structure for daily devotions and stimuli for our own prayers.”
Living Stones can be purchased directly from St Andrew Press at a cost of £9.99 (discounts on bulk orders are available from St Andrew Press).
Cumbernauld Churches Together are holding a series of six Lent Meditations during February and March. These will be held on Thursday evenings in Condorrat Parish Church and are open to all. Although each of the reflections is part of a series, you can attend as many or as few of them as you choose. We start with tea / coffee at 7.00pm and aim to finish around 9pm.
The Moderator of the General Assembly is encouraging the Church to explore the meaning of Lent through a series of specially commissioned daily articles from February 18th.
In an article on the Church of Scotland website, Rt Rev John Chalmers explains his initiative, which he is undertaking in partnership with Christian Aid. He writes “Each day throughout Lent the Homepage of the Church of Scotland website will feature Christian Aid’s Count your Blessings diary; as you click on the Count your Blessings icon it will lead you to a short reflection which expands on the theme for the day.”