Church News Sunday 17th January

SUNDAY CLUB AND FYF Sunday Club and FYF meet today at 10.50am. As always there is a Crèche for pre-school children each Sunday morning.

PRAYER GROUP The Prayer Group will meets on Wednesday 20th January at 10.00am in the small hall.

PASTORAL CARE TEAM Do you need some help? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Team. We can usually do something for you. Contact either your elder or the coordinator, Janette Steele (01349 861591). Do leave time for arrangements to be made.

LADIES BIBLE STUDY  The group meets each Wednesday in the Church hall at 1.30pm for approximately one hour to study God’s word and how we can use it to make our lives more acceptable to God every day. We continue to look at Evangelism – A Way of Life from the LifeBuilder Studies. This week, Wednesday 20th January, we hope to read Mark 4: 1-25 with the heading “Balanced Expectations”. Beginning in early February, we will begin a Lent Pilgrimage. Perhaps that could be the chance for you to come along and begin your studies with us then. Look forward to seeing you whenever you can make it.

USED STAMPS Please remember to bring your used stamps along to Church for the World Mission Council appeal. The red box is in the annexe.

CHURCH CONSTITUTION There will be a congregational meeting after morning worship next Sunday, 24th January to discuss the Church Constitution. At the moment we operate under what is known as The Model Deed Constitution where the Kirk Session is responsible for all Spiritual matters in the Church and The Congregational Board, comprising all Elders and elected Communicant Members of the congregation look after all temporal matters (fabric and finance etc.). The main disadvantage with this is that only Communicant Members can be elected on to the Congregation Board.

Having discussed this at both Kirk Session and Congregational Board meetings the Kirk Session feel that the way forward is to adopt Unitary Constitution whereby the Kirk Session is still responsible for all Spiritual matters. However, under this Constitution, the Kirk Session would also be responsible for all temporal matters, but in this they would be assisted, not by elected Communicant Members within the Congregational Board, but by appointed committees which could include all members and adherents within the Church. We believe this would allow more people to use their specific gifts and talents to become involved in the life of our Church.

The purpose of the meeting on the 24th is to seek the congregation’s approval to proceed with this. At the meeting there will be an opportunity to ask questions and then a vote will be taken to see what the congregation wishes to do. The meeting is open to everyone and I would encourage everyone to stay and ask any questions they may want. Unfortunately however, under Church Law only Communicant Members can actually vote when the time comes.  

Order of Service for this week