Church News Sunday 29th January

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

PRAYER GROUP The prayer meetings continue on Wednesday mornings at 10.00am in the small hall. The Prayer Group are happy to pray for any requests which any of the congregation have. Feel free to put any in the box in the vestibule.

LADIES BIBLE STUDY The group will next meet on Wednesday 1st February at 1.30pm in the Church Hall. We continue in our study of Hebrews and will be looking at Hebrews Chapter 10. The study is entitled “Staying in the Race” from the LifeBuilder series Hebrews-Race to Glory by James Reapsome. We would welcome anyone who feels they’d like to be more familiar with God’s Word. Don’t worry if you can’t manage every week, we’d still love to welcome you on an occasional basis.

PASTORAL CARE If you need help, don’t hesitate to call and the Team will try its best to assist. Call either your elder or the coordinator, Janette Steele (01349 861591). Remember to give plenty notice for taking you to appointments.

SOUP LUNCH The next Soup Lunch takes place in the Church Hall on Friday 3rd February starting at 12noon. Our speaker that day will be Terri Cunningham, “Affordable Warmth Advisor”. This should be a most interesting and informative talk so your support would be most appreciated. We look forward to seeing you there.

RIVER CAFÉ The next River Cafe takes place in the church hall on Wednesday 8th February from 2pm-3.30pm. Why not drop in (even for a short time) for some tea/coffee, home baking and the all important chat.  Would you be willing to help with baking on an occasional basis so that we can continue to hold this event? If so, there is a list for names at the back of the church. (Or speak with Janet Murray). Your support would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.

SOUPER SUNDAE As in previous years, we are holding a soup and, this year, sweet lunch after worship, led by the Kirk Session, on Sunday 12th February. Donations will be given to the Church of Scotland HIV/AIDS programme which helps both in this country and abroad. There is a sheet at the back of the Church for you to volunteer to help– make soup, make a pudding, bring crusty bread or help on that Sunday. We’d love to have lots of people join us for lunch, look forward to that.

KIRK SESSION The Kirk Session will meet after the morning service on Sunday 5th February to confirm the final Electoral Register.

PASTORAL DUTIES Rev’d Russel Smith can be contacted on 861011 if required for any Pastoral duties.

GUILD On Monday 6th February at 2.00pm, we welcome to the Guild, as our speaker, Elizabeth Blackburn who will talk and show her beautiful pictures from her journey to Greenland. Over the past wee while she has shown pictures of local, wintry scenes. So this time she will be showing sunny pictures of our local area too. You don’t have to be a Guild member to come along. If this is something you’d love to see, then come along and most welcome. Bring a friend along to the Church Hall. See you there.

Members of the Guild are reminded of the Invitation to Castle Street Church Guild on Wednesday 8th February where there will be a speaker about the Guild Project “Feed the Minds” dealing with the distressing subject of Female Genital Mutilation. The meeting begins at 2.30pm in their Church Hall.

SEAFORTH HOUSE The next service at Seaforth House is to be held on Sunday 5th February at 3pm. These services have been organised to be led on alternate months by Maryburgh Free Church and Ferintosh Parish Church. This is a informal active worship service lasting about twenty minutes, with plenty of praise, and so we would be glad if any of the congregation would like to join us at any of them.

CRECHE We are again in need of new volunteers to help out at the crèche. Although

the crèche is not required every Sunday, we do need two people each week to be available. Volunteers will need to be cleared under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme, but this is simply a matter of filling in a form with the information required for a check to be made to ensure there are no convictions or other information which would indicate a risk to children. This is completely confidential. Please consider whether you can help in this way, and speak to Janet Winchester.

World Mission Council News Letter The latest edition of this newsletter is available on the table at the back of the Church. Please take one. The main focus is on refugees and the work some of the Church of Scotland’s partner Churches are doing in different places. There is also an interesting and hopeful update on the HIV/AIDS situation.

Order of Service for this week