Church News Sunday 8th March

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

BREAKFAST CLUB Breakfast Club for nursery and primary children is today at 10.20am.

PRAYER GROUP Prayer meetings continue on Wednesday mornings at 10am in the Church hall. Prayer is the essential powerhouse of the Church and your participation would be greatly valued.

Informal prayer time before the morning service From 10.15-10.45am each Sunday the posh room is available for prayer spoken and unspoken, for our church, for the world and for current needs. You can come and go within that time so no need to stay for the half an hour. Feel free to drop in.

LADIES BIBLE STUDY 11th March is the next date for meeting in the Church Hall at 1.30pm to study God’s word together. On this occasion, we will look at the study in Genesis(ch 25-31) entitled “The Beginning of Election”. Do try to come along. We’d love to have more join us and we are really very friendly.

PASTORAL CARE TEAM Remember to give us a call if you need some help. Contact either your elder or the coordinator, Janette Steele (01349861591), and we will try our very best to assist. If you’d like a lift to church on a Sunday you can also give us a call and we will try to accommodate you. Please give as much notice as possible to allow arrangements to be made.

BUNDLES OF FUN For all parents/carers, babies + toddlers, every Thursday in the hall from 1pm-2:30pm. Come along and relax over a cup of tea/coffee whilst you watch the children play.

STATED ANNUAL MEETING The Stated Annual Meeting of this congregation will take place on Wednesday 18th March at 7.00pm in the Church Hall, chaired by our Minister, Rev. Stephen Macdonald. The accounts for the year 2019 will be presented to the congregation along with the reports on the work of the various Church groups throughout the year. We look forward to seeing YOU there.

RIVER CAFÉ The next River Cafe takes place in the Church Hall on Wednesday 11th March from 2pm-3.30pm. Why not drop in (even for a few minutes) and enjoy some tea/coffee and home baking, while catching up with friends for the all important chat? We look forward to welcoming you there.

THE LEPROSY MISSION Copies of the latest edition of Dochas, the newsletter of The Leprosy Mission (Scotland) are available on the table at the back of the Church. Anyone who has been saving money over the year for this cause should give it to Janet Winchester by the end of March, so that it can be sent off together. If you would like to save money towards the aim of making leprosy a thing of the past, special money boxes are available.

WORLD MISSION COUNCIL USED STAMP APPEAL The appeal this year aims to raise money for the Women’s Development Centre in Sri Lanka, which offers shelter, support and education/training to young girls who have been victims of rape or abuse, as well as other services for women. Please continue to bring your used stamps to Church and place them in the red box in the annexe.

Stamps should have a margin of half an inch if possible and perforations must be intact. It helps if UK and foreign stamps are kept separate.

CORONAVIRUS: PUBLIC INFORMATION The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus. You can help too. The best way to protect yourself and others is Wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel, regularly throughout the day. Catch your cough or sneeze in a tissue, bin it, and wash your hands. This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus. If you recently arrived back from specified areas follow the returning traveller advice. Check the list of areas and find out more at: nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

HIGHLAND FOODBANK  In 2019 7700 people were helped by the foodbank. This is an increase of 11 per cent. This indicates there is such a need in our area. There are leaflets at the back of the Church letting us know the items in short supply and requested for March and April. Do please take one so that you can target your donations. The organisers say that pasta, beans and soup are not required at this time due to shelves being full but tins of ham, Wheetabix/cornflakes (small), tins of corned beef, tins of potatoes and washing up liquid (small) are less plentiful. Thank you.

PASTORAL DUTIES Rev’d Stephen Macdonald can be contacted on 864273 if required for any Pastoral duties.

Order of Service for this week