See the Church Calendar for information about services and events. Below is further information about some of these events and information about other events that we have been asked to publicise.
CANCELLED FOR THE TIME BEING - Bridge at Thirst takes over Thirst Café, Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm/8:15pm (term time)
This is an excellent venue and provides an opportunity for young people (Year 7+) to meet up with friends and make new ones in a fun, safe environment. It’s run through Bridge Church. There's an optional 'Bitesize Bible' study from 8-8:15pm. Do speak to Al or Emma Evans if you’d like to know more. For other Bridge Events, don't forget to look at their website here
ZOOM WORSHIP ON SUNDAY 18th APRIL 2021
8am Holy Communion, in Church
Please note that you will need to print your own order of service if you are coming to Church. It's available here
10am Service of the Word, in Church and via Zoom
Please note that you will need to print your own order of service if you are coming to Church. It will be available here
When you are signed in you can ‘Join a Meeting’ (Meeting ID 846 662 9590, Passcode 834900).
Alternatively you can phone in (Call 0131 460 1196 then follow instructions, entering Meeting ID and Meeting Passcode, followed by hash (#), as instructed).
Whether or not you might like to do this, let’s be aware of the prayerful communion in God’s Spirit that we all share, wherever we are, whether or not we are able to talk, video-conference or communicate with one another.
I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will, I may succeed in coming to you. For I long to see you, that I may impart some spiritual gift to strengthen you, that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. Romans 1.9-11.
This comes with my prayers and blessing, Derwyn
Individual personal prayer, 11am-1pm every day
Piano music is played on Tuesdays 11-11:30am and on Fridays 12-12.30pm
The church is open from 11am to 1pm every day. We are extremely grateful to all our steward volunteers for enabling these sessions. Please do publicise this amongst those you know: there must be many people who would value an opportunity to spend some comforting time in prayer, peace and reflection in these times. In this time of Lockdown and during these shorter days our sessions might be an extra opportunity for our church’s light to shine in the darkness. Please contact the Office if you’re interested in stewarding.
Prayers for our Community, 9:30am, every Saturday, in church and via Zoom
We meet each Saturday for a half hour session of informal prayer for those within our community and issues which affect our town and community. All welcome. (Zoom ID 458 034 0358, Passcode 435609).
Zoom prayer with June on Mondays
11am-1pm Church open for Prayer:
► Way of the Cross stations
► Special Golgotha and Gethsemane prayer corner
► Young people's space in the Lady Chapel
► Stations of Easter reflections
Youth Alpha via Zoom, Sunday 18th and 25th April, 7:30-9pm
If the last year has been a struggle for you with your faith or if you’d just like to reconnect with Jesus, then we’ll be running a new Youth Alpha course fortnightly in term time. Our next session is on Sunday 18th April. For more information click here.
If you'd like to join, please contact Al Evans at email@example.com
Zoom Forum to discuss music and worship, Monday 19th April, 7:30pm
Restrictions around singing are beginning gently to ease. We hope they’ll gradually allow more and more musical worship as time proceeds. So it would be good to take stock of where we are, what worship in lockdown has taught us, and how God might call us to move forward with music in worship. To begin this conversation, I’ll host a Zoom discussion forum on Monday 19th April at 7:30pm. It’s open to all – please let the Office know you’d like to come and details and discussion questions are available here
. I hope a subsequent step will be a face to face discussion, before too long, but it will be good to start talking. One outcome I’m hoping for is the recommencement (and probable re-imagining) of the Director of Music appointment process. Thanks for considering if you’d like to join this conversation. Derwyn.
Wednesday Holy Communion service, 10am, 21st April
Derwyn will be presiding at Holy Communion in church on Wednesday 21st April, and the service will also be broadcast by Zoom for those unable to attend in person. Meeting ID 846 662 9590, Passcode 834900. Please note that you will need to print your own order of service if you are coming to Church. It's available here.
‘All new’ Tiny Tots, Wednesday 21st April, 11 for 11:15am
We’re delighted to be offering a new style of worship for babies/toddlers and their parents/carers. Social distancing measures and Covid precautions will be in place. More details soon but note the day and time in your calendars! It's a practice session but we hope more dates will follow!
APCM, Sunday 23rd May after 10am service
Electoral Roll revision is currently taking place (ending on 26th April) if you’d like to join our electoral roll. We also invite nominations for PCC members and Churchwarden elections, please note that the nomination forms are in church and completed forms should go to Christine Solway, via the Parish Office.
Town Project invitation, Monday 24th May
Would you like to help with planting some trees and shrubbery in a newly created ‘wet woodland’ near to Old River Lane? It’s anticipated this will take place on 24th May so for now, if you’re interested in being kept up to date, please register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org / 01279 507464.
June is holding a support chat and prayer room each week. If you’re interested in joining, please call her for more details (771756). Everything shared in the session is totally confidential, naturally.
Jesus promised the Holy Spirit in John 14:26, who would be the Helper for his people:"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
On the Day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit descended onto those scared disciples after Jesus' death and gave them the courage to tell people about Jesus. Today we celebrate and ask the Holy Spirit that we too have the courage to share the Gospel with others.
To celebrate Pentecost, a painted prayer rainbow is displayed in the North porch of the church. We invite you to bring along and attach a paper dove with a safety pin. You might like to use this template and the dove could be either white or painted in one of the colours of the rainbow. Perhaps you might like to write a prayer on the dove?
The Marriage Course online
‘The lockdown has put relationships under great strain’. If this is you, help is at hand. The Marriage Course is available online to guide you through these times together. Why not give it a try at htb.org/marriage? For further details contact Derek on email@example.com