Gift Day Service 13th Dec

SUNDAY 13th December

As we have done for the last two years, for the Gilmerton Family Centre, gifts should be suitable for children and for Bethany its gifts suitable to adults.

Services in December

Date Service
6th December Advent services at 11am and 6.30pm
13th December Gift Day Service at 11am, Carol Service at Tressilian Gardens at 3.30pm
20th December Family Nativity Service at 11am, Carols by Candlelight Service at 6.30pm
25th December Christmas Day Family Service at 10.30am
27th December Family Service at 11am

SEECAT Awareness Evening

SEECAT is holding an Information Evening on Children and Families in South Edinburgh on Monday 26th October from 7 – 9pm.
This will be in Liberton Kirk Centre, Kirkgate, and there will be light refreshments. Bethany Christian Trust and Safe Families for Children Scotland will be facilitating the evening along with someone from the Edinburgh South Social Work Team.
Do come along to discuss together how our churches can work with the community to strengthen and support families in our local area.

FAREWELL MESSAGE TO LIBERTON NORTHFILED PARISH CHURCH

 

Grace to you and peace from God who is, who was and who is to come!

We thank the Holy Triune God whose sustaining presence has brought us this far and for which we must be grateful. Almost two years ago on January 12th 2014, I began my ministry as Locum Minister here in Liberton Northfield Parish Church. In April 15th of the same year, Florence, Larry, Talitha-Zerah and Reuel-Gilead joined me, and on the 9th May 2014, Arielle was born. It is this family of six that you have had amongst you for almost two years and whom you have greatly supported and encouraged.

As we leave you for other assignments and following the appointment of Mike Taylor to full time ministry in the parish, I am aware of the mixed feelings that are in our heart as a family and possibly in the hearts of some parishioners! We have had a great time of ministry among you and so it is difficult for my family and I to say goodbye to you despite the compelling circumstances because of which we must go! I lack appropriate words to thank you for the love, kindness and support you have shown to us during these twenty-one months. Your love, constant love and lavish hospitality toward us has been extraordinary and we wonder how especially our children would cope without the friends and family they have now become so used to at Liberton Northfield Church. Through our shared worship and ministry I have had the privilege to experience God’s love, and the presence of the Risen Saviour in our midst. I have seen the Holy Spirit made manifest as we have prayed and studied the word of God together, Sunday by Sunday and I have been blessed to be able to visit some of you in your homes, baptise a new child, and to conduct funerals of those we have loved. For all these opportunities I thank God who gives us the strength and I thank you all for ministering with me and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I am especially grateful to all of you who have visited, sent my family and I notes, cards, gifts in kind and cash-sometimes anonymously and e-mails. Many of you have been thanking God for having us and have affirmed my ministry on many occasions. All these have been of tremendous encouragement to us in this task of proclaiming God’s word in a new and different geo-cultural context. Your expressions of kindness and gestures of love mean more to me than you can ever imagine. Please know that we love you, our family will always love this church and will miss you terribly. Some of you have asked how you might be in touch with us. I can be reached at amosbongadu@gmail.com.

As we now separate, I wish to ask your forgiveness for any mistakes I might have made during my time here at Liberton Church and that may have caused any problems. I will always remain grateful for the ways my ministerial gifts have been acknowledged among you, and will forever carry with me all that I have learned and experienced, all of the love which in the end, is what needs to be remembered most here after.

I think the best way you can honour my brief ministry amongst you is to remain faithful to the revealed word of God through Jesus Christ, to support this parish and the new minister-Mike Taylor. It is my sincere prayer that the Liberton Northfield Parish Church will remain a citadel of God’s dwelling, a beacon of hope for the dispossessed of society and a jewel in the midst of gold. Therefore be strong and of good courage and be the church that is truly alive for ‘…I am confident that the one who began the good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 1:3-6).

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us now and forever more.

Yours in the service of the Kingdom,

Peace,

Rev. Amos Bongadu Chewachong.

02/09/2015

Visitation team

 

If you notice the person who usually sits near you, in front or behind you and has not been to church for a week or two please let us know. Hopefully we would be able to contact them and arrange a visit. If you would like a visit from one of the visitation team please see Irene or Rachael. IRENE HOY 664 8413 RACHAEL WHYTE 664 5974

 

Live by God’s Rules

A God of love, we should behold
This in the Holy Bible we are told.
First love God and then your brother
Worship God and no other.

Live a life of heavenly love
Taught by God who lives above.
Endeavour through life to do no evil
Help God’s laws, overcome the devil.

If you sin, God will forgive you
He is aware of everything we do.
Repentance is what God will expect
Believe in this and show regret.

Man has succumbed to earthly sin
From the time earth did begin.
Be at all times faithful to God
Serve Him with love and give him laud.

Alex Drysdale

 

 

Children’s Group Updates

*Trailblazers*

*During May, the Trailblazers have been learning about some of the things
Jesus taught us in John chapters 14 to 16. While all age groups have been
considering the same verses, they have done so in slightly different ways.
For the All Stars group, these chapters were considered under the headings
“true path”, “true growth” and “true guide”.*

*During June, the Trailblazers will be considering the life of the early
church in Acts chapters 13 to 16.*

*Advance notice of dates for the diary: There will be an “end of school
year” family service on Sunday 21st June. The next meeting of Trailblazer
leaders and helpers has been scheduled for Tuesday 22nd September at 7:30.*

*We would welcome any new additions to the team of leaders and helpers
working with the Trailblazers. If this is something that you could get
involved in then please contact Margaret Padfield or Rona Lawson for an
informal chat about what this involves.*

*Trailblazers summer event*

*A “crafts and sports” afternoon is being organised for the Trailblazers on
Saturday 13th June. It will take place in the Liberton Northfield church
hall from 3:30 to 5:30pm and all of the children will be very welcome.*

*Training for leaders and helpers involved in children’s work*

*A training morning for all the leaders and helpers involved in the
children’s work at Liberton Northfield was held on Saturday 9th May. There
was a good turnout, with 15 people attending, and we took time to consider
a diverse range of topics. Amos opened the day with a Bible reading and
message to focus our attention on why the children’s work is so important.
Jenny Fepuleai gave us some new ideas on ways to tell Bible stories to
children, and encouraged us in a practical exercise. Ann MacLeod from St
Paul’s church in Glasgow then gave us a presentation on food handling – and
we all did well in the quiz at the end, although we do have a couple of
practical suggestions to follow up on. After coffee, Helen Palmer led us in
considering the purpose of crafts in our sessions with the children, and
gave us the opportunity to make some for ourselves. Angus Morrison (who
leads the Scripture Union holiday club we run in October) came through from
Glasgow to give us some points to consider on the way we interact with the
children. On a practical note, Jeff Hodgson talked us through the Liberton
Northfield fire policy, and then we all learned a new song from Fischy
music – “Sing a new song” – which we have since sung with the children
during the Sunday morning service. The morning was rounded off with an
excellent lunch prepared by Rebecca and we all headed home happy but with
lots to think about. Several of the presentations were accompanied by
handouts – please contact Margaret Padfield if you would like a copy of
these.*

 Awaken to the Gifts of Nature!

 

When my loved sister Dene sent me the poem by William Wordsworth- “The Tables Turned” – and commented in her accompanying note, “….I knew that you, being a nature lover would get a lot from it,” I knew that I had to recount my own reaction to that beautiful poem. It speaks essentially of how busy we all are for far too much of the time, our noses stuck in books (….or more frequently smartphones, iPads or mobile phones, which of course were an as yet unimagined invention in Wordsworth’s day). It refers to our often complete oblivion to the ‘Nature-al’ world around us; we are so busy hurrying here and there, cramming our lives with a lot of inconsequential matter; keeping our eyes on the time, racing from one activity to another, trying to pack in as much as we can; faster, faster, faster. Everything is ‘instant’…..which, for many, is still too slow.

As I write, it is to the accompaniment of the rich, flutey, yet quietening call of a returning blackbird to our garden for the summer. It is after nine o’clock in the evening, but being early spring, it is still quite light and not yet time for bed for him. As early as 3.30am – and sometimes even earlier – I might awaken to the sweet chortling of a robin joyously proclaiming first light…. And during the weekends, when I am at home more often, the soft whisper of the bluetit and lazy, warm, cricket-like trill of a greenfinch in the hedges, evoke comforting hopes of warm and sunny days ahead.

On my ride into work on the bus each weekday, as I look around a good many folk are either beating out a text message, rolling their small screens up and down looking at past photographs taken, or playing a “solitary game” on their phones. I look out of the window. There are no wires suspended from my ears pouring music into them. I have time and space and if I’m lucky, the relative quietness to sit back and fill my soul with the wonders of Nature in all her Spring glory:

– the large, white-blossomed trees quite awesome (in the true sense of the word), like the billowing white frock of a lucky bride, extravagantly chiffoned, outdoing everything else in the garden with its wondrous beauty
– the long-awaited blue of a Scottish sky on an early spring day; the soft, sweet fragrance of the air outside.

When I alight from the bus at last at Murrayfield, and walk along the footpath to the stadium where I work, ‘clouds of deep pink’ line the far side of green Roseburn Park. The trees over on that side have given way to the stark ‘black lace’ effect of winter; the cherry trees are richly endowed in frothy pink, their very petals serrated and softly clustered, like creamy puffs – always the same, year after year.

All about me – daily – there is newness in growth everywhere, and I give thanks for the gift of sight and sound, for the freedom to go at my own pace before I reach the office and get shunted into the ‘day’s doings’. I stop to look over the edge of the bridge railings that span this particular reach of the Water of Leith, past Murrayfield, and I am fascinated to see the goosanders and mallards swimming about…..or fishing….or sleeping on one leg in the sunshine, head tucked under wing.

The daffodils may be over, but their yellow cheerfulness is replaced by the lush, sweet fragrance of newly mown grass in the park, and the young rowan trees flaunting their first tiny and tender green buds of spring.

There is a deep rejoicing in my heart, born of taking my eyes out of the world’s flurried media and publications, disconnecting myself from electronics, and drinking in, in large gulps, this brand new season……looking forward to late rosy sunsets, sun-drenched days, and ripe, luscious fruits of summer, before the gold of autumn will surely follow on. Almost six months of this beauty, if we’re lucky!

It’s worth keeping my eyes and ears fully open for!

Kathleen Munroe