During March, the Trailblazers have been learning about some of the parables Jesus told. For the Sparklers, this included “the two house builders”, “hidden treasure”, “a beautiful pearl” and “yeast”. The All Stars and Explorers groups learnt about the parables of “the two house builders”, “the bridesmaids”, “talents” and “sheep and goats”. During April, the Trailblazers will be focussing on the Easter story, and then moving on to learn about King Solomon. Following the service on Easter Sunday (5th April), the children will be rolling Easter eggs down the hill in the church garden. Please deco-rate and bring a hard boiled egg if you would like to take part (althouh the trailblazer leaders will have a few spare eggs available). Advance notice of dates for the diary: The Trailblazers summer outing is being planned for Saturday 13th June. There will be an “end of school year” family service on Sunday 21st June.
As you probably know, there is a General Election on Thursday 7th May. Our church hall is being used as a polling station and we are looking for volunteers on Election Day to be on duty. The duties are in two-hour timeslots between 6.30am and 10.30pm and there is a sheet pinned on the church noticeboard in the Hall of Friendship just wait-ing to be populated with names. Your help representing our church on Election Day is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Ian Messer.
Celebrate Recovery is a 12 step Christ Centred Recovery programme which aims to encourage people to address their hurts, hang ups and habits – depression, low self esteem, anger, co-dependency, addictions. ….
WE meet in the Hub – Gilmerton church, Ravenscroft Street (opposite the post office) every Thursday, 52 weeks a year with some adjustment for Christmas
The teaching evenings always have the same format – doors open at 7 for welcome and a cup of tea or coffee, the session begins at 7.30. It’s a 25 week cycle – people can come along any week, they do not have to begin at the beginning! Every session begins going through the 8 principles of Celebrate Recovery (see website or facebook) and focussing on the steps which embrace that principle, followed by a short teaching session. Then there is a short break after which the women go in to one group and the men another for a time of ‘open-sharing’. This is not a place for ‘fixing’. The programme encourages folk to work on or look towards writing up in some form a personal inventory which they can work on with an accountability partner or sponsor. Admittedly not many have reached this stage, but it is what we are hoping for so we can really begin to address our hurts, hang ups and habits. From my own experience, I would judge it to be a safe, supportive, un pressured, non judgemental environment. People drop in and out of CR. We have had as many as 35 attending – many more on testimony nights. But there is a regular core of 15-20. No formal referral is necessary – any one can walk through the door.
The last Thursday of every month we start with a shared meal at 7 followed by someone sharing the story of their journey to recovery. In May 2015 we are planning to offer food every Thursday.
Recently we started a new project in partnership with Teen Challenge. This is at the High Rises at Moredum/Little France with the Teen Challenge converted prison van and we will be there as a ‘drop in’ – folk can just drop in to the van for a cup of tea and a chat. Watch this space! Who knows the next step for some might be to come along to check out CR. Or they might want to come along to the community lunch that takes place in the Tron Church, run by Grow Stronger/Transition Edinburgh south on a Tuesday 11.30 to 2.30.
Date for you Diaries Thursday 26 March May Nicolson from Govan author of Miracles from Mayhem
* Sunday Service starts 11am every Sunday with Children’s groups commencing after a short period in the main service. Tea and coffee is served in the Friendship hall after the service.
* Bible study on Monday mornings take place at Rebecca Akhigbe house from 10.30-12.30.
* Mums and Tots runs during term time in the Falconer Hall from 2pm till 3:30pm every Monday
* Wednesday sees bible study at 7:30pm.
* New Life Tots is held every Friday in the Falconer Hall, 9.30 – 11.30am and is organised by Jan.
* ‘Prayers in the Church’ is held:
Wednesdays: 10.30 – 11.30am
Saturdays: 10.00 – 11.00am
Sundays: start at 10.30am
4th Feb. Rachel Sloan – Charlotte Chapel
18th Feb. “Wevolution” (formerly Passage from India)
During January, the Trailblazers have been learning about people who met Jesus from Luke chapters 5 to 10. This included the healing of the man who couldn’t walk, the woman who washed Jesus’ feet, and Mary and Martha.
During February, the Trailblazers will be learning about King David from 2 Samuel chapters 5 to 12.
There will be a Trailblazers leaders meeting on Tuesday 10th February at 7:30pm at the home of Jan and Billy Grubb. All Trailblazer leaders and helpers are wellcome.
Goodbye and Farewell
With the appointment of Rev Jim Dewar as the new Interim Moderator, my time with you at Liberton Northfield has come to a close. Sadly, I wasn’t able to convey these wishes to you in person, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to pass them on through the new Church magazine. Some of you are aware of the personal circumstances behind my decision to pass the reins to someone else, and so we would be grateful for your continued prayers as we face what 2015 has to bring.
The last fifteen months or so have seen a considerable amount of work behind the scenes with the Kirk Session and Nominating Committee, and I would like to thank these groups in particular for help given in order to fulfil the duties of Interim Moderator. Alistair, as Session Clerk, has kept me abreast of activities and helped guide me through the different situations that we have faced together. The NC has been worthy of the trust that you placed in it to seek a new Minister and its members have served diligently, with Jeff as an efficient Clerk. It has also been a pleasure to work with Amos as Locum. The disappointment of not being able to appoint someone has been mitigated by the knowledge that you were being served by someone with gifts and experience.
Now it is time to say Goodbye and Farewell – using both of these parting greetings in their original sense! May God be with you in these coming days and may you know his blessing as a congregation. I hope in the ongoing search for someone to lead your congregational life that you will fare well, and that I will be able to come and share in your celebration at the induction of a new Minister before too long.
To mark the second anniversary of Celebrate Recovery in South East Edinburgh and to relaunch the programme Steph McLeod is coming to the Hub, Ravenscroft Street, Gilmerton to sing and share his story this coming Thursday 15th January. Doors open at 7. There will be a shared meal. If you yourself or someone you know is struggling with hurts, habits or hang ups, do come along and bring your friends and find out more about Celebrate Recovery. For more info contact Shona Haggie 664 4352.
Jean MacIntyre would like to thank all who helped praise the Lord in the Family Service 21st December.
NEXT STEP EASTER!
Any who wish to sing in the group, please see me.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015, 19th – 23rd January
Theme: Give me a drink
Short Church Services: Monday 19th Jan, 2pm at St. Barnabas’ Church
Tuesday 20th Jan, 7pm at St Catherine’s Church
Wednesday 21st Jan, 2pm at St Gregory’s Church
Thursday 22nd Jan, 7pm at Liberton Kirk Main Service, followed by refreshments
Well here it is, our first monthly newsletter. 150 copies have been printed and are available in the Church. Or you can download the PDF here:
06/12/2014 SEECAT Quiet time with prayers and thoughts 10.15am- 1.00pm
Redeemed Christian Church of God Carol Service 1400hrs
Light of the world at Liberton Kirk 7.30pm .
10/12/2014 Guild annual business meeting Time TBC
13/13/2014 Trailblazers Christmas Party 1500hrs
17/12/2014 Guild Christmas Meal 1430hrs at the Church
18/12/2014 Carols at Cameron Toll Shopping Centre 6.30pm- 7.30pm
20/12/2014 Carols at Morrisons 12.00-1.00pm
06/12/2014 Light of the World by Origin at Liberton Kirk 7.30pm.
02/01/2015 African Children Choir at Craigmillar Park Church 7.00pm
Trailblazer Christmas party to be held on the 13th December from 3-5pm. Christmas Family service with children involved on the 21st of December.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCC of G) is holding a carol service and Christmas party on Satur-day 6th December in our church, 2-5pm.
A warm invite is extended to all who attend our church services.
For your information, the RCC of G hold a Bible study on Friday evenings, 7-9pm.