What happens when we place £10 in the offering plate on Sunday?  

I thought the content in a Church of Scotland information leaflet titled ‘What happens when we place £10 in the offering plate on Sunday?’ would be of interest, as follows:

It provides a powerful ministry, locally, nationally and globally:
£4.20 is kept by the local church
£5.00 pays for our Ministers and
£0.80  goes to important help for congregations and supports the mission of the Church.

Let’s look at this in more detail:
> About £4.20 is kept by the local church for all sorts of costs including maintaining the building, mission, worship and supporting church groups.
> About £5.00 goes to the Parish Ministries Fund. This ensures we have ministries in every part of the country.
> About 80p supports congregations with services such as Safeguarding, Law Department, General Trustees, and Stewardship and Finance. Some of this money also ensures the mission of the Church is strengthen through the work of Councils.

7p Mission Discipleship

4p Church and Society

6p Social Care (CrossReach)

11p World Mission

40p Support and Services to your church (legal advice, accounting, safeguarding)

5p General Assembly and Moderator

7p Special Contributions

Some interesting facts:

In 2015, the cost of a Minister at the top of the stipend scale is £41,048.

If your Ministries and Mission contribution is £47,730 or more, you are meeting your costs in full.

If is less than £47,730 you are receiving financial support from other congregations. (Liberton Northfield Church receives financial support.)

In 2015, the Church of Scotland will spend £110 million.

Congregations will contribute £47 million of this.

Ian Messer

 

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

We are planning a training morning for all the leaders and helpers involved in the children’s work at Liberton Northfield. It will be held in the church hall on *Saturday 9th May, from 9:30am to 1:45pm and will include lunch.* We are aiming to make the event fairly practical, and tailored to our needs, including topics such as “storytelling for children” and “food handling awareness”.

If you are able to attend then please sign your name on the registration sheet on the notice board in the Friendship Hall, or email Margaret Padfield (Margaret.macleod@gmail.com) so that we can get an idea of the numbers for catering.

 

Church Hall Polling Station

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 waiting 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.

 

June Communion Retiral Offering

The June 28th 2015 Communion retiral offering will go to the Barnabas Fund. The Barnabas Fund website at https://barnabasfund.org provides the following information:

We give: The main ministry of Barnabas Fund is to send financial support to projects which help Christians where they suffer discrimination, oppression and persecution as a consequence of their faith. The projects aim to strengthen Christian individuals, churches and their communities by providing material and spiritual support in response to needs identified by local Christian leaders.
Encourage prayer: We seek to encourage and facilitate prayer by providing prayer information, prayer requests and resources in many different forms and formats.
Raise awareness: This ministry makes known the plight of the persecuted Church, particularly in the Muslim world, by a wide variety of means, in order to educate Christians and others about the current situation and needs as well as the background and causal factors.
Contest injustice:  When requested by Christians in the contexts concerned, we engage in speaking on their behalf. This can be by public petitions and letter-writing campaigns or discreet contacts behind the scenes.

 

 

Another Spring Cleaning Surprise

The first surprise was the Liberton Northfield Parish Church 1869 – 1969, Service of Thanksgiving in the March newsletter, well it’s not that I’m busy cleaning all the time but hiding at the bottom of my bedroom unit drawer for almost exactly 46 years was my copy of the Liberton Northfield Church Youth Fellowship Summer Syllabus, May to September 1969. The Youth Fellowship was a church organisation of teenagers (minimum age was 15) and young adults, I think the maximum age was mid-twenties. The catchment was mainly boys and girls from the Guides, Girls Guildry and Boys Brigade plus their friends. There was a President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary, along with a four-person committee.

In the syllabus the first Sunday of the month was always a visit to Southfield Hospital where we would sing a few old favourite hymns for the patients in 3 or 4 wards. Hikes in the Pentland Hills were always popular; the 25th May was a day hike from West Linton to Balerno. The 6th September was a midnight hike; two volunteers would setup a base camp comprising two tents if you were lucky and the hikers would set off around 10.30pm and navigate to the campsite by torch, map and stars. If the weather was good, you’d sleep out under the stars, looking forward to a hearty fried breakfast – great fun.
Day trips in the syllabus included:

8th June: Visit to Stirling Castle

22nd June: Day at the seaside – Silverknowes

29th June: Ten-pin Bowling at the Alma Bowl in Kirkcaldy – a train journey. This was the nearest ten-pin bowling hall to Edinburgh in 1969!!

13th July: Visit to a Fire Station (Lauriston Place) – the Vice-President was a Fireman.

26/27th July was a week-end away to Gean House, Alloa. Gean House was owned by the Scottish Temperance Alliance and used as a conference and study centre.

It must have been easy to get tickets for the Tattoo as we were there on Saturday 23rd August.

Quizzes, social nights with other Youth Fellowships, sausage sizzles and film nights were also popular events in the syllabus. We had a ‘night-in’ when Apollo 11 was about to land on the Moon, much more exciting.

Here’s a photo of some members circa 1968 in our church hall located in Walter Scott Avenue, now St. Gregory’s RC Church.  There is one member of our congregation today in this photo.

Church Group 1968

The Youth Fellowship spawned lots of romances as it was a great meeting place, I can think of at least six marriages including Marion and I – it’s got a lot to answer for!

Ian Messer

 

*Trailblazers*

During April, the Trailblazers have been learning about Easter, and how Jesus met with the disciples after He had risen. They are currently learning about King Solomon building a temple for God From 1 Kings chapters 5-13. Later in May, the Trailblazers will be learning some of the things Jesus said about himself in John chapters 14-16.

There will be a Trailblazer leaders meeting after the service on Sunday 10th May to make plans for the summer picnic and summer trailblazers. All Trailblazer leaders and helpers are welcome to attend this short meeting in the Sparklers room.

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.

Guild

1st April: Social Day – an opportunity for fellowship with each other.
15th April: AGM and Bring & Buy
29th April: Half-day Trip
The Guild half-day trip will be leaving the church at 1pm, going to Rosslyn Chapel, having a cup of tea if desired, before beginning the tour of the chapel at 3pm. At the finish of the tour,we will be going on to the Leadburn Inn for high tea at 4.30pm. There are still a few seats left if anyone would like to come. If so, you should speak to Evelyn Eadie.
The cost of the trip is £26 per person

Training for leaders and helpers in-volved in children’s work

We are planning a training morning for all the leaders and helpers in-volved in the children’s work at Liberton Northfield. It will be held in the church hall on *Saturday 9th May, from 9:30am to 1:45pm and will include lunch.* We are aiming to make the event fairly practical, and tailored to our needs, including topics such as “storytelling for children” and “food handling awareness”. If you are able to attend then please sign your name on the registration sheet on the notice board in the Friendship Hall, or email Margaret Padfield (Margaret.macleod@gmail.com) so that we can get an idea of the numbers for catering.

Trailblazers

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.

Church Hall Polling Station

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

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

 

Recurring Diary

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