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Hello

This Sunday our service is an All Age Service. Hope you can manage along. Communion will be held on Sunday 2nd June at 11 a.m.

Please pass on the information that Christine Jardine’s funeral will be held in the church on Tuesday 28th of May at 12 o’clock. Christine will be missed from our church as she was the longest serving member of our church family. Please remember her sister Helen and all the family this week and into next week.

Not long returned home from a great night at the Girls’ Brigade Prizegiving. There was plenty of tea, coffee and cakes with a fun quiz  -  which my team did not win! Sadly, Fiona has said tonight that she is standing down as GB Captain and passing over to the younger leaders to take the company forward. Best wishes to Fiona and many thanks to her for all she has done for the GB in the West Kirk.

Thanks to all who supported all our Christian Aid activities through the week when over £680 was raised with the lunch, envelopes, quiz and raffle. Well done to Bill Walker who won the raffle.

Thanks to all those who continue to support our Foodbank Sunday on the 2nd Sunday of the month.  The next day for donations will be Sunday 9th June.

The next Hub is on the 23rd of May. The entertainment will be ‘Tracy and David’. The Hub is open to all and lots of home baked cakes are consumed and tea drunk! Come along and enjoy the entertainment – I know it is a great afternoon. Tickets are £3.50.

Stewartfield Church are holding a Book and Tabletop Sale at Morrisons, Stewartfield on the 1st of June from 10am – 2pm. Please stop and support them if you are shopping at Morrisons on that day.

Sunday School is on each Sunday at 11 am.

There are groups who meet in the church each week.

The Learning Together Group meets on a Wednesday night at 7pm. Come along to join with others to discuss the Bible.

If you like to have a coffee come along to the Tuesday Coffee and Chat at 10 am. (You can also get toast if you want it!)

The Craft and Hobbies Group is on each Wednesday at 2pm. Get your knitting needles polished and your scissors sharpened. Lots of chat and tea!

You will be made very welcome at all of these and if you want any information about any of these or any of the many groups who use the church each week, just ask and we can let you know!!!

If you want to add anyone to the prayer list, please let me know. I know that folks do appreciate your prayers.

Let me know if you would like to add anything to this newsletter too.

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Scripture: "You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. John 14:28-29 (NIV)

Often when I go into schools there are new children who have moved in to the school. Sometimes, a move to a new place can be very difficult for a family. It can be especially hard for children. There have been many books written to help children adjust to moving to a new city.

I want to tell you a story about a boy named Andrew. Andrew's dad had a new job and the family was moving to a new home. Since it was so close to the end of the school year, it was decided that it would be better if Andrew stayed behind to finish the school year.

It was hard for Andrew to be left behind, but his father explained that he would go ahead and find a place for them to live and make sure that it was ready when it was time for him to join them. He told Andrew that there was nothing to worry about because he would be staying with some very good friends who would look after him and make sure that he had everything he needed.

During the time that Andrew was separated from his parents, his parents called to talk to him on the phone every day. They told him about their new home and how much he was going to like it. It helped Andrew a lot to talk to his parents and to know that they would soon come for him and he would join them in his new home.

That is very much like what Jesus has done for us. Before Jesus returned to heaven to be with his Father, he said that he was going to heaven to prepare a place for us. He promised that he would come again and take us to our new home in heaven.

When Jesus went to heaven, he didn't leave us alone. He asked his Father to send the Holy Spirit to watch over us, teach us, and remind us of all that he has told us in the Bible. Not only that, we can talk to Jesus every day in prayer.

Dear Father, we are thankful that Jesus is in heaven preparing a home for us. We thank you for the Holy Spirit who guides us and comforts us each day and we look forward to the day when Jesus will return and take us to our new home in heaven. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Continue to pray for our many church friends Janet, Vena and Freda, Sylvia, Sheena and Bill, Isobelle, Margaret, Agnes, Jim, Andy and Mary, Gil and Sheena and Veronica. Pray for all those who care for and support those who are ill at home and in hospital.

Pray this week for Karen who has had to leave the church service early for a few weeks because of her painful back. She recently has had treatment which should make a difference. Margery has also asked if we could continue to pray for her friend Louise.

Keep Christine Montagu’s family and friends and Christine Jardine’s family and friends in your prayers in this time of bereavement.

Church is on each Sunday followed by tea and coffee in the hall so come along and worship with us at 11 am.

God bless

Laura

Laura Fleming- Session Clerk