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This Sunday our service at 11 am will be in the hall and will be followed by  fellowship tea and coffee. Come along and join with us in worship.

Thanks to all those who continue to support our Foodbank Sunday on the 2nd Sunday of the month. The items donated last Sunday will already have been distributed by those at EK Foodbank.

The next collection will be Sunday 9th February.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an international Christian ecumenical observance which is held from 18th to 25th January. This year there will be a service in the Old Parish Church on Thursday 23rd at 12 noon, followed by a soup lunch in the hall at approx. 12.30. Everyone is invited to attend and will be made most welcome.

Sunday School is on each week. All children are welcome.

All our own Church groups and activities meet weekly but check as organisations are normally off during the school holiday time.

The Girls’ Brigade is on Wednesdays at 6.30 p.m. Please pass this information around to any school age girls from P1 to S6.

The Boys’ Brigade is on Thursdays at 6.30 p.m. Please pass this information around to any school age boys from P1 to P6.
All young people are welcome to come along at any time and can bring a friend too!

The Hub Community Café meets fortnightly.  Admission is £3.50 and includes tea/coffee, cakes and entertainment. The first date is in 6th February when Elaine Dallas will sing country.

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 Tuesday Coffee and Chat never close!

The Craft and Hobbies Group is on each Wednesday at 2pm. and although it has stopped now for winter it will resume probably in February.

You will be made very welcome at any group which meets in the church – as you might expect tea and coffee feature at a good number of them!

Let me know if you would like to know about any groups or if you would like to add anything to this newsletter.

We now have a set of slides being shown before the start of the service each Sunday so if you would like anything shown on these let us know. I think people are enjoying these and are pleased to know what is happening week by week especially to their Church friends.

Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash

Scripture: Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God." John 1:32,34 (NIV)

It is important for us to keep up with what is happening in the world. One of the best ways to do this is by watching the news. A typical news broadcast nowadays has several live, on-the-scene reports. The announcers often speak to someone who witnessed the incident and the eyewitness would then tell everyone what they saw. It really helps us to understand what happened when we have an eyewitness report.

Even though there was no TV during the time that Jesus lived, eyewitness reports were still very important. One day John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him. He said to the people with him, "Look! There is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one I told you about. I didn't know he was the Messiah, but when I baptized him, I saw the Holy Spirit coming down from the heavens like a dove. It came down and landed right on his shoulder. I saw it my own two eyes and I tell you, this is the Son of God." When the people heard John's eyewitness report, it helped them understand and believe that Jesus was truly the Son of God.

Most people come to know about Jesus because someone else tells them about him. Perhaps it’s their parents, a Sunday school teacher or a good friend. These people have given an eyewitness account of how Jesus changed their life. God wants all of us to be a part of his "Eyewitness News Team." 

What would you tell someone about what Jesus means to you? Whatever Jesus has done for you, tell others so they can know Him too.

Dear God, thank You for sending Your Son. Help us be witnesses so that others will come to know Your love as we do. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Remember that we share lots of information and pages from Presbytery and from different churches on our Facebook pages every day. You can read and keep informed about all that is happening in the wider church and in our local area.

We have also had information from Christian Aid about the GLASGOW GATHERING.

The day is to explore how Christian Aid responds to communities in crisis across the world.

The Keynote speaker is Nick Guttmann, Christian Aid Head of Humanitarian Division

It is taking place on Friday 21 February 10am-1pm at Wheatley House Academy, 150 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1DW. Coffee will be served from 9:30am

If you would like to know more or to attend, please contact Glasgow@christian-aid.org or phone them on 0141 221 7475.

Linda Walker has let us know that there are still places available on the Place for Hope training on Saturday 25th January at Motherwell: Dalziel St Andrews.

This intensive day workshop will include:

Understanding conflict: We will share what we mean by conflict, and how it ‘looks’ in our churches; we will also begin to explore our different approaches to conflict, and how we respond.

Conflict transformation skills: Working with real life scenarios, we will explore skills like: how to work constructively with disagreements in groups and meetings; how to ‘lower’ the level of conflict; making good decisions in groups.

Further resources: We will offer ideas and pointers for further training, including information about courses, and local/national resources.

All refreshments, including lunch, will be provided

Who is it for?

This Foundation Day is intended for all in leadership in our churches for example: clergy, elders, deacons, readers, OLMs, youth leaders, mission leaders, licensed or commissioned lay leaders.

Pre-course requirements

You will be asked to complete a short questionnaire in advance to identify your own style of responding to conflict, and to bring a ‘live’ experience of conflict, in home, church or work.

The day will be facilitated by Place for Hope Practitioners, trained as mediators and facilitators.

Anyone interested should email Linda - lwalker@churchofscotland.org.uk - so that she can add them to the register and be in touch with them directly.

Continue to pray for our many church friends –Sylvia, Sheena and Bill, Isabelle, Agnes and Bill, Gil and Sheena, Jean, Margaret, Margaret and May. I know that they are pleased to know they are remembered by their church family each week.

Remember Lucy from our Sunday School as she has broken her ankle and has had an operation to insert a pin.

Please also pray for Bobby who is the husband of a close friend of Morag. He has had a triple heart bypass operation.

Pray for Amanda who is now in the Hospice and for her mum Rosemary.

Pray for Ena as her sister has passed away this week.

If you want to add anyone to the prayer list, please let me know. I know that folks do appreciate your prayers and many people have said that knowing others are praying for them helps them get through some days. 
Church is on each Sunday followed by tea and coffee so come along and worship with us at 11 am.

God bless.


Laura Fleming- Session Clerk