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God our Creator, our world has been turned upside down by the Pandemic and we have felt - and still feel - anxious and worried about catching the virus or about our personal situations, how we will cope emotionally and financially. We praise You that You have been ever present with us to encourage and embolden us to put our fears in perspective by counting our blessings and by finding joy in our relationship with You and with one another.
Lord Jesus Christ, we know we can trust in You and in Your wise Counsel, and yet, we confess, that we allow anxiety to overwhelm our hearts and minds and to take control of our bodies and make us ill. We confess that we allow the false gods of this world and their messages to disproportionately affect how we live because we ignore Your will and settle for less than Your joy. Forgive us and help us to put our trust firmly in You.
Holy Spirit, make our hearts glad, our souls rejoice and our bodies dwell secure in the Love of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Him alone will we find the peace we long for.
We pray especially for our students who have been encouraged to pay for their education and halls of residence only to find that most of their lectures are on-line. And now they are all tarred with the same brush of being reckless and are being threatened that they cannot return home at Christmas. Why is such mass fear being instilled in their hearts and in the hearts of their families? Why are politicians so ready to point the finger of blame at them? What thought is being given to their human rights and mental health? Lord, may they find comfort and strength in Your Presence, especially those who have just left home for the first time and are already suffering from separation anxiety. Guide our Governments to use their common sense and care. This we ask through Jesus Christ who loves us. Amen. (KFG)
A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU AT INSCH-LESLIE-PREMNAY-OYNE PARISH CHURCH on SUNDAY 27th SEPTEMBER 2020 at 10.30 am, and a warm welcome also to our Sunday Club. The Service will be conducted by the Rev. Alan Greig as Dr. Kay is on holiday.
Would you please be so kind as to book your seats for church services through Diane McCallum on 07828 456651. With more people returning to church, we would be upset at having to turn people away. If you wish to tell Diane that you will be here every week, every second week or once a month, then that’s fine. If there is then any week you can’t manage, you would also need to let her know so she can fit others in.
We are sorry that there will be no refreshments until further notice.
Dr Kay has now resumed taking her day off on a Monday.
STUDENT Angela May will be with us every second Sunday morning.
Should anyone like to set up a monthly standing order to the church, please get in touch with Dr Kay or Diane McCallum for the bank account details. Thank you. Your support and help to make our church sustainable is most appreciated.
Thank you very much to Graham Barrack for cutting the Manse Hedge! It became a bit wild during lockdown! Grateful thanks to Graham for its makeover!
Please remember CHRISTIAN AID in your prayers and in your giving if you can. Thank you. You can donate online at: caid.org.uk/dam or call 0845 700 0300. The date of the Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be the 18th of October. On that day there will also be the opportunity to donate to Christian Aid, so there will be two differently marked offering plates. Thank you.
THE COMMUNITY FOOD BANK has now closed. We are continuing to support numerous families and elderly people on a weekly basis.SHOULD YOU REQUIRE HELP, ESPECIALLY FOR CHRISTMAS, please contact Dr. Kay who can assure you of confidentiality.
THE CROSSREACH CHRISTMAS CARDS and CALENDARS catalogue can be found at shop.crossreach.org.uk from the 1st SEPTEMBER. Paper copies of the Catalogue will be sent to previous Customers at the end of this week. You can request your paper copy of the Catalogue by emailing us at email@example.com, or by phoning us on 0131 454 4374.
WE are still collecting for the INVERURIE FOOD BANK. Their September wish list is: jam, marmalade, small jars of coffee; jars of sauce (pasta, Sweet and Sour, Curry etc.); Instant Mash; and chocolate bars (100g are ideal).
Currently we have good supplies of pasta, soup, beans, tomatoes and tea bags, thanks to your generosity. Thank you for your continuing support and stay safe!
ADVANCE NOTICE that we will be making up Christmas hampers for our own Food Bank families and we will also be making up Christmas Hampers to raffle and raise funds for the church. So if you see any suitable festive food items or treats, then please let us know or kindly donate them. Thank you.
Six members of the Session met with six member of Strathbogie and Drumblade Church and had a fruitful conversation about working together in the future. We are now waiting on a date to meet with representatives of Huntly Parish Church.
SUNDAY 4th OCTOBER: worship at 10.30am with baptism. WORSHIP at 4pm with baptisms. PLEASE BOOK your seats! Thank you.
SUNDAY 11th OCTOBER: worship at 10.30am.
SUNDAY 18th OCTOBER: Harvest Thanksgiving Service and ordination and admission of new elders. There will also be an offering for Christian Aid. Thank you.
SUNDAY 25th OCTOBER: HOLY COMMUNION at 10.30am AND at 4pm. These will be more informal than usual.
28th OCTOBER: is the date set for the next webinar arranged by the Recruitment Team based at 121 George Street in Edinburgh. Each Webinar will give the opportunity to hear the personal story of someone who has been on a ministry journey, inviting those in attendance to consider and reflect on their own story and the steps and stages along the way.
There will be an opportunity to consider local ministry development, as well as time for Q&As and the chance to connect online with others who are similarly exploring their journey and where it might lead.
The Recruitment Team will also give an insight into Discernment for the recognised ministries and what they can do to support applicants further.
The Webinars will be hosted on Microsoft Teams monthly from Sep- Mar (omitting December), alternating between day and evening to offer maximum choice. Confirmed dates, times and speakers are as follows:
28 October1900-2000pm – Mrs Catherine Wallace DCS, Diaconate Secretary;
SUNDAY 1st NOVEMBER: Service at 10.30am.
SUNDAY 8th NOVEMBER: Remembrance Service. There may be a small and very short service outside the hospital at 11.45am as our hospital is still closed and we won’t have access to the War Memorial of our parish. Details have still to be worked out.
THE FESTIVAL OF SCARECROWS will take place this year in the school holidays from the 17th to the 20th October. The theme is BOOKS! Any book you like!
ENTRY FORMS have been sent out through Insch Primary School. They can also be obtained from the D.I.Y. shop from next week and from Dr. Kay by e-mail: KGauld@churchofscotland.org.uk The entry fee should be popped through her door. If you don’t have e-mail, please ‘phone her for an entry form.
TREASURE HUNTS will be on sale at the door of the church hall on SATURDAY 17th from 10am to 3pm and on SUNDAY 18th from noon to 3pm. They can also be obtained on the Saturday, Monday and Tuesday from Pamela at the D.I.Y. shop. Grateful thanks to Pamela for helping us. Sorry, there are no teas or raffle this year. Any funds raised will go the the church and the local primary school. The judges this year will be those who do the treasure hunt! There will be a form attached to the treasure hunt to vote for your favourite three in each section. These forms should all be popped through the door of the manse. After 72 hours, they will be marked/counted and the winners announced. There will be small prizes as usual.