Newsletter

NOTICES

 

Induction of Rev Amy Pierce – 28 March

Presbytery have now confirmed the induction service of our new minister, Rev Amy Pierce, will take place on Thursday, 28 March, at 7pm.  Anyone willing to contribute to the catering on this evening should add their name to the list posted in the hallway of the church.

 

 

Reflections/Newsletter

Contributions to the reflections we include in our Newsletter are always welcome.  If you have a story, a poem, a thought, or have seen or read something that you can share, please send to roger.ramshaw@btinternet.com

 

Pastoral Care

If you know of anyone who is in hospital or would appreciate a card or a visit, please let a member of our Pastoral Care Team know. (Judy Taylor, Val Ramshaw, Mary Taylor, Maureen McLellan - 01224 582491)

 

Messy Church Dates

April - No Messy Church in April

1st May

5th June

3rd July

Any volunteers willing to help run craft tables would be most welcome.

Mary Taylor writes:-

 

I am a great fan of the writings of the Very Rev Dr. John Chalmers. He seems so human and to have a great understanding of ‘how people tick’.

In the March edition of Life and Work, he writes about life being too short to bear grudges.

 

If only we could set aside our deep disputes, Dr. Chalmers says, because at the end of them, invariably, there are no winners and everyone is diminished.

 

Jesus knew the high cost that people paid for the grudges they held, he knew that if we didn’t deal with our differences, they would not only diminish us as individuals, but also hamper our relationship with God.

He said ‘if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift’ Matthew 5: 23-24.

 

‘Easier said than done’ we can all hear ourselves say! But nobody said it was easy to follow the teachings of Jesus.

SOME ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS ON FOREGIVENESS

Why do we find it so hard to forgive others? Why do we hold grudges and refuse others the privilege and honour of our forgiveness? We can think of at least one big reason: they have hurt us and consequently don’t deserve our forgiveness.  Besides, they haven’t asked for our forgiveness.   Why should we forgive someone who doesn’t want to be forgiven?

 

Whenever we get stingy with our forgiveness, we need to remember that in our relationship to God, we are the offenders and God is the offended.  We  have hurt God and don’t deserve his forgiveness, yet, he didn’t wait until we asked him to forgive us. Out of his deep love for us, he forgave us while we were still in rebellion to him.

 

When we are reluctant to forgive others, we must remember that God wants us to.

 

“Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”    Colossians 3:13

 

[ Keeping God in the Small Stuff – Bruce & Statin]

HUMOUR – seen in other church’s notices

- Have trouble sleeping? We have sermons – come hear one.

- We are a Facebook church. We seek his face and open his book.

And …..

- I haven’t talked to my wife in three weeks….I didn’t want to interrupt her.