Week beginning Sunday 19th November 2017
VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENTTEAM, CHARIS HOUSE
Supporting CrossReach services to involve volunteers.
* As we prepare for the Year of Young People 2018, pray for opportunities to work with and listen to young people across our services in Scotland.
* Pray that as our Volunteer Strategy is rolled out across our services that managers would feel the benefit of clear guidance to support volunteers and will enthusiastically take it forward.
* Pray that the volunteers who work in all CrossReach services would know how much they are valued and appreciated and that there would be good relations between volunteers, staff and those who use our services.
* Give thanks that some of our clients in our recovery based services go on to become volunteers. This is tremendous, and we thank God for each and every one of them and ask that He will use this to build their strength and character.
* CrossReach Counselling Services rely on volunteers in all area including office support, crèche work, art therapy and client counselling and supervision. Give thanks to God for His faithfulness in bringing the right volunteers to us and for their commitment and skills.
* Polmont Family Hub & Bus have a small staff and volunteer team who work together to make prison visits easier for families. Volunteers offer a warm welcome and a cuppa and we pray for more people to come forward and join the team.
We meet on Wednesday from 12.30 – 1pm for lunch, then worship and sharing until 1.15 when we begin our Bible discussion. This session we are thinking about PRAYER 'An adventure with God' The reading this Wednesday 22nd November is 1 Timothy 2: 1 – 8, and the topic is 'Praying for Everyone: Paul" If you cannot join us, here are a few of the questions we will be discussing - Why is prayer important? From the reading, what reasons does Paul give in the passage for the importance of prayer? Paul encourages us to pray for all people, but then highlights a particular example in V2. Why is prayer for such people important?
Meet this Thursday in the Salvation Army Hall at 7.30pm. The representatives from Jackson are Rev Kay, Jean Cane and Marie Gault. Please remember this group in your prayer life as they strive to arrange Christian events throughout the year for the benefit of the people of Airdrie, that they may always be guided and inspired by the wisdom of the Holy Spirit in carrying out Gods work.
(1) AIRDRIE CAROL CONCERT
As you know, a special carol concert for the town is held each year. Our local Salvation Army provides the music and Airdrie Council of Churches is happy to promote this ecumenical worship for the community. This year's concert will be on Saturday 16 December at 6pm. Tickets are free and if you would like to go to this very worthwhile and joyful service of Christmas worship then please see Sandra Andrews who has tickets.
Is this Saturday 25th November. As part of this day The New Wellwynd are hosting a Prayer Vigil incorporating clergy and members of other churches to take part. It will follow the same lines as the Good Friday Vigil from 9am – noon – there will be a Bible Reading, short reflection leading to a time of prayer, which in turn will lead to a time of quiet prayer and music and also the opportunity to write your own prayers on post-its and place on a PrayerWall. There are 30 minute slots – 10 minutes of a leader talking and praying and 20 minutes of quiet reflection...you are free to come and go as you wish. rev Kay is doing the 9.30 – 10 am slot and the theme is Pilgrims on a Journey. The other prayer themes are The call of God, Church and Churches, The Presbytery of Hamilton, Government and Leaders, Global Events and Current Affairs, The Lord's Prayer. All will be made welcome at any time.AT
Members of the Guild will take part in worship next Sunday, the 26 November as part of Guild Week. There will be home made soup and crusty bread served at the close of worship and any donations will go to the work of McMillan Cancer Care.
This will take place in the church hall on Friday 15 December 2017 starting at 7.30pm and feature a host of Jackson youth talent from a range of our organisations. All proceeds will go towards the Capital Appeal for St Andrew's Hospice. Tea and home baking provided. Tickets costing £5 available from Derrick Hannan at church or from organisations.
The Annual Ecumenical Carol Service this year will be held in St Margaret’s Church on Sunday 17th December at 7.30 p.m. Choir rehearsals are on a Thursday evening starting on 9th December and will be held in new Wellwynd Church Session Room from 7.30 till 8.30 p.m. Anyone interested in singing in the choir will be made most welcome.
Team Jackson have been very supportive of this organisation and they are extremely grateful for what we offer each week. They have asked for a few specific items which they seem to run out of very quickly. They are in need of small items of toiletries like toothbrushes, shampoo, soap and the like. So if we could help with these basic essentials I am sure they will be received from grateful families.
Office Bearers Online Resources page ( www.churchofscotland.org.uk/officebearers )
This much sought after resources page covers the sheer scope of being office bearers in the Church of Scotland. Consisting of three main sections (‘Formation of the Kirk’, ‘Governance of the Kirk’ and ‘Practice in the Kirk’) and twenty two sub-sections, this page provides both theoretical, historical and practical information and extensive links for further exploration. Please do visit and explore the page. Full overviews of all topics are available as printable PDF files at the end of each page.
Children and Youth Online Resources ( www.churchofscotland.org.uk/childrenandyouth )
Another long waited and much sought after resources page is finally live, offering lots of information, resources and ideas for shaping our churches ministry with children and youth. This page is thoughtfully sectioned for Leaders, Church, Community, Young Adults and Events. It will signpost to resources and information, develop learning and equip with skills those working with children and youth. Do have a look and share with others who might be interested.
Learn Online( www.churchofscotland.org.uk/learn )
The Congregational Learning Team is developing more online content. Check our new Resources pages in Learn Online by clicking through the cover cards here. We also have new pages about the Learning Disability Working Group and the Rural Working Group. Plus, you can find lots of helpful connections on our Facebook page Rural Churches in Scotland