Next Messy Church is on Saturday 21 February 2015
at 4.00 – 5.30pm
The theme is “Family”
Come into the Halls from Castle Street
A time for Families to share together in fun and food
have fun making crafts together
play games – share in supper
finish with a story and singing
For more information phone the church office on 742551
Riverside Gateway will restart on Tuesday 3rd Feb from 10:30am.
Come along for a tea/coffee and a chat. If you enjoy playing cards or board games but don’t have anyone to play with, if you like to chat about books you’ve just read, or enjoy crosswords or knitting, and would like to chat with like-minded people, come along and join in.
Encourage someone you know to come along, or bring them with you!
The Evening Guild is hosting a musical evening on Wednesday 21st January at 7:30pm.
The group Union 3+1 (three ladies and a gentleman), from a church in Lenzie, will sing a variety of songs.
This is an open eveing and a warm invitation is extended to all. Donations to charity.
Mary, Joseph and the Donkey travelling from Nazareth to Bethlehem (via Dumbarton)
Luke’s Gospel tells us that Mary and Joseph travelled from Nazareth to Bethlehem while Mary was heavily pregnant. It’s a long journey (maybe as far as Dumbarton to Edinburgh if they followed the regular Jewish practice of avoiding Samaria and taking the ‘long way’ via the Jordan Valley). It would also require a climb from Jericho to Jerusalem not far short of climbing Ben Lomond. There were no cars, buses or trains. They had to walk or maybe take the donkey (though some women who have been through pregnancy aren’t sure where they would rather walk than travel on a donkey’s back on rough roads). They couldn’t have done it all in one day, so must have taken bed and breakfast along the way.
To help us think about this, during Advent a stable, Mary and Joseph – and a donkey – travelled round the congregation, taking bed and breakfast each night. (One hostess reported that they were no trouble at all – and the donkey left a ‘wee present’ for the roses!) The next morning the host(ess) from the night before would take them to the person/people providing accommodation for the next night – and they might well have a chat and a cup of coffee in the process. On Christmas Eve, at the end of the service the weary travellers arrived in Bethlehem, the Baby was born, and the other figures from the Nativity Set joined them to celebrate God’s great gift to us.
Happy New Year to everyone, and a reminder that from January until the end of April our main Sunday service starts at 11:30am.