Prayer Diary: Week commencing 26 April: Messy Church

* Give thanks for those who come to Messy Church and obviously enjoy it. Some are part of the Sunday worshipping community, some go to other churches, some don’t have much of a church connection. Pray that the links will become stronger and that all may be drawn into the life of the wider church

* Give thanks for those who organise it and lead the different activities. Pray that others may become involved in the planning and leading – both to include them, and to enable us to have Messy Church more often Factbox Messy Church happens once a quarter in Riverside on either a Friday evening or Saturday afternoon. It is intended to be an event for families

The principles behind organising Messy Church are: Family, Friendship, Food, Fun, Faith, Flexibility and Fruitfulness or to put it another way:
– it is for all ages, not just children
– it is about creativity, not just crafts
– it is about worship and community, not a bridge to ‘real church’
– it aims for transformation of family life, not just fun for kids
– its hospitality is part of its outreach, not just an inducement to come

Heart & Soul 17 May 2015

Heart And Sould LIving StonesHeart and Soul 2015 is a large-scale celebratory event organised by the Church of Scotland. It coincides with the beginning of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland taking place nearby.

The event is designed to celebrate the life and work of the church in Scotland. It’s free to attend and all are welcome!

Riverside are organising a bus to the event again this year; the cost of the bus will be dependent on the number going – the more that do go, the cheaper it will be!

Watch a video highlighting some of last year’s key moments here: http://www.heartandsoul2015.org.uk/promote

The Cross

Daffodil Cross

People arrived for worship on Easter Sunday with daffodils which were arranged into a striking display of a cross at the front of the church.  At the end of the service the cross was placed outside the front of the church.

Easter Plants

In the afternoon spring plants were taken to some of our members who couldn’t make it to church.

Prayer Diary: Week commencing 19 April: Dalreoch Primary School

* ‘Oor wee school is a great wee school.’ Give thanks for the community of staff, pupils and parents at Dalreoch Primary School, for their commitment and all that they have achieved
* There has been uncertainty over the future of the school. Give thanks for those who have coped with that uncertainty, while providing a positive learning environment for the children. Pray for them as they plan for the future
* Give thanks for all that the children have learned at school this year – not just the knowledge but the skills and life skills. Pray that they will continue to want to learn and to grow and develop as members of the school community
* Pray for the children moving on at the end of term, and for those starting at Dalreoch after the summer

Prayer Diary: Week commencing 12 April 2015: Those with problems or issues in our parishes

  • There are people in our parishes who have problems with alcohol, drugs or other substances. They often sit alongside other problems – physical or mental health issues, complex and difficult family relationships, unemployment, difficulty in maintaining regularity or structure in life, poor educational attainment and so on. Pray for them, that they will find the support they need to break out of their addictions and to cope with the other issues in their lives. Pray for their families, friends and neighbours who are trying to cope with their problems. Pray for those who work with people with addiction problems
  • ‘Old age doesn’t come alone’. For some it means physical problems – restricted mobility, chronic pain, difficulty breathing, spells in and out of hospital, adjusting to not being able to do things you used to do, adjusting to losing your independence and having to rely on others. For other people it is the mind that is affected as forgetful or dementia develops. It is stressful and distressing. Pray for those who are experiencing the problems of age in their own lives, and those who are having to cope with them in relatives, friends or neighbours. Pray too for those who work with older people who have age-related problems
  • Attitudes to people with disabilities, learning difficulties, ‘conditions’ or ‘syndromes’ have changed markedly over the last two generations. They are now much more readily included in the mainstream of society. But coping with a family member, friend or neighbour can still be hard work. Pray for continuing change in attitudes, and greater inclusion. Pray that those who have disabilities etc will be enabled to reach their full potential. Pray for those who have to cope/ look after them, that they will have the stamina and patience they need

Holy Week Services 2015

Monday 30th March, 7pm  – Joint Service at the West Kirk

Tuesday 31st March, 7pm – Joint Service at St Andrew’s Bellsmyre

Wednesday 1st April, 7pm  – Joint Service at Dalreoch (Ian Johnson preaching)

Thursday 2nd April, 1pm – Joint Communion service at the West Kirk

Thursday 2nd April, 7pm  – Joint Service at St Augustine’s (Passover mean, Communion, Stripping the church)

Friday 3rd April, 11am – DCT Walk of Witness

Friday 3rd April, 12 noon – Joint Service in the High Street

Friday 3rd April, 7pm – Joint Communion service at Riverside (Brian Rodgers preaching)