Newsletter 20 Aug 2021

The following items this week:-     

     

Sunday Worship – some restrictions lifted – but booking for services still required and face coverings still to be worn both while seated and singing.  

Future Ministry at Belhaven – brief update  

Messy Church – next meeting – Sunday 5 September, 2.30 – 4pm 

Prayer for Leaders and Prayer Resources 

Jungle Adventure Holiday Club – a report    

Lay Pastors Training Opportunity  

Plastic Bottles – still required  

Please Remember Items – services and online activities.     

    

SUNDAY WORSHIP:  For the time being restrictions still apply – so wearing of face masks required both while seated and singing in Church, and booking in for services also required. To book please e-mail on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on the Thursday prior to the Sunday in question.  Please give your name and a contact telephone number. If not able to e-mail please telephone 07484 897871 and leave a message – again with the same information and on the same timescale. 

 

Further changes are to be announced towards the end of the month and it may be that some of the existing restrictions can be removed then.    

  

James Wildgoose 

 

 

FUTURE MINISTRY AT BELHAVEN:  Earlier in July, I reported that Belhaven representatives would be meeting with Presbytery representatives for an initial exchange on the future ministry at Belhaven.  This meeting took place earlier in the month.  It was a good exchange.  We were able to express thoughts freely and received a listening ear.  It is of course very early days in our discussions with no decisions reached; it is likely to be some time before we come to that point.  The Kirk Session will be considering matters further at its meeting at the end of August.  As far as possible we will seek to keep the congregation informed of developments, and, as indicated previously, there will be an opportunity, in due course, for congregational input to discussions on the future. 

 

James Wildgoose 

 

 

MESSY CHURCH: The next Messy Church will be on Sunday 5th September where we will look at the Feeding of the Five Thousand. We're very excited as guidance has changed and we can now serve drinks and CAKE! - home-made or shop brought it doesn't matter. We would love some volunteers to make home-baking and to serve it, to groups of 10 (two or three families). Do let Kathryn know if you are able to help. Messy church will run from 2:30-around 4pm. Phone if you have questions - on 07883 574254 - or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you 

  

Kathryn Robertson 

 

 

PRAYER FOR LEADERS – AND PRAYER RESOURCES: On Wednesday mornings, 9-10am, some of us meet at The Stables to pray for the people who are leading us through change. Anyone is welcome to attend.  For further information please contact Alison Murray on 07823 469 472 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you are not able to make it to these meetings, a set of prayer cards is available to assist you in your own prayers for our leaders.  If interested in these please again contact Alison as above. 

 

Alison Murray 

 

 

JUNGLE ADVENTURE HOLIDAY CLUB – REPORT: After a busy summer of day trips, Harbour Lights, Scripture Union Day Camps and Holiday Club in a bag, the final part of the DACYP summer programme was the in-person Holiday Club in Lochend Woods. 

 

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         Keeping Alive

 

This holiday club marked the transition from it being a Dunbar Churches Together event, to becoming the charge of the Dunbar Area Christian Youth Project (DACYP). With DCT folding, one of its final acts was to part fund the holiday club in 2021. The rest was funded by DACYP. 

 

The Jungle Adventure programme was designed to be done outdoors, and with Lochend Woods on our doorstep it made for a perfect venue. With COVID restrictions and genuine worries about the spread of COVID, this was a welcome change to being in an overcrowded church hall. For those unfamiliar with Lochend Woods, it is a beautiful sanctuary with paths, a burn and an abundance of wildlife. Surprisingly, several of the families who attended had never explored them. It was great to seeing them discover their charm.  

 

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                   Monkeying Around

 

Another new feature for the holiday club was that it was not a drop off. The adults stayed with the child and could join in. This enabled our team to get to know families, not just the child. It also meant that they could supervise their child. Great news when they ended up climbing trees and being more adventurous than our usual health and safety rules would allow. 

 

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                            Prayer Boats

 

We had 2 groups, each doing a 3 day programme, so a record breaking 6 sessions in total. We had a reduced team of volunteers to enable more children to participate, 32 children and 17 adults in all. They had come into contact with holiday club via Harbour lights, Messy Church, school, church and social media. A real mixture of backgrounds and reasons for being there. 

 

Jungle Adventure loosely linked the outdoors and nature with some of the stories about Jesus. This was a great opportunity to use natural resources for crafts and games, e.g. painting with berry juice, making dens and going on woodland walks. Our young volunteers, dressed as monkeys, did warm up exercises and songs. Others led groups, did storytelling and more. And each day had a reflective and prayerful activity. Perhaps the most poignant was after we looked at the story of Jesus calming the storm. The children made boats and wrote prayers for their own storms on the sails. We then floated them in the burn and Rev Suzie Fletcher gave a blessing.  A real sense of God given peace framed the scene.