Newsletter 27 August 2021

The following items this week:-     

     

Sunday Worship face coverings (seated and singing) still required and advanced booking desirable.  For those who have not booked, but still wish to attend, details can be collected at the door prior to the service.  

Joint Kirk Session/Congregational Board Meeting – 31 August  

Return of Launchpad - September 

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

Prayer for Leaders and Prayer Resources 

Christian Aid Response to Afghanistan 

“Life and Work” the Magazine of the Church of Scotland – 29 August designated as Life and Work Sunday 

Dunbar Area Christian Youth Project – call for volunteer  

Bethany Christian Trust – celebration evening, 9 September, Edinburgh   

Please Remember Items – services and online activities.     

SUNDAY WORSHIP:  For the time being some restrictions still apply – so wearing of face masks required both while seated and singing in Church, and Test and Protect contact details are also required. The preferred approach is to book in advance e-mailing 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. However, there is usually space available in Church, so if you have not been able to book but would still like to attend the service, you can give these details to the stewards on the door. Please don’t be put off coming simply because you have not booked in advance – but remember a face mask!    

  

James Wildgoose 

 

JOINT KIRK SESSION/CONGREGATIONAL BOARD MEETING:  The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 31 August.  The main issue for discussion will be the future ministry at Belhaven, following a recent exchange with Presbytery representatives.  We will also be considering next steps in our relationship with Spott, the handling of the manse during this period of vacancy, proposals for a new Toddlers Group at the Church and various standard items.  On the future ministry issue we will be discussing how best to engage with the congregation to hear the views to assist in the future decision-making. As mentioned previously, we are only at the start of our deliberations on the future, so it will be some time before we establish a clear way forward.  I hope to include a summary of the discussion in next week’s newsletter. 

 

James Wildgoose 

 

RETURN OF LAUNCHPAD:  Launchpad – the Sunday activity for primary school age children – is restarting in September after the summer break and relaxations in the pandemic restrictions. The plan is to run two sessions per month on the 2nd and 4th Sundays as follows over the next 3 months: 

 

12 September 

26 September 

10 October 

24 October 

14 November 

28 November  

 

Messy church is on the 1st Sunday of the month in the afternoon. On the 1st and 3rd Sundays there will be busy bags in church. 

 

The Launchpad leaders are looking for more volunteers to help. This is an important area of Church life.  If you are interested to volunteer, or even find out more, please contact Kathryn Robertson onThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

   

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 me 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 emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you. 

  

Kathryn Robertson 

 

PRAYER FOR LEADERS – AND PRAYER RESOURCES: OnWednesday 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 

 

CHRISTIAN AID RESPONSE TO AFGHANISTAN: “As the Taliban take control of Afghanistan, millions of Afghan people are seeking safe passage – fearful of what comes next.  There is a humanitarian crisis in the country, with the most marginalised and vulnerable already affected. The rights of Afghan women and girls are in jeopardy. Human rights defenders and civil society actors are now at grave risk. We must take action to protect those whose lives and rights are at stake.   

Join Christian Aid in calling on the UK Government to support people in Afghanistan, their neighbouring countries, and to welcome those seeking refuge in the UK.” 

The following link provides more detail including information on how to donate to Christian Aid in support of their work in Afghanistan, to join their campaigning work to seek change and to pray for this and the people caught up in the crisis. 

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/news/afghanistan-our-response 

 

“LIFE AND WORK” – THE MAGAZINE OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND:  Sunday 29 August is being designated Life and Work Sunday - celebrating the past, present and future of the Church’s magazine.  It has been providing information to Church members and others for more than 140 years and is a precious resource to many.  It does a sterling job in providing news from across the denomination, new initiatives, views and perspectives on the big issues of our time and up to date information on denominational developments – crucial at this time of radical change.  Reference to “Life and Work” will be made in our service this coming Sunday

 

If you are interested to take out a subscription, please e-mail me onThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I’ll copy on to you the special promotion to encourage new subscribers. 

 

James Wildgoose   

 

DUNBAR AREA CHRISTIAN YOUTH PROJECT: DACYP relies heavily on the fundraising efforts of a small, dedicated team led by our Treasurer Fiona Fleming. Alison Mitchell and Robin Hamilton are also on this team.  An opportunity has opened up for a volunteer to join the team in this valuable, supportive role.  The requirements of the role include a good level of general administration skills, including basic word processing abilities. The main element, as always however, is a passion to see the project move forward and receive the financial support it needs to do that. If this is of interest or would like to discuss it further, please contact Jon on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Fiona on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Kathryn Robertson 

 

Ed:  As many will know Belhaven has been a major supporter of DACYP since its inception and we regularly report, in this newsletter, the main high-level activities it is involved with, not least the recent holiday clubs, which have been highly successful particularly during the pandemic.  But there is a whole range of other support activities which DACYP undertakes as well, mainly in liaison with the schools.  Worth considering carefully whether you might be able to help in this volunteering role. DACYP hold a prayer meeting every month on a Saturday morning (currently on Zoom) and prayer points are prepared.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested to receive a copy of the prayer points and/or to join the next prayer meeting – Saturday 28 August, 8.45am over Zoom. 

 

BETHANY CHRISTAN TRUST – CELEBRATION EVENING:  Bethany are holding this event on Thursday 9 September (19.30 – 21.30) in King’s Church, Gilmore Place, Edinburgh – to celebrate the impact that Bethany supporters have made in the last two years.  As the invitation states: “The evening will feature stories of hope from our services, which have remained operational throughout the pandemic, offering an amazing opportunity for you to see how your support has made a difference in the lives of people throughout Scotland.”  As many will be aware, Belhaven has a long history of supporting the work of Bethany. There is an opportunity to attend in person (limitation on numbers) or to link in virtually. If you are interested in either please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for further informat  

 

PLEASE REMEMBER    

         

  James Wildgoose

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