A Message from our Interim Moderator Revd Colin Brockie
Yesterday evening just before the 8pm clapping our street saw people gathered in their front gardens dancing to YMCA and doing all the actions associated with this pop song. Today, to celebrate VE Day we shall all be out in our front gardens with a separated street party. I am delighted to say that the lock-down caused by the covid19 virus is having at least one good effect: a re-capturing of community spirit.
This could not have come at a better time for our society has been breaking down. It began a long time ago and was exacerbated in the 1960s by the liberalising of behaviour which led to the abandonment of values and principles that had been the foundation of our society until then. Morality was thrown out of the window and people did whatever they wished without regard to the effect of their behaviour on other people: the “ME Society”. Recent headlines have shown examples of this by people in high office who seemed to think that they could do whatever they felt like regardless of the government’s guidelines. The Canadian newspaper baron, Lord Thompson of Fleet, said in the 1940s, “Telling people they have rights will make them forget their responsibilities”. How prophetic he was!
You do not need me to give examples of people’s selfishness and lack of concern for others as I am sure you are able to think of examples you have witnessed or even experienced.
Community should be the bedrock of any society as it gives a guide to what is and what is not acceptable behaviour. Jesus knew this. That is why he deliberately founded a community, beginning with his band of disciples. This small group, following the resurrection, became the Church and gradually grew in number, spreading throughout the Mediterranean area and then further afield as Paul, the Apostles and their successors told the story of Jesus the Messiah and taught people of the need for forgiveness and a new life founded on the Christian principle of loving God, one’s neighbour and oneself – in that order.
I hope and pray that what we see in our street will be reflected throughout our country and lead to a recovery of morality and a way of life based on a “We Society”. Each one of us has a part to play by seeing that our behaviour is guided by the teaching of Christ and shows consideration and concern for the welfare of other people.
St Luke 10: 25 – 37 The parable of the Good Samaritan
Acts 2: 37 – 41
Colin GF Brockie
A message from our Safeguarding Coordinator, Rachel Houston.
I want to let you know about a service being provided by the Crossroads Hub operating from Darvel.
The service are making homecooked soups and simple meals available (frozen) for local people who are isolated or those who are financially struggling due to the Coronavirus restrictions.
Due to circumstances they cannot deliver directly to people’s doorsteps.
If you can benefit from this service I would be prepared to arrange a collection once a week on a Wednesday.
Contact myself, Rachel, on mobile 07904525494. Please note that this is a free service.
Ron Swanson daily videos
Ron really appreciates the kind words he has received from folks in regard to the daily videos. He has had requests for favourite Hymns to be played and he intends to do that over the next few days. The Hymn will be relating to a special and significant moment in somebody’s life. Here is the first video:
Welcome to Day two of our Organist, Ron Swanson’s medley of people’s favourite Hymns suggested to him.
Ron Swanson, our Organist, has been playing a medley of folks favourite Hymns over the last two days. This is day three, and Ron starts his medley with “Shine, Jesus, Shine!”
Here is a new video from Ron. A change this time as it is not Hymns but a wee medley of Scottish songs, Part 1.
Here is our Organist, Ron Swanson’s second video featuring him playing Scottish tunes.
Here is our Session Clerk, Elizabeth Lauchlan’s weekly note to the Standard week beginning 1st of June
As we long for the day when we will be able to meet with one another give thanks that some restrictions have been lifted.
Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. Romans 12: 12
Let’s light a candle, a symbol of hope, each evening at 7pm and pray for all who are affected by the coronavirus, the dedication of the NHS, carers, researchers, emergency services, food producers and sellers, the isolated, and many others going beyond the call of duty. Pray for our Scottish and UK Government and those in positions of power across the Nations. Pray also for one another and all within our community and look out for one another.
Contact can be made with Elizabeth Lauchlan, Session Clerk, 01563 537381 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Covid-19 The Coronavirus
On the advice of the Church of Scotland all services are cancelled and the use of our buildings is suspended until further notice because of the Coronavirus.
Anyone who is self isolating due to the Coronavirus and in need of assistance for shopping etc., please contact Rachel Houston our Safeguarding Co-coordinator on 01563-571436.
Regarding this terrible virus please all be safe in your homes, only make journeys as asked for by the Scottish and UK Governments. Gatherings of no more than two people at a time. Keep in touch by all necessary remote means. Make sure older people you know who live on their own are okay. Though it may break your heart, families must not meet for social events. We must flatten the curve to give the NHS the time and breathing space they need until hopefully a vaccine is developed. We can also pray, we can all pray to the Lord Jesus for his healing hands to reach down and touch us all.
Meanwhile, keep as well as you can and take comfort in knowing that the volume of prayers from every country in the World has greatly increased in recent times. We know that God always hears and answers prayers and this time will be no exception.
The Thrift Shop has finished for now
Hurlford Church Thrift Shop has shut following advice from Church of Scotland in regard to the Coronavirus. It will return when things improve, in due time.
Guild Night on Tuesday 17th of March
The Guild Night on 17th March was cancelled and there will be no further Guild meetings for the moment. This following advice from Church of Scotland in regard to the Coronavirus. We have no idea at this time when Church life can resume. We can only hope and pray it will be sooner rather than later.
Sunday Worship cancelled meantime
Sunday Worship on 22nd March 2020 Cancelled
Sunday Worship on 22nd of March has been cancelled following advice from Church of Scotland in regard to the Coronavirus. There will be no Sunday Services for the foreseeable future. It is a sad but necessary step to defeat this virus.
Flatten the Curve!
Wednesday Prayer Time.
Wednesday Prayer Time has been cancelled following advice from Church of Scotland in regard to the Coronavirus. There will be no Wednesday Prayer time for the moment.
Used Stamps: gather and keep for eventual use
Used stamps are always welcome and can be placed in the drop box in the vestibule of the church. There is also a drop box in the large hall at the serving hatch, or you can give them to your District Elder. As the Church is closed for now, please gather and keep for eventual use.
The Church of Scotland World Mission wish to express thanks for our ongoing support and have advised that from 2018 Stamp Appeal, £2, 433 has been raised for the Hungarian Reformed Church in Transcarpathia, Ukraine.
The 2019 World Stamp Appeal will be supporting the Chigodi Women Centre in Blanytyre, Malawi, and your support would be appreciated.
Cuppa & Blether
The Cuppa & Blether has been cancelled following advice from Church of Scotland in regard to the Coronavirus. There will be no Cuppa and Blether gatherings for the moment.
Wednesday Service – Cancelled
The next Wednesday Service has been cancelled following advice from Church of Scotland in regard to the Coronavirus. There will be no Wednesday Services for the Foreseeable Future.
The Knitting and Sewing Group Cancelled
The Knitting and Sewing Group meetings are cancelled for the moment following advice from Church of Scotland in regard to the Coronavirus.
We knit and crochet blankets, hats, scarves and teddies. Recently we had a Chaplain visit from the Sailors Society who mentioned that the sailors asked for scarves and fingerless gloves. We were able to supply her with hats and scarves from our store but we are looking for a pattern to start on the gloves.
Transportation to Moldova is uncertain this year because of Britain having left the European Union. However the Sailors Society and Scripture Union, Gowanbank , Darvel are happy to take items.
Since the start of the session in September last year, we have completed:
24 blankets, 130 hats, 22 scarves, 54 teddies and 8 baby knits!
Thank you again to the ladies who regularly give us wool.
Please note that since Margaret wrote the above events with the Coronavirus have overtaken us. Everyone will be in lockdown but hopefully still able to knit. We pray that sooner rather than later events get back to normal.
The Men’s Club cancelled
The Men’s Club has been cancelled meantime following advice from Church of Scotland in regard to the Coronavirus.
Hurlford Church Choir
Are you interested in singing in a Choir? Our church choir has 8 members. Whether you are a Bass, a Tenor, an Alto or a Soprano (or not sure which) we would welcome you. We are a friendly group and we practice on the third Thursday of every month with David Hunter. Please come along! We’d be delighted to see you! Sadly the choir activities like all else are in abeyance for the time being.