Dunnottar linked with South
On Sunday, Rev Rosslyn Duncan talked to the children about us all being part of God’s creation and that even though we are all unique individuals, we all have a special place in His family.
It was Harvest Thanksgiving and the table was full of wonderful things which were to be distributed into the community after the service. God provides us with everything we need and during Thanksgiving we are called upon to share with those less fortunate than ourselves.
The fresh produce and flowers donated to the Harvest Table were distributed among local private individuals and residents of the local care homes. Tinned and dried goods were given to the Cyrenians in Aberdeen to support their work with the homeless. Money given at the retiring collection was combined with the Christian Aid envelope donations and will be used for their Gaza Crisis Appeal.
The Friendship coffee morning on Thursday 25th September raised £410 for McMillan. The first Lunch Club of the new season takes place on Friday October 3 at 12.30pm in St Bridget’s Hall. All are welcome. There will be Harvest decorating and posy making in the South Church on Saturday October 4 from 10-12noon.
News from St James’
On this day the congregation of St James celebrated Harvest Festival, and many of its members spent time and energy on Saturday decorating the church with the gifts of the people, for distribution to those in need. The service was to be followed by a harvest lunch, prepared and served by our Social Group who contribute so much of their time and effort to supporting the church.
The Communion from the Reserved Sacrament was conducted by Lay Reader, Arma, and the address was delivered by our other Lay reader, Anne.
Anne began by saying “As I look around this church, so beautifully decorated with the gifts of the parishioners, I cannot help but think, once again, that these beautiful fruits of the earth say so much more about the grace and mercy of God than ever I could. And yet I am reminded of an old saying– ‘As you sow, so shall you reap.’
And we, as servants of God and brothers and sisters in Christ, are called to express our gratitude, not just now at Harvest Thanksgiving, but week after week, day after day. We thank God not just for his gifts, but for his goodness.
Our pastor, Nathan, reminded us of the local food bank collection, and he encouraged us to donate tins of soup, veg, and fruit. He also spoke about the Blythswood Shoebox Appeal for needy people in Eastern Europe and Asia.
The children came forward in the main service to sing some of their catechism. The children’s singing was a delight to everyone.
The pastor continued his exposition in Paul’s letter to the Philippians, focusing on the theme of Christian contentment. People frequently say, “If only I had a bit more.” The Apostle Paul had learned through experience the secret of being content. Paul was content with God’s love and care and was enabled to persevere through the power of the living, risen Christ. Our church youth group is off to a great start this autumn. All secondary students are invited to join us at Carronhill School Fridays from 7.15pm. The ladies are meeting for their monthly fellowship this Tuesday at the church office from 7.30pm. Thursdays at 7.30pm we meet for a time of prayer and Bible at the church office. There are also plans a walk around Burn O’Vat Saturday 11 October. Like us on facebook.com/stonehavenbaptistchurch.
Last Sunday we celebrated our Harvest Thanksgiving when young and old came to church to give thanks for God’s gift of our bountiful world, and to donate food items to those in need. Our charity this year was again the Aberdeen Cyrenians who always have a need for non- perishable food items. Following the service we had a congregational lunch followed by a selection of cakes - all wonderfully prepared and presented by the ladies of the church. on Saturday from 10am we have Our Stewardship Season Open Day with displays on a wide range of activities within our church on. All are welcome to come along to enjoy coffee and cake.