Weekly Notices   Sunday 21 April 2019Added on 21 Apr 2019

1.    Mission Agencies  We would like to highlight Mission Agencies in our morning Service and in our prayers.  We will pray for a different Mission Agency every month in the morning Service and find out a bit about each Agency.  If you are a supporter of a Mission Agency you would like us to pray for, please speak to Gordon McBirnie.  Thanks.

2.    Prayer Ministry  Please put any prayer requests into the Prayer Boxes in Church today, or email: chlchurchprayer@gmail.com

3.    The Story of Easter in booklet form  There are spare copies of the Easter Story, simply told for children in booklet form, available on the table by the North Aisle door.  Please help yourself to as many as you would like to give to children of family and friends.

4.    Church Flower Rota 2019/2020 The Rota Board for the New Year is now in the front vestibule.  If you wish to commemorate a memory/anniversary, please write your name against a free date to contribute to the cost of flowers for the Sanctuary, or perhaps you may just want to contribute to the cost of providing flowers each Sunday by giving a donation to any member of the Flower Committee.  A big thank you to those who already contribute to this worthwhile work.  New volunteers to join the Flower Committee will be warmly welcomed.

5.    Community Police visit Two Police Officers will be in the Large Hall after morning Service this morning to offer advice on preventing and reporting doorstep crime.  Information on a campaign “Stop the Scammers” will be available in the Large Hall.

This Week

1.    Thursday Bible Study Group The next meeting will be on Thursday 25 April.  Tea or coffee is served from 10.00 am and the meeting begins at 10.30 am when we will study 1 Corinthians chapter 15, verses 1-11.  A warm welcome awaits you.  If you have any questions, please contact Norma Henderson 0131 445 5191.

Other Notices

1.    Communion Sunday On Sunday 28 April we will celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper at our Service at 10.30 am.  We will also have an afternoon Communion Service at 2.00 pm.  This Service will last for about 30 minutes; please do share news of this afternoon Communion Service with others in the congregation.

2.   Talking Jesus course  This six week course, based on survey work carried out in recent years, designed to help us talk to others about our faith in Jesus as Lord will begin on Monday 29 April at 7.30 pm in the Church.  For more information please speak to Gordon Kennedy.

3.    Food Bank  I would like to thank everyone who has generously contributed donations for the Food Bank at The Holy Trinity Church, Wester Hailes since Christmas.  Now that Easter is upon us the new seasons of spring and summer still require your contributions of food (dried, tinned, jams, marmalade, biscuits).  If you would like to contribute financially, this would also be much appreciated as a lot of supplies have to be bought in weekly.  Thank you very much.  If you have any queries, please would you let me know – Liz Glass – telephone 0131 662 1315 or email donliz.glass@gmail.com

4.    ‘Playlit for Life’  On Tuesday 7 May at 7.30 pm the Pastoral Care Team has arranged a talk about ‘Playlist for Life’, the charity Sally Magnusson started in memory of her mother who had dementia. This personal playlist is all the songs and pieces of music which make a soundtrack of one’s life.  Listening to it has been shown to make living with dementia easier.  Everyone is welcome.  Donations for tea and coffee will go to Playlist for Life.

5.    Thy Kingdom Come  Last year in our congregation we shared resources for prayer from Thy Kingdom Come, a global movement of prayer.  This year the Church of Scotland have entered into a partnership with Thy Kingdom Come, the following encouragement to us all to pledge to pray using Thy Kingdom Come resources between 30 May and 9 June comes from the Moderator of the General Assembly, Susan Brown,

Since its launch in 2016 Thy Kingdom Come has grown into a worldwide movement of prayer in which, between Ascension Day and Pentecost, Christians everywhere have been encouraged to pray for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit so that we can be effective in our witness and for people to come to faith in Jesus Christ.  So far, Christians from 65 different denominations and 114 countries have joined in praying, each in their own way, for the spread of the Gospel and in Scotland we stand with the Scottish Episcopal Church in their support for Thy Kingdom Come.

In 2019, Thy Kingdom Come takes place from Ascension Day to Pentecost Sunday 30 May–9 June.  In anticipation of this, can I ask you to consider signing up to “Pledge2Pray” as an individual and as a church in order that together we will see God’s Kingdom Come:-

https://www.thykingdomcome.global/#Pledge2PrayCounter

At Craiglockhart we will be using Thy Kingdom Come resources this year, please visit the website and Pledge2Pray with others from around the world.

6.    Hillwalking Day – for your diary Saturday 15 June will be a fine day (we can always hope) so that we can enjoy a day on the beautiful Scottish Hills in the company of good friends.  If you have never been before, it is a great day out (and always ends up at a café or chippy) and we would encourage anyone interested to put it in your diary.  Details of the hill and route will be advised nearer the time.  If you want any more information, please ask Len Thomson or Jane Chidwick.