Round the Churches

BAPTIST BUZZ

Last Sunday Pastor Nathan continued our study of the book of Exodus. He reminded us that God is reliable, gracious and patient – unlike us! God alone satisfies our deepest needs when we learn to trust Him. How are you doing?

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Join us on Thursday evenings for lively discussion and focused prayer – 7.30pm at the church office. The Zone for S1-S6 students is at Carronhill School on Friday from 7.15pm. On Friday March 20 we are hosting a visit from Conex Ijalasi, from Malawi to tell us about the Kerusso Trust. You are very welcome to join us (adults too).

The Ladies Group are meeting fortnightly at the church office. The next one is on Tuesday, March 17 at 7.30 pm. They are looking at the book “A Praying Life”. Please contact the church office if you would like to join in.

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Please check out our facebook page or website if you would like further details of any of our activities, or join us on Sunday mornings from 11am at Carronhill School.

DUNNOTTAR LINKED WITH SOUTH

The service on Sunday was conducted by Mr Ian Wilson. He talked to the children about their favourite games and that to be fair to everyone playing we must always follow the rules. We all have to follow rules in every aspect of our lives; at school, at work or at home. Even in the church we have rules that we are told to follow, these are the Ten Commandments. The two most important commandments are to love God and to love each other. God said that if we do these then everything else will be fine and work out well.

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Sunday marked the last day of the Fairtrade Fortnight and there was a table full of Fairtrade goods in the vestibule which were for sale.

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Every Thursday at St Bridget’s between 10 and 11.30am a fellowship coffee morning takes place. Everyone is invited to come along and spend some time with friends to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee accompanied by a delicious home bake.

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From Monday March 30 to Friday April 3, Ecumenical evening services will take place at St Bridget’s. All are welcome to attend.

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The Dunnottar Annual Spring Sale and Coffee Morning takes place on Saturday March 14 from 10am to 12noon in the Town Hall. There will be a variety of stalls which all prove very popular and tickets for the coffee morning are £2.50. Come along on Saturday morning and help support the Church in one of its major fund raising events.

NEWS FROM ST JAMES AND ST PHILIPS

The 10.30am service at St James took the form of an All-Age Service of prayer and praise.

Lay Reader, Anne, led the service, while our other Lay Reader, Arma, preached on the Gospel for the day, John 2:13-22.

This was the account of the occasion when Jesus came into the Temple precinct at Jerusalem and found people trading in cattle, sheep and doves, intended for sacrifice in the Temple, and also money-changers. The money-changers had a good deal going – they changed Roman coinage that bore the head of the emperor – and therefore were not acceptable in the Temple for thanksgiving offerings – for Jewish shekels. The money-changers charged a huge amount of interest for this service. Arma compared their shady dealings with some of the activities of some of the banks and money-lenders of today. Then, as now, it was the poor who bore the burden of excessive taxes and the money-lenders and traders who made the most profit.

She remarked how Jesus was ‘incandescent’ with rage and drove the money-traders and those who dealt in livestock out of the temple, with a home-made whip made of plaited cords.

After the service, Anne reminded the congregation of some of the forthcoming events at St James - the Lent study would continue after the 10.30am Wednesday Eucharist, with the second topic in our study of ‘Praying in Public’ when we would be looking at what other congregations have recommended.

She also reminded them of the Spring Coffee Morning on Saturday from 10-11.30am, which is always popular. There would be the usual stalls of home bakes, candy, books, a raffle and tombola – and of course our famous coffee.

Next Sunday is Mothering Sunday and would feature a story about a Big Brown Bear and daffodils all round. The children would hear the story of the bear, too, in the Sunday Club.

At the 4pm afternoon Eucharist in St Philip’s, Catterline, the service was conducted by Rev Jane Nelson who also prwwweached on the account of Jesus in the temple, driving out the traders.

She focused her address on the history of sacrifices and how this practice has not been restored since the destruction of the Temple in AD70. She drew the attention of the congregation to Jesus’ promise that the temple could be destroyed and then in three days he would raise it up.

The people were astonished and could not believe his statement. But of course, he was referring to himself, and his forthcoming death and resurrection.

They remembered this saying after he was raised from the dead. (and of course, as we know, the Temple was indeed destroyed by the Romans in AD70 and has never been rebuilt – and animal sacrifices ended at that time.)