Round the Churches

Dunnottar linked with South

In her talk to the children and in her sermon to the adults, Rev Rosslyn Duncan spoke about fish.

She told the children the story of Jonah, who was swallowed by a big fish and spent three days in its stomach, during which time he came to realise that he had to do what God wanted him to do and which he had avoided doing — go and speak to the people of Nineveh.

He also came to understand that God forgives everyone regardless of what they have done.

In her sermon she spoke about the rapidity of response by the first disciples to the call to follow Jesus. We are all called by God but different people take different lengths of time to respond.

We are called to action, mission and service and we are called to change, develop and grow in our Christian lives. It is challenging and we may have to deal with difficult people in difficult places.

Within the church, too, we are challenged to respect people who have different viewpoints from our own.

We don’t have all the answers to difficult situations but must trust God to help us when faced with difficult situations.

The “Be Creative” children’s group starts up again tomorrow (Friday) from 4-5pm in St Bridget’s.

The group is open to all children of Primary school age and Friday’s activity is a puppet workshop.

Children are welcome to go along and parents are welcome too. Why not go along and give it a try?

This Sunday, February 1, there will be three communion services - at the South at 10.30am and 6.30pm and at St Bridget’s at 2.30pm.

All are welcome to come along to any of these services.

News from St James’

Members of St James and friends from the town, enjoyed a splendid Burns Supper on Saturday!

Our expert cooks, Lynne and Julie, ably assisted by volunteers from the Social Group provided the traditional fare of broth, ‘haggis neaps and tatties’, followed by trifle, coffee and shortbread.

The speeches were lively and well-received and ‘a good time was had by all’! We were entertained by the Stoney Fiddlers and the haggis was piped in by young Ewan.

Funds raised from the supper and the raffle – many thanks to those who donated prizes, by the way – funds will go towards our heating project.

Our next social event will be the Book Browse on February 7 – in the hall from 10am to 3pm.

On Sunday, our main service to celebrate the Conversion of St Paul, was conducted by Bishop Nigel, the Bishop of Brechin.

In his address he likened the conversion of St Paul to those occasions when we, too, have to change our minds about important issues.

In Paul’s case he was empowered to go out into the Gentile world to take the Gospel to them.

In our case we may be enabled to lead a more fulfilled and fulfilling Christian life, liberated from the self-imposed fetters of rigid adherence to old attitudes and points of view.

Bishop Nigel welcomed the junior Sunday Club members at the end of the service to talk about their work for the day.

He also gave encouraging words to our members, saying he would be doing his best to find us a new incumbent as soon as possible.