Events

Our main events are listed below. Be sure to check our Facebook page and our regular events below for everything that is going on.

    Regular Events

    • Coffee & Chat

       Please note Coffee & Chat has been cancelled till further notice due to the coronavirus.

      Every Thursday 10 – 11am

    • Toddler Time

      Please note Toddler Time has been cancelled till further notice due to the coronavirus

      Every 2nd Wednesday 10-11am

      £1 per family

      Hello all
      Hope you are keeping safe. We very much look forward to seeing you all again. However, in the meantime be assured that you are all but only a thought away from us all
      Best wishes
      From all at Gardner Toddler Time

       

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    I watched the Prime Minister's Press Conference this evening with a sense of disbelief and so I want to write to thank the people of Brechin for adhering to the Co-vid 19 guidelines and not bending them or flouting them.

    I know of grandparents who cant hug their grandchildren

    I know of families whose loved ones died alone because of the guidelines and I know of loved ones in care who can't be visited. I have conducted funerals with very few mourners because you have been observing the guidelines.

    I have acted as a link for people needing prescriptions and who are following the advice to self isolate for 12 weeks.

    6 of my immediate family are front line medical staff. Two are GPs and one is an HDU nurse. They deal with people who bend or flout the guidelines.

    In the words of a friend who is a retired GP ... tonight's Press Conference revealed the moral vacuum at the heart of power in our country ...

    As I say, thank you and well done to you all. You are a credit to your communities.

    Malcolm
    GM/F Locum Minister
    ...

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    Sunday 24th May 2020

    Today is Pentecost Sunday, the day when the bereft followers of Jesus, his closest friends the Disciples, became aware of the presence of God and the life changing power of that presence.



    The effect so vividly described at the start of Acts, Chapter 2 …
    When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.

    The description of the awareness that although Jesus was dead, his teachings, his way to God, his Spirit was alive in the hearts of the Disciples and is alive in the hearts of every one of us.

    And that awareness, that encounter with God did and does have such a dramatic, even life changing effect.

    For example, remembering Jesus response when asked about the greatest commandment

    love God and as a consequence love our neighbours as we love ourselves

    And how do we love? Well we could take the wonderful description from St Paul in 1Corinthians13
    Love is patient and kind;
    it is not jealous or conceited or proud;
    love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable;
    love does not keep a record of wrongs;
    love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth.
    Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.
    Love is eternal.

    Or, and here is another way of describing the power of the Holy Spirit ….

    From Galatians Chapter 5 where we are told that the power of the Holy Spirit are
    love, joy, peace,
    patience, kindness, goodness,
    faithfulness, humility, and self-control

    In other words, inner qualities
    living with sense of love,
    with a sense of joy,
    living at peace with oneself

    and these inner qualities create attitudes and behaviours towards others
    we are patient with other
    we are kind to others
    we are good to others

    And all of these coalesce into our relationship with God, which is one of
    faithfulness, humility, and self-control

    When these qualities become our values and the codes by which we live our lives, when that is our ethos and we live that ethos, then the power of God touches the world through us.

    We are on a really strange road at the moment but if we can touch, even one or two, of these shades of love then we bring God alive in our lives and in the lives of those with whom we come in contact.



    Prayer
    I suggest you read this with some quiet music playing in the background

    In the quietness,
    we listen to our breathing,
    the air filling our lungs
    giving life and energy.
    silence

    With the ear of the heart,
    we listen for the breath of God,
    the Spirit animating the soul,
    nourishing us with creativity,
    sensitising us to the yearning of God,
    to the Divine joy, and pain.
    silence

    The Sacred is the music of the universe,
    the silence and the songs already known,
    and the melodies yet to be imagined.

    The Spirit is the love between the lovers,
    the intimacy between the soul and the Holy.

    Our moment of encounter,
    of stillness,
    of the Spirit filling us to overflowing,
    saturating us with compassion,
    silence

    In our prayers, we find God.

    So on this Day of Pentecost

    Touch us with tongues of fire; transfigure and transform all that diminishes us.

    May we walk tall, not with pride but with confidence,
    drawing strength from the presence of the encircling Spirit,
    satisfaction from Scripture and Sacrament,
    and sustenance from the blessings of our Churches and our communities.

    May we know the peace only God can give.
    Amen.

    Notices

    Church Services on line and on TV
    Sunday 24 May BBC 1 <> 11.45am <> Sunday Worship
    <> 12.15pm <> Reflections for the Quay
    <> 3.00pm <> Songs of Praise

    St Andrew’s Arbroath arbroathstandrews.org.uk/ 10.30am

    How are you coping with the Lock Down?
    I invite you to e mail me a few words describing how you are coping with the Covid 19 restrictions and I will include them in next week’s mailing

    And the dreaded ….
    We will need to send you [for free] some thoughts about money but this will come in a separate mailing in a few days time.

    Peace be with each one of you.

    Malcolm
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