Summer Activities

Volunteers Needed

St Leonard’s  church  cannot run the usual summer “open Church” this year  due to Covid  and many of our usual volunteers being at risk. Music  recitals:  we do hope  to run  a few Wednesday music recitals  11:00am – 12:30pm limited by social distancing, starting 28th July.

Also we plan to open the Church Transcepts  for an art show for three days 10-12 August, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Volunteers are  needed to supervise exhibits  and welcome people. 

ECO Vegetable Garden Scheme – with Vegetable Boxes

We are an eco congregation, as one of the five points of mission. This year we welcome  a new start up initiative of an enlightened, eco friendly, bio dynamic farm project. This is open to anyone to join, simply as passive members or as volunteer work on Thursday mornings. The membership for the weekly vegetarian  box  scheme  is a modest  amount.  Further details  from Donald  on 672380.

Donations of White Goods needed – Urgently

We are trying  to help a family  coming to work for the Church in Forres in the first week in August.

They  have only the suitcases of clothes they can carry  having given all their  household  to poor people  where they  have left. The aim is  to ask  all Forres  Christians  if they have any surplus  white goods  (like a spare washing machine, dryer, fridge, freezer etc) they might be willing to donate. This will enable a very committed Christian family engage  more quickly in God’s work. Please call Rev Donald Prentice on Forres  672380 for collection. Or use the contact form.

Hall Users Return

With restrictions gradually easing it is good to see the return of a number of our hall users.

The Boys’ Brigade are meeting on Tuesday evenings until the end of the school term. Step by Step are now back meeting each Wednesday morning with a toddler group at 10 and the First Steps baby group at 12. Then on Thursday evening the Brownies are meeting until term ends and on Friday morning a new Baby and Toddler Yoga class is taking place.

The Living Well Group, providing peer support for those living with long term conditions is set to reconvene mid -July with the ballet classes for over 50s, the Big Choir and a Zumba class all returning in early September. It is also hoped the Lunch Club will restart then as well.

Cheap Grace

Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance,

baptism without church discipline,

Communion without confession,

absolution without personal confession.

Cheap grace is grace without discipleship,

grace without the cross,

grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906- 09 April 1945

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential, and his book The Cost of Discipleship is described as a modern classic. Apart from his theological writings, Bonhoeffer was known for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship

A Message from the Moderator

At the closing of the General Assembly, I had the opportunity to launch a joint initiative between the Church of Scotland and Christian Aid, encouraging members to give a financial gift in thanksgiving once they had received full vaccination for Covid-19.  It has been much on my mind as to how fortunate I have been to have received my two vaccinations; but had I been living elsewhere in the world, the story would have been quite different.  In my year as Moderator, the plan is to visit Lebanon and Malawi.  Just taking these two places as examples, the percentage of population vaccinated with only one vaccination is 4% and 0.8% respectively.  That is against more than 60% of our population in UK.

The World Health Organisation have said no-one is protected until all are protected, therefore we are urging the UK Government to do all that it can to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are available throughout the world.  Alongside this we must also seek to limit the impact of the virus on health, livelihoods, and personal safety, for those in the poorest parts of the world.  By supporting Christian Aid in their efforts to provide basics such as soap, water, and food, we can ensure that vulnerable communities stay safer as they wait for vaccination.

In this very tangible way, as we seek global justice, here is a practical opportunity to give real expression in 2021 to loving our global neighbours.  I sincerely hope that you will join with me and together we will respond generously, as a mark of our gratitude for what we have received.

To give a gift, please click on the following link: 

https://giving.give-star.com/online/christian-aid/cos-just-vaccine-rollout

I urge you to share this message with your whole congregation

Yours sincerely,

Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC

Moderator to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland