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Step by Step in Moray is currently offering a reduced indoor service in St Leonard’s Church Hall on Wednesday mornings for families with children under 3 years, who feel isolated or vulnerable. For more information or to book a place to attend safely please contact Step by Step or visit our website.
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.
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.
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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 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
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:
I urge you to share this message with your whole congregation
Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC
Moderator to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland