Message from the Minister

Covid-19 has predictably developed a new strain. It is more dangerous to all people  especially anyone over the age of 20. In Moray the numbers have been increasing daily since before Christmas. So the Government  is not over-reacting with lockdown. Please treat the next 8 weeks  with the utmost care and protection for yourself and others. Much  hope is being placed on the new vaccines. Pray to God that they will protect us all; and pray for all NHS staff.Meantime, the supermarkets  deliver to your door if you can order online. Please use this facility if at all possible, instead of going to the shops.Some of our  members have been active in sharing telephone calls with other Members and Church attenders. Please  increase  this activity if you can  for the next two months. Whilst keeping  social distance, a good walk in the park is  quite therapeutic  at this time. Otherwise, books, radio and television are good supports. Meantime, stay home  and  stay safe until  this world pandemic has come to pass. Rest assured, our Church and hall are  being kept in good condition for a return to normal activities.

God Bless

Rev. Donald Prentice 

The Minister’s Beard!

Kirk Fund Raiser,

Several people have complained  about the Minister’s  Beard !  SO…  Donald is willing to have it removed on Christmas Eve if there is sufficient sponsorship to each of the three  Kirk Treasurers. This will hopefully provide a Christmas boost and gift by you all to our much needed kirk funds during this crisis of Lockdown.

Rev Donald Prentice

Christian Meditation

During this time of Lockdown, which  will possibly last not 6 months but a year,  we can all become anxious. Often the anxiety is due to something we have buried  away in the past  and now it has time  to bubble up again. This may be accompanied by physical  symptoms like lack of sleep,  a racing heart or a sense of foreboding. The daily practice of meditation  can help us all to reduce anxiety levels and find a temporary  or lasting peace. Thanks to WCCM  a Christian meditation group, you can access this now. All you need do is click here and listen to Father Laurence Freeman.OSB.

Meditation for Children

Many schools are now teaching reflective  practices   to children,  sometimes  called  mindfulness. Schools do this as it helps reduce anxiety and enables children to learn and remember more easily. Here we encourage Christian Meditation for all ages. This link is a testimony from some children

Faith Action Plan

This is the plan for the Church of Scotland’s activities , as put forward by the Assembly Trustees recently.

As the Church’s vision statement indicates – we are a Church which seeks to inspire the people of Scotland and beyond with the Good News of Jesus Christ. So, the critical elements of our Faith Action Plan are:

• Worship – continuously developing to reflect the changing needs of society
• Witness – focusing on priorities, new ways of working and active stewardship
• Nurture – faith formation & discipleship
• Serving communities – supporting the local church and beyond. Partnering where we cannot make a significant impact or it is beyond our reach, capability or affordability. Collaboration & relationship building.
• Training – a single integrated faith training programme with a clear focus on targeted selection, inspirational leadership for worship, witness, nurture, service and impact

Presbyteries and Kirk Sessions , along with all Members will be working to find new and innovative ways of implementing these goals over the coming year.

Challenge Poverty Week

During the month of October we are encouraged by the Scottish Churches to reflect on our responses to poverty, both personally and at a Church level.  Many people from all the Churches give their support to poverty minimising activities like Food Banks. Others help lobby their MPs and MSPs to address the needs of low income families and single people of all ages  living alone. For further information please follow the online  link: Please also watch our Church Service for 04 October 2020 which talks about this topic.

Church Open

St Leonard’s Church will hold their first service 1030am Sunday 20 September with Track and Trace.
Subsequently on 2nd and 4th Sundays starting 11 October. You can view our calendar here.

Dallas Kirk – Have their first service at 12 noon on Sunday 20 September with Track and Trace.
Subsequently on 1st and 4th Sundays starting on 4th October