Someone recently quipped that they were refusing to turn back their clock for daylight saving as the last thing they needed was an extra hour of 2020! Although it has been a tough year we have sought to continue our ministry and service to others. On that note here are some dates for the diary for November and December that we recently circulated.
Throughout December: Neighbourhood Chaplaincy first contact visits will continue having resumed in November. If you are interested in being involved in N.C. please contact the team. As we approach Christmas we are hoping to deliver N.C. Christmas cards to the houses we have visited since this work began. Your prayers for this ministry are also appreciated.
Thursday’s at 1pm throughout December: Life Explored will begin and run throughout November and December (finishing on the 17th December) . If you would like to invite someone along please do so and please pray for us as we run the course.
Sunday 13th December: We are grateful to our friends at Thornliebank Parish church to have the use of their building for physical church services and pleased to be holding our second service on the 13th December. We hope to increase these in 2021 and SGC church members can respond to the recent survey sent out regarding this.
Thursday 3rd, 10th & 17th December: Support will be given at the local foodshare initiative based out of Thorntree Hall. This is being organised through our involvement with Thornliebank Together.
Friday 11th December at 7pm: Online Christmas quiz. Another opportunity to enjoy a quiz evening together(!) and perhaps also an opportunity to invite someone along to take part. This may be a nice way to introduce people to SGC but only if you’re in the winning team!
Sunday 20th December at 11am: Our online Christmas service will be lead entirely by the young people of SGC.
Monday 21st December at 2pm: Project present delivery. In the past we’ve done a similar initiative through the Social Work department and the Foodbank but this time we are hoping to deliver Christmas gifts and a book to all of the residents at Trust Housing. With a key worker at the church we have been able continue some visits during lockdown and if you can contribute a gift or two for this project please reply to the communication sent out.
Thursday 24th December at 7pm: Join us for an online Christmas Carol service on Christmas eve.
Sunday 27th December: The Missions Group are hoping to record a short video message with people across the church to send to a project we’ve supported through Tearfund. Please let the team know if you are willing to be part of the script!
Thornliebank Primary School: TPS is still closed to visitors so the SU group has not yet restarted. However, as an expression of service and support to schools in Scotland as well as teachers and SU groups, Scripture Union/NUA have produced a Christmas series called ‘Light Up Christmas.‘ We were pleased to be able to forward this resource with our endorsement and to date around 300 churches have registered.
Foodbank: Following our recent update we are unsure at present if the Foodbank will be taking deliveries again for Christmas. We will keep you updated on this. We are also pleased to hear about a new Foodbank that has just opened at Carnwadric Parish Church.