Dear All
It seems to be only a short while since as a congregation we were preparing to celebrate Christmas and now we are already rapidly approaching the celebration of Easter.

During January we took a break from some activities such as the weekly Bible Study in case of inclement weather. Unfortunately this winter saved its worst until February so several events had to be cancelled. However we had an exceptionally good turn out for the Beetle Drive Social which was a very enjoyable evening. We have also been able to start a monthly prayer Group, on the first Wednesday evening of the month, specifically to pray for guidance in the future outreach and mission work of the congregation.

In Matthew chapter 28, Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of all nations. This is an everlasting command, but we do not have to do it in our own strength, he has promised to be with us and guide us in this all important mission. This is why it is important that we seek the Lord’s guidance as a congregation, for the future work of the congregation. I would like to encourage all of you to devote some time to praying about this subject whether you are able to join with us in an organised prayer meeting or not. The Lord hears our prayers whoever we are and wherever we come to him seeking guidance and encouragement.

We have also begun a monthly ‘Coffee and Craft’ meeting which will be held between 2pm and 4pm on the third Tuesday in the month. At the moment we are working on making ‘Twiddle Muffs’ which have been found to be a help and comfort to some people suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s. The pattern is easy to follow and all are welcome to join in or simply come along for a chat. If you are no longer able to knit or sew yourself come and help those who are learning, your knowledge will be invaluable. If you have any spare wool, needles, ribbons or buttons, all contributions will be gratefully received. If you have other ideas for creative projects then come and share them or bring your own work with you. The afternoon will hopefully provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy fellowship whilst spending a little time helping others.

During this season of Lent, as we prepare to remember the sacrificial love of our Lord Jesus Christ, may we all take time to reflect upon our own lives of faith, and commit ourselves afresh to sharing the Good News of the Gospel Message. It is a message that can bring hope to a world which is in need of hearing about the great love of God which is freely available to all who trust in the Lord.

May God Bless you all
Sara Rettie

The Ministry Assistant Writes

 As the days get shorter as well as colder we find ourselves rapidly approaching the Advent Season and Christmas.  For many people they probably just think of it as the ‘busy’ season or ‘party’ season.  But for us it should be a season of hope and expectation.  A season when we take time to remember that the long promised Messiah and Saviour of all the world has finally come.  He came, not only as the baby in the manger in Bethlehem more than 2000 years ago; but he comes to each one of us who puts our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us on the cross and who brings hope to the world.

Christmas is a time of celebration when families are re-united, friends gather together, and we talk of Peace on Earth and Good will to all men.  Words are easy to say, but this year let it be our hope that many people will be inspired to perform acts of Peace and to share goodwill with others.  Most of all, it is my hope and prayer that every member of the family of God, all who are part of the family which is Dalreoch United Free Church, will have the desire and the will to join with their Christian family to celebrate this Christmas.

Wishing you all a peaceful and blessed Advent and Christmas Season!

Message from the Minister

The summer at Dalreoch ended with a very successful social event, ‘The Summer Bash!’  It was great to see so many friends and families at this event and well done to everyone who put so much effort into making it such a fun evening.

The nights are now drawing in and this means that many of our events are up and running again.  Apart from our regular Sunday Worship, the Bible Study Group has begun this year’s study of Luke’s Gospel.  We meet in the Church on Monday evenings.  During August we held ‘Coffee Call In’ 2-4pm on Tuesday afternoons.  As this opportunity to drop into the Church for refreshments and a chat seemed to be enjoyed by several people, this will continue for September and hopefully beyond.  Anyone is welcome to just drop in and meet new friends and old.  Dalreoch of course is well known for its regular social events and the next one is coming up on Friday 20th September.  It’s a ‘Beetle Drive’.  Lot’s of fun and a great way to get to know people.

Many of us enjoyed a summer in which we were able to get away on holiday or spend time with friends and family.  Sadly several of our congregation have been unwell in recent months, and many do not have families to see, or opportunities to enjoy a refreshing time away.  This is true of many people in the community around us.  So I urge everyone to remember the lonely and the sick around us in our prayers for each other.

Over the coming weeks we have an opportunity to think about those who are less fortunate than ourselves as we approach the time of Harvest Festival.  We will be celebrating Harvest in Dalreoch Church on Sunday September 22nd and this will be an opportunity to contribute food for a local project at St Patrick’s Church which provides meals for vulnerable people.  In the words of James, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?  Can such a faith save them?” (James 2: 14)  Let us demonstrate our faith by our actions in the coming weeks.

Sara Rettie