What a joy it was to be back in church for Easter Sunday, it felt very special and for those connecting with the services online you were very much in our thoughts and in our hearts as we remember that those who join us in worship are both gathered and scattered.
During lockdown we have asked for people to help us make prayer blankets and you rose to the challenge and we have a beautiful collection which is getting handed out. We asked for knitted mice which many have taken on and created for the children in our community, we are so grateful, thank you!
We have a new request for those whose skills may stretch in a different direction.
With the new AV equipment now in place we have a wonderful opportunity to enhance our worship. The screens are invaluable whilst we are unable to use pew bibles or hymn books, but they also create opportunities for a more varied and accessible approach to worship. Our tech team over the last year has been outstanding at making sure each week we have an online worship for people to attend.
The team now needs to grow, and we know that there will be many more who will have the interest and skills to support the church with this. We have all had to get out our comfort zone and push ourselves to learn new technological skills and we would love to expand our tech team so that the burden is not on a few.
Training will be offered to give confidence in operating the equipment, from preparation of the slides for a Sunday to actually operating the equipment during the service.
If you think you would be willing to help then please get in touch with Iain Thomson or myself, it is not too tricky and you would be really making a difference.
We continue to pray for our community and for our church.
Sunday Worship: If you wish to attend Sunday Worship next Sunday please call the office number 0131 654 0140 between Monday and Wednesday and leave your name, a contact number and how many from your household wish to attend. If you DO NOT hear from us then you are good to attend, we will only call if you’ve been unsuccessful. Remember you will have to call each week to “book” a seat. Please note we cannot accept requests for attendance over multiple weeks.
Private Prayer: Our Private Prayer Time will restart this Thursday 8th April 21, between 10 and 12. Even if you do not feel ready to return to Sunday Worship you may find comfort in some quiet time within the Church.
Knit Midlothian back together: Many thanks to those of you that offered to knit a mouse as part of this project. We have been invited to be part of a wonderful project supporting children as they start school in August and we are looking for volunteers who can "knit Midlothian back together".
Meanwhile we will continue to connect digitally, here are the links for this morning’s Service and we pray you know God’s presence as we worship together. This week’s service will be live from 10:00am this morning.
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Please share all these links with non Internet or Facebook users who may have access to YouTube via their Smart TV.
I absolutely love when people get in touch and I am very grateful for those who have, please do share your news, your opinions and your suggestions. My email address is LPurden@churchofscotland.org.uk
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