Ardoch Hot Chocolate Club

Hot Chocolate Club is usually a time for young people who are transitioning to high school to get together for fun activities and an opportunity to reflect on busy lives over a hot chocolate. We had been used to meeting in the church hall on the first Friday of every month, but recently we have been doing things a little differently.

Since March we have met on Zoom, we’ve still enjoyed some fun activities, from bingo and quizzes, to talent shows and model making. Hot chocolate has been delivered to our young people, often with other sweet treats which we have incorporated into our activities, using smarties to encourage us to think about different feelings and skittles to make a rainbow.

We recognise that living through a pandemic is challenging for young people, just as much as for adults. We aim to provide a space to chat and reflect on the challenges in a supportive environment, as well as a break away from it all and the opportunity to socialise with friends, when that isn’t always easy.

 

The Link October 2020

The Link October 2020

The joint Link for the Ardoch / Blackford Parishes is now ready for circulation.

Many thanks to Gordon Roy for editing and publishing and also

thank you to everybody who submitted articles.

I have attached the PDF herewith, please download and enjoy the read.

Kind regards and all good wishes,

Charles Robertson.

Session Clerk.

Breaking News

Breaking News

Listen to Mairi’s 5 minute Chat – it is not all gloom and doom.  Our Church doors may remain closed but our Church community remains active.

She gives us hope that our Sanctuary will open again when the time is right.

The sub committee arranging the opening of our Church has, after studying the Church of Scotland and Government guidelines, recommended that we do not open at this time.  The aisle is narrow and as we only have one entrance in and out of the Church we cannot meet the criteria of having a one way system.  However, the Kirk Session is actively planning guidelines for opening when one metre spacing comes into effect.

Blackford Church has a different layout from ourselves and we wish them well in their plans for reopening next Sunday.

Prayer Diary from the Guild Office

A Prayer Diary from the Guild Office

Pray this week
Monday: asking God to challenge you, to speak to you today and not allow you to live in the past
Tuesday: for the people in your street, those you know well and those who are not as well known to you
Wednesday: asking God to give you opportunities to show creative hospitality to others, and to do it joyfully and without grumbling
Thursday: for CrossReach staff who have been serving selflessly over the last 12 weeks. Asking God to walk with them and encourage them
Friday: for peace and reconciliation between Israel and Palestine
Saturday: for families with young children as they spend more time outdoors and with family in the coming weeks
Sunday: for our Church of Scotland mission partners, both those at home on furlough and those still based overseas

The Link July 2020

The Link July 2020 Edition

Our sincere thanks to Gordon Roy for compiling this very interesting issue of The Link.  Also thanks to all the contributors for their news and articles.

Information on how to join Zoom

Our congregations are becoming increasingly adapt and relaxed at using Zoom and anyone who is still hesitating please take the plunge now. You can join and turn off your video if you feel more comfortable. This can help, especially if you have a poor wi fi connection whilst still allowing you to hear the sound.

It is best if you download the Zoom app which is free and when the link to a live service is published on this web site or sent to you by email  open Join meeting and paste this link and click on it.  Remember to turn on your sound!

Detailed below is another way of joining a Zoom meeting if you do not have access to an internet connection.
Dial in on your phone through a normal landline number .
Your phone will need a key with this symbol “#” (called a
Hash key) and a “*” (star key) as well.
1. Dial: 0131 460 1196 anytime after 10:30am on Sunday
2. When asked by the recorded message, this is the
meeting ID to enter by pressing the phone buttons
812 8639 8284 (don’t enter spaces) then press #
3. You have no participant’s number to enter so press #
again when asked.

We hope you will join us and participate in the worship.

Mairi’s 5 minute chat 2nd July

Instead of having an exciting trip to Oberammergau Mairi unfortunately like the rest of us is stuck at home!

Listen to the 5 minute chat to find out her news.

Family Adventure Play Mat

Pick up your copy from behind the Church wall beneath the blue noticeboard.

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus.
Since its start in May 2016, just three and a half years ago, God has grown Thy Kingdom Come from a dream of possibility into a movement. In 2019 Christians from 172 countries took part in praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’, so that friends and family, neighbours and colleagues might come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Thy Kingdom Come  Please click on link and you will find details of the Daily Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come and other resources.

Pick up a copy of the Prayer Journal and the Family Adventure Map – they are in a poly bag behind the Church wall beside the Blue sign.  Please feel free to take a copy.