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A message from the Manse

On 17 January I had the privilege and pleasure of going to the Scottish Parliament for the official launch of the Pentland Dementia Friendly initiative. The speeches were both inspiring and moving and do join us if you can for the Dementia Friendly “Tea and Tunes” in Gibson Craig Hall. Pupils from Currie High who volunteer enjoy engaging with the elderly.

Whilst at the Parliament I noticed people flooding into the other side of the building for the launch of the Year of Young People 2018 initiative. The YOYP 2018 is also exciting because it focuses our minds on celebrating the creativity and contribution of our young. The Church of Scotland is promoting this nationally so I wrote a YOYP vision statement for Currie. As a Kirk and as a community we want to show that we will do all we can to promote and protect our schools and all the youth organisations and sports teams in our midst.

From a Kirk perspective, the Session has noted the need to prioritise our outreach to children and young families for some time and this led to the appointment of Heather Merriman who has already begun to build up relationships and to hold events. As well as Heather, many of us may feel called to teach, encourage or disciple others. So in this year, if you feel called to help with young or old, there are opportunities for you. Why not help at the Tea and Tunes or at Messy Church? Or perhaps you could offer to visit the elderly or else families with young children who have been baptised and would love your care.

Jesus cared for the vulnerable, the lonely and the isolated. He cared for the sick, the outcast or the weak and especially he cared for children. He said, “Truly I tell you, whoever becomes humble like a child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me’’. When we bless a child, or a family we recognise that many people are instrumental in raising God’s children. Churches are unique places where relationships can grow naturally . . . where the young can help the old and the old can help the young. After all, we we are all children of God, no matter our age and even the mature in years can inhabit perpetual childhood.

ALSO PLEASE COME to our Ceilidh on Saturday 3 March which is open to everyone as a fund-raiser for our youth ministries to The Boys’ Brigade and Heather’s youth outreach fund.

Meantime, however you feel and whatever your age, I wish you every blessing for 2018!

Easter

 


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