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A message from the Manse

Dear Friends

         The real test of Christian life is how much we care. Baron Von Hegel said profoundly, “Christianity taught us to care. Caring is the greatest thing. Caring matters most.” The Gospel message is a testament to caring, even in the face of enormous difficulties and challenges. There are always needs around us.
       When Rev John Munro preached in Currie on 24 June, he reminded us that the Church exists, not for those who belong but for those beyond. He quoted Bonhoeffer saying, “The Church is the Church only when it exists for others … not dominating, but helping and serving. It must tell men and women of every calling and background, what it means to live for Christ, to exist for others.”
        These quotes remind us to take our understanding of the church far beyond such ideas of a building or a denomination or a religious club with members. Jesus takes us beyond limited thinking. For the Church is a worldwide movement. Jesus instructed his disciples, “Go to all nations. . .” and He is still involved in the movement, prompting us and inspiring us, calling us and moving us forward, to break down barriers and to care for all.
        Currie Kirk is blessed to be caring for people of all ages, backgrounds, and varied abilities. We are part of a community of schools, charities, local organisations and councils who work together to care for old and young alike.
        This year is the Year of the Young Person in Scotland and it has been a joy to celebrate the achievements of our young in Currie over the year in Art, Drama, Sports, Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme, The Boys’ Brigade Queen’s Badge, and all other fund-raising, volunteering and community service in which our young take part. I am especially excited about the visit this month of eighteen youth from Mendocino California who will meet up with some of our young folk from Currie. I am also excited for Heather Merriman’s joint Holiday Club with Juniper Green Church in the Gibson Craig Hall. 
        We often tell people that “we go to church.” But in truth, that is silly because we ARE the church. The New Testament reminds us that, “we are a holy nation, God’s own people” (1 Peter 2:9). This is why we can truly enjoy being Christ’s friends, ambassadors, and faithful servants, showing God’s care to each one we meet.
I wish you every blessing and some rest and relaxation too, over this summer break,



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