Sunday School and Bible Class in Moneydig returns this Sunday (8th September). Last year we as a church were blessed through the ministry of our young people and enjoyed a day out in Belfast Zoo as a church family. Check out the gallery and come along this Sunday at 11am. Come hungry becuase we begin with our traditional breakfast.
It was wonderful to see so many people staying behind after church on Sunday as we prayed for members of our congregation facing illness. (more details here)
The theme of prayer continues this Wednesday night with the return of our Wednesday midweek at 8pm in the Ferguson Room. Our Wednesday night prayer meeting is an opportunity to pray with others or simply to sit in the presence of God and be blessed through the prayers of others. Everyone is welcome and there is no expectation placed on anyone.
This year we are seeking to find new ways of helping people to pray and read God’s word together. With this in mind we hope to trial home groups. If this is something you might like to be part of or if you want to find out more then either sign up in the vestibule of the church or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be delighted to give you more information.
There are a number of people within our congregation who are suffering from illness, bereavement or other family pressures. In response to this and as a sign of our support and partnership in the gospel there will be a time of prayer after the service from 1-1:30 for the next number of Sundays. Please do plan to come along as we stand with those who need our support at this time.
Where does the time go? Today is the September 1st and that means the time of our service moves back to 12 noon.
The beginning of September also heralds the start of a new church session. This Autumn we will be learning about the life of Moses. Moses is undoubtedly one of the greatest leaders in scripture. Whether it is the miraculous story of how he survived Pharaoh’s instruction to kill all Hebrew baby boys, or how he came to live in Pharaoh’s palace, his call at the burning bush, the plagues, the exodus and of course receiving the 10 commandments, his story is full of adventure and amazing demonstrations of God’s power and love.
Why not consider coming along this September to hear more about this amazing story or begin to read it here for yourself.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
We live in a world dominated by image. In England the football transfer window has just closed with multi million pound deals completed as teams strive for as much success as possible. I am told the most complex aspect of such transfer deals are the negotiations over the players image rights. Players and agents earn money becuase of how they look and the clothes they wear.
Advertisers constantly tell us unless we use this shampoo, spray that perfume and wear those jeans then we are not projecting the right image. How many people today are battling image issues? We worry about our weight, complexion and how other people see us.
The good news of the gospel is that each and every one of us are made in the image of God. We have the hallmarks of his character. We have the capacity to feed the hungry, to love the unloved, to welcome the alien and provide for the widow and orphan. When we have the blueprint for such a wonderful image already within us why is it we chase after so many other things? Is it not more beautiful to be seen as God intended rather than what the world expects of us?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:28-34)
Heavenly Father, we thank you for how you have created us in your image. We know you are holy, you are loving and you are perfect in every way. Forgive us Lord for allowing ourselves to become fixated with how we look. This week we pray that you would restore more of your image in our lives, that we would be more like you. We ask that as people look at us they would see you. Amen
Moneydig Holiday Bible Club begins on Wednesday 14th at 6:30pm.
We would be delighted if you were able to join us on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday (14th-16th August) at 6:30 pm in Moneydig Presbyterian Church Halls. Each night will be a fun filled night of song, games, bible stories and competitions with crafts related to the story.
On the Saturday morning at 10:30am we will have our annual games morning and BBQ with the Holiday Bible Club being brought to a close for another year with our family service at 11:00am on Sunday Morning in Moneydig Presbyterian Church. This service is always a highlight of the year, enriched with visiting families who have enjoyed the Holiday Bible Club.
It has been a busy summer for our young people. Back in June we had a wonderful children’s day service. Other plans include a night of beach games, BBQ and later in the Autumn a youth weekend away. Of course for now the focus is on Holiday Bible Club. See you there!
Encountering God begins this Wednesday (13th) in Moneydig Presbyterian Church. This is a 4 week course running each Wednesday night from 7:30pm – 9:00pm.
Over the next 4 weeks we will be using God’s word, music and prayer to understand how God develops our relationship with him.
The course will be led by Roz Stirling from Cleopas ministries. Roz said this about her hopes for the 4 Wednesday nights.
“Our short series, Encountering God, will explore how this wonderful new relationship with God develops. We will look at the part we as followers of Jesus, must play, in order for this special, life-giving relationship with God to grow and flourish. And we will discover the wonder of God’s provision for us in advance of us coming to faith. In all, this will be a wonderful adventure when we will learn how to walk in close proximity to God moment by moment and how in partnership with him, we see old habits and sins defeated, and the new nature of Christ being formed in us.”
Although the course begins at 7:30pm there will be opportunity before hand to meet and have a cup of tea together. So why not come along and join with us as we seek to deepen our relationship with God through Jesus Christ by encountering God.
2018 has been a year when I’ve been reminded of the privileges that go with being a minister. This year Julia, the boys and I had the once in a lifetime experience of spending 8 weeks in Kingsway, Etobicoke, Toronto. While in Canada we not only got to experience church in a vastly different setting to Moneydig, but we visited some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world such as Niagara Falls and the CN Tower in Toronto.
The Morrow Family
My fondest memories of Canada are of the people we met and the friends we made. As for the places we visited, while it was great to see the likes of Toronto and Niagara my favourite places where out of the city and away from the busyness. Small towns such as the Mennonite town of St Jacobs or Gravenhurst on the shores of Lake Muskoka. Being away this summer reinforced in me that sense of God’s call to Moneydig, that this is where I belong. I wasn’t prepared for how much I would miss this place and the people I have come to love.
As well as reminding me of privileges, 2018 has also been a hard year for us as a congregation. We’ve had a lot of illness and hardships among our families. Moneydig is unlike any other place I have lived because of the sense of community and togetherness. This has been important to our congregation. It has meant people have rallied around, providing meals, lifts and childcare whenever they have been needed. There is a real sense when one of us hurts we all hurt, and so we all rally round and provide support. This isn’t just a sense of community, it is church. It is part of what it means to be God’s people, brothers and sisters in Christ, it is why the Apostle Paul was able to write in 2 Corinthians 1:4,
‘He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.’
As we approach Christmas and 2019 please continue to pray for those who are unwell.
2018 has again been marked by the generosity of you as a congregation. The support shown to Andrew Rosborough and Christine Wilson as they ‘Braved the Shave’ for Macmillan Cancer Research was incredible. The response to the moderator’s appeal for Indonesia and your ongoing support of the Free Will Offering, Repair Fund and United Appeal is humbling.
It is good that we give in this way, but it is not something I take for granted and I am acutely aware that as I commend you for what has already been given, I am also asking your support for the World Development Appeal.
2018 has also been a year when Moneydig became famous. In January and February, we ran the Essentials course, produced by PCI. This course was designed to help us think about what it means to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. The material featured video interviews of people from a range of church settings talking about their journey of faith, and among those being interviewed was our own Gillian Wilson and Julia Morrow.
In the previous summer we as a congregation also featured at the Special Assembly, again connected to discipleship.
The theme of discipleship continues to be an important theme for us here in Moneydig.
In this coming year we hope to create new opportunities for people to explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ… watch this space for more details.
Essentials was a success because of how it was supported. Each year you have overwhelmed me with your support for these events, thank you. This year we are going to try something a little different. Roz Stirling, who used to work in the old Youth and Children’s office at church house, runs a ministry called Cleopas. Cleopas is intended to help people spend time with God. Roz is going to come along for the four Wednesday’s in February. I am hoping that although this will be different to the Alpha and Christianity Explored courses that people will still find it useful and challenging.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who works so hard throughout the year in Moneydig. There are too many people to mention, but they range from committee and elders, musicians, leaders, cleaners, people on sound and PowerPoint, or parking cars and there are still others I have not mentioned. Some working in the forefront, others unseen in the background – all valued.
Finally, a personal thank you to everyone who has shown kindness to Julia, Robin, Jacob and I over the last year. It is not unusual to find ‘presents’ at the manse door, or to discover that someone has done something for us. We really are well looked after and feel loved. All of us in the Manse wish each of you every blessing this Christmas and it is our prayer that each of us know and understand the importance of Mary’s child being named Jesus,
‘…and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’