Our first morning back after festive break was quiet and peaceful. We had 12 children and 12 adults. The children had a great free playtime while all the grown ups chatted. The older boys and girls practised their cutting and sticking skills at the craft table and had a go at some new puzzles. Laura took some singing followed by snack. We had birthday cake to celebrate the birthday of one of our wee girls. We look forward to a busier session next week as the weather and folk's health improves.
We had a great meeting tonight. One of our newer folks shared the challenges he has faced through losing a few close friends over the past weeks. However, he also reported that he has drawn closer to God during that time... and our Great God met with him once again as he came into his baptism in the Holy Spirit tonight. We praise God for His movement in a life that has found a peace and understanding.
We were joined by our minister tonight who shared an encouraging word, to be courageous in our efforts as we go out and tell people about our wonderful Saviour.
1 Thes 2:2 “...we had the courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of much opposition”.
A good first night back to our Friday club with 36 children, including 4 new children and a few faces we haven’t seen in a while coming back. Leah began with a great time of singing. Tiffies then spoke about the new year word. She had someone stand outside the church door that she had opened and pointed out that the person needed to respond to the invitation and come in. She talked to the children about ways they can respond to God’s invitation to come through the door He has opened for them and find Jesus as a very real friend. We closed in prayer before going to our arts and crafts, games and quiz activities.
In our student zone Heather began with a quiz. Scott then split us into groups to discuss the characteristics of Jesus and to back these up with verses from the Bible. We fed back and the list was extensive! Scott then spoke about the verse; “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.”
Ephesians 5:1 and encouraged the young people to look at the list and take one of the characteristics of Jesus to work on in their own lives this week. We then split into groups for prayer and many young people took part.
We had an excellent start back at our Airdrie meeting this week. After John led some singing Rae spoke from Matt 6:25 & 32 and tied it in with Rev 3:8 & Rev 4:1-6. There came a lovely presence of God during our worship time with some singing in the Spirit. We were encouraged to leave all our cares behind and come up higher to find that open door. There was a real sense that, like John on Patmos, God is calling our group to 'come up here' to gain insight of the heavenly realm and to find out God's intentions. God is very much with us every week.
Note Airdrie meeting will be off next Week to allow folks to attend the Christian Institute meeting in Glasgow.