We had a smaller meeting in Newmains this week. Mark began with a time of singing, which was very good despite the small number. We then had up to date reports from all which were very encouraging. Many spoke of God’s faithfulness in difficult circumstances. Pauline then spoke around a daily reading she had that spoke of finding strength in God for ourselves and for others. We then had a very good time of prayer for the work which led into a very gentle time of worship. There was a lovely presence of God with us and a feeling of being refreshed in His presence as we closed.
We had a quieter night this week with just over 20 children. Leah took a few songs at the beginning. Tiffies then spoke on the verse ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’. She used a glass of lemonade and a glass of water and asked the children to add raisins to each glass. In the water the raisins sank and in the lemonade the force of the bubbles made the raisins float and pushed them up when they began to sink. She made the point that the raisins made no effort, it was the power of the bubbles that made the difference. This was linked to our dependency on Christ, and that by no effort of our own we can overcome because of His strength. Children listened very well and there was a lovely quietness as Scott closed in prayer. We then had fun with cupcake decorating and games.
In our student zone, Lauren organised some games to begin. Tiffies then introduced the story of Jesus and Barabbas before showing a video clip that really highlighted the gospel and how Barabbas represents our own lives in many ways. Scott summed up by speaking about his own experiences of trying to change in his own effort and realising he needed God to change him. We then had a very nice time of prayer and worship to close before having some supper together to finish off.
A smaller number of adults and children came to Toddlers today. In all we had 16 children and the same number of adults. It was a noisy, busy morning with our focus being mums.
Mother’s Day cards and gift labels were made during craft. Older children made crispie cakes for everyone, some to take home and one for all the children to eat at snack.
Rosemary took the younger ones for singing.
Annette told the children a lovely story of a lamb who had lost her mum called “Emma’s Lamb”.
The children listened very well to the story and chatted about the good things their mums did for them.
We celebrated the birthday of one of our newest wee girls. A good morning. Hopefully our children who are not well will join us next week.
This week, we had our older meeting only and were delighted to have the Falkirk young people with us. We had some snacks and time to chat together before our meeting. Liam took an excellent time of singing and everyone was in good voice. Tiffies then spoke on; “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT
She used a practical illustration to show that God’s love always remain true, Sometimes, we move away from Him, and then don’t experience that love in the same way, but it’s still there for us. She talked about how we will experience many changes and disappointments in life, but the one thing we can completely trust is the faithful love of God. We had a lovely, rich time of prayer and worship together and there was a very gentle presence of God with us as Scott closed in prayer.