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Hello

Didn’t the young people do well last Sunday at our Sunday School Promotion Service? It was great to see all their drawings and hear all about the different bible stories they have been looking at this year. The teachers deserve a well-earned break over the summer time!

 Come and join us this Sunday for our morning service at 11 am.

We are holding a Summer Coffee Morning on Saturday 29th of June - usual time 10-12 pm. Tickets are £3. Hot rolls will be available on the day. Put that date in your diary and pass the word around.

Thanks to all those who continue to support our Foodbank Sunday on the 2nd Sunday of the month. The next day for donations will be Sunday - 14th July.

The final Hub before the summer break will be tomorrow -  the 20th of June when the entertainment will be from by John McPherson. Come along and enjoy the entertainment – I know it is a great afternoon. Tickets are £3.50.

There are groups who meet in the church each week and will continue over the summer.

The Learning Together Group meets on a Wednesday night at 7pm for a couple of weeks still before it takes a break for the summer. Come along to join with others to discuss the Bible.

If you like to have a coffee come along to the Tuesday Coffee and Chat at 10 am. (You can also get toast if you want it!)

The Craft and Hobbies Group is on each Wednesday at 2pm. Get your knitting needles polished and your scissors sharpened. Lots of chat and tea!

You will be made very welcome at all of these and if you want any information about any of these or any of the many groups who use the church each week, just ask and we can let you know!!

If you want to add anyone to the prayer list, please let me know. I know that folks do appreciate your prayers.

Let me know if you would like to add anything to this newsletter too.

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Scripture: “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:39 (NIV)

Yesterday I was most surprised when I was given a wee box of chocolates and a lovely thank you card for helping out at a school show recently. It was not necessary but I was delighted that someone was pleased by something I had done.

I always try to tell others about the good things that people have done for me and to make sure that children know when I am pleased by thanking them when they do things like hold a door for others.

Jesus spent his life on earth doing good things for people. He was loving, kind, and compassionate. The Bible tells us that he came not to be served, but to serve others and to give his life for them. Wherever Jesus went, he healed the sick and the lame. He gave sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf. He even raised some from the dead! Sometimes the people remembered to say, "Thank you" and sometimes they forgot.

In our Bible verses today, Jesus met a man who was controlled by evil spirits. He had not worn clothes for a long time and he did not live in a house, but spent his days and nights roaming among the tombs and in the mountains. People in the town where he lived were afraid of him and tried to bind him with chains, but he was so strong that he broke the chains.

Jesus saw that the man was tormented and he felt compassion for him. There was a large herd of pigs on the hillside nearby, so Jesus let the evil spirits enter into the pigs, and the entire herd ran into the lake and drowned.

After Jesus freed the man from the evil spirits, he was like a different person. People saw the man sitting at Jesus’ feet, fully clothed and speaking calmly. He was so happy that he wanted to go with Jesus and follow him wherever he went, but Jesus told the man to go back to his home and tell everyone what God had done for him. The Bible tells us that the man went back and told all the people in of the city what great things Jesus had done for him.

You and I should always remember to give thanks for all that Jesus has done for us. The greatest gift we have ever received is the gift of eternal life. Jesus made this gift possible by his death on the cross. We should also tell others what he has done for us so that they might come to know the he loves them too.

Our Father, we thank you for all that you have done for us. We are especially thankful for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, your son. Help us to always show our gratitude and tell others how much you have done for us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Continue to pray for our many church friends Vena and Freda, Sylvia, Sheena and Bill, Isobelle, Margaret, Agnes and Bill, Andy and Mary, Gil and Sheena and Veronica. Pray also for Bill who is feeling a bit better and hopes to be back at church this Sunday.

Margery has also asked if we could continue to pray for her friend Louise.

Keep Mahboob and Silke and family in your prayers in this time of bereavement as Silke flies to Germany for her mum’s funeral this week.

Church is on each Sunday followed by tea and coffee in the hall so come along and worship with us at 11 am.

God bless

Laura

Laura Fleming- Session Clerk