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Good evening. This Sunday our service will be led by our Girls’ Brigade Officers and girls. Come along and support our young people in our Youth Organisations. I know the girls have been practicing their singing!

 The Worship Team will lead our service again next Sunday while Mahboob is still away on Pakistan.  Come along and join in worship with us and then come in for tea or coffee after the service

Thanks again to all those who continue to support our Foodbank Sunday on the 2nd Sunday of the month – we were able to deliver a large number of items again this week.  It is all gratefully received by EK Foodbank and given out almost as soon as it arrives with them. Our next collection will be on Sunday the 10th of March

Our next prayer meeting will be on the 24th of February so please put that date in your diary. We have not had any prayer meetings for a few months but hopefully this will be able to continue over the next few months again.

The Hub is on again tomorrow - 14th of February and I am sure it will be a Valentine’s Day Special! The entertainment will be provided by Julie Max. The Hub is open to all and lots of home baked cakes are consumed and tea drunk! Come along and enjoy the entertainment – I know it is a great afternoon.

Sunday School is on each Sunday at 11 am. The Girls’ Brigade is on a Wednesday evening and Boys’ Brigade is on a Thursday evening. These are all open to boys and girls of primary and secondary school age. Everyone will be made most welcome. Just come along.

There are other groups who meet in the church each week.

The Learning Together Group meets on a Wednesday night at 7pm. 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 will be starting again very soon - at the moment the proposed date is Wednesday 6th March at 2pm - but as always, that is weather permitting. Get your knitting needles polished and your scissors sharpened for the first day!

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.

Photo by Juan Pablo Arenas from Pexels

Scripture: He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all. Luke 6:17-19 NIV

Have you heard of a man named Charles M. Schultz? He wrote a comic strip called Peanuts which has been appearing in daily newspapers since 1950. The main characters in the comic strip are Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder and a dog named Snoopy. It was always a favourite of mine when I was younger.

Charles Schultz has also written a lot of books. One of the favourite books by Schultz is "Happiness Is A Warm Blanket." The book is mostly about a little boy named Linus who carries his cuddly blue blanket with him wherever he goes. Linus carries that blanket to make him feel secure. According to Schultz, "Everyone has things that make them feel secure."  This is because when we feel secure, we are also happy!

Jesus had something to say about being happy. Our Bible story today is one of those times. The story begins with Jesus surrounded by a huge crowd of people. Have you ever noticed that wherever Jesus went, he drew large crowds of people? Maybe this was because many of them were sick or injured and wanted Jesus to heal them. Perhaps some of them had a troubled mind and they had heard that Jesus was able to cast out demons and evil spirits just by just speaking a word. Many people came to Jesus because they had heard what he could do for them, and that is exactly what happens in today's Bible story. The Bible says that people crowded around Jesus and tried to touch him because power was coming from him and he healed them all. Do you think that made the people happy? It sure did!

Jesus then turned to his disciples and said -

“God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. God blesses you who weep now, for in due time you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way." 

Notice that Jesus didn't say, "Happy are they who have a lot of money" or "Happy are they who have plenty to eat and dine in fancy restaurants." He didn't even say, "Happiness is a warm blanket." What he did say was, "When you follow me, happiness will come. Leap for joy! A great reward awaits you in heaven."

Dear Father, help us to remember that we can never find happiness by seeking the things this world has to offer. True happiness can only be ours by following Jesus. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen

The best gift anyone can give to another is to pray for him or her. When someone is going through a hard time it can make a world of difference to know that loving friends are praying for healing.

This week continue to pray for our many church friends who are all sadly missed from our worship each week - Christine, Vena, Sylvia, Sheena, Janet, Isobelle, Margaret, Agnes, Jim, Andy and Mary and Sandra. Pray for all those who care for and support those who are ill at home and in hospital. There are so many of our church family dependent on those who are in the caring profession and would find life more difficult without their day by day care.

Please continue to pray for Obe who is fighting cancer and has no family to help support her at this time.

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 Fleming- Session Clerk