Amandas Thoughts

Amandas Thoughts

Dear friends,

We’ve had a busy start to the year here at the Old Kirk, the Guild, Thursday Fellowship, Men of Faith, Good Morning Ladies, Old Kirk Youth, Craft Café and Café Connect beginning again, we also welcomed Duncan Giles to talk to us about the work of Christians Against Poverty (CAP) and how we might partner together with them to offer a CAP debt centre here in Bo’ness so that people struggling with debt and other issues in the wider areas around Bo’ness might benefit from the help of this multi award winning charity.

We were also fortunate to host a training event by One Way puppets which most of our Teen Zone teenagers and some of Sunday night’s OKy teenagers attended along with folk from other churches around Scotland and beyond since this was the only Scottish event and we look forward to seeing what fruit the training brings.

3 of us also had the benefit of attending the Sanctuary First Re-imagining church conference in January which was a brilliant weekend being inspired to think creatively about how our churches might change as we go on into the future.

There are huge but not insurmountable challenges ahead for the Church of Scotland, in 1956 the membership of the church nationally was at 1.4 million people. Now, 64 years later that membership has fallen to 336,000 and is declining year on year, losing on average the equivalent of a congregation a week as members get older and die or leave for other reasons.

We at the Old Kirk are bucking the national trend, we still have a good variety of different ages coming along on a Sunday morning, including children, young people and young adults, and we have a healthy size of congregation.

But that can’t mean that we become complacent. We have to continually explore new ways of reaching out to those in our community who aren’t part of church so that they too might come to know the love that God has for them. Not so that there are more people on a Sunday morning, or more bums on seats, but so that God’s kingdom might increase.

And so, it’s exciting at this point, still near the beginning of another year to use our imaginations…

What is your vision for our Kirk?

How do you think God’s kingdom will grow here in Bo’ness?

What can you do, to make a difference and share God’s love within our community?

What can we as a church, the body of Christ here in this place do?

Is there a need you think we need to be meeting?

Is there a group that we could be offering?

Would you be a part of it?

Blessings, Amanda

Old Kirk