Diane’s Thoughts: Saturday 6 June

Diane’s Thoughts: Saturday 6 June

Lockdown reflections from our Session Clerk

This week is National Volunteers Week and I am very grateful for all the volunteers who help in many roles in church life throughout the year.   Most things around the church are done by volunteers ranging from running groups, maintaining the building and grounds, cleaning, minibus, administration, fund raising, IT, flowers and much more, with many people multi-tasking.      In “normal” times when our building is open, we see many of the volunteers but there are also many people working behind the scenes using their time and their talents in other ways.  As a church we are reliant on our volunteers and greatly appreciate all who help.

In these times, volunteers are helping in new ways as we have become a Church Without Walls.  Our beautiful building is closed but church continues as we worship online and serve the Lord and our community.  The way people have risen to the many challenges we face at this time and who are helping with new initiatives like the Food Pantry and the Bags of Blessings is very encouraging for the future and much appreciated.  We have a great team at the Old Kirk and it’s a pleasure to be part of it. 

Last week I mentioned that we should be thinking about some fundraising and I’m delighted to say that already 2 events are being planned which should raise much needed funds and also give opportunities for people to be involved.   There will be a Social Distance Bake Sale in the Church Car Park on Saturday 20 June from 12 noon to 2pm where you will have the opportunity to buy a box of mixed home baking for £5.  All boxes should be pre ordered by 17 June – more details in this newsletter and facebook.  If you are able to donate any baking please contact Diane on 510936.  We are also planning a sponsored 500 miles event – more details to follow shortly.

As Christians, God calls us to use our gifts to help others.  We all have different gifts, all given by God and all special.   How are you using your gifts to serve our Lord?  Many people are helping their neighbours, shopping for others, phoning people, taking time to show love and care.  These are the sorts of things Jesus calls us to do.

 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work”

1 Corinthians 12:4-6, NIV

With grateful thanks to all our volunteers who are using the gifts God has given them to help others.

Diane

Old Kirk