SSCB News

Lunch Club Christmas Dinner 2017

Lunch Club is always great fun and a much anticipated occasion at St Stephen’s. Especially so if it is Christmas Dinner that is prepared and served. Today was no exemption either! All sixty two guests can testify to this.

The kitchen was busy with chefs, cooks and helpers. Seventeen helpers served the delicious starters, the indispensable turkey main course, and the very tasty mince pie. Carol singing provided the necessary pause to digest the lovely bites.

After the Christmas message Santa also made an appearance, and he did not come with empty hands!

It was a very enjoyable time. Well-ken faces and newcomers are equally very welcome to join us at Lunch club on the first Friday of the month -except in January. Just check out our events diary!

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CAP Christmas Craft

Two Christmas Craft Days were recently organised by Edinburgh North CAP Centre at SSCB. People were able to learn new skills and produce some exciting and lovely craft pieces for Christmas. They found good company, much laughter and fulfilment. The occasions did whet the appetite of many to continue with doing craft in the future too. It was a great idea and memorable time for all.

Thanks to all the organisers and the participants. Here are a few of their lovely work.

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Follow the Star Picture Gallery

We challenged our congregation to Follow the Star this Advent and Christmas and find Jesus our Saviour.

One of the challenges is a photographic one. A good namer of them took up this challenged and were looking for stars around them. Here are the first results of their findings. Many thanks to the contributors.

Keep them coming.

Follow the Star

This Advent and Christmas join us as we ‘Follow the Star’ leading us to our Saviour. Ever since the Magi made their long journey to Bethlehem, they captured the imagination of people. But they are not the centre of the Christmas Story. They were journeying to its heart, to Jesus – whom they honoured, revered, and worshipped as their King!

They followed the star that led them to Jesus. So, follow the star with us as we seek Jesus. We will explore the story as it was recorded by Matthew in the first two chapters of his Gospel.

At the same time we invite you to look out for stars (any kind, shape, or size, galactic, or more earthly, even human, whoever, or whatever is a star in your eyes). Take a photo of them and email it to us. We would like to have a collection of them displayed here on the website and on our Facebook page. We hope to have a wonderful collection of ‘stars’ that give out light, guide others on the right path, lead to Jesus, offer hope, and love. Please email your ‘stars’ to star@comelybankchurch.com.

Enjoy your star gazing.

 

Christmas Coffee Morning

 

We invite you to our Christmas Coffee Morning and Craft Sale.

It is an excellent opportunity to get ready for Christmas. You will be able not only to find unique stocking fillers, have fun, enjoy a cuppa, meet people, but also to get into the spirit of Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season after all.

Ps. You will be able to pick up your Caring Christmas Tree too if you ordered it in time!

So come along and celebrate!

10:00-12:00 on Saturday, 9th of December.

Remembrance Day

Full Roll of Honour of St Stephen’s Comely Bank Church

For almost a century Remembrance Day has been observed in the UK. It was first initiated by king George V in 1919. Once a year, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we stop for a while and remember and give thanks to those that gave their all for the freedom and life of others. Their sacrifice brought us, who live some one hundred years later, peace.

As Christians we remember every week on the Lord’s Day the One who gave His all for our redemption from sin and evil, freeing us form the grip of death and the grave. We remember Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour raised from the dead (2 Peter 2:8). His sacrifice brought us peace.

In fact we should remember Him every passing day, for it is because of Him, through Him and in Him that we have freedom and everlasting life. We can have our peace, our strength, our life only through Jesus Christ and in Him alone.

We must make the most of the peace and the life He won for us. He died for our sins that we may have life abundantly to the full. So live it to the full in Christ.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

We joined Broughton High School in responding to Blythswood Care’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

The congregation’s response was very generous, forty shoeboxes arrived through the last few weeks. All beautifully decorated and full stuffed with lovely gifts. A BIG Thank You to all that contributed. Your kindness is much appreciated.

On Tuesday, 7 November our shoeboxes were taken over to Broughton High School where they were picked up by Blythswood Care. It is our prayer that the shoeboxes will bring joy to children and adults in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Please pray for the safe transport of the boxes so they will arrive on time to their destinations.

Vacancy

Praise Leader Vacancy

We are seeking a new Praise Leader with a living Christian faith who is a talented musician and loves to worship the Lord to be part of our Praise Team.

We offer
  • An exciting opportunity to lead, expand and develop our musical worship ministry
  • A broad spectrum of musical styles from contemporary to traditional
  • A committed and enthusiastic Praise Group
  • A prayerful and engaging church fellowship
  • A supportive ministry team passionate about serving God, with our talents and gifts
  • Remuneration according to recommended salary scale (£3,940 – £5,275) (subject of candidate’s qualification and experience)

A full job description can be found here.

If you are interested in the post of Praise Leader at St Stephen’s Comely Bank please send your CV including the contact details for two referees, together with a covering personal statement explaining why you are applying for the role and how you believe you are suited to it.

Enquiries and applications should be emailed to office@comelybankchurch.com or sent by post to St Stephen’s Comely Bank Church, 10 Comely Bank Road, Edinburgh EH4 1DW

Applications should reach us by 5:00pm on Friday, 15th of December 2017.

If you would like further information or an informal chat about the role please do contact the minister, George Vidits at office@comelybankchurch.com.

Recently at SSCB

Chinese Banquet and International Justice Mission

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Our Ladies’ Home Group inspired by the talk of Amy Westendarp from International Justice Mission took the initiative to organise a fundraising Chinese Banquet in support of IJM. So last Saturday (23 September 2017) some 80 to 100 people from the congregation and the community gathered at the halls to enjoy a delicious Chinese Banquet. The food was offered up by the ladies and prepared by them under the expert guidance of May. The tables were beautifully set, appropriate decorations covered the walls, and a variety of Chinese cuisine was on offer suiting every particular choice. Everybody went for seconds! The children were entertained by Kung fu Panda, while they enjoyed their Chines bites.

Amy spoke to us about the commitment of IJM to liberate enslaved children and people all over the world. We worship and serve a God who created all people for freedom. His creation, and love can be enjoyed to the full only if we, his creation are free. Free from sin, faults, hurts, free from being enslaved in any shape or form. Our God came fro a rescue mission to liberate us all. He became human and lived among us, loved us so much that He gave His life for our freedom. God did that in His Son, whom we got to know in Jesus Christ.

The evening raised over £1,000!

It was an amazing effort and a very enjoyable evening.

Praise to the Lord for the commitment of the ladies, IJM, and all those that came and enjoyed the fellowship and food, supporting the cause!