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Holiday Club Day 2

Thankfully all the socks dried at the Laundrette, so Day Two at the Holiday Club could start without any hindrance. In fact this day was better than Day One! More young customers came along, about forty of them to get familiar with the life of King David, and how God’s love was working in him. Perhaps they wanted their socks washed too, but we ran out of time for that.

It was a very eventful day. The young David was chased by the raging, envious king, King Saul. He had to run for his life, and hide to save himself. He lived in fear, and was scared. In spite of all the threats David continued to believe! How helpful are Jesus’ words: ‘Don’t be afraid, just believe!’! (This is the Holiday Club’s memory verse by the way!) Have a look at the story if you would like:

We continued to sing, and jump and praise the Lord. The games were fun, and we did some very exciting crafts too. The jokes made us laugh. It was good fun. The children were very helpful sorting out the laundry, that is hanging them up in the right order for the memory verse to be revealed. Well done, they did it in record time, just over one minute!

Claire shared her testimony with us, which we found very encouraging. Thank you Claire! God is good!

We also heard an inspiring story form one of the parents. Their kids received some money for Easter. When they were asked what they want to do with the gift they got, they said they want to use it for the Holiday Club rather than sweets or toys! God bless them for their desire to be here.

So get those socks washed, David’s story is continuing tomorrow.

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Holiday Club Day 1

Hooray! Holiday Club has started!

Giant washing machine, dozens of costumes, boxfuls of crafts materials, trays of home baking, rounds of applause, pp dance, terrible line of doom! What is it? It cannot be anything else than the annual SSCB Holiday Club!

This year it is live from a Laundrette! It is a week long episode of the Sock War epic drama, with One Wash Kenobi and his young apprentice Luke Sockwasher. While they are in a cosmic battle to save the Laundrette and that way assure that the universe will not run out of clean well ironed socks (and pants) they tell about God’s love and grace manifested in the life of King David.

Some thirty children came to the Laundrette on day one. (All of them had clean socks, I hasten to add!) The Laundrette staff and their helpers welcomed the troops, many of them returning for the second, third, or umpteen times as friends. It was great to see them all!

We had a great day. The story of the anointing of the young shepherd boy, David, as king of Israel was told with colourful vividness. We sang, and jumped and laughed, played, explored the story and made crafts to remind ourselves that God looks at what is in the heart and not at what is on the surface (1 Samuel 16:7). And we sorted out the laundry, arranging them in the proper order on the washing line so the memory verse was revealed: “Jesus said: Don’t be afraid, just believe!” (Mark 5:36).

I hardly can wait until tomorrow. Better go and sort my laundry, now!

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Christ is Risen! Happy Easter!

Easter Morning we gathered in Inverleith Park to worship the Risen Lord in the morning sunshine. It was a bright, sunny morning! Young and not so young with great smiles, and happy faces greeted each other: Christ is Risen! and promptly came the response; He is Risen Indeed!

We worshipped, sang, and prayed, and laughed together. It was a joyful start to celebrate the resurrection! All have brought their Easter eggs, each uniquely decorated, some with crosses, and empty tomb; others with chicks, donkeys, flowers and leaves, or bunnies. Somebody even brought duck eggs for good measure! (Very competitive!) Everything was ready for a good egg rolling session: we have got a sunny morning, a risen Lord, a very good slope running down to the pond, we have got our eggs. So we all enjoyed rolling the eggs.

Leaving the park we returned to the church for a great breakfast together. We continued worshipping in the church where many more people and a good number of visitors joined us. We finished that service by sharing in the Lord’s Supper. The youngsters created their versions of the Easter garden during worship.

The Lord is risen, and we have tasted and seen that He is good. Let us continue walking in the power and the hope of His resurrection.

Good Friday Walk of Witness

Comely Bank Churches Together celebrated Good Friday with a Walk of Witness in Comely Bank and Stockbridge, finishing the walk with a very meaningful Vigil service at Stockbridge Church.
In spite of the weather a good group of people joined together remembering the journey of our Saviour with the cross, and shared in worship, prayer and praise at the Vigil service.
We are grateful to our brothers and sisters of Bristo Baptist Church for the refreshments that encouraged us on our walk, and for the lovely lunch we all shared at the end at Stockbridge Church courtesy to their kind hospitality.
Representatives of the churches shared in the service reflecting on the words of Jesus on the cross.

Purple Day

We are joining Holly in drawing awareness to the illness of epilepsy. the 26th of March is Purple Day, a world-wide recognised awareness day for epilepsy.

On March 26th annually, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness.

HollHolly will run a number of fundraising events on Monday the 26th and she invites you to support her and Purple Day by wearing something purple on the 26th. If someone asks you why do you were purple, just simply tell them it is because of epilepsy awareness day.

If you wish and are able, please support Holly’s fundraising too. The funds are in support of the work of Epilepsy Scotland. She set up a just giving page for this purpose: Holly Wagner’s Purple Day Fundraising Page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hollywagner1

Just wear purple and make a difference.

Running on Empty

“You have cast all my sins behind your back.” (Isaiah 38:17)

Easter is rapidly approaching, even if the weather is not too much a testimony to it. For some it means lovely spring flowers, cute yellow chicks, chocolate eggs and the like. I wonder what does it mean to you?

This Easter I invite you to focus on all that Christ has done for us on the cross, and all that His resurrection achieved.

You see He took upon himself all our sins and guilt, and he was pierced for our transgressions (Isaiah 53:4-5). Jesus died on the cross for our sins, for our guilt, and His death paid fully for us. The empty tomb on Ester morning proclaims that His sacrifice was sufficient, and both Jesus and we, who trust in Him mango free. We can run on empty, that is our sins have been removed. That’s what Easter can mean to all that put their trust in Christ.

I recently read a short story about Billy Graham. He was crossing the North Atlantic on a boat once. One morning as he got up he looked out the porthole of his cabin to see one of the blackest clouds he had ever seen. He was certain that they were in for a terrible storm. When they brought his breakfast into his cabin he spoke to the steward about the storm. the steward said, “oh, the storm, we’ve already come through it. It’s behind us.”

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have already come through the storm of judgement. It happened at the cross! Don’t be bound by your guilt or your fears any longer, for sins’s penalty has already been paid completely and in full by Christ! It is behind you. You can run on empty!

Join us for Holy Week and Easter to celebrate and experience all that Jesus has done for you.

Wishing you a blessed Easter,

George, your minister

Holiday Club – Coming Soon!!!

Sock Wars – The Froth Awakens

Holiday Club 2018 at SSCB

 

While the glory hunters were fighting for the Rebel Alliance, One Wash Kenobi (Obi Wan’s cousin) set up a laundrette along with his Young Apprentice (City & Guilds), Luke Sockwasher. They hope to save a mixed colour run in less than 12 parsecs, but first there’s costumes, baking, songs, baking, games, baking and jokes: it’s Holiday Club 2018.

We will be welcoming children up to Primary 7 for a week of fun, games, drama and stories, looking through the Bible at a flawed hero, King David. He was still a special guy, much loved by God, and we look forward from him to Jesus, the perfect hero. Holiday Club 2018 will run for a week from 10am to noon Monday 2nd to Friday 6th April cleaning up with a family evening on Thursday 5th and a tumble (dry!) of a Holiday Club family service on Sunday 8th April.

Thanks in advance to the members of SSCB who are giving up their time to help and also to all those who are praying and baking behind the scenes. It’s not too late to sign up: holidayclub@comelybankchurch.com

 

Promise for the New Year

During Advent and Christmas we were following the star as it led us to Christ. It was a wonderful bright sign giving us hope.

Well, Advent and Christmas are over, and we stepped into the New Year. Is there a sign from God for us for 2018?

Yesterday as we went for a walk between the showers, God offered another sign of promise to us. It was encouraging to see it on the sky. It was his sign of covenant God gave to Noah, the rainbow, a sign of God’s goodwill, kindness and mercy to humankind, to us. What a great way to star out in 2018. And it is all the more special, for it is a double rainbow!

Rainbow over Edinburgh 2nd January 2018 – by Web Admin

Follow the Star Picture Gallery 3

Here are the latest and last additions of the ‘Follow the Star’ Picture Gallery. We have seen and captured a great number of different stars. but the brightest was the One that heralded the coming of our Saviour. Thanks be to God!

By Web Admin
Star of the Christmas Market – by Web Admin
By Mairi
Stars with Haloes – by Mairi
By Mairi
Just as bright and shiny (smiley) when he was a new star – by Mairi
By Mairi
Old Star and New Star – by Mairi
By Steve
Rubik’s Star – Quite a Puzzle – by Steve

Follow the Star Picture Gallery 2

Our star gazers were very active and watchful. Thanks to everyone for the images sent. There are some great ones among them. But there is still time to find some more stars till Christmas.

It is our prayer that you will see and follow The Star that leads you to the Saviour so He can be the light (Star) of your life.

Here are the latest of the star harvest. We hope you will enjoy them.

Star at the Door by Elspeth
Paper Star by Steven
A Star by TheTitaniumNinja
Tin of Stars (for a rainy day) by Elspeth
A Star by Sean
Time to Sparkle by Sadie and Jim
Awesome Sibling Stars by Steven
Star of Bethlehem by Sadie and Jim
A Star by Andy
Star Bargain by Emma
Three Star Restaurant by WebAdmin
A Star is Born by Sadie and Jim
Star Table by WebAdmin
Visiting Star at Budafok RC Church (Hungary) by Emma
Star by Day at Calvin Square Reformed Church, Budapest by WebAdmin
Star by Night Calvin Square Reformed Church Budapest by WebAdmin
Powerful Transylvanian Star Card by WebAdmin
Tongue Twister Straw Star by WebAdmin
Let’s Fly with the Stars, Liszt Ferenc Airport Budapest by WebAdmin