A HUGE THANK YOU to all who supported our Big Breakfast for Christian Aid through their attendance and donations.
We raised the amazing sum of £443.00!
That’s 176 meals for refugees or 8 stoves for people to use to cook their own meals! Thanks so much for your generosity and support.
‘If you love me keep my commandments’ ‘ A new command I give you: love one another.’
The ACTs team considered John: 14 v 15 and John 13:v 34-35, assisted by Jen the dog who, always keen on a day out, obligingly sat, gave a paw and stopped at the right places on a walk.
We then raced to remember all the commandments and thought about how we can show God we love him by following them day by day, just as the dog shows us she loves us by doing what we ask.
Ist Bothwell 6 boys, 2 staff and a friend from 5th Hamilton looking very smart in the BB Guard of Honour for HRH Princess Anne at this morning’s service at St Giles.
The ACTs team used different (and tasty!) versions of popcorn to consider John 14:1-11 and how Jesus is part of God and God is part of Jesus.
We considered the different versions of each of us that there are and the items of clothing and kit that represent these. We also thought about the other different versions there are of us: the polite and thoughtful ones and the rude and mean ones.
We appreciated the God that is in all of us and thought about how we can focus on showing that version of us to others.
What do you see?
The ACTS group puzzled over several optical illusions like these and which was the right way of seeing the image.
As we had also had some sun and a recent council election this week, we then had a debate over which was THE best ice-cream flavour (and then a short intermission to test the theory!)
Thinking further on this, we played an ice-cool penguin version of “snap”, where we had to spot the common features.
After reading Luke 24: 13-35, we discussed that it is easy to see things from only one perspective and that actually there was no correct way to see the pictures, and no best opinion on ice-cream. We noted that we may disagree with those around us, but we can still have several things in common with those who have different views from us. We realised it is important to recognise that, while we may not recognise him at first, there is something of God in everyone.
The ACTs team found it harder than expected to make this cross from the puzzle shapes. We considered that the resurrection isn’t an easy thing to understand either, but believing it happened can transform our lives.
Pancake Tuesday was anticipated by the ACTs group who were considering 1 Corinthians 12:14-27 in terms of the eggs, flour, milk, and skill! needed to make pancakes and what that means for each of us.
21 So then, the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Nor can the head say to the feet, “Well, I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, we cannot do without the parts of the body that seem to be weaker; …..27 All of you are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it.
The ACTs group did some tasty experiments to think about Matthew 5:13-20 this week ‘you are the salt of the earth‘. We ate crisps with and without salt and used salt water to float an egg. We decided that we can add ‘flavour’ to the world because of the support Jesus gives us.
The ACTs group are all lined up to sacrifice their connection to all gadgets, TV, x-box etc for 24 hours next weekend and to do something useful for the charity Cross reach instead.
Join them by
- downloading and completing this sponsorship_form and handing it and any money raised to the Church Office.
- coming along to the fun craft activity session being organised as part of Unplug Weekend.