Our Christmas Services for 2018 at Spott Parish Church will be as follows:-
- Sunday 23rd December - Normal Sunday service at 10.00 am
- Monday 24th December - There will be a late afternoon service at Belhaven Parish Church at 4.30 pm
- Monday 24th December - Watchnight service at 11.30 pm
- Tuesday 25th December - Christmas morning service at 10.00 am
Ringing out for peace:
A Nations Tribute at Spott Church War Memorial on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1
There will be a short service from 18.45 to 19.10 pm at the War Memorial followed by tea and coffee in Spott Community Hall.
Following a chat with Rev Neil Watson, I am planning to restart the Men’s Group. Since it is not a new activity – rather restarting a previous one – I am assuming that I do not need formal approval from the (Belhaven) Kirk Session, though I will inform them of it.
I’m e-mailing simply to let you know of this development and to seek any comments/views you may have. Previously it was suggested that we continue with the first Monday in the month – meeting monthly – usually October through to April or May. I am conscious that Mondays don’t suit everyone – but then I doubt that we can find a night in the week which does - so I’m proposing that we continue with Mondays.
The immediate problem I have is that I’m on holiday on the first Monday in October, and just back on the second Monday, so I propose that our first meeting be on Monday 15 October – 8pm in The Stables. For this first meeting I propose that we have an open discussion on the programme; I have some specific ideas to suggest and will ask a number of possible speakers whether they would be happy to come to speak – or be interviewed. But nothing set in tablets of stone before we have our first discussion on 15 October. One other point for that first meeting is to choose a name for the Group. I would prefer to call it a specific name rather than simply the “Men’s Group” which has something of the non pc about it. There is the group “Inspire” for the women, and I wondered whether we might think of something along that line eg “Explore” or “Enquire”. I hope therefore that we can agree on a name on 8 October.
As noted, I would welcome any comments/views on this development. I should say that I received the e-mail list from a previous Men’s Group circulation list (plus a few I’ve added). I will use this list solely for the purposes of the Group – whatever we eventually decide to call it. Please let me know if you would prefer to be omitted from the list. Equally, I suspect there will be others who might be interested but not on the list – so if you know of others who may be interested please let them know and, subject to their agreement, I’ll add them.
Everyone is invited to the Admission of Jacqueline Waugh to the Office of Reader.
This will take place on Sunday 16th September 2018 in Haddington West Church with the Moderator the Revd David D Scott at 6.15 pm. Jacqui spent much of her training in Spott Parish Church and was very popular with the Congregation.
Our Harvest Thanksgiving Service will take place on Sunday 7th October 2018
In addition, we shall also have our Food bank donations, and the Spott Singers will be in attendance from 9.45 am.
ROSARY ON THE COAST
3pm Sunday 29 April 2018
The Battery, Dunbar Harbour
Christians around the whole of Britain are gathering at coastal locations at 3pm on Sunday 29 April to pray for our nations (Scotland, Wales, and England) using the traditional form of prayer known as "The Rosary". Prayers will be taking place at the same time at well over 100 locations around the coast of Britain and its islands - see www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk In Dunbar, the prayers will take place in the outdoor theatre space at the Battery on the far side of Dunbar Harbour. We hope there will also be some music.
There will be a "West Barnes Prayer Event" on Sunday 25th March from 7 to 8 pm in the West Barnes Village Hall.
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