Jo Dalrymple

After almost two years with us, Jo Dalrymple, the Acorn Project’s Outreach Worker is leaving at the end of August. Jo is sorry to be leaving Balerno and we will certainly miss her lively enthusiasm with Messy Church.

Midsummer Madness

For a week in July Jo had organised a holiday event which provided an opportunity for families to meet in St Josephs for games and exercise before gathering together for ‘story time’ which was loosely organised around the theme of the Olympics. Over 60 children attended over the 5 days, with an average attendance of about 12 each day. The success of the week owed a lot to the visiting Brazilian musicians, but we also have to thank the ‘usual suspects’ – without whose support the event would not have been possible.

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MidSummer Madness 17-21 July

Midsummer Madness is an annual summer event for families with children 0 to 12 years old.
The focus this year is the Olympics in Rio and we are having a visit of a group of musician from Brazil.
Bouncy castle , crafts, video clips , Bible Bits , dance and song, team games and more …
All suitable for children of all ages and adults too
Come and have fun with your whole family as we explore Christian sport values this year.

Sunday 17th July / 3.00 to 5.00pm
Monday 18th July /3.00 to 5.00pm
Tuesday 19th July / 3.00 to 5.00pm
Wednesday 20th July / 3.00 to 5.00pm
Thursday 21st July / 10.00 to 12pm and 3.00 to 5.00pm

Dementia Awareness Week – 29th May – 4th June

The Palm Cafe are heavily involved in this years Dementia Awareness week.  Click for a poster showing events in the area, for a poster about the film ‘Alive Inside’, to view a trailer for ‘Alive Inside’ and to read more about the Palm Cafe.  Diana Kerr, whose book has inspired numerous successful Singing Groups for people with dementia will be present at the film showing with her colleague, Sheila Hardie.

Messy Church

Sunday, 20th March in the St Joseph’s Centre, 4-6pm.
Come and join us for an afternoon of fun, games, dancing and song, refreshments, bouncy castle and much, much more.

Acorn Initiative – October 15 update

Acorn aims to provide a range of offerings to ensure that seekers from all walks of life feel safe and at ease taking part in church life. While the focus of activity is on those under 40, the Project has a key goal of ensuring the development of an engaged, active, connected and vibrant Christian community leading to the spiritual growth and nourishment of all those involved, young and old.

Discussion took place in October. The main outcome of these discussions is to suggest that the Acorn Initiative is not defined by the work of one person – Jo Dalrymple. The original proposal was about gaining funding for new outreach work – but the purpose of that outreach work is the same as the purpose of the old outreach work but is simply trying to target a different age group. We are all involved in the process of furthering Christ’s kingdom whether it is in music, catering, Christmas trees, bridge, eating and talking or organizing youth work. There seems to be merit in having the same badges and the new work continues.

There is time to think about this before there will be an opportunity for discussion at the November meeting of the KS.acorn newsletter 4

The Acorn Initiative

The Acorn Initiative reaches out to people to help them explore and share their Spiritual journey. It was the  vision of Rev Louise Duncan that it will help to provide a range of different access points to “church life” for people in Balerno. The emphasis is on children, young adults, young parents as well as seekers of all ages but no one should feel excluded.

The project has already evolved into an initiative and it is expected to develop further.

You can find out more of what is happening with the Acron Initiative through the Acorn Initative post categories and also the links to their recent newsletters. .