For those of you that have walked the Balerno Advent Labyrinth before, you may be interested in joining us for the Balerno Springtime Pilgrimage on Sunday 23rd April at 7.00 pm.
Running for the third time, the Pilgrimage is a short walk – both in terms of time (less than an hour) and in distance (through the church grounds and campus) – with a number of stops on the way for a wee moment of thought (a bit like the stops on the Labyrinth). When we have run this before, we’ve found that people of all ages enjoy the chat and company while we wander around and see the church, its gardens and its buildings from an entirely (and hopefully surprising) new perspective.
Everyone is warmly welcomed no matter your age, your stage in life or whether you are a church goer or not. Please come along ready for spending some of the time outside – which at that time of year may mean shorts and t shirt or thermals.
LENT started 1st March 2017. Let us all commit to “40acts: do Lent generously”, 40 days of giving back, doing good and living generously. Join the 40acts movement this Lent.
Sign up for 40acts, on the website: www.40acts.org.uk, click on “get started” and click on the “groups” icon. Enter your name, email address, group type (church) and then Balerno Parish church and you will receive via email over “40 days, 40 reflections, 40 challenges to make a difference.
Join forces with a global, generous community of over one hundred thousand people who have completed the 40acts challenge during Lent.” Let us do our bit here in Balerno!
On Sunday 12th February Annabelle MacDonald (the first Louise Duncan Bursar) told us of her summer spent teaching children in Cambodia. As well as telling us how much education is valued and needed she made a film which we hope will be available shortly. Here is Annabelle, after the service, pictured with our minister Rev Dr Andre Groenewald.
On Sunday 12th February Annabelle MacDonald will talk at the 10.00 service about her summer spent teaching young children in Cambodia. Annabelle was supported by the award of the first Louise Duncan Bursary. NB Applications for this year’s bursary are currently being accepted until 24th February, click for more information.
The annual Valley Service, when the congregations of Balerno Parish Church, Currie Kirk and Juniper Green Parish Church worship in one big service, was in Balerno this year. A combined choir of 28 led the singing and Adrian Armstrong from the Scottish Bible Society told us about the inspirational effect the bible is having in war torn Syria and took as his text from Isaiah 40 vs 8 ‘the word of our God will live for ever’ .
Every Wednesday in September, Sanctuary First will be hosting ‘Sanctuary First Live’ at the Acoustic Cafe in Falkirk featuring live music and interactive discussion. Join us online by following this link as we break new ground in conversation about faith- starting with the theme of identity and how we struggle with identifying ourselves in today’s society. It’s a chance to meet with folk who are familiar with Sanctuary First and also many who either don’t attend or are not connected with a particular church. Throughout September there will be live acoustic music from a variety of popular musicians including the likes of Marcus and Trudie Ford, Rachel Zylstra and Paul Dougall. To join the conversation come along on Wednesday the 7th of September at 6.50 for a 7pm start.
There will be a short half hour service on Sunday 11 September at 7.30 pm.
The service will offer an opportunity for led prayer with some selected readings and times of quiet, allowing people a place and space to pray for and think of some of the issues facing our church, our community, our world and even ourselves at this time.
Everyone is warmly welcomed, particularly on a day of great significance in the life of Balerno Parish Church.
On Sunday 11th September at the 10.00 service Rev Dr Andre Groenewald will be preaching as sole nominee to be our parish minister. Click on the title to see the full post and for more information.
It would be good to have the church full for this important occasion so please tell anyone who may have missed this announcement. Any one and everyone is invited to come only those on the congregation’s electoral role will be allowed to vote.
This month’s EvenSpace is a special one that combines the themes of pilgrimage, that ran through our Lent studies, with the idea of changing landscapes. It will include a ‘pilgrimage’ around the church grounds. All are welcome.
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.