Congregational Outing 2013
17th May 2013
We are going to Vogrie Country Park on 25th May!
If you are planning to go straight to Vogrie, we are meeting at the Vogrie car park at 2mp. If you need a lift, or providing a lift, please meet at the Free Church College car park on The Mound at 1:15pm.
If you are able to provide a lift, can you let Georgie Armstrong know how many spare seats that you have.
The plan is to have a BBQ at 4pm at Vogrie Country House: burgers, sausages and buns will be provided at a cost of: £1.50 adult, £1 concessions and 50p for children.
You MUST RSVP to Georgie Armstrong for the BBQ so we know how many to cater for! Any donations of juice, sides and nibbles will be very warmly received.
Georgie’s contact details are: 07795575197 or email@example.com
Vogrie Country Park, Gorebridge, Midlothian, EH23 4NU
Vogrie is between the A68 and Gorebridge: Take the A68 and then the B6372 towards Gorebridge or, take the A7 and join the B6372 at Gorebridge.
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19th March 2013
Bright Nights was on Friday 16th March in the St Columba’s hall.
It was a great evening of socialising and entertainment with great food on offer as well.
Members and friends of St Columba’s signed up to perform musical acts, singing and poetry recital – Elvis Presley even sang us a couple of songs.
With well over 100 people attending, it was a fantastic night. Donations were gratefully received for the continued improvements to the AV system in the church.
Eat and Pray
24th February 2013
Jesus is our best friend. He is our King. He alone can change our hearts to love Him more. We need Him every day. Our church life is empty if we are not dependant on Him. He alone can open the closed hearts of our unbelieving friends. He wants to hear our prayers. He chooses to act in response to them. This is our privilege – and responsibility – for His Kingdom, for our church, for us.
Once a month we want you to join us to eat and pray on a Wednesday night. We will provide a hearty and quality hot dish at 6.30pm (£5 or £3 for students, kids go free). Then we will pray together. Derek will also spend a short time teaching on prayer. Continue reading…
21st Century God
25th January 2013
Time is running out for bookings for the annual Free Church youth conference, which takes place at the end of March.
From Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March, young Christians from across Scotland will gather to worship God, eat good food, enjoy great fellowship and have a generally fantastic time.
Based at the idyllic retreat setting of Lendrick Muir, the theme for the weekend will be ‘21st Century God’.
Throughout the weekend there will be ‘main’ talks by Rev Alasdair Macleod, a variety of seminars on a number of topics and plenty singing, food and all round fun.
The weekend is open to anyone aged 16-30, and bookings can be made online at yc.freechurch.org.
Cost for the full weekend including food and accommodation: students £45, workers £55, (day visitors £10).
Why don’t you join them?
Book at yc.freechurch.org and join the Facebook event.
Got a question – feel free to ask Andrew.
The Way Forward (2013)
7th January 2013
We always seem to be a congregation in transition. It is what happens when God is at work! Ongoing transformation, like in our own lives – sometimes we regress, but through the Holy Spirit we are always looking to move forward.
Last year has been a busy year. Strategically, we looked to focus on certain areas:
- Bible teaching, training and worship: Through systematic preaching, City Groups, the Bible reading Plan, mentoring and praise. Training at every level, Kids’ church.
- Pastoral care: Eldership and deacons, City Groups, Ladies Pastoral team and mentoring.
- Mission: Developing the Edinburgh South (Bruntsfield) Group, encouraging Christ centred living, occasional outreach events and Christianity Explored. Renewing our website. Working with East of Scotland Gospel Partnership, and Edinburgh City Mission, Porterbrook and Babies and Toddlers.
- Prayer: Regular prayer meeting, the month of prayer, City groups and mentoring.
- Discipleship: Through City Groups and mentoring, and through Identity and Impact, other meetings, opportunities to serve the city (Bethany, ECM)
Having a team of leaders and workers is important structurally, but having a spiritually motivated and mobilised people is everything!
Prayerfully, and in dependence on God’s grace, yet recognising our God given leadership and responsibilities, we want to continue to develop and focus out thinking for the year ahead.