Lighthouse For All 27.03.2020

Hi Everyone, welcome to Lighthouse for All. Your Newhaven Church Sunday groups team have been upping our technology game (and our own confidence) to bring you something personal from us twice a week while we are not able to meet together.

Although, initially thought of as a way to engage or families, we hope that it is something everyone who wishes can access and join in.  These will be told on our new youtube channel. After the positive response to our first video, we have decided to post videos on both Wednesday and Friday, as well as EVERY DAY for Holy Week. We hope you enjoy.

Today’s story is told by me, Cassie, and is found in the Gospel of John 11:1-44. All of these texts can be read in many different translations on biblegateway.com. The International Children’s Bible is a simple adaptation of the NIV and what we have in Lighthouse. Today, I am telling the story using the narration and pictures from FreeBibleImages.com.

 

 

Our Annual Stated Meeting will be on Monday, 31st March 2014

The Annual Stated Meeting (ASM) of the Congregation will take place on Monday 31st March at 7.30pm. Why not make an evening of it by joining us at 6.30pm for a potluck supper!!

In our recently published Annual Report for 2013, the Kirk Session looked back to summarise some of the many activities that have been undertaken by Newhaven Church over the past year, and looked forward to how we can further develop in 2014 through to March 2015.  We urge members, regular attenders and all people who are even vaguely interested in or connected with Newhaven Church to read the Annual Report and reflect upon it!

This year’s Annual Stated Meeting, which will be held on Monday 31st March 2014, will give all members and regular attenders the opportunity to reflect upon our Church’s activities, to have discuss on the way forward, to ask questions of the Kirk Session and to voice support or otherwise for it. We will discuss the Church’s 2013 accounts, have group discussion, and discuss formal ASM business which will include the re-designation of the Development Fund.

We hope that as many members and regular attenders will attend this very important event in our Church year. It’s a time for fellowship and celebration of where we have been together, and a time for support, encouragement to each other and the seeking of God’s blessing for the times ahead.

Photo of trolley filled with food for a foodbank

“Where is the justice in foodbank Scotland?”

This article has been taken from its original source on the Church of Scotland’s website.

The head of one of the most influential councils in the Church of Scotland said that what she wants for Christmas is justice for people reliant on food-banks.

“There is a gospel bias for the poor and the Church of Scotland makes deliberate decisions to ensure that its resources, material and spiritual, correspond to that bias, not as an issue of charity, but of justice” said the Reverend Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener of the Church and Society Council.

Writing on her blog, Mrs Foster-Fulton said:

“In our society we are seeing a huge increase in reliance on food-banks.  Thank God there are still people who will work to tackle food poverty and food insecurity.  To people who donate, who volunteer – who embody care, thank you.  Your commitment and love is inspirational.  My comments aren’t meant to undermine this, but rather to ask the question ‘is this enough?’  Are we in danger of offering a band aid without looking for the source of the bleeding?

“We’re called to question the systems which mean, despite living in one of the most affluent and developed countries in history, there are children who still go hungry, whilst others have a super-abundance of wealth.  Inequality like this is an appalling indictment on our system and our society.  Where is the justice in food-banks?

“Every time you donate a tin, you should pick up a pen, write your MP or MSP and ask why you have just donated food to a food-bank in one of the richest countries in the world!”

The Church of Scotland is dedicated about removing the inequalities that blight so much of society.  The measure of any society is how it looks after its most vulnerable members, added Ms Foster-Fulton.  She said: “This is about what kind of Scotland we want to be.  What kind of Scotland do we want for the one-in-five children living in poverty and for their parents who might be relying on food-banks.  As we fill up our trolleys and put presents under the tree and wait for Santa, what I want for Christmas is justice, a society where everyone has enough food to eat and a roof over their heads.”