What a thrill for us all, to welcome the Lord Lieutenant of Angus to present the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to our Havilah Team! The Church was particularly busy and the rousing reception given to the Havilah volunteers made it very obvious the high regard in which the ministry is held. The Queen’s Award really is the highest honour for a voluntary group to be awarded so, naturally, everyone is delighted!
The work will go on and we will do so with renewed enthusiasm thanks to this award. Once more, well done to the Havilah team!
What a brilliant day we had last Sunday, with the visit of Mark Fleming. Mark is a minister in his own right – having led a church in Kilsyth – but is now serving full time with the organisation Sports Chaplaincy UK. Mark heads up the Scottish side of the operation and is doing a fantastic job in building up the ministry. Primarily, his role is to recruit and support a network of chaplains – people who will go into sports clubs and groups and exercise a ministry of presence, just like workplace chaplains or military chaplains.
But Mark is so good at what he is doing because of his own infectious personality and his love for serving people and sharing his faith. The skills he himself employs as a chaplain are transferrable – all of us learned something about what it is to witness to the love of God in Jesus. Bless you, Mark, and may the ministry continue to prosper under your leadership.
What a fantastic day we enjoyed yesterday with our guests, John and Kirsty Wilson. Their sincere faith and joy was contagious and not a single person left the church after service anything other than hugely uplifted! John shared something of his own story and together we reflected on the miracle of grace that has seen him come from being a lost and broken addict to the fully-alive and transformed human being that he is today. And more than that; his gift as a preacher is evident for all to see! His theme was ‘Faith without works is dead’ and the power and passion with which he spoke was truly remarkable.
In the evening, Kirsty shared with us concerning her work with ‘City Hearts,’ an organisation committed to supporting people who have been saved after having been trafficked into the UK. As with John, Kirsty’s passion for Jesus and for the people she now works with was obvious for all to see.
We wish John and Kirsty well in their future work and will pray God’s blessing on them in the days ahead.