Word for the day from the
Rev Fred Harrison
Tuesday 31 March
There is a lot to be thankful for, which I see more clearly as I watch the sea. It's mood changes all the time and whilst it comes in and out, it is always there, always working away, pounding the beach to make sand whilst elsewhere it is building up sand to make land, which ultimately becomes sandstone once again. It is moody and can be dangerous but it is never malicious. It has no intent to harm.
I believe the same to be true for most of us - who isn't moody at times? Dangerous is perhaps too strong a word for you to consider and if you have never lashed out at anyone either verbally or physically I apologise, but I know I have, on both counts, mostly as a child, seldom as an adult, openly that is - but in my heart, well? Life choices can sometimes be destructive just as they can build up too.
And yet when we look at the creator of the seas and the dry land, he killed the fig tree but he built up and restored all who came to him.
What is your need at this time?
I find great peace watching a quiet sea lap the sandy shore. Christ too offers peace and he laps quietly at the shores of your life. Spend time with him, watch him gently touch your life and grant you peace.
May God bless you and keep you regardless of where you are on your life journey. May His son Jesus accompany you in all that is before you and my the Holy Spirit empower you to complete your journey with a calming peaceful and reassuring smile on your face.
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A note from Rev. Fred Harrison
I would like to introduce myself, Rev Fred Harrison, to you. That said a good number may remember my face from my time as a student minister when I had the honour of covering for Gordon on a number of occasions.
Back then my wife Joyce and I lived in Gorebridge but now stay here in Dunbar which gives me the chance to join you as Gordon's assistant.
We have a daughter and her husband along with their children here in Dunbar and another daughter, her husband and their daughter living in Bonnyrigg. She is expecting a baby before Easter so social distancing is very important to us as we are on standby for childcare.
Recognising that "only God is good" , as the Lord was quick to point out, I don't believe in a blame culture, I get thing wrong frequently and can never remember folks names, but rather prefer to live in a culture of grace as demonstrated by our Father in Heaven.
I look forward to serving our Lord, your Minister Gordon, yourselves and those in the rest of our parish.
May God bless and keep you all.
A message from the Rev. Fred about his walking challenge
How did it all begin
'Well, according to my fitband and the step counter, I did 150 laps but only counted 110 - I got lost a bit during a phone call. 890 laps left yesterday and I am only claiming what I counted. So today, there are only 780 laps left to reach my target. Perhaps I can give my grass a chance to recover a bit - who knows.
Thanks again to all my supporters and well wishers. Lets all keep up the good work and keep safe.'
P.S. Rev Fred has added another 110 laps to his total today, so only 670 to go. Not bad!
How did it all start?
It all started when he found himself walking round his garden, on the first day of social isolation. He discovered 50 laps of his garden was equivalent to a mile. The challenge became to walk a marathon before Easter (in his own back garden?). A short time later the first person had pledged money that will go to the Dunbar Basics Bank.
If you would like to pledge money, please contact Fred or go onto his Just Giving page
As you will be aware, the church building is not open at the moment. Join the Rev. Fred Harrison, our assistant minister, in a time of reflection each Sunday. Click on the YouTube link below to listen to Sunday 29 March.
And for our younger members why not join All Souls Langham Place London scramblers (3 - 4 years), climbers (4 - 7 years) and explorers (7 - 11 years) on Sunday at 11.30 am.
Please KEEP PRAYING AND WORSHIPPING in your own homes.
Listen to this beautiful song.
Prayer is at the heart of our Christian lives.
In these uncertain times you may want to pray but are not sure how. You don't need to be religious to pray. You can pray any time, anywhere about any thing. There are two different versions of the prayer Jesus gave to his disciples, below.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
Our Father in heaven
May your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need
And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
And don't let us yield to temptation but rescue us from the evil one.
For the Kingdom, the power and the glory are Yours, now and forever more, Amen.
If you want to find out more you can order a free booklet or download the app at trypraying.co.uk Edinburgh.
Dates for your diary
Spring Harvest Home
13 to 17 April 2020
As the Spring Harvest events are now cancelled for this year, the team are planning a new and innovative event that will be available just after Easter. Watch this video for more details.
There is also an 'frequently asked questions' page for more details.
Spring Harvest update
A message from Peter Martin, Group Chief Executive.
'If our guests can’t get to Spring Harvest then we’ll take Spring Harvest to them! This will be free and accessible for all so why not get all your church involved? There will be adapted versions of the Big Start (for all ages), Bible teaching, worship, seminars and perhaps some more light-hearted viewing, right through the day. Spring Harvest Home will be on YouTube so please subscribe to our Spring Harvest channel and book the dates now.
What's not happening?
Please note that all our small group meetings are cancelled until further notice including our home groups, fortnightly prayer meetings, Sunday prayer breakfast, Little Fishes, Guild, Ploughman's Lunch, Boys Brigade, home groups and Coffee Plus.
Our March magazine is on the web site. Please note that the groups mentioned in the magazine are no long happening due to the health situation. Use the website for up-to-date information.
We will not have an April magazine. We will let you know when the magazines restart.
How to worship and learn more about God when we are not meeting together on Sundays.
Worshipping with other churches
Below are examples of two churches that provide video links. Simply click on the links.
If you have access to Facebook follow this link to Gorebridge Parish Church.
What would Jesus say to... someone scared about Coronavirus? Mark 15:33-39
Listen to the workplace service that was given on Thursday at All Souls Langham Place London.
OR watch Malcolm Duncan from Northern Ireland, a regular speaker at Spring Harvest.
Reading the Bible
While our services are cancelled, why not look at The Bible in One Year, a free Bible reading app with commentary by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel. Nicky Gumbel is the Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton in London. You can read or listen to the text. You do not need to do it every day but it is an excellent way to get started. of Alpha.
Who are we?
We are a community whose aim is to:
Our services are usually held every Sunday at 11 am and typically runs until 12:15 pm. However, our building is closed during this health crisis. It is the main gathering of our Church, where we come together to worship and learn more about our God through singing hymns and praise songs, prayer and biblical teaching. All are welcome to come and share in fellowship with us as we grow together in our faith in Jesus Christ.
If you are new to church or have not been for some time, you may find it helpful to read the notes on our 'new to church' page.
Our minister and his family
The Reverend Gordon Stevenson lives with his wife and four children, in Dunbar. Gordon was called to Dunbar in 2010. During this time, our church has seen God at work in many different ways; lives transformed, people called into full time ministry etc. We believe that we are a family learning and serving Jesus together so that we might discover God's vision for the church and share it with everyone.
How to find us
Our church hall is at 32A High Street Dunbar.
100 years old
1st Dunbar Guides will be 100 years old in 2023. With a view to a celebration, we are looking for photographs of Guides, camps, events, leaders or contacts of people who were involved over the years. Please contact email@example.com.
Girlguiding Dunbar are looking for adult volunteers (16+) to help with Guide or Brownie units.
Get in touch via the website www.girlguiding.org.uk/get-involved/become-a-volunteer/
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