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Young Church win a prize for FairTrade Fred!

Young Church won a runners-up prize from the FairTrade organization for their “FairTrade Fred” sculpture made out of FairTrade wrappers and boxes! Today after church they opened their prize which consisted of a large assortment of FairTrade chocolate and various other FairTrade items.

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Journey with Jesus

Various corners of St Mary’s have been transformed this week to represent different parts of the story of the last week of Jesus’ life. The church is open every day and all are welcome to spend some quiet time on the road to Jerusalem, in the Upper Room, in the Garden and at the foot of the Cross. On Friday morning there will be an opportunity for families with children to go on the journey together with the help of some storytelling, songs and activities. We will start in the hall at 10am and finish about 11.30 with some hot cross buns.

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P4/5 act out the Easter Journey

P4/5 from St Mary’s Epsicopal Primary School acted out the Easter Journey last week – Here is what they wrote about it for their school’s Acorn newspaper:

Do you know how Easter started? Where, when, and how? Well it all started when a man called Jesus, a healer and miracle-maker died on the cross. But that is not all that happened…P4/5 got to dig a little deeper.

“I’ll get the pickaxe!”

“No Hamish, not that type of digging!”

It all started before the festival of Passover in Jerusalem and whispers were flying everywhere about Jesus coming. We were all given Palm leaves in St Blane’s Church to shout out and celebrate the arrival of Jesus. Then everything went silent – all you could hear was the clip-clopping of a donkey. Everyone was standing at the gate, mouth wide open. Everyone thought to themselves, “Why is he riding on a donkey?”. If he was going to free them from the Romans he would at least need a horse! But still when he came through the gates people still shouted “HOSANA HOSANA” (rescue us) and waved olive branches and palm tree leaves. We all shouted “Hosanna” in the church.

“Sign my leaf!” shouted people.

“No, mine!” people answered.

We all then went across to the church hall where we were met with a scene. This told us all about the time after when Jesus went to the Temple garden to worship God but he found people cheating each other to get money. All this was in the Temple garden and Jesus was NOT pleased. The people were not pleased either when Jesus turned over their tables because he was so angry. He let all the birds for sacrifice free then he tipped over all the money people were making. Maybe the people were not happy but the birds were!
Jesus found a blind beggar and a lame man, he restored the beggar’s sight and gave back the power of the lame man’s legs. Then he said to his disciples, “Let us rent a room to have our Passover meal”. The children then went and lay on the ground to share some food and drink to learn what it was like at the Last Supper. Jesus broke some bread and said, “This is my body broken for you”, then he poured some red wine and said, “This is my blood shed for you”. One of the disciples called Judas then had to leave early for an unknown reason. Jesus said to his disciples, “Come to the garden and stay awake all night with me and we shall pray”.

When they got to the garden Jesus started to pray but all his disciples eventually fell asleep for Jesus’ prayer was long and we think it went something like this, “Please father don’t make it happen but my will is yours and let your will be done”. Then all of a sudden there was the sound of marching soldiers and then guess who showed the soldiers which one was Jesus by hugging and kissing him? It was Judas!
When the cockerel crowed three times one of the disciples, Peter remembered something Jesus had told him, “when the cockerel crows three times you will betray me” but Peter didn’t think so. They took Jesus to the priest and the priest gave him to Pontius Pilot who asked the public, “What shall I do with Jesus?”. There was a rumour around the crowd saying Jesus was bad so everyone answered, “Crucify him!”.
We then watched a video of the point where Jesus was crucified. The Romans put a crown of thorns on him and put him on the cross with nails through his hands and feet. As Jesus died a very strong wind blew that very second and a tear went down everyone’s eye including the Romans.

Peter asked the Romans if he could take Jesus down off the cross where he then buried him in a tomb. We saw into a small room where it was dressed up like a tomb and there was a body lying there.
After this we did some activities – making Easter crafts and doing some drama.

All of a sudden there was a shout from a lady – Mary. She told us to come and see the tomb again and when we got there the stone had rolled away and there was no body.
We all really enjoyed our afternoon at the church learning and listening about the Easter Story. It was great because it taught us why he dies and what sort of person he was. It was lots of fun and made us feel like we were there!

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Pampering and praying at Young Church

At coffee time today the committee room was transformed into a spa as members of Young Church gave hand and foot massages to members of the congregation and prayed for them. We had been exploring the story of Mary’s extravagant gift to Jesus, anointing his feet with precious perfume, and decided to share our love in a similar way.

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Journey with Jesus – Activities and worship for families with children

Good Friday, 29th March 10-11.30 a.m. @ St Mary’s

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Fairtrade Breakfast – Photos

Today a Fairtrade Breakfast was held in the church hall between the morning church services:

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Young Church built a person out of all the Fairtrade wrappers and packaging collected by the congregation – They’re now trying to decide what to name him!

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The winning entries from the “design a placemat” competition for St Mary’s School pupils:

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Fairtrade Breakfast – Mothering Sunday

On Mothering Sunday (10th March) a Fairtrade Breakfast will be held in St Mary’s church hall from 9am to 10am with activities for children, followed by a service for all ages.

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Labyrinth of Hands

Robina and some of her friends and teachers from Queen Victoria School have been helping us create a labyrinth made of hand shapes with prayers written on them:

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Tea ‘n Toast Special – Photos

Here are some photos from this morning’s Tea ‘n Toast Ash Wednesday special event:

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Pancake Party Photos

Here are some photos from this afternoon’s pancake party in the church hall:

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Pancake Party!

Shrove Tuesday, 12th February 3.30 – 4.30 pm, St Mary’s Church Hall. All ages welcome! (Children need to be accompanied by an adult)

Kings at Epiphany

At today’s Epiphany service the Young Church dressed as kings (or wise men) and later on made telescopes. Here are two of the youngest “kings”:

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The church’s Christmas tree was transformed this morning when the congregation decorated it with angels made by members of Young Church. The youngsters also presented a drama which was a humorous retelling of the Visitation.

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St Mary’s School Carol Service

susThe church was packed on Friday afternoon with children, teachers, parents and grandparents for the school’s end of term carol service. The theme this year was ‘No room at the inn’ as Primary 4-5 who were leading the service with Nerys, had been reading the novel Stig of the Dump and finding out about homelessness. After a visit to Start Up Stirling they had decided to bring in goods and also to have a collection at the service for the organisation which provides starter packs and also boxes of food for local people in need. A total of £162 and four large bags of goods were taken to Start up at their Donation Station in Dunblane later that evening. During the service the children presented a drama showing the similarity between Mary and Joseph’s predicament on the first Christmas and the difficulties some young couples helped by Start up and other organisations face today.