St Ninian’s Thirtieth Anniversary Celebrations

Sunday the 4th November saw St Ninian’s Church celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the consecration of the new building in style! The church was packed with friends old and new as Bishop Mark led us in a service of thanksgiving. There was a wonderful atmosphere as people greeted each other and shared memories of the building of the new church and hall. Val Dunford spoke movingly about the place of St Ninian’s in the community and in her own life, echoing the feeling of many present. The Bishop reminded the congregation of the mission and legacy of St Ninian and encouraged us to go out and be like him in our witness and service. There was joyful singing and prayers led by Reverend Loma Balfour. The Bishop also dedicated a new set of red vestments, kindly given to the church by Val Dunford in memory of her uncle Robin Allport who was a Lay reader in the Church of England for over 50 years
It would not be St Ninian’s without wonderful hospitality and there was sumptuous afternoon tea afterwards and much mingling of friends. It was especially good to see many of those who regularly attend the Teas, Tales and Treats coming along to join in the celebration. As we look to the future we pray for God’s wisdom and love as we seek to reach out into the community that he has called us to serve.
The words of Dag Hammarskjold are a fitting reminder of our past and of our vision as we look to the future:
“For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be, yes.”

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Hello and Thank you

I wanted to begin this, my first post on the website, by taking this opportunity to thank you all for making David I and feel so welcomed and supported since our move. We are very much enjoying living here and I begin my ministry here with a thankful heart for all that your kindness and love. Thank you too for the wonderful licensing service and for making my family and guests so at home. It was a very special occasion and confirmed our sense of calling and anointing at the beginning of my ministry.
As we enter this season of Pentecost I am reminded of the need we all have to daily ask God for his Holy Spirit to be poured out on us to enable us to fulfil God’s calling on our lives. When we read of how the Day of Pentecost changed the uncertain and confused disciples into those who fearlessly spread the good news of the Gospel throughout the whole world then surely we can take heart that God will so equip and strengthen us to do the same if we but ask and open our hearts to receive.
‘So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. …..13If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’ Luke 11 v 9ff
As I begin my ministry please can I encourage you to get in touch with me if you have anything you would like to talk about or to ask for prayer for. My contact details are below.
May we grow in love and fellowship as together seek God
Yours in Christ
Julia
Rev Julia Boothby
Priest in Charge
Phone 01349 862204
julia.boothby@btinternet.com