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  • Minsteracres weekend – May 2018 May 23, 2018admin

    Minsteracres Retreat weekend – May 2018

    Two ladies from Selkirk Baptist Church joined our mixed group of fourteen from the Parish Church for the weekend away on the theme Sacred Journey at Minsteracres retreat centre in County Durham.

    Minsteracres House
    Minsteracres House

    “How did it go?”, we were asked when we got back.

    Here are the single words used by nine different people during one of the retreat sessions to describe our experience: sunshine, wonder, gentleness, joyous,
    encouraging, heartening, fellowship, enlightened, peaceful.

    Words that came up again and again during the Minsteracres-led input were:
    awareness – awareness of God in ordinary things;
    connectedness – we are connected to God, to each other and to Nature; and mystery.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    enjoying the sunshine
    enjoying the sunshine
    waiting for a session to start in the lounge
    waiting for a session to start in the lounge
    as ever, the food was lovely
    as ever, the food was lovely

     

    the majestic sequoia trees
    the majestic sequoia trees

     

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  • Silver eco-award presentation – Feb 2018 February 27, 2018admin

    Silver eco-award presentation – Feb 2018

    On Feb 18th, 2018, we were privileged to have a visit from Mary Sweetland, chair of Eco-congregation Scotland, who had come to present our silver eco-award plaque.  The award was made back in September, when we were the first congregation is Scotland to achieve that award.

    Our award commended the congregation for:

    ❖ the clarity of your planning and monitoring of your action plan;
    ❖ your eco-policy, which we may use as an example for other congregations to consider;
    ❖ your active involvement in aspects of global living, especially the toilet-twinning;
    ❖ the active involvement of members of your congregation in the ECS local network and national gathering;
    ❖ the overall impression of an imaginative and creative church, fully committed to environmental issues.

     

    and gave us the following recommendations for our ongoing “care for creation”, perhaps working towards a gold award:

    1. Work towards developing a longer-term sustainable action plan over a number of years, and consider expanding the number of individuals involved in your core group.
    2. Consider an event to engage all your church leadership team in discussion of environmental issues.
    3. Continue to challenge and support individual members to take action to reduce their environmental impact where possible, and try to evaluate the effectiveness of your campaigns.
    4. Consider carrying out a survey of attitudes, both within and outwith the congregation to discover (among other things) whether your work is having an impact in the community.
    5. Consider taking the lead in some community-based environmental action.
    6. Continue to explore further practical actions to reduce the environmental footprint of the church buildings.

    The congregation gathered together after the service with minister Margaret Steele and Session Clerk Colin Macintosh holding the plaque.
    The congregation gathered together after the service with minister Margaret Steele and Session Clerk Colin Macintosh holding the plaque.

     


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  • Reachout Lenten Feast February 18, 2018admin

    Reachout Lenten Feast, 17th Feb 2018

    ReachOut invited church “leaders” from all Selkirk comgregaitons to come and enjoy a meal together. They were delighted that 40 folk attended, from St. John’s, Our lady & St. Joseph’s, Selkirk Baptist, (the former) URC, Ashkirk and Selkirk Parish Church.

    The hall, looking its best, ready to start
    The hall, looking its best, ready to start

    The waiters were trained by none other that the Duke of Buccleuch’s butler and cook, our session clerk Colin, and his wife Marion. They did a fantastic job!

    Josh, Matthew, Esme, Emma and Jodie ready for action
    Josh, Matthew, Esme, Emma and Jodie ready for action
    everyone enjoying the meal - a lovely atmosphere
    everyone enjoying the meal – a lovely atmosphere

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  • Sessional Cafe Manager September 16, 2017admin

    Sessional Cafe Manager now in post

    Selkirk Parish Church has appointed Jane Stevenson as our cafe manager – and she is doing a great job!

    And here is Jane with some of our friendly, hard working volunteers at Open Door. Come and visit us on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. !0.30am – 12.00 for coffees then 12.00 – 2.00pm for lunch. Lovely home cooked lunches, home baking , teas and coffee at very reasonable prices. You will be made welcome!


     

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  • Food by Candlelight February 26, 2017admin

    Food by Candlelight : Friday 24th February

    As part of the eco-group’s Food Focus February, and in honour of a notable birthday for a popular lady, Elissa, Anne and Mo organised a wonderful festive meal on Friday evening (24th Feb).  Sixty guests enjoyed a three course meal, interspersed with a food-themed quiz.  We all sang a special song, with lyrics by John Nichol, then the cake was cut, and Happy Birthday sung.  An excellent evening, enjoyed by all.

    tables all nicely set by the girls
    beautiful birthday cake by Marjorie
    time for a song …
    Margaret cutting the birthday cake

     

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