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Kirk Sevice for this Sunday and News

Sunday 16th December 2018
Today’s service theme:
‘Be prepared’ The Gift of Readiness
Morning Worship, Dirleton Kirk
9.30am (to 10.20am)
The Sunday Club for children meets together with adults in the Church, then in the hall after the children’s talk
Praise is from the Church Hymnary, 4th Edition (CH4)

Scripture: Luke 1:39-55 read by Alan Aitken
CH4 282 Christmas is coming (3 verses)
CH4 310 See him lying on a bed of straw
CH4 301 Hark the herald angels sing

Followed by tea & coffee in the Kirk hall

6.30pm Gospel Choir Show in Abbey Church
2.00pm Guild Christmas concert in Abbey large hall
10am (until 10.30) Dirleton Prayer Service in Dirleton Kirk hall, followed by coffee.
6.00pm Carols in Care Homes in Fidra House, Dirleton Ave
Abbey Office is closed.
2-4pm Good memories Café, John Gray Centre, Haddington
Next Sunday 23th December
‘Jesus is born’

Abbey Church and Dirleton Kirk will be supporting two charities through our special Christmas offerings this year. The Rock Trust and International Justice Mission.
Based in Edinburgh, the Rock Trust works with young people from 16-25 who are, or are at risk of becoming, homeless. It provides an emergency advice service, personal support, group programmes, employability work, volunteering & work experience, and respite places to stay. Last year it helped about 400 young homeless people.
International Justice Mission is a Christian anti-slavery organization in more than 20 countries. It works to combat sex trafficking, child sexual assault, forced labour slavery, property grabbing, and abuse of power, and addresses citizenship rights of minorities.
Carols in Care Homes will be held in Fidra House at 6pm on Thursday
20th December, or meet at Abbey Church at 5.45 to share cars.
Bethany. A group from Abbey and Dirleton successfully catered for the Bethany Care Shelter at Meadowbank Church on 18th October. The numbers have been up again this winter and 45 meals were served. The next is on 19th December at Stenhouse Church. We have a team organised and are appealing for new socks, underpants, hats, scarves and toiletries for men and women. These can be handed into the Abbey church office or given to Dorothy Kirkpatrick. Thank you everyone who helps and for your kind donations and prayers.
There will be a giant Christmas card for members to sign at the back of Abbey church for the next three Sundays, in lieu of giving separate cards to all your church friends. Donations received will go to the two charities we are supporting this Christmas.
The North Berwick and District Association of Churches is looking for nominations for this year’s Community Award for Volunteers. If you know someone whom you think would be worthy of this Award please contact Michael Black at or phone 01620842835 for further information.

Abbey Church Office closes at 1pm on Thursday 20th December and reopens at 10am on Thursday, 3rd January 2019.