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 A Very Big Thank you to Balerno.  This year over £5,000 (excluding Gift Aid) was raised during Christian Aid week.

Loko from Ethiopia whose story featured in the years campaign says  'You have brought me happiness.'   

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Dear Members and Friends,

It really is great to see the many ways in which the church is involved with people at the heart of Balerno Village life.

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Being part of the Gala with Noah’s Ark Floating round the streets was a wonderful effort by older and younger church folk enjoying working together to make the ark and join the crew. This is what our Acorn is all about. Connecting people across the generations and connecting church with community life.

We’re looking at a different bible book each month, to try to get a feel for its particular message and how it might speak to us today.  In May we looked at The Acts of the Apostles reading how the church grew and expanded, overcoming cultural and religious prejudices by the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

June brings us the challenge of the ‘pithy’ Proverbs – sayings to help folk live a well-focussed life. I look forward to welcoming my good friend Jamie Stuart from Carntyne on Sunday 28th June to give us his rendition of Proverbs in Scots. An amazing ‘youngster’ at 94, Jamie has added Proverbs in the Patter to his bestselling Glasgow Gospel.

“ill-will can mak a stooshie,
but love can settle a stramash” 

(Proverbs 10;12)

Back to the New Testament in July, to the letter written to the Ephesians, described as ‘the crowning glory of the New Testament’ speaking of how we understand our lives as life ‘in Christ’.

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Over the weekend 21st -23rd August we will have the opportunity to celebrate Louise Duncan’s life in a programme which picks up on the things she loved.

The weekend, titled ‘run for me…dance for me…think of me’, will have events raising money for Marie Curie which provided such wonderful support for Louise. Details inside this edition of The Bridge.

We are also looking to produce a booklet with memories of Louise.

Finally, I encourage you to ‘sign up’ to a Listening Circle where in groups of eight, people from different perspectives share what is important to them about the future of Balerno Parish Church. If you have any questions about this please speak to me.

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Blessings to all in our shared life and work at Balerno

Russell McLarty, Interim Minister  

Balerno Parish Church is a registered charity
 Scottish Charity Number SC 018012

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