Sunday 23rd of July was a pretty busy day for the Buccleuch Church family. It was the last day of Junior Church which is a highlight of our church year because that means it is the Junior Church Prize-giving. All the children from creche and all the Junior Church classes were awarded a book for all their hard work over the past year. An amazing variety of books were awarded, comic strip Bible stories, sticker books and novels. Some Bibles, fiction and stories about the lives of Christians all over the world. The Junior Church also sang one of the songs they’ve been learning “Lord I Lift Your Name on High” complete with sign actions. Great work and happy reading kids!
Sunday also happened to be the last Sunday that the Green Family would worship with us before they move to Hope City Church. They told us a little about their plans at our Sunday morning service. Jon is going to work leading their worship and training others to do the same. Hope City is a new church plant from Charlotte Chapel, their website is here https://hopecityedinburgh.org/ if you’d like to find out more about that exciting work. The Greens were given a hygrangea (to be known as the Buccleuch Bush) and a small token of our appreciation for all their work and an expression of our love for them. Jon and Rebecca have been worshipping with us at Buccleuch for over a decade and have been integral to so many parts of Buccleuch’s work, not least with Jon serving as a Deacon and Rebecca’s role as Treasurer. We will miss Jon, Rebecca (and particularly) Nina but wish them every blessing as they seek to serve God with a new branch of Christ’s family.
After the full-on morning service, the congregation headed down to the Meadows for a picnic and an afternoon of relaxation and fun before we go our separate ways for the holidays. Garden chairs, picnic blankets and a lot of food was carted down Buccleuch Street and we enjoyed a lovely sunny afternoon of sharing food, chatting and games. We had amazing bubble blowing which entertained the Buccleuch kids as well as a large number of passers by.