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Interim Moderator: James Hogg
Tel: 07974 576294
Jim is our church officer here at St. Meddan’s and as such is the one who really knows what’s going on from day to day! He can often be found in and around the church setting up for groups, making sure things are properly organised and generally keeping everyone right!
Ann has recently taken on the role of church secretary here at St. Meddan’s and can normally be found in the church office on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays from around 9:30-12. Ann works tirelessly keeping all of the church’s admin up to date, producing the intimations and notes for Sunday’s, taking phone calls, answering emails and making sure things keep running smoothly! Ann lives in Troon with husband Robert, three daughters and an ever growing collection of animals!
The vision of The Church of Scotland is to be a church which seeks to inspire the people of Scotland and beyond with the Good News of Jesus Christ through enthusiastic worshipping, witnessing, nurturing and serving communities.
Central to the Church of Scotland is our love and worship of God through following the teachings and examples of Jesus Christ. We express our love for God by our love and practical care for each other and for those we live with and encounter in our daily lives.
Church of Scotland parish churches play a crucial part across a range of communities, from remote villages to deprived urban areas where shops, banks, schools and other institutions have disappeared. Pastoral care of parishoners is an essential part of Christ's calling to the Church, particularly in times of need. As part of their caring task, local churches also aim to resource and run projects relating to groups such as asylum seekers and unemployed people.
Worship within the Church of Scotland is for everybody, regardless of age, nationality, status or ability. Patterns of worship vary from church to church and this generally means that people can find a place of worship where they feel comfortable.
The parish minister is responsible for leading worship although increasingly, church members including deacons, elders and readers are involved in both planning and helping to lead worship. Regular services of worship are at the heart of the life of the Church, but congregational life often includes prayer groups, Sunday schools for children, youth groups, the Guild, social activities and support groups for people facing problems.
Music is an essential part of the Church's worship and can take a wide variety of different forms. Increasingly, multimedia, such as the use of video, is used during church services to help spread the word of God in the 21st century. Preaching is central to the Church of Scotland's way of worshipping God. The preacher, usually the minister, will share a message drawn out of a passage from the Bible. Preaching aims to help people interpret and apply the Bible's teaching to modern life today. Visit our worship section which includes a range of prayers, hymns, readings and other material.
At the heart of the faith of the Church of Scotland is the love and following of our Lord God through his son, Jesus Christ. But who is the real Jesus? The Bible and Jesus?
The Gospels, which are books in the Bible, clearly teach that Jesus was no ordinary man, but was in fact God in human form. The Gospel writers wanted their readers to understand that coming to know this Jesus was the ultimate life changing experience. In the Bible, each of the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and in fact the entire Bible, point towards God interacting with us. They reveal a Jesus who came to bring a new kind of life, an exciting dynamic kind of life that brought with it intimacy and peace with God through having our sins forgiven and receiving a transformed heart and soul.
The death and resurrection of Jesus, when he rose to heaven from the grave, sum up the most important moments in the Gospels as it allows people to come to terms with their own sin, God’s love for them and to seek his forgiveness, trust in him and understand what it means to believe in him and follow him.
It is not an easy step to take; to admit that you have sinned, to realise that Jesus was crucified for your sin and to seek his forgiveness is possibly one of the most difficult steps you will ever take, but it is undoubtedly the most important one which leads to a new and transformed life. For those who do take this step of faith they find and sense the power of God at work in their lives and are never the same again.
One of the most dramatic stories in the New Testament is found at the end of Luke’s Gospel. It tells of two of Jesus' first followers who were devastated by his death. As they walked home on Easter Sunday afternoon Jesus walked along side them but they did not recognise him. In the course of their conversation Jesus explained who he was and introduced them to the Old Testament stories which pointed towards the significance of his own life. At the end of the story when they finally realise who he is and recognise him, they say they sum up their own experience by saying: "did not our hearts burn within us, when he talked to us."
Today, 21 centuries after his death, there is never a single moment in which less than several million people are reading what Jesus said and did and trying to apply the significance of his words and actions to their lives. Jesus said: "I have come to bring you life and life to the full" and the Gospels teach that a relationship with God is the most exciting kind of life that can ever be experienced. To know the purposeful hand of God in your life, to know His touch and forgiveness leads not only to purpose and meaning in life but peace with God and fulfilment in Him. For these reasons, the story of Jesus is still relevant for today.
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