Thought for the Week

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The FIRST week of the school summer holidays has passed and with it came rain, rain and more rain. For the people of Montrose Old and St Andrews this was not going to dampen any spirits as it was Holiday Club week.

This is year six of our Summer Mission and once again we have seen a huge increase in numbers. From the early years when the number of children attending was in the 40s, we are now welcoming in excess of 80 children each day. Our Holiday Club this year was ‘Seaside Rock’ which was based around the story of Peter. The children learned the story through drama, music and craft and discovered that although Peter was an ordinary man who made mistakes, Jesus still loved him.

Many of these children have not attended any church activities and Holiday Club is a great opportunity to introduce them and their families to the Christian message. It is so encouraging that many of our young leaders this year had attended Holiday Club themselves and now willingly come along to assist the younger children and share the message.

Summer mission does not just happen, it takes months of hard work, effort and planning to achieve the week’s success. The ‘blue T-shirts’ (adult leaders) and congregation have not only taken a week out of their holidays but have also been planning, painting and preparing since last year’s Summer Mission and due to this hard work and effort over 80 children have become part of our church family.

Recently we have seen the Jubilee, Wimbledon, T in the Park and the nationwide relay of the Olympic flame along with others which have brought people together to celebrate a common cause. Summer Mission also united a large variety of people in fellowship and celebration of God’s message.

We should all give thanks to those who give of their time to spread God’s word.

Emma MacDonald

Old and St Andrews