Welcome

*UPDATE*
Urgent Roof Repairs, plus one disabled access toilet needing done at St Leonards.

We ask the Forres public and surrounding area , to help us raise
                                                £35,000
This amount is needed in order to keep St Leonards Open! 

How you may ask? Please come along to events, donate generously and help us raise this money by the
30th December 2019.
'Many hands, make light work.'


~ Church Service 
10:30-11:30am ~

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What's on at St Leonards:
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St Leonard's Church
is a Scottish Charity based in Forres, Morayshire with something for everyone.
During the Sunday worship there are crafting activities to do for the younger children at the front of the church, teas, coffees and cakes to go with a chat for after the service.


~ * Forres Church Launches NEW projects to engage with the community *~

St Leonard's Church in  Forres is taking the Church of Scotland's mission seriously to engage more actively with the community rather than wait for people to come in. This is sometimes called fresh expressions.


** Getting in touch with JESUS through his native Aramaic language**

SATURDAY November 16TH, ST LEONARDS CHURCH, 10:00-1:00PM

Come and explore the words and sounds that Jesus actually spoke in his native Aramaic language.

Listening to the Lord's Prayer in this way, and hearing translations that broaden and expand the meaning can open up new awareness of this rich and ancient prayer.


This morning will explore the first few lines through simple chanting of the words, with melodic harmonies, and for those who want to simple devotional movements. There will be times for discussion and some short times of silence.


No Previous experience necessary - All are most welcome

Donations are welcome, no booking necessary

Led by: Jenny Williams, a Church of Scotland Minister working in Drylaw Parish Church in Edinburgh.

' I have been involved with Aramaic work for over 20 years and have found it inspiring and supporting my faith, linking with my interests in neuroscience and healing; and connecting with childhood love of dance'


*Language Classes* 

We hope to host beginner language classes in Mandarin (Chinese) and Russian, starting at the start of September.  The minimum class size for each is 6 and maximum of 12, to be conducted on Wednesday evenings for Mandarin and Thursday evenings for Russian. To register an interest for enrolment please call 07519-558508


*Peer Support*

Other projects include a Living Well peer support group on Monday mornings 10am-12 noon. This has benefited people with long term conditions and provides educational support and a chance to meet people in the same or similar situation.


*Parenting Support*

On Wednesday mornings there is still the parent and baby group Step by Step. A good place for a chat & reassurance by trained staff/volunteers while encouraging children to play in a safe environment.


*Ju Jitsu*

Led by a leading UK Sensei. There may also be a class for women in self defence and confidence building.

*Meditation Space*

The Minister of St Leonard's is keen that people have the opportunity to learn the art of meditation, contemplation and direct prayer or even to ask questions about what prayer actually is and how it could help your life.  All Are Welcome. You don't need to be a member to join in.

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*New Group UPDATE * 5G Discussion Group

What the scientists are warning us about 5G.

Tuesday's 14:00-15:00


Keep a look out in the Forres Area for our notices outside the Church and any updates on meetings and timings. For further information on any of these, please contact 07519-558508

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CHURCH PEWS FOR SALE! Please share this news! Cut to measure. 

Call for more info: 01309-672380

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http://www.facebook.com/stleonardschurchforresmoray/


*Congratulations to our Photography Contest winners!!*
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For anyone who missed it, view the following link:
http://www.forres-gazette.co.uk/news/beautiful-forres-photography-contest-179050/

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Healthy Mediterranean Food is back by the wonderful Medine Duff!
Thursdays 11am - 2pm, check her facebook and give her a Like to keep updated.
http://www.facebook.com/cafemedine/

~'Have I not commanded you? Be Strong and Courageous.
Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.'
Joshua 1:9



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   Breakfast Church
It's an informal all age worship with special activities laid on for the children. Fun for all!

Find Us On Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/Breakfast-church-Forres-423520227845383/

~ ' And you will feel secure, because there is hope.
You will look around and take your rest in security.
You will lie down, and none will make you afraid.'
Job 11:18-19
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Messy Church

Next one on: 16 November 2-4pm

Families take part in a variety of activities, listen to a bible story, sing songs and finish off enjoying fellowship and food together.
Takes place in St Leonards Hall and led by:
Rev Dr Hamilton Inbadas
messychurchforres@gmail.com
01309-672856
@MessyChurchForres
https://www.facebook.com/MessyChurchForres/



~ ' You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you'
Isaiah 26:3 ~


~ ' I have said these things to you, that in me
You May Have Peace.  In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.'
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      History of St Leonards Church
St Leonard's is named after the Chapel of Chapelton dedicated to St Leonard.
All that remains of the Chapel is a few foundation stones now overgrown with grass along St Leonard's Road.

The congregation owes its origin to the famous Disruption of 1843 when many across the land broke away from the established church to form
The Free Church.
The original Free Church in Forres was situated at the south end of Cumming Street and was opened in February 1844.
The congregation continued to worship in this building for the next 60 years until Forres High Church was opened in 1903 on its present site on the High Street.
A further seven ministries later the High Church became St Leonard's through union with Castlehill Church at the other end of the High Street.

More detailed information about the history of
St Leonard's can be found in a book published in 2003 to mark the centenary of the building.


~ ' Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, Love Never Ends.'
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          Who's Who
Minister ~ Rev Donald Prentice
Rev John Morisson
Session Clerk ~  Roy Anderson
Clerk to the Congregational Board ~  Chrissie Suttie
Treasurer ~ Derek Charteris
Gift Aid ~ John Carson
Church Organist ~ Angus Hull
Flower convener & Tape Ministry ~ Audrey Gordon
Hall Bookings ~ June Machray
World Mission ~ Rev Alasdair Morton
Guild Secretary ~ June Machray
Guild Team Leader ~ June Machray
Amos Cards ~ Joan Paterson
Life & Work magazine ~ Joan Paterson
Christian Aid Coordinator ~ June Machray
Website ~ Lina Cancino


~ ' Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you'
1 Peter 5:7 ~

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Community 

Community Service
Extra services are run every Second Tuesday at 2:15pm in the Tolbooth Street for those unable to attend church on a Sunday.
Led by Revs Alasdair and Gillian Morton.
ALSO

the LAST Sunday of the month, the minister leads a short service at 3pm for residents and staff of
Meadowlark Care Home.
If you require a visit Please Contact Us under reference:
Community Service.


Volunteer With Us
Would you like to make a difference in someone's life?
Why not give some of your time for the elderly?
Or perhaps you enjoy the sound of laughing baby's and children?
Do you love arranging flowers?
Are you a very organised individual waiting to be hands-on?
Please send us a message, telling us about yourself and your talents!

Email us on:
Stleonardsforres@gmail.com
Minister Rev D. Prentice
The Manse, Forres
01309672380
dprentice@churchofscotland.org.uk
Session Clerk R. Anderson
01309671595
royand@btinternet.com

Other Info

RAFFORD  PARISH  CHURCH :
Sunday 09.30: service of praise and worship, with Sunday School: Bible story, songs, dance, games and craft.

First Sunday of the month:
09.30am traditional service,
followed by a Family service for all ages at 10.30am with stories, craft and contemporary musical worship.

Tea, coffee and a time of general fellowship after all services.  
For more info:
Heather Mackenzie (Session Clerk)
01309 674245


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Must Click Links & Posters:
Cafe Ketopng

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http://refuelscotland.org.uk

Roarlight

Paul Syrstad, director at Roarlight, made these great video's re-telling the parables of Jesus under the name 'The Parables Retold'. Watch the Good Samaritan now on their page!
Via their YouTube channel you can find many other video's like; 
* Spoken/word poetry, each about a different topic of faith, life and bible. 
* Ask The Pastor, find out answers on tough or common questions about the Christian Faith.
* The Challenge, this can be to study a particular book of the bible to going on a 5k prayer run.
* and Other Specials.
If this has got you excited too, go and check out their website and if you can support them.
http://www.roarlight.com

 THOUGHTS FOR ANYONE READING THIS WHO IS NEW TO FAITH. THIS IS SOME OF THE GOOD NEWS WE WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU!
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Autumn is knocking on our doors!! The early dark nights are creeping in. Cosy for many of us but lonely for others.
For any one feeling alone please remember these important keys on this leaflet! And hopefully it will help battle the winter blues.
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End Prayer
For everyone that has taken a look on the website I will include this prayer.
You may wish to change them to suit your circumstances. If you believe or not, this is what prayer is about. It's taking a moment to reflect, and to look ahead and ask ourselves 'What do I need and people around me need in order for a better tomorrow?'


Dear God,
Thank you for all the Blessings that you have given me.
For my legs that work, for my heart that beats without stopping, for overall wellbeing.
For this place we call home, for this calm and beautiful Forres with its many amazing trees that all sparkle in the sunlight that light up the many different colours of Autumn.

May we get reminded that Angels are not just for in Heaven but we pray for the ones that have gone up to Heaven with you in recent times.
For the Angels around us that help the elderly go on their weekly trips, for the angels that help all disabled people in town get out and about, for all teachers from all schools and clubs that invest their time and talents to the future of all kids in Moray and the nation.
May everyone get the salary they need to have a decent living.

We pray together that our Church finds the money it needs to get a disabled toilet so we are able to keep catering for everybody but also pay for a new roof as this one desperately needs replacing, without it we would have to stop the good work that we are bringing to the people in Forres and surrounding area and this is not what we want.


Thy Will Be Done.
Amen.