A message from Neil on Friday 22 January 2021

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Some information to keep you up to date with life in St Andrew Blackadder

Friday 22 January 2021


1. After Church Zoom Discussion
More than 60 people joined in last Sunday. Conversation flowed and time passed all too quickly. In a time when we can’t physically gather this is a great way to be with one another.  As we try to get to grips with what Growing Young means in practice this is good forum to get our teeth into it.

We meet again this Sunday at 11.30 am.  Please log in if you can. You can leave whenever you want. We will conclude by 12.30 pm at the latest.  The login details are the same as last week, but if you haven't got them or can't find them, please ask This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This week in the service I will be talking about Fuelling a Warm Community, chapter 5 in the Growing Young book.  The questions I will offer to start discussion are:

- Being a church that is both warm and welcoming can be difficult. Why do you think that is?
- Do you have any sympathy for Diotrophes? Can you relate in any way to why he acted as he did?
What are some practical things we could do to help fuel a warm community, both now during lockdown and when we can gather again?

2. Growing Young Team
There is a small group from the congregation who confer regularly and take part in the Growing Young webinars. The team members are Paul Cathcart, Barbara Clark, Neil Dougall, Andrew Duncan, Andy Entwistle, Chris Finlayson, BG Hill-Jowett, Mary Leckie (Point Leader = Co-ordinator), Niki McKenzie.

All of them would love to chat to you about the discoveries, the ideas, the frustrations (what can you do in lockdown?) and anything else to do with Growing Young. Please contact any of them if you’d like to do this. Their details are in the Church Directory.

3. Growing Young Church Assessment
One of the tools made available to us to help us with Growing Young is an assessment tool.  I circulated the link to it last week. Thank you to the 42 people who took time (less than 10 minutes) to complete it. This will give us a good indication of what our church is like now. What will make it even more useful is if more people took part in it. Am I being unrealistic in hoping that 100 people might give their view?
Might you be able to help us achieve that?

If you could, please click here

4. Church WhatsApp Group
We are always looking for ways to improve our communication both with the congregation and with those outside it.  Our experience has been that it’s by trying different ideas we find what works.

The latest idea is to create a WhatsApp group and to find out during Lent if this is going to work for our congregation.

Once we’ve sorted out the best way to make this work I’ll circulate details so you can sign up to receive it.

5. Prayer Gathering
We meet this Wednesday on Zoom at 7 pm for 30 minutes.  Login details are available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Rev Dr Neil Dougall
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St Andrew Blackadder Church of Scotland, North Berwick
St Andrew Street, North Berwick, EH39 4NU
Scottish Charity SC006421

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