Monday, December 20, 2010

Operation Christmas:

Over the next few weeks we will all hear the words “Peace on earth, and good will to all men”. It is written on Christmas cards, on banners in our high streets and shopping centres and in the lyrics of our favourite carols.

For many people peace in our own lives, let alone across the whole earth can seem like an impossibility. The words can ring hollow in the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations, in the noisy coming together of family, and even in a quiet moment of reflection on the loss of a loved one. At these times, “Peace on earth” can seem a vain hope.

Deep in the Colombian jungle government forces have been fighting Farc rebels since 1964. Over the years there has been much bloodshed and bitterness between the two sides. But this month the Colombian government has begun a very unusual tactic. They call it ‘Operation Christmas’.

Using elite forces, nine Christmas trees have been put up in rebel held territory. Each tree has 2,000 lights that light up when sensors pick up someone moving past.
Imagine being a member of Farc on patrol through the dark, humid jungle only to come across a giant Christmas tree, covered in lights and topped with a star!

The tree comes with a simple message, ‘If Christmas can come to the jungle, you can come home’. What a great message of hope and reconciliation. Old wounds can heal, old hurts can be forgiven, what seems impossible can be achieved.

“Peace on earth, and goodwill to all men.”

Have a peaceful Christmas,

Rosemary and Colin

Read the full story about the Colombian ‘Operation Christmas’ here: BBC News - Colombia army gives Farc rebels early Christmas gift

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Chaplain Appointed

We have some great news here at CTC, as hard a job as it was we have appointed our replacement chaplain for Nico. Colin Campbell from Barclay Viewforth Church of Scotland has been appointed as our newest Chaplain.

His first 'appointment' will be - to be introduced to the people attending the AGM on 18th Nov - so please come along and meet him then. More info about Colin will be added to our Chaplain section soon.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cameron Toll Chaplaincy AGM

Hey Folks
It's our AGM, if you would like to join us, detials are below or contact us for more info.
Thursday 18th Nov
Venue - Faith Mission in Gilmerton
Time - 7 for 7.30pm
Speaker - Howard Espie minister with St Cuthberts Church of Scotland

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cameron Toll Chaplaincy Prayer Requests

Rosemary Davidson
Rosemary is an ordained minister
in the Church of the Nazarene

& is part of a group starting
a new fresh expression of Church
She became a Chaplain at Cameron Toll in July 2009

Please pray:
For wisdom for the steering group as they seek a replacement chaplain for Nicola Hilmy Jones

For the chaplains that whenever we go into Cameron Toll we will take the fragrance of Christ with us.

For the management & employees of the centre, that there will be an openness to the chaplaincy as a service. Pray for wisdom for the chaplains as we continue to build relationships with them.

For the direction of the Holy Spirit as we visit each unit and seek opportunities to listen and care for those we meet with the love and compassion of Jesus.

For the Christians who work and visit Cameron Toll that God will use them to be ‘a light to the nations.’ Also that they may be able to meet together for encouragement and support

For staff in the retail units facing redundancy because of shop closures, that they may find employment elsewhere.

For the management of the centre, may they find success in securing new tenants for the units which will bring employment to the area.

For wisdom for the Cameron Toll Steering Group as they seek ways of improving the profile of the Chaplaincy and guide and advise the chaplains in their work at the centre.

That the new website will be used to make new contacts within the centre

We thank God for everyone who prays for us. We appreciate and need your prayers!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Say a little prayer

When you want to pray and you just don't know what to say here's a little helping hand that Jesus gave us in Matthew, The Lord's Prayer. This is from The Message translation and is such a beautiful version of this very famous prayer.

With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what's best— as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You're in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You're ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.

If you would like to see the original version click here Matthew 6: 5-15

Our Aim

Seeking to express God’s love in practical ways our aim is to serve the community at Cameron Toll by offering support and care to people of all faiths and none who work or visit in and around the shopping centre.