Preach the Good News to everyone is an exhortation Jesus gave.  If you are a recipient of this news - Believe.  

Mark 16:15-16 New International Version (NIV)

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Power Hour is about applying God's Word in Prayer.  Through prayer we bring understanding to the scriptures found in the bible and how they relate to life today.

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We also give Covid 19 advice and  information about services available to people during lockdown. 

Covid advice.

From 15 June it’s mandatory to wear a face mask in shops and other public places.  Its likely that the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will institute something similar soon. It’s to be stressed that the face covering is there to stop the wearer from passing the virus on to others. If you are showing signs of the virus such as loss of taste or smell, fever and new dry cough you should self isolate for up to 14 days. 

During the pandemic, social distancing of 2 m and regular hand washing is strongly advised.

A face covering can be as simple as a scarf or bandana to cover nose and mouth but be comfortable to breathe.  You can make a face mask and there are many designs.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52609777

There is some local advice available from Aberdeenshire Council about what to expect in terms of services available at this time.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/covid-19/routemap/

There is also the Grampian Corona virus Assistance Hub

https://www.gcah.org.uk/

In this edition,  churches in Aberdeen and the Islands have formed a new Presbytery - Aberdeen and Shetland They have celebrated by a joint streamed service which was viewed by over 300 people. The service was broadcast from Ferryhill Parish Church on Facebook and Ferryhill Parish Church YouTube channel. The response to the service has been very positive.

Calum Lawrie, a city piper has been bringing cheer to people stuck in their homes through video performances. Calum and his team have been offering a chat and a tune as a home delivery service to those in isolation and struggling. Calls are made through Skype, WhatsApp and FaceTime. No charge is made but people can and have been donating to local charities or the NHS. To find out more visit CalumLawriePipingPromotions on Facebook.

Tributes have been paid to a much loved grandfather, a true gentleman throughout a battle with dementia. John Maitland was described as a very good god fearing man.   John was heavily involved with the Boys Brigade and the churches of Bon Accord and Denburn. He had a keen sense of humour. John’s wife Mary paid tribute to the staff at Hamewith Lodge Care Home in Northfield  where John had been resident. “They were so, so good. I couldn’t thank them enough.

An Aberdeen mum and her partner have been putting a smile on youngsters faces. Clare Harris and partner Ryan Cotts have been making videos of fictional super hero’s and cartoon characters to wish happy birthday or just say “hello”. So far,  over 60 youngsters have had their days brightened in this way.  There are still 80 more to do.  For more information visit Facebook.com/mascotrentalaberdeen 

The scripture Brian shared this week is Matthew 15: 15-16

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

 

In this edition, we get out and about but first

Brian's Good News

For this podcast, Brian's Good News is separate.

 

In the second part of the program, Rob got out and about to see some of the wildlife in the Sheddocksley area.  What a day for it.

It is amazing the amount of wildlife Rob and his wife Helen have been able to see and enjoy over recent months just by taking local walks from their house.

This weeks Brian's Good News features.

A group of American Ex Pats has raised £12,500 for the Aberdeen Neo-Natal Unit.  The Association of American Women of Aberdeen began in 1985 and consist of 11 2 members from 5 Countries, 2 Continents.  The Association made the Neo Natal Unit their charity of the year.  The staff at the Neo Natal unit very much welcomed the financial Help. 

A Grandmother Lesley Morrison has produced a book for children to understand the effects of Covid 19.  This has come on the back of many tears from Lesley's Grand children because of social isolation. The book, "A Hug and A Kiss I Do Miss" has been a firm favourite with the grand children and has greatly helped every one in the family to cope.

Three women led by LauraMcWilliam who is wheel chair bound have been fund raising through crowd funding to fund boxes of essential items to make life easier for patients in hospital. Laura who was a nurse spent some time in hospital and was moved to set this venture up.  The trio want to help as many people as possible. To help donate funds visit

Two ladies who live in Cults are in the 16 piece vocal collective B-Natural. They have been continuing to practice with each other over the garden fence to the delight of neighbours and passers by.  The ladies Carolyn Hodsden and Christine Whitfield have been singing songs such as 'Consider yourself' from Oliver and Vera Lynn's famous 'We'll Meet Again'

In this edition

Brian's Good News

Aberdeen Street Friends - providing meals to those on the streets with the help of Social Bite

Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service and Aberdeen City Council Ranger Service have been busy producing videos, quiz material, things to do and look out for in gardens and local walks during this period of lock down.

In this edition,

A Primary 6 pupil from Johnshaven has been awarded Honorary Reader status on the Accelerated Reader computer program by reading and comprehending over 1.9 million words.  Harry Bruce's certificate was delivered to his door by his head teacher.

Aberdeen Street Friends has been handing out hot meals to those in need in Aberdeen. Since the recording of this edition, we have since found out that Social Bite have helped them to achieve this along with donations from M&S.

Residents of Balnagask Care Home run by Bon Accord Care were treated to a open air special concert to celebrate 75th Anniversary of VE Day.  Calum MacDonald was on hand to sing many favourite songs.  The concert was enjoyed by residents, staff and neighbours alike. 

Two brothers, Matthew and Thomas McKenna from Miltimber have run more than 100 miles each in aid of Dementia Research . They are doing this because they want their Grandfather who suffers from the condition to be cured. 

A Gospel of Hope is to focus our minds on Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.  What ever situation we go through, Jesus Christ is relevant.

A Gospel of Hope is to focus our minds on Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.  What ever situation we go through, Jesus Christ is relevant.

Even in this time of lock down, Britain will still be pausing to recognise the end of hostilities and the sacrifice made by so many a VE DAY 75th Anniversary is marked.

In this edition, we have Brian’s Good News.

Then a quick resume of what VE Day is all about how Britain is marking the day.

Today 8th May 2020 it is 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, mourn their loved – ones and to hope for the future, but not forgetting those still in conflict until 15th August when it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II.

Coming up today….

At 15:00 the BBC will broadcast extracts from Sir Winston Churchill’s victory speech to recreate the moment peace in Europe was announced 75 years ago, followed by a speech from Prime Minister Boris Johnson
At the same time people will be invited to raise a glass for a toast
At 20:00, Welsh classical singer Katherine Jenkins will feature in a special BBC TV programme on BBC One
At 21:00 the Queen will address the nation, in a pre-recorded message broadcast by the BBC, at the exact moment her father King George VI gave a radio address 75 years ago
Shortly after you can go to your doorstep or window to join in a mass sing-a-long of We’ll Meet Again
At 21:00, just after the Queen’s address to the nation, we are being encouraged to go to our doors, windows, driveways, and gardens for a socially-distanced mass sing-a-long.

But just in case you do not know the words, here are the lyrics to the Vera Lynn classic.

We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when,

But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day

Keep smiling through, just like you, always do

‘Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away.

So will you please say hello, to the folks that I know, tell them I won’t be long

They’ll be happy to know, that as you saw me go, I was singing this song

We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when

But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.

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