Dunblane show crowds enjoy free blessings

Visitors to the Dunblane Fling and the Dunblane and Doune Show came away with an unexpected blessing. St Blane's Church of Scotland linked with Lecropt Kirk had a stall at both events, where they gave away "bags of blessing" to more than 350 people.

St Blanes stall
St Blane's and Lecropt Kirk gave away 350 blessing bags at the Dunblane and Doune Show. Volunteers: (from left) Gavin Jones, Margaret Carter and Margaret Lawrie helped run the stall.

"The bags contained information about our churches and our faith, as well as a sweet and a free tea bag encouraging people to put their feet up and have a blessed 10 mins on us," said Rev Gary J Caldwell, minister for the linked congregations.

"I think we were the first church to do such a thing at either of the shows."

Churches across the country have been exploring creative new ways to reach out to people in their communities this summer through offering children's summer camps, sports opportunities and family events. At the same time Fresh Expressions movement is energising Kirk members to express their faith by creating new forms of Christian fellowship.

The St Blane's and Lecropt's stall also offered a free game for children where they play at milking a cow. Among all the stalls selling crafts and food items or raising money for good causes, the Churches' stall stood out and even won second place in the charity stall competition.

"We're going for first place next year," said Rev Gary. "All volunteers from the two churches in the linked charge had a great time. It cemented the great relations between us and we were delighted to bring a small bit of blessing to the communities around us."

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