Current Notices

3rd April 2020

 

WORSHIP

“Reflections at the Quay” – BBC1 this Sunday at 11.15 am –  worship from the Quay.  If you know of someone who doesn’t have internet access, please phone and let them know about this additional service.

The Church of Scotland has posted on Facebook "With God’s help, we will get through this together" - a reflection on the impact of coronavirus by Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly.  Copy this link: https://www.facebook.com/233258850032623/videos/145104850168515/

The programme from our own group of churches over the past two weeks has been very well received with Jean preaching the sermon last week.  It can be found at http://www.mpcos.org.uk/worship/online-service/

The Sunday service and Nightly Reflections are available on Facebook live (although there might be a slight time delay). Or follow the above link.

A MESSAGE FROM LYNN, SESSION CLERK (Monikie & Newbigging and Murroes & Tealing):

Hello, everyone,I hope this finds you all keeping well.

Please do not forget that the Church is still functioning should you or anyone you know need its services.

Going on the Church of Scotland website this morning (3rd April) I found this prayer for Sunday (see below). 

You may or may not have heard of the initiative to put a teddy bear or other soft toy in your window. This was started so that children would have something to look out for during their period of exercise. My Ringtons teddy is in our front window!

Today, Fee's post from Monifieth Parish Church was reposted on our Facebook page. For those of you who do not have Facebook, it encouraged us (if we wished to take part in the forthcoming festival) to do one or both of the following:

- on Sunday 5th April to decorate our front doors/windows with 'palm leaves' (greenery of any description / homemade paper leaves)

- in the runup to Easter Sunday, please send us your photos depicting "New Life" and we will include them in the service for that day.

Fee's email is FReynolds@churchofscotland.org.uk

Or if you send them to me, I should be able to forward them to her.

This Easter in Spotlight one of the activities was going to be making your own cross by tearing paper.  Click this link to find the instructions.

Why not have a go and pop the results on our Facebook page?

Some further help:

1. Orient the paper with the dots at the "top" if you made dots, but dots are not necessary to make the cross if you leave the paper in place and follow the instructions. Fold the lower left corner of the paper diagonally until the bottom of the paper meets the right side of the paper.

2. Take the bottom right pointed corner and fold it to meet the upper left corner of the first fold.

3. Bring up the bottom point of the paper and fold over where the other folds ended.

4. Pick up the paper and flip it over, sideways. You will not see your dots. They will be face-down. Fold it sideways in half. You will see your dot again if you used dots.

5. Visualise about an inch from the fold. You will tear through all the layers down the imaginary line. For younger children: you may want to draw a light line for tearing 1 inch from the fold. It may be a little more difficult for very young children to tear through all the layers, so your help to start it may be necesary. TEAR SLOWLY IN LITTLE BITS.

6. Even if the tear is ragged, that's ok. Jesus cross was rough wood! Note, the farther away from the fold that you tear, the fatter the cross will be.

7. Discard the pieces with the dot. Open the main piece and you have the cross!.

Looking at my diary it occurred to me that Palm Sunday has snuck up on me and this took me back to the services on Palm Sunday that David used to do.  Do you remember? He would stand at the Communion table and, picking up a long thin strip of paper, would show us how to make a palm cross. He would then hand out strips of paper to everyone and walk us through making our own. Sometimes he would ask the Sunday School out front to make them with him. Either way, it never seemed to work for me.

So, looking on the internet I found there are guides as to how to do this. I hope it enables you to have your own palm cross for Palm Sunday and to have some fun in making it.

Enjoy!

Lynn

JOINT PRAYER FOR PALM SUNDAY

For the last two weeks, thousands of people across Scotland have answered the call to pray at the same time in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.  Thirteen Christian churches and organisations across the country, including the Church of Scotland, are taking part in the joint prayer. 

Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said: “Many people have commented how helpful it is to have this time of prayer when we can join together with Christians from all round the country and from different denominations and share similar words expressing our concerns at this time.”

Churches Together in England will also be praying each Sunday at 7.00 pm and will be using the #prayers of hope to share the message on social media.

The churches have issued a letter with this week’s prayer that reads: “As we continue to live through this time of trial, we sense an ever-renewed Call to Prayer. We are not alone in hearing this Call. Rather, it is a Call being heard and responded to across the nations of our island and across the nations of our world. This being so, we invite you to pray in solidarity with others at 7.00 pm on Sunday 6th April, which is Palm Sunday.”

Let’s pray:

Living God, for the precious gift of life that you have given to us,

We give you thanks.

For the enduring presence of your love in this world,

We give you thanks.

For the knowledge that you are with us at the close of the day,

We give you thanks.

On this day, we hear the Gospel words that speak of hope,

We hear the cry: Hosanna!

We hear the Gospel words that speak of promise,

We hear the cry: Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!

On this day, we journey in hope as we trust in your promise.

Lord, as we journey into the Holy Week to come,

We are conscious that we share in the life of the world.

We are conscious of the presence of those who are near to us,

And of those from whom we are apart.

Whether near, or far, embrace us all in your love.

Lord, we are conscious of others,

Whose life and work is woven into the fabric of our society,

And upon whom we now depend.

We pray for them:

For delivery drivers and posties,

For refuse collectors and cleaners,

For police officers and care workers,

Protect them and keep them safe.

For nurses and doctors,

For scientists and surgeons,

For midwives and ambulance drivers,

Protect them and watch over them.

For those who govern on our behalf,

For those who make decisions that impact upon us all,

For all who shape our common life,

Protect them and increase their wisdom and understanding.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

And grant us faith to journey into the week to come,

Assured of the presence of the crucified and risen Lord, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

 

PASTORAL MATTERS

For the next weeks when we are subject to distancing, be assured the Pastoral Team are keeping up with members by way of phonecalls and cards. If you know of anyone who could benefit from a call please let Isobel, Gill or Moira know.
Kindest thoughts to you all from our Pastoral visitors.
Isobel

If you find yourself housebound and in need of a chat and/or would like supplies delivered to your door, please contact the Minister in any of the following ways:

Manse: 01382 351680

Mobile: 07960 312218

Email: jdevilliers@churchofscotland.org.uk

STARTER PACKS

I would like to thank everyone in the congregation who have donated household items to Starter Packs. So many people have nothing when they are given the tenancy of a flat our house so Starter Packs are able to help as long as people are able and willing to donate.  Please get in touch with me if you need more information or want something picked up.  I hope that you will continue to help in anyway you can.
Shonagh Morrison 

STEWARDSHIP – ONGOING OFFERINGS

In this challenging time our work as a Church goes on and, as such, we still have our costs to cover, such as our central Ministries and Mission contribution, our staff, building insurance, etc. One way your offerings may be received is monthly through the bank. There are number of members who give by monthly standing order - and for those who are giving through this way, a big thank you.

Giving by this method eases the work of the treasurers and allows them to plan better, but also helps you with your regular giving and not having to worry about it on a weekly basis and in addition when you cannot make it to Church - such as in our current circumstances.

If you would like to consider starting to give through your bank, please contact your Elder for the details of the Auchterhouse or Monikie & Newbigging and Murroes & Tealing Treasurer’s phone numbers, so we can give you further information. If you are interested, you do not need to be on internet banking as Standing Order forms are available from the treasurers that may be posted to your bank.

During this time, please reflect on how you may continue to donate (through ongoing/new voluntary activities as well as monetary) and continue to support the work of the Church in the Sidlaws, Scotland and Worldwide.

If you would like to discuss anything, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you.
Garry & Tim

TEALING COMMUNITY HELPLINE LAUNCHED
TEL  07340 476007
Please circulate this number to neighbours, family and friends in the village.  It’s NOT for medical advice about coronavirus, but is here to help anyone in isolation at home who needs some support, for example with shopping, prescription collection, someone to talk to etc.  Please also get in touch if you can offer any help. Take care in these challenging times everyone. Many thanks to our hardy (all local and reliable) volunteers for making this possible. 
Sandra Burke for Tealing Community Council

NOTICES FOR NEXT WEEK
Items for the next news sheet should be emailed to billharper.217@gmail.com by Friday noon.

OTHER NOTICES

We support one of the Dundee Foodbanks - TBM (Taught by Mohammed) Foodbank. Those who rely on this service are in more need than ever due to huge reductions in public donations.  If you can, please continue to give to this (or any) Foodbank.

Contacting the Pastoral Assistant: Mrs Isobel Brown can be contacted by phone – 01382 580545. 

Contacting the Office: Caroline will be working from home on Thursdays; email her at office@sidlawchurches.org.uk