Notices for 10-17 April

10th April 2020

Worship
 
The online services from our group of churches (Sidlaw Churches, Monifieth Parish Church, Barnhill St Margaret’s) can be found at http://www.mpcos.org.uk/worship/online-service/ 
These include short services for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday at 7.00 pm (all available outwith these times).
 
A special message from the Moderator of the General Assembly for Good Friday can be found at https://youtu.be/bZT_Hmu9jLc
 
BBC 1 this Sunday at 11.25 am – worship from Bangor Cathedral; at noon Reflections at the Quay (from Glasgow). If possible please phone anybody you know who does not have the internet and let them know about the TV services.
 
Film: Jesus Christ Superstar
New free youtube channel: the show must go on.  Available from 7.00 pm Friday 10th April for 48 hours; free to watch but donations to performers' charities requested.
 
From Isobel, our Pastoral Assistant
 
I so want to share “Hello, and How are You!” with you all.  Thanks to Bill, we have the opportunity through this Newsletter.
On the last Friday before the lockdown, we moved house, getting in by the skin of our teeth (as the Removal Man said).   The whole trauma of flitting was in order to down-size.   Well, that is one of the newly put together words – “downsize” was appropriate in our move to a smaller house, suitable for those in the more mature age group.   But we must keep downsizing well away from our everyday life during this time of lockdown.   Let’s think BIG and upsize our activities as much as we can into every day (keeping to the Rules of course).
You know the variety of activities that you are able for, that you are good at, or just need doing.   Let’s upsize the time we spend Reading our Bible and Praying for All in Need of any Kind at this time.   We all look forward to better news and to that day when we will worship God together, shoulder to shoulder, as His People.  
May God Bless us this Easter Time and grant us a Living Hope in Christ Jesus.
Keep safe,
Isobel
 
From our Pastoral Team
 
For the next weeks when we are subject to distancing, be assured the Pastoral Team are keeping up with members by way of phone calls 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
 
From Sidlaw Regnal
 
It is with much sadness that I have to intimate that Willie Beattie, a member of our Regnal, has passed away.  I have passed on condolences from the Regnal to his wife.
Our programme has been suspended due to Covid-19 for March and April. The  four remaining events are being carried forward to September onwards when hopefully all will be back to normal.  With much regret our Annual Regnal Conference March 27th to 29th March was cancelled. It was being held for the first time in Scotland. The meticulous organisation by Syd and other members of our Regnal has been so much appreciated so it was sad that after careful consideration we had no other choice but to cancel. We are hoping that the event will still come to Scotland and can be rescheduled in the Autumn.
We hope our fortnightly programme will recommence in September and we will return with a much greater strength and determination in the face of adversity. We shall continue and uphold the values for which we stand.
God Bless everyone,
Ian McKay 
(Secretary)
 
From the Treasurers
Stewardship – Ongoing Offerings 
Please refer to the previous week’s notices (3-10 April) or contact us direct.
Garry and Tim
 
From the Session Clerk (Murroes and Monikie)
 
Hello, everyone
I hope you are all keeping well and managing to use the time usefully. For me, that means a jolly good spring clean this year. When I mentioned that to someone on the phone, they responded by saying they hoped it wasn’t catching!
 
I would just like to say a thank you again to Bill for compiling and sending this newsletter out every week enabling the majority of us to keep in touch. I would also like to include Jean, Fee, Lorna and Andrew in my thanks, for not only providing the weekly service (which I know so many of you are enjoying and appreciate), but also for the daily thoughts and nightly reflections (these can be accessed at http://bsmchurch.org.uk/ and http://www.mpcos.org.uk/ or our Facebook page @sidlawchurches).
 
With Easter approaching, I wondered how we would mark the festival this year, as we are not doing our usual activities such as going up the hill for the Easter sunrise service and hunting for Easter eggs, but more importantly, simply being together for what is a joyous time for us as Christians.
 
Then I came across a news article on New Zealand’s PM, Jacinda Ardern, where she declared the Easter Bunny (and the Tooth Fairy) to be essential workers. However, the PM added that the Easter Bunny might not be able to visit everyone due to the restrictions and also due to looking after his own bunnies this year. She then went on to suggest that we hold a different Easter egg hunt this year, one where we draw an egg and put it in our windows. This way, when children go for their daily exercise they can ‘collect’ their eggs then.  I think it’s a lovely idea and will be popping an egg in our window (which will jostle for space with the teddies and palm crosses but hey ho, it really will be a hunt). Some may say Easter eggs are nothing to do with the real meaning of Easter; I can’t answer that, but eggs are a sign of rebirth in many cultures and perhaps this was another custom the Church adapted for its use.
 
So, if you are going to put a drawing/painting of an Easter egg in your window, or paint a boiled egg, why not send a photo to our Facebook page? For those of you who have Facebook, an Easter Egg Hunt began (Wednesday 8th April), why not see how many you can collect?
 
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter
Lynn
 
From the Acting Session Clerk (Auchterhouse)
 
In the latter part of last year at Auchterhouse we fitted a park bench on the west side of the Church, at a point that looks out to the Sidlaws. Its inscription plate reads as follows:
I will lift up my eyes to the hills
My help comes from the Lord
Who made Heaven and Earth.
 
That is of course a variant of Psalm 121, which has been a source of comfort for generations of Christians. It speaks to us of maintaining fortitude in the face of adversity, and that the Lord will be with us every step of the way.  This Easter, that message seems even more pertinent than usual, as we all cope with the coronavirus pandemic, and a national crisis the like of which few of us have experienced before.
We owe a debt of gratitude to all those who are striving to defeat this invisible killer and to keep our essential services running. We pray for them as well as for a safe recovery for the many thousands who have been struck down by this dreadful illness.
Andrew
 
Other pastoral and administrative matters
 
Contacting the minister
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
 
Weekly news sheet
Any items for inclusion in the weekly news sheet should be sent to Bill by noon on Friday.
 
Tealing Community Helpline
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 or need 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)
 
Food Bank
Please keep supporting Taught by Muhammed Food Bank.  There is still a donations box in Sainsburys, Broughty Ferry.  If you are in Lochee or the DD4 postcode area, you can donate at Iffys, 63/65 High Street, Lochee DD2 3AT (8am-7pm) or Iffys,17 Baffin Street  Dundee DD4 6HB (8am-8pm).
 
Church Office
Caroline is working from home on Thursdays.  Contact her at office@sidlawchurches.org.uk