Notices for week 15-22 May

15th May 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/ 
 
BBC1 this Sunday morning –a service for the 6th Sunday of Easter from St David’s Cathedral, Pembrokeshire led by the Revd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones; followed by Reflections at the Quay (from Glasgow); then the Revd Kate Bottley speaks to people who are lending a hand in their community.  (Please check times with TV schedules.)
 
BBC Radio Scotland this Sunday – at 7.30 am, a half hour service led by the Revd Rev Rosie Frew, minister of Bowden and Melrose Church and Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Faith Nurture Forum. 
 
If possible please could you phone anybody you know who does not have the internet and advise them so that they will have the opportunity to watch or to  listen  these TV or radio programmes.
 
Minister’s Evening Reflection Series: a link is being sent to your email address (if Bill has it on the mailing list) or you can access each podcast from the website under Prayers, Music and Media.  Generally speaking they will be available after 8.00 pm (three per week).
 
From Isobel and the Pastoral Team
 
Thinking again about the wee ruined Church at Sannox, Arran, that someone visited years ago by climbing the safety fence – don’t go looking for it now because it has had a wonderful rebirth.
 
There had been Worship on that grassy headland since the early spiritual revival, led by the Haldane Brothers (remembered in the Downfield Street name).   In 1822 the Duke of Hamilton gave the crofters land to build a Church and Manse.   Glen Sannox,  severely affected by the Clearances, welcomed the opportunity to build a stone Church on that traditional Worship site.
 
Years passed, people moved away for work on the Mainland and attendance at the Church on the Headland fell away.   At length the building was condemned, just another sad reminder of changing times.   But, from the 1980s till today, folk have prayed for its restoration as a place of Worship and Christian Community.
 
Today the house is restored to be a small Residential Centre for Bible Study and Prayer.   A Celtic style Cross has been erected in the central grassed area.   The old Church is in process of being restored, as closely as possible, to its former glory.   The simple peace of that Church by the seashore will again offer Blessing, Healing and Hope to all who come.
 
What’s in this happy ending story for us in the circumstances we find ourselves today – when we fear the way of life we knew is changing, maybe for ever?   Just as new life, new purpose, is being created from the old Church – by God’s Grace, a new way of living will be born from these sad, strange times.
 
God says, “Behold I make all things new!”  (Revelation 21:5)  Remember this, God had promised!
 
Best wishes from the Pastoral Group, Joyce, Moira, Gill and Isobel
 
PS:
While 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, Joyce, Gill or Moira know.
 
From the Acting Session Clerk (Auchterhouse)
 
There continues to be no imminent prospect of our churches reopening.  However, I've really enjoyed the online joint services with Monifieth and Barnhill St. Margaret's.  I've also enjoyed Jean's challenging and thought provoking podcasts.  On Saturday at 11.00 am I'll be watching, on the Church of Scotland website, the service of installation of the new Moderator of the General Assembly, the popular Arbroath minister, the Rev Dr Martin Fair.  It's a shame that he'll miss his moment in the limelight at the General Assembly but at least we'll always remember the year that he was Moderator!

Here, it's just a case of plodding away quietly, which for a home bird like me, is just fine.  I've been up at the church any day recently that there hasn't been rain, to water my wildflower area.  I'm happy to say that I've now got seedlings, so I've either got some little wildflower plants or a good crop of weeds!  In our garden I've started to get bedding plants in.  I know it's quite early, but if my interpretation of the weather forecasts is right then this week's frosts will be the last of the season.  Fingers crossed anyway.  Another thing which is always on the daily agenda is the dog walk.  However, "walk" seems a wholly inappropriate word, and I can't think of a suitable alternative.  If there is such a word then its definition would be moving at a pace about quarter to half that of a stroll.  During this time Kirsty indulges in the canine equivalent of social networking and searching out any scrap of food that has been tossed aside.  She enjoys it anyway, so being a soft touch I go along with it.
Keep Safe and God Bless.
Andrew
 
From the Session Clerk (Monikie & Murroes)
 
For light relief, first of all – you can watch Cats The Musical free this evening (15th May) at https://youtu.be/AeHusfoThls
 
One of the joys of lockdown for me is that I’ve been able to do more reading.  A piece I came across was from The Every Day Christian Podcast (see below) and I offer it to you in any way you wish to perceive it. My first reaction - it made me smile. In our seventh week of lockdown, not really knowing the best way forward (without the possibility of endangering ourselves, our community and economic system even more) we’re in good company!  I wondered if those listed below felt/experienced some of the things we do now. How did they cope? We know the answer! They trusted God!  We know they talked, questioned - some argued - but ultimately, they always trusted God. Easy to write, maybe more difficult to take on board, with all that is going on around us.
So, like other pieces posted on our Facebook page, this is offered as a thought… hopefully our wait will not be so long.
  • JOSEPH WAITED 13 YEARS  
  • ABRAHAM WAITED 25 YEARS
  • MOSES WAITED 40 YEARS 
  • JESUS WAITED 30 YEARS
Please do not forget the Pastoral Group is still available if anyone wishes to contact them.  The Minister as always is available.
 
I hope you are enjoying the Sunday services and Jean’s podcasts. Both are available on our church website and our Facebook page.  There is also a telephone number available for anyone who does not have the internet who wishes to hear excerpts from the services. It is 01382 768990.
Take care and keep safe.
Kind regards,
Lynn
 
Eco-Congregation
 
Eco-Congregation is an ecumenical programme helping churches make the link between environmental issues and Christian faith. An Eco-Congregation responds with practical action in the church, in the lives of individuals and in the local and global community. 
 
Auchterhouse Parish Church has registered as an Eco-Congregation and we are now considering becoming a paid up member. We can then support and become more involved in the work of the project. Many of us are already taking the practical action in our everyday lives and our communities. It makes sense to demonstrate that we are part of a much bigger community of caring churches. Working together, getting help and advice ensures we can contribute in any way that we are able.
 
There are now over 450 congregations committed to take action through the programme. The programme, which I have taken from the well resourced website, has three strands:
 
Spiritual living
Making the link between environmental issues and the Christian faith

Practical living
Taking practical action in the church and in the home to reduce our environmental impact
 
Global living
Influencing attitudes and take action in the local or global community on issues like climate change
 
The aim of the first strand is to make this link in our services, acknowledging how dependent we are on the world around us, for our water, clean air, food and sustainable biodiversity.
 
The second strand can be demonstrated in what we have already done in Auchterhouse by improving insulation in the Church and having a modern efficient boiler. We have established some wildlife friendly spaces in the cemetery and we have changed from plastic mugs to china cups which we can wash over and over again.
 
The third strand is especially interesting as we have recently supported through our primary school, the Tearfund project of Toilet Twinning. Check the website www.toilettwinning.org  By donating £60 to twin your toilet, you help fund a project in a poor community that will enable families to build a basic toilet, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene – a vital combination that saves lives. Auchterhouse Primary pupils have spoken to our Community Council as well as the congregation so both groups are now twinning the Park and Church toilets. You even get a certificate to hang above your twinned toilet! Sadly the school project is on hold till they return to school but we as individuals can do our bit.
 
In Auchterhouse we are looking for agreement to become a member of Eco-Congregations. If you would like to read the latest news from Eco-Congregation Scotland, their newsletters can be accessed by clicking here.
Shiona
Eco-Congregation Co-ordinator                                           
Email me for more information: shionabaird@hotmail.co.uk
 
Other pastoral and administrative matters
 
Any items for inclusion in the weekly news sheet should be sent to Bill by noon on Friday.  Help to keep the congregations informed of any events or happenings in the life of our churches during this time of isolation.  Good news is especially very welcome when there is so much of the opposite coming our way.
 
Please do not forget that we as a church are still functioning and if you need anything, please contact the Manse (01382 351680 or 07960 312218).
 
Stewardship – Ongoing Offerings 
Please refer to the notices for week 3-10 April or contact either of the treasurers.
 
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).
 
Phone a Friend
If you find the TV is rubbish and you are looking to pass some time why not give someone a ring.  There are lots of people in our church who would love to have a chat.  Particular those who are one their own.  During this time of lockdown the days can be very long when you have no one else in the house.  If you have the time, why not make someone’s day that little bit brighter.