Notices for week 17-24 April

17th 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/ 
 
BBC 1 this Sunday – at 10.00 am, service from St David’s Cathedral, Pembrokeshire; at 10.30 am, Reflections at the Quay (from Glasgow).
 
BBC Radio Scotland this Sunday – at 7.30 am, a half hour service from the Augustine United Church, Edinburgh led by Fiona Bennett.
 
If possible please phone anybody you know who does not have the internet and let them know about the TV and Radio services.
 
 
From Isobel and the Pastoral Team
 
It is difficult to know what to say at this time, when our lifestyle is so changed, when we are distanced from family and friends, when the future is uncertain.   We are conscious of the need to pray, but sometimes we are stuck for words.   What will we ask God for?   The enormity of the World’s Need can overwhelm us.   The Lord’s Prayer comes easily to our lips and how appropriate to Pray with the words Jesus taught us.   Again, the Prayers we learned as children bring comfort and stir memories of our Childhood Faith, taught by parents.
 
Turn to the Bible, read a favourite Psalm, or to the Gospels and read again of Jesus healing and teaching.   Find comfort and reassurance, reading one or two of your favourite Hymns.   Think over the sure promises God makes to us.   Maybe this one from Isaiah “Do not be afraid, I have called you by name, you are mine.”
 
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.  It is nice to have a chat on the phone, but I do not have everybody’s number.   My phone number remains the same (580545).   Maybe we’ll hear from you.       
 
Isobel and the Pastoral Team  (At your Service!).
 
From the Acting Session Clerk (Auchterhouse)
It is with sadness that I have to inform members and friends of the death of Mr Alan Clark on 13th April at South Grange Nursing Home.  Alan was a faithful member and elder of Auchterhouse for more than half a century. He served for many years as Treasurer, followed by a seven year term as Session Clerk.  His quiet authority, sound judgement, and gentle humour were appreciated by all who knew him.

When he was last able to attend Church, even though he probably didn't recognise me, the word that still best described Alan was "gentleman".  His dignity and respect for others were just so obviously an integral part of his being.

His beloved wife Sally has also been a loyal servant to Auchterhouse Church and the Auchterhouse community generally. We must keep her in our prayers and help her in any way we can.
Andrew
 
From the Session Clerk (Murroes and Monikie)
 
Hello, everyone
I hope you all had a good Easter, despite the unusual circumstances we find ourselves in and not being able to celebrate in our normal way.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank again all those involved in producing our services, especially over Easter (http://www.mpcos.org.uk/ ) and also for the posts on Facebook.
 
As many of you know I was not brought up locally, I was in fact brought up in the industrial north, where we all wear clogs, cloth caps, work in t’mills and speak a language only the locals can understand.  The area of this industrial north that was home to me was Manchester, to be more precise Whalley Range, a suburb of this wonderful city. (But perhaps more well-known is its neighbour, Moss Side.)
 
There is a TV programme that always takes me straight back to my childhood. It is Life on Mars, as it would show the cobbled alleyways between the terraced houses and reminded me that if United, City, or Old Trafford were at home, you might as well stay in as you wouldn’t get far by foot, bus or car.  A fact I was reminded of on our wedding day, as not being a follower of the beautiful game, I didn’t realise Our Day was also Derby Day. If there's one sporting fact I now know, it's the date of the Manchester Derby in 1990, bring it on Quiz Master! There's nothing like police lining the route to your reception!  At least it seemed to put a smile on their faces, not sure about the guests…
 
But the reason I am mentioning this is because living in the north of England, having celebrated Easter, we would start looking forward to Pentecost, the coming Whitsuntide and the Whit walks.
 
However, think I’ve taken too much space already, so, Whit Walks can wait till next week.
Keep safe,
Lynn
 
Sidlaw Regnal
 
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.  Our Annual Regnal Conference, scheduled for the end of 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)
 
Online news and events
 
The May issue of Life and Work is available to all: https://www.lifeandwork.org/resources/free-download-may-2020
The printed version will be delivered to those who normally receive it through the post.
 
The latest news from Eco-Congregation Scotland  can be accessed on the Church website: http://www.sidlawchurches.org.uk/news-and-events/news
 
The following are some of the free activities on the internet/Facebook during the lockdown.
 
The Shows Must Go On! Type this into YouTube at 7.00 pm on a Friday evening and, for a period of 48 hours, you will be able to watch one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals.
 
www.peanuts.com This site will provide you with educational materials and colouring sheets for children.
 
If you search Chris Benson on Facebook, you can hear a quarantine version of Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid.
 
#TheGreatIndoors on Facebook will take you to Scouting activities.
 
Elevenses with Anton – again, type this into YouTube and dance the day away!
 
Mom Life Keeping It Real - on Facebook; provides (amongst other things) craft ideas for wee ones.
 
Joe Wicks on YouTube is running exercise classes for all ages.
 
Oti Mabuse is holding dance classes on various platforms including youTube
 
Other pastoral and administrative matters
 
To contact Rev. Jean de Villiers: email JdeVilliers@churchofscotland.org.uk
 
The office is closed but Caroline is working from home on Thursdays: office@sidlawchurches.org.uk
 
Any items for inclusion in the weekly news sheet should be sent to Bill by noon on Friday.
 
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).