Notices for week 24 April - 1 May

24th 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 10.45 am, service from Hereford Cathedral; at 11.15 am, Reflections at the Quay (from Glasgow).  (Times may be subject to alteration.)
 
BBC Radio Scotland this Sunday – at 7.30 am, a half hour service from Portree and Bracadale Free Church, Skye led by the Revd Donald McDonald.
 
Minister’s Evening Reflection Series (new): 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 (Monday to Friday).
 
Song for Sunday: In Christ Alone - https://youtu.be/ENtL_li4GbE
 
From Isobel and the Pastoral Team
 
The story goes that a Minister, visiting an old member, known to be well-versed in Scripture, asked the old man, “What are your favourite words from the Bible?”   You and I might well hesitate (even panic) if asked that by our Minister, but the old man answered confidently “I rely on ‘and it came to pass’ “.  The Minister was surprised but let the old man go on, “I have found it so true in my life.  Joys and Sorrows, Good Times and Bad, they come and they pass”.
 
The phrase ‘and it came to pass’ is used more than 1000 times in the Bible, from the Creation Story to the New Testament.   The Bible speaks to us, and for each Reader it has a special message.   Yes, the old man’s confidence in his favourite words from Scripture reassured him in the Bright Days and comforted him in Dark Times.  Take a moment to ask yourself, “Which verse, which story from the Bible, speaks to me?”.   As we go about our routines in these lockdown days, let us remember It has come and it will pass.   We rely on God’s Love, in every situation where we find ourselves.  
 
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, Joyce, 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)
The funeral of Mr Alan Clark will take place Monday 27th April at 9.30 am at Dundee Crematorium.  Obviously with the current restrictions the many, many people who would have wished to attend and pay their last respects are not able to do so.  There will, however, be live streaming of the funeral service, so we will be able to tune in and be there for Sally and the family in spirit if not physically.  The log-in information is as follows:-
Website :-  www.obitus.com
Username :-    dundee4881
Password :-    404408
The live webcast will begin at 9.25. Once the service has finished, it will take up to 5 working days to get the 28-day Watch Again onto the website.
Andrew
 
From the Session Clerk (Murroes and Monikie)
 
On our Facebook page we have put out a call for lockdown selfies, to be used in this week’s service.
If you have one please send to FReynolds@churchofscotland.org.uk
I hope you have been enjoying the services during the lockdown.
Have you seen the other things available via Monifieth's website?  If after watching the service you go to Monifieth's homepage you will be able to access Podcasts, and daily and nightly reflections.
 
I also hope you have been enjoying this weekly newsletter.  All contributions welcome and a big thank you to Bill for compiling and sending this each week.  Could I ask you if you think we should continue to do a newsletter after the lockdown and if so, would it be weekly/monthly, online or do you feel it wouldn't be required as we'd return to the magazine, delivering it 3/4 times a year?
Just a thought, it would be nice to hear your thoughts and views on this.
Also, if you know members who are on email, but have not thought to give the church their email, please encourage them to do so as it makes communications so much easier and quicker, especially in times such as these.
 
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).  The Pastoral Group, as you will have seen above, is still working and contactable.
 
Kind regards,
Lynn
 
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 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.
 
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
 
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.
 
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. 
 
For food deliveries to your home, try Les Turriff - https://www.lesturriff.co.uk/
Phone: 01382  773838
(This firm is usually for the catering trade but is currently doing home deliveries.)
 
Caroline is working from home rather than from the Church office: email her at office@sidlawchurches.org.uk
Emails are normally checked on Thursdays and/or Fridays.
 
From Bob Taylor (part 1)
 
When evening's shadows fall
Look back upon your day
Try to see if you recall
A moment you could say
That you felt joy and you felt glad
Or you could laugh or smile
If such a moment you have had
Your day has been worthwhile.
 
Problems
When life's problems cloud your mind
Yes, plan how you could cope
But always in your darkest hour
Leave a space for hope.
The brightness of a single ray
Like sunshine, can transform your day
 
Winter's not all dreary
It has its beauty too
Frost sparkling in the sunlight
The first snowdrops peeking through
Snowflakes softly falling
Gently carpeting the ground
Rosy-cheeked children playing
In this wonderland they've found.