News sheet for week 17-24 July

17th July 2020

Worship
 
BBC1 this Sunday:
·       At 10.30 am: Sean Fletcher and Sally Phillips take a look at the week's talking points and explore the ethical and religious issues of the day. Alongside lively chat, the show also shines a light on inspiring, unique and occasionally unusual stories and people.
·       At 1.15 pm in Songs of  Praise Rev. Kate Bottley finds out about the village vicars of Eyam, Derbyshire, who initiated lockdown 355 years ago to protect the rest of northern England from the bubonic plague.
 
On Radio Scotland at 7.30 am, a half hour service led by Fr Michael Carrie of Our Lady of Victories and St. Patrick’s, Dundee.
 
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.
 
Watch Rt Rev. Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly, in “It’s a Fair Question” - at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cezXLP9kjSQ
 
From our Minister
 
Hello dear friends
I hope all of you are well and healthy. I want to inform all of you of our family breakaways in these coming weeks. We have managed to get a cottage for the week of 13/07/2020 until 19/07/2020. We will also visit the family down south from 23/07/2020 until 31/07/2020. We bought the tickets just before the lockdown, so we are glad to be going. I have ample annual leave left and when the schools start there will be little time for holiday.
 
There are no firm commitments for these periods, and I have asked Isobel to cover for me. I have also enquired when 121 will give us explicit permission and guidelines, and it will possibly not be before the end of the month. If so the Session Clarks must please contact me to discuss the way forward for opening the Church buildings. I am preparing a lengthy podcast that will be ready for the week of 27/07/2020. Regarding the Sunday Services, we will all do our part, although some of us will be away during this time. We will discuss before each Sunday who will be doing what.
 
I am thrilled that we are coming into some freedom of movement and can't wait for 11/08/2020. The school's are reopening, thank God.
 
If there is any enquiry, please do not hesitate to call me. I will be available on the mobile number. If there are any deaths, please inform Isobel first and me as well.
 
Kind Regards
Jean
 
From Isobel and the Pastoral Team
 
Just the other day, a distressed friend phoned to tell me she had lost her late Father’s gold watch.   The watch was engraved to celebrate a very special achievement of her Dad in his career, many years ago.   To keep it safe, she had put the watch inside a pair of her Dad’s thick socks, at the back of a drawer.   Later, just before Lockdown, my friend had gathered together a great pile of her Dad’s clothes and taken a full bag to the Charity Shop.  
 
You’ve guessed, the sock drawer is empty, and my friend is in despair, and so angry at her own carelessness.
We are nearly 4 months into our “final house” – I say that with conviction, I could never face another flitting.   Yesterday, Jim was searching in drawers and cupboards, muttering as he turned over their contents.   At last he admitted, “I’ve lost my Memory Sticks” (for his computer).   Then, how we laughed, he had indeed lost his memory stick!  
 
You and I know how incomplete we feel when we’ve lost or mislaid something.   We can find no peace till the missing item is found and restored to its rightful place.   Jesus tells three stories about lost things – a lost coin, a lost sheep, a son who had lost his way in life (Luke 15).   Jesus wants us to know, every person is precious to God.   Our Heavenly Father longs for our faithfulness and we are incomplete without Him.
 
Latest report – the memory sticks are restored to their owner, sadly the gold watch remains lost.
 
Pray that we can ease gradually and safely towards a more normal lifestyle.
Keep Faithful, Keep Safe.
Best wishes from the Pastoral Group, Joyce, Moira, Gill and Isobel
 
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)
 
In Isobel's article two weeks ago she gave us a quote from Ecclesiastes chapter 3 This is a chapter of the Bible which I like, in that, just as she highlighted then, something can be learnt from it about living our own lives well today. In the Good News Bible verse one reads, "Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses". The same verse in the King James Bible reads, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven". Maybe it's a case of liking what you're familiar with, but I much prefer the older translation. It seems to more concisely encapsulate the highs and lows, successes and failures, good times and sad times that we all have in our lives, and which we all have to learn to accept as God's will for us.
 
Ecclesiastes is an interesting book of the Bible. Chapter 1 verse 1 says "These are the words of the Philosopher, David's son, who was King in Jerusalem", which could only be Solomon. He is known for his great wisdom, but I can only think that he must have been on a bit of a downer when he wrote Ecclesiastes as there is a lot of negativity in it. However, there are many nuggets of wisdom within that work, though I'm not going to say which ones I agree with and which ones I don't. However I will mention one sentence. Chapter 11 verse 4 states "If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never sow anything and never harvest anything". That left me wondering if, at some point, he had been a farmer in the west of Scotland.
 
I have to admit that I didn't come to the words of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 from the Bible, but from my teenage love of pop and rock music. Pete Seeger wrote and sang “Turn! Turn! Turn!” in the late fifties which was too early for my interest, but I really loved {and still love} the version of that song in the mid sixties by the distinctive American band, the Byrds.
 
Now there's an idea for getting young folk interested in Church life - put Bible stories to their music!
Andrew
 
From the Session Clerk (MNMT)

Communal worship can begin on 15th July, it was announced. Interesting, as I believe we have been doing that with our combined online services during lockdown. However, we can now hold communal worship in our church buildings and to this end I thought it would be useful to say where we at MNMT find ourselves presently.
 
One aspect of our work throughout lockdown has been preparing/organising/ thinking of all that it means to re-open the buildings, getting us back to communal worship, and the practicalities involved (we have already ordered our free-standing hand sanitisers in preparation for re-opening!).
 
Part of this has been to listen to concerns and thoughts of our members, many of whom have to shield till the end of July.
 
From this we have become aware that we have to provide a space that makes people of all ages feel comfortable to come to.
 
Presently, under the guidance each person requires 13m2 (couples 18m2) of space, so seating arrangements will be different, numbers at each service will be limited (we’re waiting on an update on that), so there may have to be some form of ‘ticketing’. Will we hold more services to accommodate the numbers? If so, will the services be on the same day (thus cleansing in between and who will do that?) in the same building or will they be held on different days? Socialising afterwards will not be possible as people have to disperse immediately after the service, the list continues.
 
Be assured, re-opening has been on the agenda since the buildings were closed, so we can begin to continue all the things we do in our buildings (worship, Regnal, Guild…).
 
We are continually working to a solution that allows them to re-open.
 
If you have any thoughts on this, please send them to Jean on
 
If you are able, please watch Motherwell South Parish Church (2-3 mins) video (who cleans the church?) on YouTube, it gives an inkling as to how services may be in the immediate future.  https://youtu.be/-NlPNdHrLKQ
 
Thank you.
Lynn
 
From Bob Taylor
 
After a long morning in the garden (like many others in this Lockdown) I thought these words might ease the aches and blisters.
 
The kiss of the sun for pardon
The song of the birds for mirth
You are nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
 
These words, framed, hung for many years in our potting shed at the Research Institute, Invergowrie.  When it came time to demolish that shed, the boss asked me what I wanted in the new one.  I said “As much happiness as we had in the old one”.  A man of many letters, he had to admit he was stumped.
 
Bob 
 
Photo of flowers on Home Page sent in by Lillias.
 
Keep Safe
 
With most churches closed and parks often crowded, some people are finding that a churchyard or cemetery is a wonderfully peaceful place to walk, or just to sit, or to pray.  They can also be as beautiful as any public gardens.  And of course they are visited by those who wish to mark the anniversary of a loved one’s death, or simply to “have a chat” with the deceased person.  However, they can also be lonely places, and that means they may be targeted by the unscrupulous who are not there for any of the above reasons.  Please, if you have reason to visit any churchyard, take a friend or family member with you if at all possible.
 
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. 
 
Please do not forget that we as a church are still functioning and if you need anything, please get in touch.
 
Church Office: Caroline is working from home, generally on a Thursday, and can be contacted by email: office@sidlawchurches.org.uk
 
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)
 
Starter Packs are taking donations again but by appointment only for now. If anyone would like to drop things off, their phone number is 01382 223977. I will take stuff from the church when we’re back to normal.
Sometime.
Take care.
Shonagh Morrison
 
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.  There are lots of people in our congregations who would love to have a chat, especially those who are on their own and finding the days of lockdown particularly long.