Notices for 19-26 June

19th June 2020

Worship and Prayer
 
The online Sunday service from our own group of churches can again be found at http://www.mpcos.org.uk/worship/online-service/
 
BBC1 this Sunday: at 10.45 am, a service for Fathers’ Day from Holy Trinity Platt Church in Manchester led by the Rector, Rev. Dr Paul Mathole; at 11.15 am “Reflections at the Quay” with Rev. Sally Foster-Fulton, Head of Christian Aid Scotland, and Graeme McMeekin, Director of Tearfund Scotland, and music from Ross Ainsley and Tim Edey; at 3.00 pm in “Songs of Praise” Sean Fletcher looks back on stories of inspiring dads putting Christian love into action, including a father’s gift to save his son’s life.
 
On Radio Scotland at 7.30 am there is as usual a half hour service.
 
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 to these TV or radio programmes.
 
The Rt Revd Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly, has a new series, “It’s a Fair Question”, which can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cezXLP9kjSQ
 
From Isobel and the Pastoral Team
 
In the last News Sheet, Bill was asking us to explain what we’d been doing during the lockdown.   I know some people have been engaged in very worthwhile projects in the garden or DIY in the house.   Enterprising folk have been learning new skills and crafts.   There must be a lot of Home Baking happening in family kitchens, if shortage of flour and other ingredients is anything to go by.  For myself, apart from fence painting, gardening, cooking, housework, dog walking, phoning friends – I have been taking it easy!
 
STV are reshowing the old-fashioned, couthy “soap” set in a Brigadoon type Scottish Village, filmed in Luss, Loch Lomondside.  I used to watch “Take the High Road” from 1979 when I had a wee baby that needed carried up and down to do a bit of girning, at the time the episodes were screened.  I have fairly enjoyed watching the re-runs, recognising the “Fashion Wear” (so dated) and being amazed at the simplicity of the dialogue and plots.   No murder, no sex, no swearing on TV Screens in those days.
 
One of our older members said to me recently, “We’re all waiting for something!”  Now that is true, in lockdown and at times in our lives.   Looking forward, waiting for a planned event, a Reunion, a Baby Expected.   And, of course, there are things in all our lives that we anxiously anticipate.  
I’ve been looking at the Book of Psalms, and as you know, all life’s experiences and needs are mirrored in the Psalms.   So, while we are all waiting, we’ll say with the Psalmist, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits”    .  
 
Rev. Jean has supplied me with a number of DVDs of the Services (joint Sidlaw, Barnhill and Monifieth).   If you missed these Services I would be happy to get DVDs to you.     
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 Andrew Barr (Elder, Auchterhouse)
 
As you’ll be aware from Thursday’s Scottish Government announcement we are moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of their 4 Phase Covid-19 Plan.  One of the changes will be that, as from Monday, churches will be able to open for private prayer.
 
However, it’s not just as simple as opening up the church doors and letting people roam.  There are many steps and precautionary measures which must be taken before any opening.  Risk assessments will need to be made, the church would need to be arranged so that two metre distancing can be maintained, hand sanitisers fitted, and more.  Probably most significantly, the church would have to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after every opening.
 
It will be left up to Kirk Sessions to decide whether to open at this stage or wait until Phase 3 when churches will be allowed to open for worship.
 
If anyone would like to study the guidance in full it can  be found on the Church of Scotland website at https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/welcome-news-that-church-buildings-can-reopen-as-part-of-phase-2,-easing-out-of-lockdown
Andrew

From the Session Clerk (Monikie & Murroes)
 
I hope this finds you well and enjoying this break from gardening – the land needs the rain!
 
As Andrew has said above, 121 (Church Offices) have provided guidance on steps to take before church buildings can reopen.  I should be pleased to hear from any elders with regard to their thoughts/concerns you may have by next Friday, so we can begin the process to move forward.
 
If you have any questions relating to this guidance, please email: Covid19guidance@churchofscotland.org.uk
 
Please do not forget the Pastoral Group is still available if anyone wishes to contact them.  
 
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
 
HSE Alert - face masks
(from Brian Auld, Assistant Secretary (Safe Buildings) Church of Scotland General Trustees)
 
As many of you will be thinking about how you may be able to reopen your church buildings safely over the coming weeks, you may decide to purchase face masks to use in your church buildings. Face masks can be a useful form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if used appropriately. However, please be aware, face masks are not the same as face coverings. Face masks protect the user whereas face coverings offer some protection to  anyone else nearby should the wearer cough or sneeze.
 
The HSE has released an alert advising that KN95 Face masks should not be used as they do not comply with the relevant European standard. These face masks are very widely available online from a variety of different outlets including discount services such as Groupon. We would strongly advise that you do not purchase these face masks for use in your church building, and if you already have any KN95 face masks, that you dispose of these sensibly.
 
The full alert can be found using the link below:
  
Stewardship – Ongoing Offerings and Ways of Giving
 
While we are unable to meet as congregations on Sundays, please consider whether you can give electronically via a Bank Standing Order.  More details can be found in the notices for week beginning 31st May.
 
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).
 
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)
 
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.  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.