Notices for week beginning 23 October

23rd October 2020

New arrangement for Sundays
1st Sunday of month: 9.30 Murroes; 11.00 Auchterhouse
2nd Sunday of month: 9.30 Auchterhouse; 11.00 Murroes
3rd Sunday of month: 9.30 Monikie; 11.00 Auchterhouse
4th Sunday of month: 9.30 Auchterhouse; 11.15 Monikie
5th Sunday of month: 29 November - 9.30 Monikie
 
Please tell us if you know of anyone who is ill or needs contact from the Pastoral Group. (Joyce, Moira, Gill and Isobel)
 
HEALTH AND SAFETY MATTERS

Attending Church
Please note the following:
Come with warm clothing as the temperature in the sanctuary can go no higher than 20 degrees.
Make sure masks are worn indoors.
Follow distancing requirements.
Remember the offering will to be collected before entry to the building and before hand cleaning.
Register for Track & Trace.
Hand cleaning (sanitising) is required on the way in and out.
Sit in the seats provided (couples/singles) – an order of service will be placed there for you.
Remain seated throughout the service.
No hymn books or bibles will be available.
Please take your order of service with you when you leave.                                                                                 
 
Gloves and cold weather
As we head towards colder weather and the winter months, the question was asked as to what we do when we wear our gloves re hand sanitising / keeping our buildings safe.  In wearing gloves our hands are protected but not the surfaces we touch (transferred germs from opening doors etc. can stay on your gloves for minutes or hours). So, how does this affect those who are using our buildings mainly for worship?  As yet no formal guidance from the Church of Scotland but gloves, like hands, are transmitting germs if we touch things.  So it is advisable to wash gloves often (or use a disinfectant wipe), let gloves air dry (instead of being screwed up in your pocket) and of course do not touch your face.  Take extra care to avoid cross-contamination when removing your gloves.  Therefore, to minimise any transfer into or out of our kirk buildings, please take the time to sanitise your hands (which is a requirement) or, if you are able, your gloves worn. If not, please do not touch anything once you enter the buildings. 
 

More volunteers (who need not be elders) are needed to keep everyone safe at church on Sundays.  There are essentially 4 different roles:
·        meet and greet;
·        ensuring people have access to the offering plate (if desired);
·        Track & Trace;
·        directing worshippers to appropriate seating (singles or couples). 

If you can help, please contact Bill Mitchell, Roy Matthews or Lynn Podger.

Stewardship – Ongoing Offerings  

In this challenging time our work as a Church goes on and, as such, we still have our costs to cover, such as our central Ministries and Mission contribution, our staff, building insurance, etc. One way your offerings may be received is monthly through the bank. There are number of members who give by monthly standing order - and for those who are giving through this way, a big thank you.  Giving by this method eases the work of the treasurers and allows them to plan better, but also helps you with your regular giving and not having to worry about it on a weekly basis and in addition when you cannot make it to Church - such as we are experiencing now.
If you would like to consider starting to give through your bank, please contact your Elder for the contact details of the Auchterhouse or Monikie & Newbigging and Murroes & Tealing Treasurer, so we can give you further information. If you are interested, you do not need to be on internet banking as Standing Order forms are available from the Treasurers that may be posted to your bank.
During this time, please reflect on how you may continue to donate (through on-going/new voluntary activities as well as monetary) and continue to support the work of the Church in the Sidlaws, Scotland and Worldwide.
If you would like to discuss anything, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you
Garry & Tim
 
MNMT Readers’ rota and Flower rota have been reinstated.  Please note that flowers should be taken to the church and arranged on the morning of the service.
 
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. 
  
Church Office: Caroline is working from home on Thursdays and can be contacted by email: office@sidlawchurches.org.uk
 
If you’d like to continue our church tradition of supporting the Blythswood Shoebox Appeal, here is the relevant information:
Leaflets detailing essential and optional items can be downloaded at https://blythswood.org/donate-to-shoe-box-appeal/
Bring items in a wrapped average size shoebox (or - if difficult to source this - a drawstring bag no larger that 40cm x 30cm) to church - 25th October 11.15 at Monikie or 1st November 9.30 at Murroes (deadline).
OR donate by cash or cheque (payable to Blythswood Care) at a retiring offering at either of these 2 services. 
 
Starter Packs are taking donations again - opening times Monday - Thursday 9.30 – 3.00 and Friday 10am – noon; address is 39 Forest Park Road.
 
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).