Notices for week 22-29 May

22nd May 2020

The online services from our group of churches (Sidlaw Churches, Monifieth Parish Church, Barnhill St Margaret’s) can be found at 
BBC1 this Sunday morning – a service from Bangor Cathedral led by the Very Revd Kathy Jones; Reflections at the Quay (from Glasgow) with Rebekah Lamb (St Andrews University) and John Bell (Iona Community); Songs of Praise with Katherine Jenkins.  (Please check times with TV schedules.)
BBC Radio Scotland this Sunday – service starts at 7.30 am.
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 2020 General Assembly was cancelled due to Covid-19, but a special service was held to install the Revd Dr Martin Fair from Arbroath: St Andrew’s as the Moderator.  Catch it here:
Minister’s Evening Reflection Series: 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 (three per week).
From Isobel and the Pastoral Team
At the Morning Service in Auchterhouse Kirk, just before lockdown, I said how I had seen, among a display of old lapel badges, a green enamelled badge, rather rubbed and worn.   The message on the badge was still clear “Faithful in that which is least” (Jesus speaks, Luke 16:10).   The New Translations word it “Faithful in little things”.  In the very last days of free movement, an Auchterhouse elder came to my door with a gift for me.   You’ve guessed, he’d been to the Antiques Centre to buy the badge for me.   Good job I’d thought to mention the shop where I’d seen it!   The badge has the silver hallmark on the back.
Well, it’s truly Sterling silver to me.   It speaks of the thoughtfulness of friends that is so precious to us just now.   And, of course, the message of Jesus’ words comes to us in these challenging times.  
If we cannot get about as we’d like, we must pay particular attention to the reminder “Faithful in that which is least”.   The little kindnesses, the faithfulness to family and friends who are out of sight and touch meantime, and the thankfulness that God’s Love  is New Every Morning.   
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 REAL Session Clerk (Auchterhouse)
Here is a surprise for you all. I am going to write a small bit for this news sheet. Andrew thought it was about time the ‘real’ session clerk got back to work!!
When I was not long home from hospital, Rev. Jean came here and gave Communion to myself along with Isobel, Sally and Eva. I speak for them all when I say that Jean gave us a very moving and meaningful service. Once we get out of lockdown, which we hope will not be too far away, Jean will be able to give a lot more of you home Communion.
I had Communion again two weeks ago. Amanda sent a link to my telephone from her minister in Stow. She and her husband, also a minister, gave a lovely service from her back garden with Stow Church in the background. I sat on my own with a sherry and a piece of bread. It was lovely.
I have just made dandelion honey. It was easy and tastes really nice. 85g dandelion heads, 500g sugar 500ml water and half a lemon. Boil water and sugar together, then add the lemon and boil until set. It needs lots of dandelion heads as they do not weigh a lot.
I am managing to do little bits in the garden, but not too much. I hope you are all coping as best you can. We just have to be patient and do as we are told for a wee bit longer.
Do take care, miss you lots.
Elizabeth x
From Bob Taylor: Memories from the General Assembly

Assembly opened with a hymn, unaccompanied, led by a Precentor.  There could be between 800 and 1000 people in that hall, all Kirk folk, all familiar with these favourite old hymns, all good singers (except me!) and everybody singing their hearts out.  What a memory.

I was present at a very important discussion when that day’s Convenor proposed closing St Andrew’s Press because of the vast amount of money it was losing.  About a dozen delegates, obviously friends with the Convenor, stood up and put their arguments that St Andrew’s Press must be kept on because of the valuable material it produced, especially for Sunday Schools but also for the wider church.  They made their argument strongly but always in the most civil, polite and dignified terms.  The hall was very quiet as these people spoke with such feeling.  The Convenor remained adamant and in the vote Assembly agreed, despite all that had been said so forcibly and politely.  It was a wonderful discussion to listen to.

I volunteered once to help serve Communion to the Assembly.  38 of us gathered after the day’s business and we were instructed and rehearsed thoroughly.  We lined up, got a number and we retained that position in the line every time we gathered.  We were each allocated one particular item of the Elements.  After practices we carried these into the Assembly and sat in our own seat for the service until we were called to our duty.  We kept the same line and the same item and went to whichever bank of seats we were allocated.  Then we returned to our seats for the rest of the service when we picked up our piece, and still in our line, left the hall.

We had two hours rehearsal the previous night but Communion was dispensed in about ten minutes.  It went like clockwork, tightly disciplined but in happy and friendly spirit.
We 38 people built up a strong bond and when we met everyone was so helpful making sure everybody was in their correct place.  When any of the 38 met up during the week we greeted one another like long lost brothers or sisters.

In a change of mood, I went with another chap to a social get together where we were invited to help ourselves to a glass of wine from a table inside the door. However many people had lingered there so I “ferreted” myself through the crowd and got 2 glasses.  When I returned there was a lady standing there so I handed her my glass and wormed my way in and out the ruck with another glass.  She clicked glasses with me and we went on our way separately.  All week she sat directly opposite me in the hall and every time our eyes met she raised her arm and flicked her wrist  as if clicking glasses.  That is so typical of the informality and friendliness of the entire Assembly.

From the Session Clerk (Monikie & Murroes)
Please do not forget the Pastoral Group is still available if anyone needsto contact them.  The Minister as always is available.
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,
Eco-Congregation is an ecumenical programme helping churches make the link between environmental issues and Christian faith. An Eco-Congregation responds with practical action in the church, in the lives of individuals and in the local and global community. 
Auchterhouse Parish Church has registered as an Eco-Congregation and we are now considering becoming a paid up member. We can then support and become more involved in the work of the project. Many of us are already taking the practical action in our everyday lives and our communities. It makes sense to demonstrate that we are part of a much bigger community of caring churches. Working together, getting help and advice ensures we can contribute in any way that we are able.
There are now over 450 congregations committed to take action through the programme. The programme, which I have taken from the well resourced website, has three strands:
Spiritual living
Making the link between environmental issues and the Christian faith
Practical living
Taking practical action in the church and in the home to reduce our environmental impact
Global living
Influencing attitudes and take action in the local or global community on issues like climate change
The aim of the first strand is to make this link in our services, acknowledging how dependent we are on the world around us, for our water, clean air, food and sustainable biodiversity.
The second strand can be demonstrated in what we have already done in Auchterhouse by improving insulation in the Church and having a modern efficient boiler. We have established some wildlife friendly spaces in the cemetery and we have changed from plastic mugs to china cups which we can wash over and over again.
The third strand is especially interesting as we have recently supported through our primary school, the Tearfund project of Toilet Twinning. Check the website  By donating £60 to twin your toilet, you help fund a project in a poor community that will enable families to build a basic toilet, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene – a vital combination that saves lives. Auchterhouse Primary pupils have spoken to our Community Council as well as the congregation so both groups are now twinning the Park and Church toilets. You even get a certificate to hang above your twinned toilet! Sadly the school project is on hold till they return to school but we as individuals can do our bit.
In Auchterhouse we are looking for agreement to become a member of Eco-Congregations. For the other Sidlaw churches, if not registered, we urge you to take this first step to register. Together we could make a real difference in the world, locally and globally.
Eco-Congregation Co-ordinator                                           
Email me for more information:
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).
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
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.