Notices for week 8-15 May

8th 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 – at 10.45 am, a special service for VE75 from Hereford Cathedral, led by the Right Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin; at 11.15 am, Reflections at the Quay (from Glasgow); at 11.45 am the Revd Kate Bottley speaks to people who have found the faith and courage to change their lives.  (Times may be subject to alteration.)
BBC Radio Scotland this Sunday – at 7.30 am, a half hour service led by Fr Jamie McMorrin  from St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh.
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
Once upon a time, on a family holiday to Arran, we found an abandoned, semi-derelict, wee Church, above the shore beyond Sannox.  The Church and its ruined Manse had been built on a little Headland, which obscured it from the road.   The Kirk had been fenced off and a notice warned “Dangerous Building, Keep Out!”.
Having climbed the fence, I went into the dim, still partly roofed building, choking on the smell of damp and decay.   Of course, it was all so sad, when I thought of the Worship once offered within, and the generations of Family Events celebrated there, in Joy or Pain.   Different types of wildlife had left evidence of their tenancy among the pews.   Just inside the reluctant door there was a narrow table with a few old damp frayed Hymn Books scattered.  
I love old Hymns, as you know, so I yielded to temptation with little struggle, and came away out into the sunlight and sea air – yes, with a fusty old Hymn Book.  I often turn to this limp covered collection of old, but not forgotten, Hymns.   Let me refer to one, a children’s Hymn, from my 1940s childhood (Late 1940s!) “Looking Upward every Day, sunshine on our faces”.   Well, we don’t want the sun to be shining on our children’s faces nowadays, but I loved to sing the words, so evocative of summer play.
One of the verses “Growing every day more close to our Elder Brother”.   Now, that bothered me, from a family of girls, I had no brother.   Only when grown up did I understand the capital letters at “Elder Brother”- Jesus, of course, sharing a Heavenly Father.   I leave us with this challenge and comfort – Growing every day more close to Jesus our Lord .  (Sequel to follow next week!).
Best wishes to you all from the Pastoral Group.  Keep safe!
Gill, Moira, Joyce and Isobel
From the Acting Session Clerk (Auchterhouse)
I went along to Auchterhouse Church last Thursday to renovate the wildflower area.  It was the first time I'd been to the Church since the lockdown and I was rather taken aback as I went around the churchyard.  The grass hadn't been cut and there were weeds coming up along all the paths and around the gravestones.  In that relatively short time since I'd last been there it had taken on a rather abandoned look.  I set to and have got all these aforementioned areas weeded, and what's more the Council groundsmen are obviously at work and have the grass cut now too.  It's looking altogether much better.  All I need now is some Hope and Faith that my wildflower seeds will germinate and flourish!
From the Session Clerk (Monikie & Murroes)
When I first thought of writing about the Whit walks, I looked on the internet to see if my memories were correct (thankfully they were). But I did discover the origins of something that we took for granted in our church year.
I knew education for the working classes came thorough the Sunday School movement, but I hadn’t realised Sunday schools were a result of the debauchery of the working class of Manchester and its surrounding areas (many now have been swallowed up by ‘Greater Manchester’).  The Church of England in Manchester began Sunday schools in 1784 as a means of diversion from the temptations that led people astray at the time, but it was noted two years later by a magistrate in Salford (ref: A.P. Wadsworth M.A.) that those attending such institutions were of a better character and the magistrate mostly earnestly wished for the opening of said establishments throughout the U.K. (There is a very interesting article in the John Rylands Library on Sunday schools and how some saw them as a means of educating the working class to a level required for their work and no more, but that’s another story.)
The debauchery and crime rate was very high on a Sunday. This was put down to the fact that children worked in the mills from 4am-6pm Monday to Saturday and on Sundays they went wild. There were gang fights, gin drinking and the races. The most popular of these were the Kersal races just outside the city.
Most of the money earned during the week would probably vanish at the races. The main race meet was held at Whitsuntide and the crowds (including gentry as well, everyone loved a race!) and crime were so horrendous, that they took to hanging criminals at this time. However, this did not seem to act as a deterrent as many people reported having their pockets picked at such times. 
So, from this came a determined effort by the Church through Sunday schools to provide a distraction/alternative to the race meets. My understanding is Whit was a holiday for the workers and the church built on this with Whit week eventually becoming festival week. A time when people were relieved of the monotony of work. Today in some areas of the North, Whit week is still observed, with schools closing and many going on holiday, as I discovered when I worked in Salford.
Please do not forget the Pastoral Group is still available if anyone wishes to 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.
Fee is still requesting selfies/photos of you in lockdown which will be used in the Sunday services.  It’s lovely to see how everyone is doing.
Take care and keep safe.
Kind regards,
(Whit Sunday is also known as Pentecost, falling this year on 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).
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.