Notices for week beginning 31 May

31st May 2020

From Isobel and the Pastoral Team
 
In the 1980s advice came into Primary Schools that children should be told Bible Stories in Themes – e.g. Journeys, Shepherds, Prophets and Kings.   The Theme “Boats” gave great scope for gathering Old and New Testament Stories.   A good start would be Noah’s family and livestock, following God’s advice, and finding safety in the Ark.   Then the stories of Jesus teaching from the boat, bobbing in the shallow water, to the crowds on the shore, Jesus stilling the storm, Jesus calling from the beach to fishermen to cast their nets over the other side of the boat, and the account of Paul’s shipwreck off Malta – all stirring stories on a Boat Theme.
 
As grown-ups, we can move beyond the narratives, and see our lives as a ship sailing life’s seas, in still waters and in times of fearful storm, with Jesus coming across the waves to stretch out a firm hand to us in our need.  
 
In several of the Baltic Fishing Ports, a model of a ship hangs in the Nave of the local Church, catching the attention of the worshippers and reminding them of their dependence on the sea for their livelihood, and gratitude for deliverance from the perils of the deep.  These Church Boats are called Votive Ships, from the Latin “votis”, meaning a promise or a vow made to God.
 
While we are picturing the old Votive (model) Ships, strung from the beams of fishing community Churches, we remember some verses from Psalm 107 about “They that go down to the sea in ships”.  Such folk, who ride the storms of life, know that -
“God maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.   Then they are glad and praise the Lord for His Goodness” (from Psalm 107).
 
As we move gradually towards a lessening of lockdown, we will acknowledge the Loving Kindness of our Heavenly Father.
Keep Faithful, Keep Safe.
Best wishes from the Pastoral Group, Joyce, Moira, Gill and Isobel
  
From the Session Clerk (Auchterhouse)
 
This Sunday is Pentecost. 50 days after Easter. If you feel like dressing up for Sunday service, the colour for Pentecost is either red or purple. It is a bit strange not having had to put on our Sunday best for so long. I have not been dressed up for 14 months, now I feel I really must dust out some better clothes, so I will be dressing up on Sunday. Purple, I think.
Elizabeth x

From the Session Clerk (Monikie & Murroes)
 
“They say when you give blood it saves 3 lives.  I know a man who gave His blood and it was enough to save the whole world.”
(The Everyday Christian Podcast)
 
This post from Facebook reminds us of what happened at Easter, as we look forward to Pentecost and celebrate the birth of the Church and its mission in the world. How we carry out that mission in future may change because of COVID-19. This topic was part of a discussion the Assembly Trustees held last Friday during a Webinar which is now available on The Church of Scotland website:
 
It is worth listening to as we begin the discussion on how the Church might move forward once lockdown is over. For instance, will we continue with online services? For the Church exciting times and opportunities may lie ahead.
 
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.
 
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
 
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 wages, building insurance, etc. One way your offerings may be received is monthly through the bank. There are a 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 – it means not having to worry about it on a weekly basis or 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 get in touch with 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
 
Eco-Congregation
 
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 www.toilettwinning.org  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.
Shiona
Eco-Congregation Co-ordinator                                           
Email me for more information: shionabaird@hotmail.co.uk
 
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).
 
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.