Notices for week beginning 7 June

7th June 2020

From Isobel and the Pastoral Team
 
A wee bird told me that we have a mutual friend is celebrating a special Birthday this weekend.   Data Protection does not permit me to identify the Birthday Boy by Name …
 
I said “a wee bird told me” - not quite true, but it’s refreshing to remember as we use that homely phrase that it comes directly from the Old Testament (Ecclesiastes 10:20).   The background to the quote is that the people were dissatisfied with their leader and the government of their country.   But the prophet warns them not to speak aloud of their anger lest the report of their words is carried to the Leader and his Ministers.
 
“For a bird of the air shall carry the voice”.   Reminds us of the Wartime Posters: “Walls have ears”.
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 Session Clerk (Auchterhouse)
 
How are you all coping with this strange situation we find ourselves in?  Are you finding things out about yourselves you never knew?  Are you appreciating what is going on around us, especially nature and in our gardens more and making you more determined to never take things for granted again?   The answers in next week’s sheet please!!    No but seriously what after all this is over will you be most thankful for?    Me - it is just being alive.
 
To help me get out when some rules for lockdown were lifted, my neighbours drove up with a golf buggy for me.  I have yet to try and drive the car so it is great.   Been out a few times now. Can at last drive out to end farm road with my bins. My grandson says the petrol tank is big enough to get me to Asda, maybe not. No thoughts of taking up golf though.
 
My one thing I miss most of all is going for walks in the woodland. But I intend to be able sometime soon.
Take care, keep well and God bless,
Elizabeth

From the Session Clerk (Monikie & Murroes)
 
Looking at the queues of cars waiting at the McDonalds drive-through by Asda caused a thought.  Here are people seemingly desperate to queue for a long time (and as a by-product blocking roads) for a meal of some sort.  Is home cooking so bad, perhaps we’re fed-up of cooking at home, are people looking for social contact? I don’t know, but it made me wonder if the Church would experience the same effect and if not, why not? Very flippant questions with equally flippant answers. But it poses the question: would this happen after the lockdown as it wasn’t happening before?
 
The Church of Scotland recently held a webinar on the future of the Kirk. If you are able to, please watch it: https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/watch-the-assembly-trustees-webinar
 
And keep following the national Church website as it continues to update us on how we could progress in the future. On Friday they posted how the pandemic has changed our usual activities, but the work goes on, with more support needed at this time for CrossReach. To this end they are launching an online donations system to continue to carry out this work.  CrossReach has its own website: https://www.crossreach.org.uk/
 
What will Church be like after lockdown, no one knows, but the Church has evidence that online services have reached an audience they were not expecting and they are looking to build on this. The Church of Scotland knows change is needed; this is an opportunity to be part of the discussion.
 
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
 
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 last week’s notices.
 
From Bob Taylor
 
Beauteous nature shining round us
Leads to the God we love
He whose gracious pity found us
Lifts our hearts to things above
There in never fading beauty
Holy souls shall forever sing
Love we all their happy duty
Winter’s ended ever spring.
 
If your day starts with sunshine
And birds sing at ease
If the only sound you hear
Is the rustle of the trees
If your heart is content
How can you help but smile
After all the hustle and bustle
Everything seems worthwhile.
 
As life these days is always busy
And friends aren’t always near
It’s hard to find the time to stop
And lend those friends an ear.
But pause a while and ponder
What a simple call can do
Loved ones days will brighten
With a few kind words from you.
 
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).
 
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.