Notices for week beginning 9th August

10th August 2020

From Isobel and the Pastoral Group
 
Over lockdown the work of the Pastoral Group has continued through phone calls to chat and share experiences during these strange times.   We have also sent cards to those in hospital or who have been bereaved.     We have found that our Parishioners are looking forward to coming back to Church when it is safe to do so.   We are gradually beginning distanced, garden path visits.
 
Covering MNMT, Gillian and Moira make a very attentive, committed team, visiting, in the name of the Church, the people referred to us in time of illness, or crisis, or just in need of a wee friendly visit.   Their local knowledge is invaluable to me.  Likewise, Joyce in Auchterhouse visits sick and elderly folk and those in need of practical help.   She  fulfils this role diligently and cheerfully.  We hope when Safety Advice allows, we will return to home visits.   Please keep us up to date with news and names of anyone in our Community going through a difficult time.
 
Last week we attended the funeral of a Wellbank Member, earlier this week the service for an Auchterhouse Member, and next week a Member of Monikie Church.   At the suggestion of the relatives, these three were Services of Celebration and Thanksgiving for three ladies who had lived long and purposeful lives.
Yes, it is “different” with the limited, distanced family and friends permitted to attend in the Crematorium – but the Worship and deep sincerity of these Services is very real.
 
Pray for our Congregations at this time – “Bind us together in love”.
Pray that we can ease gradually and safely towards a more normal lifestyle. 
Keep Faithful, Keep Safe.
Best wishes from the Pastoral Group, Joyce, Moira, Gill and Isobel
 
From the MNMT Session Clerk
 
Reopening of MNMT Buildings
Readers of this newsletter will know that in the last issue it stated MNMT would have a Kirk Session on Tuesday 4th August. Having met, it was decided we would not reopen our buildings in August and would look again at the plan for opening our buildings at our next Kirk Session (Tuesday 1st September).
Lynn
 
Up-to-date advice for churches can be found on the Church of Scotland website.  This includes an assessment tool for individual and group health risks – to check your own status, follow this link:
 
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. 
 
Please do not forget that we as a church are still functioning and if you need anything, please get in touch.
 
Church Office: Caroline is working from home, generally on a Thursday, and can be contacted by email: office@sidlawchurches.org.uk
 
Stewardship – Ongoing Offerings.  For more information, please see details on the news sheet for 31st May.  You can donate to our churches through the Church of Scotland website by means of PayPal which is easy and secure.
 
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)
 
Starter Packs are taking donations again but by appointment only for now. If anyone would like to drop things off, their phone number is 01382 223977.
 
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 and finding the days of the restrictions particularly long.