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Synod Prayer Cycle 2021

Prayers for churches around the Synod and the world are on the synod website and Facebook Page.  Please join with the rest of the Synod in prayer, and pray for the following congregations


6   Grahamston United

13  Granton United

20  Greenock East

Greenock East resumed in-person worship on Palm Sunday and were encouraged to meet up with members of the congregations returning for the first time in a year.
We are aware of those who have not yet returned and therefore our recorded cluster worship and written worship is still continuing.
We are now excited to be looking at how we can live stream our worship in the future.

Loving God,
Be with us as we seek new ways to bring your Kingdom into our communities.
We give thanks for those who have returned to our in-person worship, and pray that those who watch or read the service in their own homes feel Your presence with them and a continued connection to our congregation.
We pray these prayers in Jesus’s Name.

27  Greenock West
Greenock West returned to in-person worship on Easter Sunday.  Along with this our service continues to be recorded with a link being sent out to those who can access this.  A paper copy of worship is also sent out weekly.
During the period when the building was closed, we took the opportunity to have a new fire exit door fitted.  Unfortunately, this proved a bigger job that was anticipated but allowed for repairs, which were unknown at the time, to be carried out.
We look forward to the continued easing of restrictions which will hopefully allow our Church groups to recommence.

Gracious God,
As we begin to adjust to how this pandemic has changed us all we give thanks that we have been able to continue to bless Your name during this time.
We also give thanks for the work that we are able to do in our building so that we can continue to provide a safe and welcoming space for our community to use.

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Church Leadership Programme
The United Reformed Church’s Church Leadership Programme is a comprehensive programme to refresh experienced lay and ordained leaders in authentic leadership. A mix of physical and virtual learning, the course threads from September to June every academic year. The programme combines virtual and residential sessions in central England and there are up to 16 places each academic year. The course is one of the gems of Education and Learning provision in the United Reformed Church. Further information from or The deadline for initial expressions of interest is Friday 31st July 2021

NEWS FROM Helensburgh URC.......

Christian Aid Service @ HURC

On Sunday 9th May the churches of the Helesnburgh area held the first ecumenical gathering in over a year to mark the start of Christian Aid Week  We gathered both online and in person at Helensburgh URC. There were representatives of the different churches in town and also from our URC partners in the North of the Clyde Group. Rev Paul Jupp, outgoing convenor of the local Christian Aid Committee, encouraged us to give financially, take action and to pray. A recording of the service will be posted shortly at 
Photos: Irene Stephenson
CWM appoints Rev Dr Jooseop Keum as the next General Secretary
The Council for World Mission, of which we are part, has appointed Rev Dr Jooseop Keum as the next General Secretary. Jooseop is no stranger to Scotland, having studied at New College in Edinburgh where he gained his PhD and MTh degrees. He was also part of the planning group for the Edinburgh 2010 World Mission Conference to which our then Ecumenical Officer, Bungie, was seconded.

World Church update
Following our recent decision as a Synod to end our Synod level partnership with Cuba and Hungary I wrote to our partners explaining this but that local churches with existing partnership links would be continuing these. The response I got was to ask if any other local congregations would like to arrange a direct twinning with a congregation in either Cuba or Hungary? If you are interested in this please contact Bungie so you can be put in touch with the relevant national worker who can then seek a local partner for you.
May I remind you of the request made last month for local churches to share their stories of world church partnership. You can do this easily by filling in the online form on the Synod website at



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Legacy Training Workshop
What if it was easier to talk about legacies in church?
We know how difficult it can be to talk about legacies in church, and we want to help by offering an interactive workshop to churches.
This virtual session is open to any church staff who may be interested! Topics will include:
  • The Importance of Writing a Will
  • Gifts in Wills and Christian Aid / Your Church
  • Talking about Money in Church / Increasing Legacy Giving
The session is planned for Wednesday June 9th from 10 -11.30am on Microsoft Teams.
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