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Synod Prayer Cycle 2020
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
28 Clydebank Morison Memorial
On 18 November 1886, Clydebank became an official burgh of Glasgow. During the growth, of course, houses of worship began to spring up throughout the area.
By 1892, three shipyard staff and the future Manager of Clydebank’s Co-operative Society having sympathies towards the faith and practice of the Evangelical Union of Scotland (begun in 1843 by Secession church preacher James Morison, known as “the Scottish Charles Finney”), decided to organise an E.U. congregation in the new town. However, by the time the present and only building was finished in 1896, James Morison had died in 1895 and the Evangelical Union was in the process of merging with the Congregation Union of Scotland, formally completed in 1897.
During the Clydebank Blitz on the nights of 13 and 14 March 1941, though the church roof was badly damaged and repaired by the local fire brigade, the late-Victorian Gothic structure in which we worship now stands as the oldest surviving building in the town, now situated between the Town Hall and Library.
Lord God as we come together to worship today
We are certain in our faith that you are here with us
We come here as your family to be as one with you
In company with our Savior, Lord and friend your Beloved Son Jesus
Whose life gave his life that we may be set free
From the sins of this world and given your Glory
To live our lives as your chosen people
With your light and grace shining from us in our lives
That all who we meet may who we are and whom we serve
Lord God we humbly ask this as we come together to say the words Jesus taught us
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be they name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
Forgive us our debts
As we forgive our debtors
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the Kingdom
The power and the glory
For ever and ever
7 Synod Meeting (13th March)
The word “Synod” comes from two Greek words: “sun”, which means “together” and “hodos”, which means “a road” or “a journey”. A “Synod” therefore means “people who are journeying together”. It is, I believe, a good definition of what we are meant to be as members of the United Reformed Church in Scotland.
Almighty Father, your Son Jesus Christ called men and women to travel with him along the road, into a future which was, for them, unknown. By your Spirit, men and women were empowered to travel throughout the world, sharing the Gospel message, calling others to put their trust in Jesus Christ. By your Spirit, enable us also to travel together as your people, following our Lord Jesus Christ into the future which you have prepared for us, sharing with others the Good News of the Kingdom. We ask it in his name and for his sake. Amen.
14 Coaltown on Balgonie
As we think about emerging into a post-lockdown/shielding world Coaltown have a number of challenging decisions to make. Our numbers are small, some are elderly and our sanctuary has become unusable due to the ceiling partly falling down and the rest being dangerous. It is possible to repair but as a congregation we question approaching the Synod to ask to do so due to the cost and also the consideration that the monies could be better used elsewhere. But we are not despondent we have hope of a way forward and will look to progress that once travel is possible. We look to a future where we can meet together to share bread and wine weekly and share conversation afterwards. Despite our challenges we thank God for what has been and what will be in the future.
God of all people we give thanks for our life as a community together and for many communities like us across your church. We do not despair but accept that we are where we are and look forward with hope to a time when we can meet together once more to share in all the good youhave for us. For other congregations like us who must discern their future we ask that you fill them with the hope you have filled us with and guide all to the future you wish for your church.
Scottish United Reformed and Congregational College
The College Annual Meeting will take place at 1.30pm on Friday 12 March 2021.
This meeting will be held by Zoom video conferencing and may be accessed using the following details:
Meeting ID: 873 5461 0278
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All members of the National Synod of Scotland are members of the College and entitled to participate in the meeting.
The primary business of the meeting shall be
- to appoint members of the College Management Committee
- to consider the proposal to convert the College from an Unincorporated Association to a Scottish Incorporated Charitable Organisation (SCIO)
Information, a full agenda, reports and accounts will be available two weeks prior to the meeting at www.scottishcollege.org
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||INDUCTION OF MODERATOR TO THE
NATIONAL SYNOD OF SCOTLAND
The Induction of the Revd Canon Paul Whittle as National Synod of Scotland Moderator will take place on Saturday 27th February 2021 at 14.30.
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Time: Feb 27, 2021 14:30 London
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Update from the Synod Pastoral Committee
The Committee met via Zoom on 11th February for a busy meeting.
- Aside from the normal round of reports from our churches we asked Sarah Moore to work as Interim Moderator for both Fraserburgh and the URC in Aberdeen.
- We noted that the three new NSM4 ordinands at the Scottish College will produce a Daily Devotion service this year which will help raise the profile of this important new ministry.
- We will contact all relevant ministers in the Synod to remind them of the new requirement to have pastoral supervision; this must start within two years.
- We received, with thanks, the ecumencial review of Grahamston United Church in Falkirk, had an update on the URC in Aberdeen as they start to plan for a new future now the Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting has been dissolved, and resolved to work with the Presbytery of Edinburgh, through our Ecumenical and Interfaith Task force, regarding their clustering plans as far as these impact on churches involved in LEPs.
- Following the series of deployment consultations last year, a small working party made up of the Paul Whittle, Ewen Harley, Sarah Moore and Andy Braunston presented a deployment strategy which will be taken to the March Synod meeting for discussion. Feedback from Synod, and possibly from more Synod wide consultation will lead to its eventual presentation for adoption.
- The Committee thanked Fiona Bennett, John Sanderson and Derek McDonald for undertaking a review of the Church Related Community Worker post at Priesthill and Shawlands and asked a small group to work on their recommendations before the paperwork is sent off to the Assembly Accreditation Sub Committee. It is very much hoped that this project will be renewed for a further five years.
- Sarah Moore and Paul Whittle will work with the four north of Clyde churches to form a cluster.
- We meet next in late March.
Light For Lives
On 23 March at 7pm light a candle to remember.
23 March will be a year since the UK entered the first lockdown. Over 100,000 people have died of covid related causes, with thousands more from other causes, all of whose funerals have taken place in very restricted circumstances. We light a light to remember all those lives lost and to stand with those who grieve.
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The Solidarity Sessions
We are excited to present The Solidarity Sessions. This is a series of online campaign workshops to equip individuals and churches who want to put their faith into action through campaigning.
The series will consist of 10 online workshops run through 2021 and participants can sign up to as many as they would like to.
Each online session will be packed with campaign ideas, activities and tools for participants to explore and put into action with your church. From prayer as a form of activism to campaigning online and getting others involved, there will be plenty to get stuck into throughout 2021.
Migration, Refugees and Climate Change
Thursday, 18 March 2021, 10:00am
The Church of Scotland is hosting the below event and have invited Christian Aid supporters to attend:
How does conflict and climate drive displacement? Faith Impact Forum and Christian Aid will host this panel discussion on migration, refugees and climate change. Fiona Kendall, Rev John McCulloch, and Val Brown will each bring their own experiences to this lively and topical discussion.
Find out more at: christianaid.org.uk/events/migration-refugees-and-climate-change
To take part in this event, please email email@example.com
Get your kilt on!
If your boots are made for walking, why not take part in the Kiltwalk?
You can take on any Kiltwalk-inspired challenge you wish. Go for a walk (of any length), cycle, jump on a trampoline or take the family on a scavenger hunt!
The Kiltwalk is happening virtually all across Scotland from 23-25 April. Get moving for Christian Aid and The Hunter Foundation will increase your sponsorship by 50%!
Sign up today and don’t forget to name Christian Aid as your chosen charity.
Lauren will be delighted to support you to get set up firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Aid Week speakers
Do you need a speaker this Christian Aid Week? We would love to be invited to speak at your worship service and this year we are not constrained by geography!
With the wonders of technology, staff and volunteer speakers can appear on your screens and let you know a bit more about biblical justice and the amazing work that our partners are doing to lift people out of poverty.
To book a speaker, please e-mail Charlie on email@example.com
Keep up to date with the work of Christian Aid in Scotland
In the latest edition of the Christian Aid Magazine we look forward to the arrival of COP in Glasgow and to Christian Aid Week 2021. We hear from long-time supporter and activist Rev Jenny Adams about why her faith keeps her fired up about climate change.
To get your copy, email our church engagement officer Charlie Meiklejohn: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our bi-monthly enews focuses on ways you can give, act and pray in your local area. In each edition, Head of Christian Aid Scotland, Sally Foster-Fulton, writes about how we can live well with our local and global neighbours. You can sign up via our website: caid.org.uk/Scotland
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||All the latest news from See Me is https://www.seemescotland.org/news-and-blogs/
See Me Scotland launched several new resources for those working in health & social care at the end of 2020. You can explore them here: https://www.seemescotland.org/health-social-care/
It was Time to Talk Day on 4th February 2021. The theme this year was "The Power of Small" (A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference).The resources are still available on the See Me website (https://www.seemescotland.org/movement-for-change/campaigns/time-to-talk/time-to-talk-day-2021/) including a Time to Talk bingo (including young people's version)
Don't forget their children & young people's resources include #FeelsFM - an emoji driven playlist/activities for CYP to access https://feelsfm.co.uk/
||Below is the link for:-
information and guidance for churches holding election hustings for the Scottish Parliament elections to be held on 6 May 2021.
We are suggesting online events, and recommend they be held in the week beginning Monday 19 April, or earlier, as postal ballots will be delivered around this time.