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Welcome to the URC Synod of Scotland monthly e-news.
Welcome to Synod of Scotland Enews.


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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

August

2   Livington United Parish Chruch

9   Montrose

Our lives are ever changing, we face new  challenges daily,
You remain constant, never changing, our rock in stormy seas.
We turn to you for answers, for guidance, for reassurance.
In the quiet times you gently provide all we need Thank you lord.


16  Morningside United

22  Nairn

30  Newburgh

The majority of our congregation live in Newburgh which is a small tightknit community of around 9,000 people, there is also a disproportionate level of people who come within the elderly age group for Covid-19. Like other communities many have been helping others with shopping and deliveries from the Chemist; many have ‘knocked’ windows and waved to those isolated. Like all, the community look forward to the easing of lockdown. Again like many, some of our members have become well used to Zoom; skype; facetime etc and are grateful for the technology which has meant being able to keep in contact with family and friends. Within the Church we now share a Pastorate monthly newsletter which keeps us up to date and for those with no internet we share a written monthly service so all have an opportunity to take part in worship together, although many have enjoyed the ‘Worship from the Quays’ on BBC with the ‘Scottish’ flavour to it. We have put our refurbishment on hold during this time and we will once again be considering the impact this will have on our plans – what will be feasible will depend on social distancing rules going forward. The Pastorate has shared in a daily reflection, through e-mail and  face book, from our minister since Churches closed and many have been using this as a time for our own reflection on events around us and where we see and feel Christ amongst us.
 
Prayer
Caring God, we give thanks for all the good that has been shown in our community and communities across this country, from simple acts of a wave or a smile to the help with shopping the good of this and many communities have come to the fore. We all reflect on what we have lost and yet know that we have gained in other ways, this is your gift to us in such difficult times. As we move forward, carefully, through easing of lockdown we pray for restraint and sensible approaches to life. We pray that the revived community spirit continues in all the good ways and we do not immediately return to things the way they were. Within our community we give thanks for those who had the foresight to set up a foodbank serving the town and for all who donate to this. Give hope to those who require to call on its services. We think on the other Churches in our Pastorate and Synod, remembering we are just one of a larger Church; guide and protect each one of us as we move through phase 2 and into phase 3 of this stage of lock down. There words we pray through your son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Scottish United Reformed and Congregational College
 

 
The Scottish United Reformed and Congregational College and National Synod of Scotland Office closed on Friday afternoon, 20th March until further notice.
 
The office phone number 0141 248 5382 will be answered – all our emails will be working as usual.

Deadline for next e-news
is 14 August 2020. 

All the latest news from See Me is available here...

See Me have launched a new resources for young people - "It's Okay". This includes: a video (clean version), a downloadable "What's on your mind" card for young people suggesting ways to explain how they're feeling and places can turn for help and tips to identify good listeners to approach for help and resources for adults and linked to curriculum for excellence including activities that could be used with groups of 11-18yr olds in the 'What's on Your Mind?' pack.
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Please note that the 2020 Scottish Interfaith Week will be running from 8 - 15 NOVEMBER 2020
For more information visit: http://www.placeforhope.org.uk/events


Place for Hope are looking ahead to begin our next 10 year journey with the recruitment of a new Director to take over from Ruth Harvey, to whom we sadly say goodbye as she heads off to be Leader of the Iona Community.

We are also delighted to be advertising a new role in partnership with the Methodist Church - Reconciliation and Mediation Team Manager
 
The two appointments will support Place for Hope in its ministry of reconciliation and peacebuilding through these times of transition that we all face.
We are keen to promote these opportunities to all our friends and networks. Please share the adverts below in newsletters, on websites and via email, and let people know they can download the job packs at www.placeforhope.org.uk/about/vacancies. The packs are also attached to this email. The closing date for both jobs is 10th July 2020.
 
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Supporting Communities Safely 
from Public Health Scotland


The website gives advice for Community Groups, Organisations and Volunteer Networks fighting Covid-19
 
https://www.scdc.org.uk/supporting-communities-safely

URC Children & Youth Newsletter

The bi-monthly newsletter can be downloaded here.
Date for your Diary

5th August 2020 at 7.00 p.m.  in Port Glasgow URC
The Ordination and Induction of Susan Henderston to the Inverclyde Cluster (Greenock East, Greenock West and Port Glasgow)

This event will be virtual.   Ministers and Church Secretaries of the Synod will be sent a link/sign up email before the service.
Youth Assembly 2021

Year 10/S3 students up to and including 25 year olds, this is your chance to get in quick and sign up for Youth Assembly 2021

At a cost of £110 on or before 11 November 2020, rising to just £140 after that date, you can enjoy a whole weekend from 29 to 31 January 2021 in the company of other young people and adults from URC Youth, full board, at the wonderful Whitemoor Lakes centre. The theme of Heroes and Villains – is there a difference? launches the Heroes and Villains theme for URC Children's and Youth Work for 2021 and promises a weekend which offers something for everyone in its packed and varied programme. 

If cost is a problem, your church or synod may be able to help, so why not talk to a youth leader or your synod CYDO or equivalent? or contact the Children's and Youth Work office at children.youth@urc.org.uk.
Anniversary good wishes...
to Marie Trubic who was commissioned as a CRCW minister in August 1990. One of the longest serving in the URC.
Helensburgh United  Reformed Church...........

Christmas Tree Festival 2020
 
Unfortunately due to the on-going situation with COVID-19 it has been decided to cancel our annual Christmas Tree Festival this year.
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