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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


29 Coaltown
Coaltown is facing challenges with their building. For most of last year and into this year we have been meeting in our hall and our building review shows a large amount of money would require to be spent to make the sanctuary safe and usable again. Despite these problems we continue to meet each week and during this year will be looking to decide what comes next for us.
Lord God, we know that we are not the only congregation facing challenges and like others before us and no doubt to come we require this space to pause and consider where you are leading us to at this time. So for all in our situation, grant us the space to hear you and the grace to allow you to lead us where you are calling your church to be today.


5    Coatbridge

12  Easter

Holy One, 
you who know us better than we know ourselves, 
who always calls us onwards, 
we pray for the transitional work taking place in our Synod.  
Show us who you call us to be in the future
and what you invite us to so.  
Help us to be faithful to your call
as individual followers of your Son 
and as people who support each other in our discipleship 
in our churches.  
In his name we pray, Amen.  

19  Cumbernauld

26  Duke Street

This month Duke Street enters a partnership with Karl and Kerry to launch ‘the 3rd place’.  This begins on Wednesday 4th March and will run as a pilot project on Wednesday mornings from 9am to 1.30pm over three six week blocks.   The 3rd place will offer a safe and open space where folk can explore various creative projects on offer or bring along their own projects to work on. People can drop in and out at any time during the session or can stay for the whole session if they wish. Teas, coffees and biscuits will be provided. We really are looking forward to bringing this creative project to life, building our relationship with the community of Leith and seeing where this takes us.

God of opportunities,

We thank you for the vision that has inspired the 3rd place in Duke Street.

Give courage, strength and wisdom to those who are leading this project.

And give a sense of welcome, purpose, fellowship and joy to those who come along.

Make Duke Street be a beacon of your grace in the community of Leith, working in Jesus name.


Scottish United Reformed and Congregational College

Holding the Ministers' Conference 26-28 May, is currently highly unlikely.  We will be able to provide definite information next month.  In the meantime please get in touch with any questions or concerns.
Dear Friends
As we enter a rather different way of life, the Synod plans to continue to share news in which can be mutually supportive. Patsi will continue to compile the monthly E News emailed around our churches. We anticipate that much of the usual content will dry up, as conferences are cancelled. So instead we would like to invite our churches to send in positive stories telling how they are developing new ways of being church, whether through worship, Christian nurture, pastoral care or community outreach, in the hope that we can encourage one another. It maybe that some churches or individuals make offers to others, or some churches request support that others may be in a position to provide. So please feel very welcome to send in stories to Patsi of how your church is able to respond in these challenging times, as members of the URC family of churches.
Take care, God bless
David A Pickering (Rev Dr)
Moderator, The United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland

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

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In light of the concerns around the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic, Interfaith Scotland has taken the decision to ask employees to work from home from 23 March 2020, until further notice.
During this period of unprecedented uncertainty, we are taking below actions as part of our contingency plan:
  Since all staff will be working from home, please contact us using our temporary office mobile (07552 390041) instead of the landline. However, it would be preferable if communication was made via email whenever possible.
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More than 50 delegates from the United Reformed Church’s (URC) northerly Synods met in February to discuss a wide range of topics which included ‘new ways of doing church’, effective communication, and sharing good news stories.

Items on the agenda included: freeing churches for mission by freeing them from compliance burdens; a ‘northerly synod’ website to be used as a resource bank; and twinning churches from different Synods with similar contexts or mission.

Along with the Principals from the URC’s Resource Centres for Learning, delegates, moderators and clerks form the following synods attended: Mersey, North Western, Northern, Yorkshire, and the National Synod of Scotland.

The two-day event, which took place from 17-18 February at Penrith Methodist Church, was welcomed by many as an effective way of meeting counterparts in the hope of future working.

David Dick, a member of Roker URC who is heavily involved in its community work, said: “The networking has been important. We feel more connected. Collaboration and sharing best practice make sense.”

Lynne Barker, Mersey Synod’s Office Manager, added: “This level of sharing has got to change things and the cross pollination has been really helpful.”

Mersey Synod Moderator, the Revd Jacky Embrey concluded: “We hope that this meeting will bear fruit not only in collaboration on areas as diverse as finance and pioneering, but also in pursuing fresh approaches to supporting our churches.”

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