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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


24  Stewarton
Stewarton has emerged from the pandemic in good heart and generally unscathed. 
Eternal One
we thank you for your mercies,
for the way you have sustained us in good times and in bad,
for the gifts you shower upon us.
Inspire us all,
to follow you more closely,
and show our love for you in word and deed.

31   For Reformation Sunday

On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther, a young professor at Wittenberg University, posted a set of 95 theses on the Church noticeboard. He was hoping to initiate a public debate about what authority the Church could and could not claim for itself when it came to speaking about those who had died (thus the date: All Saints Eve – Hallowe’en). 
Such a way of initiating public debate was common practice at the time; but Martin Luther had no idea where that debate would take him, nor the effect it would have on the Church in Western Europe. The 31st October is now celebrated among those who agree with the general terms of Luther’s complaint as ‘Reformation Day’.
Eternal God, you have given us your Word to be a light for our path through life. We thank you that by the inspiration of your Spirit your Word was written down by your faithful servants in ancient times and read down the ages by those who would know your will. We thank you that through the power of that same Spirit your Word is still faithfully preached and received by those who seek you in our own day.
We thank you for those who, in word and in action, faithfully proclaimed your word in days gone by; and we particularly thank you for those whose faithful witness helped us on our own path towards faith in your Son Jesus Christ. May your Spirit act within us today, so that your Word might fill us with faith, hope and love. Open our hearts to hear what you would have us hear, that we may be witnesses of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in all we do. This we ask in his name and for his sake. Amen. 
Rev John Bremner


7   COP26
A short prayer in the month of COP: the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Agreement on Climate Change

Sustaining God:
as our species gathers
in your Dear Green Place,
constrained by the damage injustice has wrought:
so strengthen our hope;
our resilience to disappointment.
Move us on from ‘stewardship’ to partnership
with the Life of the world,
giving thanks for every small step;
stirring our impatience for more.
Show us your way of hospitality:
of warning and encouragement
for those who come and those left far behind:
Christ, in the stranger’s guise
Rev David Coleman, Environmental Chaplain, Eco Congregation Scotland

14   Stonehouse, St Ninians
As we continue to re-emerge and discover who we might be in a new world...

On this Sunday of Remembrance
We give thanks

for those who have given the fullest measure
of love
 to their neighbour,
for those who have gratefully received that gift,
and for all who continue to take Jesus' command
as their guide in their every day living.

21    1st in Advent 28th
The dawn is breaking over the sea, the reflection is like a myriad of tea-lights flickering and bouncing over the waves.
I sit in awe and wonder of our Creator.
My journey is early. I have a purpose, I have a mission, I need to be travelling these 500 miles.
It leaves me wondering. Did Mary really know her purpose, her mission, when she said ‘Yes!’? Did she know what her journey would entail? Not for her any comfort as she travels 80 miles on a donkey whilst heavily pregnant. Not for her a beautiful landscape to look at in awe and wonder.
As November draws to a close may we have the courage to say our ‘Yes!’ and put our trust in God. May we discover the awe and wonder of the Advent journey, and offer our praise and thanks to God – Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer.  AMEN

28    St Andrews Day 30th
Lamb of God, at this time we remember your first-called apostle Andrew, patron saint of our land, and so we pray that we too may readily embrace the call to share the good news of your kingdom with others, and to bring them to you.

The Scottish College (Congregational and United Reformed) SCIO
On 1 October 2021 The Scottish College (Congregational and United Reformed), newly established as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation,  began to operate as the formal legal structure underpinning college life.
This followed a period of consultation and a number of routine and extraordinary meetings.
Under the constitution of the ‘new college’ all congregations of the United Reformed Church and of the Congregational Federation based in Scotland are entitled to be members of the College. Local URC churches will shortly be asked to confirm their willingness to be members of the College and to nominate a representative to attend College General Meetings.
This change of status was marked at the College Annual Service on 17 September. At the same service a new student, Michael Topple from Eastern Synod, was welcomed. There are currently eight students training for Ministry of Word and Sacrament with the College.

A short reflection on recent changes was offered at the Service. You can view it here:
Update of the work of
Synod Committees:-
No updates this month.

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Christian Aid


Join Christian Aid at Glasgow’s COP26 Global Day for Climate Justice! 
Saturday 6 November 11.30am 

We will walk together with our partner faith organisations, meeting at Kelvingrove Park from 11.30am. The demonstration will then march to Glasgow Green for a rally at 3pm.  
Keep an eye on our 
website and Facebook for more information. 

Find out how you can get creative, stay safe and share the experience on social media. 

Check out our guide to the Day of Action. 


Pre-march meet-up 
Sandyford Henderson Church 
Saturday 6 November 10am-12pm 

Would you like to find a friendly face to march with on the Global Day of Action? 
Pop into Sandyford Henderson church for a warming pre-march cuppa. You’ll be able to collect placards, meet staff and get ready for the day ahead.  

The Time is Now - Join Christian Aid, Dr Williams, the Kingdom Choir and the Young Christian Climate Network for a night of music, prayer and inspiration at Glasgow Cathedral.  
Monday 8 November 7pm 

As the world gathers in Glasgow for COP26, we will stand together against the climate crisis. The time is now for urgent action.  

Contributors include:  
Dr Rowan Williams, outgoing chair of Christian Aid  
Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, Chief Executive of Christian Aid 
The Kingdom Choir, London-based choir, led by Karen Gibson 
Robert Beckford, Professor of Black Theology at The Queen's Foundation 

Sign up to attend online or in-person here 


An ecumenical service of solidarity for climate justice at COP26 
Sandyford Henderson Memorial Church and online 
Tuesday 9 November 6pm 

How do communities on the frontline of climate injustice adapt to life-changing crises? 

This event will hear from inspirational people in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest who tackle climate change by working as shields against deforestation and devastation. We will discover how they challenge unjust systems, gain greater access to their land, and strive for justice.  

Contributors include:  
Representatives from the Amazon communities 
Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, Chief Executive of Christian Aid 
Sally Foster-Fulton, Head of Nations and Church Relations 

Join us after the event for refreshments and an Amazon photo exhibition.  

Sign up to attend online or in-person here 


Host a change-maker at the Human Hotel - Christian Aid 

The YCCN Rise to the Moment Relay is still on the move. Find their plans for Edinburgh and Glasgow on their website 

Keep an eye on our website for all things COP26: 


Scottish Government Humanitarian Emergency Fund 
Thanks to the support and generosity of Scottish Government’s Humanitarian Emergency Fund, Christian Aid is reaching those devastated by conflict, Covid-19 and the climate crisis in South Sudan. 

Our partners are distributing cash to those most vulnerable to starvation. Seeds and fishing kits will go to households who have lost their livelihoods. 

You can find out more about the Humanitarian Emergency Fund on the Scottish Government website. 


Creativity, curiosity and climate change 
In September, an inspirational panel of artists chatted to Christian Aid Scotland about how creativity makes them curious about the world.  

The speakers included ID Campbell, Kathy Galloway, David Coleman and Anna Fisk.  

If you missed it – or if you want to enjoy it a second time – you can now catch up on Youtube. 


Service of Reflection, Tuesday 2 November 5.30pm 
You are warmly invited to a special online service, featuring Dr Rowan Williams and Stirlingshire minister, Maggie Roderick. 

We have all been through such enormous change and loss especially those who have lost a loved one. This is a time to come together in a moment of comfort, hope and solidarity to remember those who lit up our lives. 

Visit to sign up, and the option to share the name of a loved one for the service. 

All the latest news from See Me is
Wednesday 17th November 2021
The importance of spiritual care
Scottish Government COVID Inquiry Establishment Division welcome comments on Aims & Principles On 24 August Scottish Ministers announced that a Scottish public inquiry will be established to consider matters in relation to Scotland’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic under the Inquiries Act 2005.  On that day we set out draft Aims and Principles for such an inquiry.  This is available at COVID-19 Inquiry - ( are very keen for people to feed in their ideas and comments. This can be done by logging into a Dialogue challenge which is available at
Alternatively, you can provide comments via email to We seek comments until the end of this month. Please note that we are not taking evidence on behalf of the inquiry. Instead we are seeking views on the Government’s approach to setting up the inquiry.
Women Do Count - A Woman's Perspective on the Climate Emergency
Through our ecumenical partners in the Religious Society of Friends we have been given notice of a conference taking place in Edinburgh on 3rd November during COP26 focussing on A Women's Perspective on the Climate Change. You can download the conference details and an accompanying booklet below:
Conference poster & programme
Women Do Count - Click here to download this booklet

The National Synod of Scotland held its Autumn Synod on 18th Setpember at Helensburgh United Reformed Church.  This was a hybrid meeting.  It was a chance to say Thank You to Mr Bill Robson who retired as Synod Clerk at the end of September.

Synod said farewell to Alan McGougan who is moving to The BEST Pastorate in Northern Synod in November.

Revd Fiona Bennett was congratulated on becoming the first Scottish Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church for 2022-23.
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