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Praying Round The Presbytery 2013-2014
Ellon Parish Church Good News
The following is a copy of a presentation to the Presbytery of Gordon on Tuesday 5th November 2013 by Ellon Parish Church Presbytery Elder
GOOD NEWS FROM EPC
First, on behalf of Ellon Parish Church may I offer a very warm welcome to you all.
Last time Presbytery was here was following the completion of our major refurbishment project. There was much excitement about not just the fabric of the building but the opportunities unfolding before us.
The last time I spoke to you in the “Good News” slot was approximately 18 months ago.... (I think it was in May 2012 at Huntly Strathbogie). I remember telling Presbytery that the excitement was still very fresh and that there was a distinct buzz as new ventures were being planned and on reflection, we had seen the rewards reaped in EPC; in the town; the community of Ellon and throughout the entire parish. I also said that we wouldn’t be resting on our laurels....in fact, we were very much aware that God had much in store for us and that the work was only just beginning. I recall I ended with the words...”What’s next?”
So....18 months later........Indeed – What is next??!!
As you are aware, we have had an unsettled time here at EPC. However....never, ever did we feel that there was no Good News. For, no matter what happened, God’s Good News was always here with us. You have all heard this before and I’m absolutely sure you have all – every single one of you, sermonized on God’s never ending presence! And our Candle of Hope seen here on the font has burned at every single service, including weddings, funerals and meetings since 30th December 2012; it rests upon a roundel designed to represent the Christian year. We are on to our second candle.....there has been a lot of hope!
Moderator, I can’t resist telling a wee story at your expense. Preceding a congregational meeting to discuss the possibility of an Interim Ministry, one of our elders asked Doug who was our Interim Moderator at the time if the candle might be lit. A somewhat glazed expression came over Doug’s face and rather hesitantly he agreed. Only later did we learn that he had misheard and thought the request had been, “Is it okay if I light the candle because we’ve nae hope!”
Because we have an immense amount of gifted people within our membership, the worship side of things was never going to be an issue. Team work was going to be more important than ever. And so, we were ‘tested’ and by golly, all our God given gifts and talents were used in abundance. Services were covered – at the churches at Slains and Ellon; in schools; in the sheltered housing complexes and residential homes etc. Thankfully, our two already busy Interim Moderators were spared the nightmare of trying to hunt down folk to lead worship. Probably their biggest problem was covering the vast number of funerals. But again, we were indeed fortunate to have the gifts of Pam, our Parish Worker along with the services of Sheila & Eleanor, our retired Auxiliary Minister and Parish Minister plus other retired ministers.
Most projects continued and developed and even new ideas were put in place and happily, new projects were planned and came to fruition – In addition to a monthly Coffee & Chat group for older people, a Coffee & Craft group open to all is proving a hit! Also, the Youth group for S 1-6 have given themselves a reappraisal, a new name – GsundaY and have a programme planned not only for this year but beyond – they are looking to build on a wonderful experience they shared at Tomintoul back in April by returning to St Mike’s Centre next September. Young folk – not just the church of tomorrow...the church of TODAY! Surely this is Good News!
Grateful thanks must go to both Iain Thomson & Douglas McNab for their immense support and guidance. With their encouragement we were more than capable of keeping the Good News alive in the parish.
There has been much talk of angst and hurt and a church divided....stories that grew arms and legs; founded on untruths and gossip. All human traits – that was the Bad News!
However, we were indeed blessed when we were gifted the Rev Jim Davies as our Interim Minister. I use the word gifted because in Jim, God gave us a man who has tremendous skill and insight. A man who can be a bit like a dog with a bone. He has given leadership to a shepherd less flock.
Jim has given us the opportunity to look at ourselves – warts and all....as a church; as individuals. We are focussing on the Good News of Jesus Christ; we are continuing and fostering our work for the Lord and with the Lord. We are in our own EPC season of Advent – i.e. preparation. Preparation for the next phase of our faith journey with a new parish minister – when the time is right.
For some, it will have been a period of reflection; soul searching; prayer; meditation. For some, a time of healing; forgiveness. Hopefully, it has been a time of thankfulness for several years of amazing growth and development. Most importantly, I hope for all, it has been a time of recognising the Love of God...feeling his touch upon us and learning His Grace.
Thank you Jim for all you have done for us and with us and for what you have planned for the time you have left here with us.
God gave us Good News; it’s up to us to take responsibility....to use that Good News.
We’ve all heard the sayings:
“You can’t have a rainbow without a little rain”
“All sunshine without a little rain makes a desert.”
“Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain”
“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”
And yes, it is true.....we have had a spit and a spot of rain...we’ve seen some pretty dark clouds but I believe most of us haven’t just got wet.....through Christ’s Good News.... we have and will continue to dance in the rain.
Foveran Parish Church
On Thursday 3 October 2013, Reverend Richard Reid BSc, BD, MTh was formally inducted as minister of Foveran Parish Church. All members of the Presbytery of Gordon wish Richard every success in his ministry.
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Church of Scotland
Church and Society Council enews
CrossReach's Circle of Care
CrossReach Prayer Letter
Ecumenical Relations Committee newsletter
Go For It November enews
Groundswell ecumenical news
Mission and Discipleship Council enews
The Guild newsletter
World Mission Council WM
World Mission eNews 6 November
Ellon Parish Church of Scotland
December 2013-January 2014 Edition
Presbytery meetings for ordinary business will be held at the locations below. Meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month identified. Presbytery starts promptly at 7.30pm except in June when it begins at 7.00pm.
||Inverurie West Church
||Inverurie West Church
||Inverurie West Church
||Fintray, Kineller, Keithhall
Presbytery welcomes students for the full time & auxiliary ministry, readers and trainee readers at the June meeting of Presbytery, which is always preceded with the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Special meetings of Presbytery are arranged by appointment of Presbytery or are called by the Moderator and intimation will be given in such cases.
A Guide to the Presbytery of Gordon
The aim of A Guide to Gordon Presbytery along with the Presbytery Year Book and the Standing Orders, is to help folk understand what Presbytery is all about and so make Presbytery meetings an enjoyable and informative time for everyone. Please feel free to download your personal copy.
Knitting for hospitals in Malawi etc.
Knitted Top-New Pattern
Thankyou so much for all you have been doing. We have had a wonderful response for baby clothes and are so grateful for every single thing you have made.
In addition to the babies there are thousands of orphans who are being supported through the hospitals. We have therefore been asked if in addition to the new-born baby clothes we can also knit garments for older babies and children. You can use your own patterns or the easy knit top and hat on the attached pattern. This gives a variety of sizes from new-born to early teens.
Please carry on making the teddies and blankets as well as they are also needed.
You can drop things in to Moyra Lawson at 8 Fraser Road, Alford, Tel 019755 63350, or bring them along to a Presbytery meeting and give them to me (Rosemary Legge) or to someone from Alford and we will pass them on to Moyra. Moyra boxes up the goods and marks them Malawi via the Raven Trust, Strachur. When she has several boxes the Blythswood Card lorry pickes them up and they are delivered to the Raven Trust. From there they go out in containers to Malawi and are distributed to the Mission hospitals including Nkhoma.
Thanks once again
Here is something simple that would be very useful for the Blythswood Care Christmas shoe boxes.
It is a little "cravat scarf". It wraps around the neck and one end tucks through the loop of the other end to hold it in place. I made 3 scarves out of a 100gm ball of double knitting wool. The pattern is for an average lady but could be adapted for children and men also.
If you don't do the Blythswood Christmas shoe boxes you can still knit the scarves because Blythswood are always short of scarves and can add them to the shoe boxes that come in to their depot. The same applies if you knit extra scarves. Give them to Moyra Lawson or bring them along to presbytery and I will pass them on to Moyra. We can send them to Blythswood Care.
Happy knitting to you all
Please thank all the ladies for this wonderful effort
The knitted clothes are much appreciated in Malawi though I cannot give you actual numbers. We work largely with 4 hospitals - Ekwendeni, Livingstonia, Embangweni and Nkhoma. All have maternity departments and Primary Health Care Units who look after the wider community.
This is a picture of Mrs Soko of Livingstonia PHC with 3 recently orphaned children who were brought to her. She managed to clothe them and find a guardian who will bring the children up with the support of the PHC department. There are very many children like these all across Northern Malawi. Esther Lupafya at Ekwendeni looks after almost 10,000 orphaned children aged 0 - 16 years.
All sizes of knitted clothes, as well as toys, are greatly appreciated and can be shared out between all the hospitals if Nkhoma have more than they need. So please keep on knitting.
Best wishes to you all - Linda MacIntyre (for the Raven Trust)
The Raven Trust is a Scottish registered charity No SC 30260
Registered office - Bay Villa, Strachur, Argyll PA27 8DE
E-mail from Rebecca Morton. As you can see they can use as many baby garments as we can send them. Also they would be able to distribute garments for older babies so if you would like to make some they would be very welcome.
Moyra Lawson sent off more boxes of knitted goods last week. They have gone to the Raven Trust on the Blythswood lorry and will be sent on from there to Malawi
Keep up the good work. All you are doing is very much appreciated.
Lovely to hear from you. We are so grateful for all the knitting being done. Yes we can always use as many knitted garments as you can send us. Nkhoma Hospital operates 10 Health Centres in outlying areas. These are centres where many babies are born and I was planning to arrange for the knitted things to be distributed there as well. So be assured that whatever you send will be very much appreciated. In the cold season sweaters for older children are also very welcome.
Thank everyone for us. We are looking forward to distributing all of the things that have been made and appreciate every item no matter how small.
KNITTING FOR MALAWI
I am delighted to have the opportunity to report on the appeal launched at Presbytery for the knitted goods for Nkhoma Hospital and other hospitals in Malawi.
There is no truth in the rumour that the art of knitting items of clothing for babies and toddlers is a thing of the past. The notebook I keep of the lists of items I receive from individuals, sheltered housing residents and knitting groups attached to churches is a wonderful record of those who still wish to use their time and materials to help others.
The items are either delivered to my house, sent by post, left in my American mail box, given to neighbours, placed in my pigeon hole at the church, or collections I make myself are a constant surprise. The Wool Shed at Oyne also sell some of the specialist knitted jackets and the money goes towards the cost of transporting the goods to Malawi.
I became involved with this project in 2011 when I volunteered to deliver some boxed items to the Edinburgh Medical Missionaries when I was visiting family in their area.
They in turn liaise with the Raven Trust to transport the goods to Malawi.
Since the Mortons visited Scotland last September I now mark NKHOMA FROM GORDON PRESBYTERY on many of the boxes so that sometime in the future we should hear from there of the same pleasure as they open up the boxes as I get in packing them!
I always like to reiterate the comments of the Edinburgh Medical Missionaries staff when they write to thank me…..they say…….
“ On behalf of all the mums and babies you are helping in Malawi we wish to pass on a huge “Thank You”“
Several Guilds and other church members are involved in this and there may be other people in Presbytery who would like to get involved.
Folk that are not near to Alford could arrange for items to be taken to Presbytery meetings and passed on to Rosemary Legge or to someone from Alford.
Baby clothes – jumpers, cardigans, hats, mittens, booties – all sizes.
Knitted teddies etc.
Knitted and crocheted blankets – various sizes.
Also sheets, blankets and pillow cases
Pass on to Moyra Lawson, 8 Fraser Rd, Alford, Tel 63350.
The goods are taken to EMMS INTERNATIONAL who pass the goods to the Raven Trust in Strachur. They send out containers of goods to Ekwendeni Hospital in Malawi. We mark our boxes for Nkhoma hospital so they are taken from Ekwendeni to Nkhoma hospital where everything is very much appreciated.
So far there has been a marvellous response which is very much appreciated.
A new pattern for Simple Baby Booties (click)
Can you knit a teddy for a child in hospital in Malawi? Children who have their own teddy to cuddle get better quicker than those who do not have one. Each child keeps his own teddy and can take it home so the hospitals need a continual supply.
Double knitting wool. Size 3.75mm (No 9) needles.
Main colour for head and paws; trouser colour; jumper colour; scarf colour.
Main colour. Cast on 10 sts. Knit 10 rows for feet.
Trouser colour. Knit 30 rows.
Make another leg the same.
Knit across all 20 sts and work 16 rows.
Jumper colour. Knit 24 rows.
Main colour. 14cm ( 51/2’’) Stocking stitch (Knit 1row, Purl 1 row)
Change to jumper colour and continue the remainder of the teddy in reverse order. Cast off. Stitch down the sides of the head.
Jumper colour. Pick up 8 sts either side of the neck join. Knit 20 rows.
Main colour. Knit 10 rows for paws. Cast off.
Make another arm the same.
Sew up teddy leaving open the crotch.
Please stuff firmly with kapok or other healthy filling. Foam rubber is not recommended as babies may chew the teddy.
Draw a thread around the neck.
Sew diagonally across the top corners for ears. Sew a happy face on the teddy.
Cast on 60sts. Knit 4 rows.
Tie the scarf around the teddy’s neck and sew to the back of the neck.
SIMPLE BABY JUMPER AND HAT
Double knitting Yarn. 4.5mm needles
- Cast on 44 stitches. Work 18 rows K2, P2 rib
- Work 30 rows stocking stitch (k 1 row, p 1 row)
- SLEEVES Cast on 12 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows
- 22 rows K2, P2 rib
- NECK – rib 21, cast off 26 sts, rib 21
Rib 21, cast on 26 sts, rib 21
- 22 rows K2, P2 rib
- Cast off 12 Stitches at beginning of next 2 rows
- Work 30 rows stocking stitch
- Work 18 rows K2, P2 rib
- Cast off and sew up side seams
- Cast on 64 stitches
- Work 12 rows in K2, P2 Rib.
- Work 18 rows stocking stitch (K 1 row, P 1 row)
- Shape Crown as follows:
Row 1 : K 6, K 2 tog; repeat to end of row (56stitches)
Row 2 : Purl.
Row 3 : K 5, K 2 tog; repeat to end of row. (48 stitches).
Row 4 : Purl
Row 5 : K 4, K 2 tog; repeat to end of row (40 stitches)
Row 6 : Purl
- Continue decreasing in this manner until 8 stitches remain
- Break yarn and thread through remaining 8 stitches
- Sew up side of hat
For over 40 years the SRT (Society, Religion and Technology Project of the Church of Scotland) has sought to help the church in Scotland and beyond to engage with ethical issues in science. Over the years, the SRT project has been influential in many discussions on a huge variety of topics. We regularly produce reports to the General Assembly, as well as publications in the national and scientific press.
In many ways, though, the SRT has remained a “hidden gem” of the Church of Scotland: many of the members of the church are unaware of the work the SRT does. In addition, many in society accept without question the conflict hypothesis- that science and faith have nothing to say to each other, and are implacably opposed to each other.
We want to help to renew a positive interface between science and faith and provide information on the work of the SRT to church members.
The SRT website address is http://www.srtp.org.uk.
Wave of Prayer
Each Thursday at noon in Jerusalem, Sabeel holds a Communion service that is open to the community. It is a time to join together to discuss how the scriptures apply to our lives today, to pray for the needs of this region and our world and to share the Eucharist.
The premise of the "Waves of Prayer" is that in their respective time zones, individuals and groups around the world will pray together at 12:00 on Thursdays, in solidarity with Sabeel in Jerusalem and with "Friends of Sabeel" worldwide. Starting in the Pacific Islands, passing through Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe, the Americas and on around the globe, we pray for peace with justice.
Presbytery Meeting Minutes
As a new service, Draft and Final Minutes of the Presbytery Meetings will be available here. Click the link below.
AN EVENT INSPIRED BY ST ANDREW AND THE SCOTTISH FLAG
PUTTING ST ANDREW BACK IN SCOTLAND
St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and the Scottish flag is his symbol, the saltire or X shaped cross. We often forget that the person behind our flag was one of Jesus’ first followers, and died because of his Christian faith. He was tortured to death by crucifixion in AD60 at Patros in Greece, and, according to tradition, asked that the cross be placed diagonally since he considered himself unworthy to die in the same way as Jesus on an upright cross. From this, the saltire became recognised as his symbol.
St Andrew is described in the bible as one of the first people to be called by Jesus to be his follower, and the first to invite someone else – his brother Simon Peter - to come and meet Jesus to find out the truth for himself.
Inspired by his example, Members of Barthol Chapel Kirk celebrated St Andrew’s legacy last year.
First, just as St Andrew did, we invited others to find out more about Jesus’ life and claims for themselves. In the spirit of his example, we gave out copies of John’s Gospel, which was written, in its own words, “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God”. We invited those around us to read and see if they agreed!
Secondly, we invited guests to help us mark St Andrew’s day at a special service on Sunday 28th November at Barthol Chapel Kirk. The service was led by Rev Matt Canlis from Methlick, and also celebrated the beginning of the Advent Season leading up to Christmas. Matt offered the perspective of someone coming to the Church of Scotland afresh and demonstrated his real gift for explaining the relevance of the Christian faith today.
The success of this initiative was reported by the Home Mission Sub-Committee to the May meeting of Presbytery, and the materials used by Barthol Chapel are all available here for adaptation by any churches who may want to step out in faith with something similar in 2011 or future years. The experience of Barthol Chapel was that God does indeed honour such steps, however faltering, that we take to share the Good News of Jesus with our neighbours and communities. Anyone who would like to have any more details is welcome to contact the Home Mission Sub-Committee via Robert Barker (email@example.com) or Rev Isabel Buchan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Neuroethics Conference Flyer Booking Form
A new web site has been developed for Christian families who have lost a baby before or just after birth called Under the Rainbow
It is a biblical resource primarily featuring - Bible Studies, Truths to Strengthen, Recommended Reading as well as Practical Info. For any churches wishing promotional bookmarks to pass on to people - email email@example.com
Ethical Issues in Cloned Embryo Research
The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2006 resolved to “oppose the creation for research or therapy of parthenogenetic human embryos, animal-human hybrid or chimeric embryos, or human embryos that have been deliberately made non-viable”. Read the latest article here.
The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007
Newsletter No. 2
This is the third PVG Newsletter with up-to-date information on the introduction of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. The Scottish Government have announced the start of the new PVG Scheme which will be on the 28th February 2011. Any enquiries can be directed to Reverend Graeme Longmuir, Presbytery of Gordon Safeguarding Advisor.
The Presbytery of Gordon is located in the North-East of Scotland, North and West of Aberdeen city.
Many of its 30 congregations serve rural areas, however, many residents are involved in the oil and gas industries or related businesses, some working offshore on a regular basis.
Central to the Church of Scotland is our love and worship of God through following the Lord Jesus Christ. Worship within the Church of Scotland is for everybody and patterns of worship vary from church to church which means that people can find a place of worship where they feel comfortable.
Doric Lord's Prayer
Presbytery's function is to exercise a leadership role designed to empower and support congregations in the fulfilment of their calling to be the people of God in their own localities. Membership consists of Ministers, Deacons and Elders from congregations within the Presbytery bounds.
Presbytery Mission Statement
The Presbytery of Gordon is committed to:-
Providing and developing fellowship and support to congregations and ministries within its bounds in their work and witness for the Gospel; and
Ensuring proper practice in all aspects of the life and work of the charges within its bounds
Church Of Scotland Vision Statement
"The vision of the Church of Scotland is to be a church which inspires the people of Scotland and beyond with the Good News of Jesus Christ through enthusiastic worshipping, witnessing, nurturing and serving communities."
Presbytery Planning 20/20 Vision
At the December 2009 Presbytery meeting, Reverend Euan Glen presented a report regarding the financial position of the Church of Scotland and how we are to make plans for the future. The Conference was called Presbytery Planning 20/20 Vision.
The report is available here and will open in a new browser window.