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Diaconate Easter Newsletter
2015 Year Book
The Year Book is now available for download
As Webmaster, I don't necessarily read all the contributions in full however, I did read the following email exchange in full and agree with Reverend Euan Glenn that it is inspiring. A people subjected to such daily horrors and deprivations yet remain strong in their faith and belief. The exchange is reproduced in full below in chronoloical order.
From: Ayong Agokwac
Sent: 13 August 2014 11:08
To: Pres. Gordon
Subject: Greetings from Dolieb Hill Presbytery
Dear leaders of Gordon Presbytery,
We greet you in precious name of our Saviour Jesus Christ, we hope that you are doing well. For your question about us in South Sudan, well, at moment some of members of Presbytery are in hiding places in bushes, others are in UNMISS in Malakal, others lived in some save villages especially in western side of White Nile, northern part of Upper Nile state. Nevertheless, others had run to nieghbours countries for safety.
I just want want to keep you informed about situation on the ground, people are desperate, they need all kind of assistance, whether, moral, physical, mental, financial, and spiritual support, in order to keep them alive.
Apart from people who were murdered, other lives were claimed by Cholera recently in villages in hiding places. In coming days other will die from starvation if no solution is going to be reach between warring parties.
The situation is still unpredictable when will it return to normal. But despite of this uncertainty, the church never shy away to save the people, and few pastors who walked together with people established congregations in hiding places such in Waw, Lul and Kodok. The number of people who fellowship in two centers such as Waw and Kodok ranged between 600 to 900 on Sunday. This is real encouraging news which we need to give praise to God in this critical period that is very difficult to bear.
In Khartoum the refugees from DHP are overwhelming in alarming rate that had forced church leaders who reached here to rethink of opening closed churches which resulted from Independence of South Sudan. Today we have congregations operation in Sudan: two in Khartoum, three in Omdurman, and two in Khartoum north, those congregations are shepherd by DHP pastors although some members of other denominations attend the services on Sunday.
Last month, the National Women Work Department within PCOSS conducted the workshop of Trauma Healing in Khartoum, under theme: women are instruments in God's kingdom. Participants were 69 from different ethnics background especially rivaling communities in the South. In fact that workshop create a new good beginning of restoration of broken relationship between communities as result of baseless war. The attached is the group photo of women who attend the workshop.
Your servant in Christ,
Rev. Daniel Amum
Executive Secretary of DHP( clerk)
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 11:37 AM, Pres. Gordon wrote:
Dear Rev Amum
As Clerk to the Presbytery of Gordon, I have forwarded your email to our world Mission Convener to deal with. However I just wanted to assure you of our prayers and good wishes from one Clerk to another. The story of your faith and those of the others in South Sudan under such circumstances is so moving and worthy to bring the highest praise to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
I sit in my safe and confortable office and cannot imagine the horrors you have seen and faced and I wish you God’s blessing through all this.
May I ask you to tell your members that we have not forgotten them and that we uphold them in prayer.
May God be with you and yours at this time.
From: Ayong Agokwac
Sent: 20 August 2014 21:12
To: Pres. Gordon
Subject: Re: Greetings from Dolieb Hill Presbytery
Thanks very much for your respond, I will pass the greetings from Gordon Presbytery to entire Dolieb Hill Presbytery, especial those who are present in Khartoum at moment. Again, thanks for your prayers for us in order to pass this test. Hopeful we will come out victorious because with God all things are possible. Despite of great tribulation and lost of lives and destruction of properties, we still give praise to God, because nothing happened without God approval. Ironically, we are going to learn something as nation. In future we will not repeat that mistake we have committed as nation without exception including the church.
General Assembly Nomination Committee
The Committee’s video, Shaping the Future, is available on Youtube.
Prebytery of Gordon would like to encourage ministers, elders and church members to look at it and consider nominating someone, perhaps themselves, to serve on the Councils and Committees of the General Assembly. And ministers and others might think of ways of sharing the video and its story in worship, on church websites, in newsletters etc.
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.
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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.
MANY ORPHANS NEED OUR HELP
There are thousands of children in Malawi who have lost either one of both parents through death. In addition to that there are many fatherless children because the father has left the family to take another wife or who has just abandoned them. Women in rural Malawi cannot find paid work so go to live back in their mothers’ village and there are large families of children, mothers, grandmothers and cousins all struggling to make ends meet.
80% of people in Malawi are subsistence farmers. That means that they have a small plot of land and just grow enough to eat (if they are lucky). They do not have an income so are unable to buy even the basics of life and cannot afford to send their children to school or pay for medicines. This is why the help we are giving them is so important.
UPDATE ON KNITTING FOR NKHOMA HOSPITAL
On Saturday 31 January a container was sent off to Malawi. It contained 11 boxes of knitting destined for Nkhoma hospital. The knitting came from various groups and individuals in Gordon area and beyond. This is what it included:
Baby Blankets 104
We needed to give a donation of £10/box towards the cost of shipping. By the time the boxes were sent Theresa had received donations totalling £110 which covered the cost of the 11 boxes exactly. Isn't it amazing how the Lord provides?
I contacted Rebecca Morton at Nkhoma hospital in Malawi to let her know the knitting was on its way and here is her reply:
Sorry for taking a long time to reply. Our internet connections are very fragile. We have had a lot of power cuts due to the flooding down in the south. Anyway it was great to hear from you and the good news of the shipment. Wonderful how the cost of the shipment has been provided. We are down to our last four boxes from the original lot received last June. But the Jones (another missionary couple working at Nkhoma) have just received another 10 boxes via the Ravens Trust. So I think we will have plenty to take us through until the next lot arrive and we are very grateful. We finished the teddies and most of the larger jumpers but we still have some infant clothes and blankets. One thing I might say is that the mittens are not really used very much here.
We look forward to the arrival of the shipment and we will send a vehicle to Blantyre to pick them up as soon as we can. Thanks to everyone for the excellent work. I include a couple of pictures. The little girl in pink lost her mum and twin brother but is now thriving with her grandparents thanks to Nicole's help with the infant formula. The mum with the triplets really struggles with making enough breast milk for them all but they also are doing okay.
AFRICAN DOLL PATTERN
I now have a pattern for a knitted African doll. It is similar to the simple teddy pattern. The doll has a little dress and cardigan which can be taken off so that the child can dress their dolly. David and Rebecca say that this would be great for girls who are in hospital as they would have a doll to play with. Children in this area of Malawi do not have any dolls or teddies so those we send are very much appreciated.
If you could like a pattern please contact Rosemary Tel 019755 81239, E-mail email@example.com or download the patterns here.
African Doll Pattern
African Doll Dress and Cardigan
SKIRTS FOR ORPHANS IN MALAWI
Various groups and individuals have busy making skirts and they will be send out on the next container. Well done to everyone involved.
You can lookout for suitable fabric that doesn’t cost too much and find some good bargains in the sales, alter women’s skirts, and use cotton quilt covers and curtains as well as pieces of material which you con pick up in charity shops. If you have any bright cotton or poly-cotton material that you think might be suitable and would like to donate it to the project please pass it on to a member of your sewing group.
Details of skirt sizes can be downloaded here
Skirts can be brought to presbytery and passed on to
Lewis Taylor (Tel 01467 621691, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Rosemary Legge (Tel 019755 81239, e-mail email@example.com)
Or passed on to Theresa Macdonald, Beechwood, Montgarrie Road, Alford
(Tel 019755 62816 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
More details are available from Rosemary Legge, Theresa Macdonald, Anne Tindall, The Sew Room, Alford.
The skirts will be sent to Malawi through the charity FROM (Famine Relief for Orphan in Malawi). This is a local charity run by David and Kathleen Thomson. Their daughter Dr Tracy Morse, works in Blantyre, Malawi. She is the project manager of the University of the Strathclyde Scotland Malawi Health Initiative which aims to provide many of the basic necessities required to help save lives and improve the quality of life for people in rural villages but especially for the many orphans and vulnerable children. (Our knitting for Nkhoma hospital is also sent to Malawi through FROM.) Their web site is http://fromscotland.org.uk
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.
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.