Beloved in Christ
I trust you are all well and that the restrictions are not curbing your life too much – I am so impressed by our wonderful adaptability in these times, and that we manage to meet together at church and at Manna or the Larick Centre. For those of you shielding at home, I hope to speak to you soon: hopefully this newsletter will keep us bound as a body.
We have been busily planning the Christmas season, and I include it as an attachment
This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. For the first time, we will not be gathering as Tayport and Newport community to lay wreaths and pray together, ecumenically. However, if you do walk by the memorials, you will see ours there by noon on Sunday. Thank you Alan for laying the Tayport one, and Betty and I will lay the one in Newport. We will gather all into prayers during the services. Margaret Gray will preach the sermon.
READINGS FOR THE DAY ARE:
Joshua 24: 1-3a, 14 – 25
Psalm 78: 1-7
1 Thessalonians 4: 13 – 18
Matthew 25: 1, and 13 – 18
Next Sunday, the 15th, is the Feast of St Margaret of Scotland. There will be one service only, in Tayport, at 9.30am. We do hope you can join together there. Please let us know numbers so we can arrange seating appropriately.
We are inviting you to some Zoom video sessions on Wednesday evenings:
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All you do is click on the link – if in any doubt please try it out and ask Mike Betty Frank or me!
This week,Wednesday 11th, Revd Dr Amos Chewachong, pastor at the Church of Scotland in Newport will give us his views on world churches today: it is his field of interest and his doctorate at Edinburgh University is on this theme.
At 7.30, on the 18 November, Revd Gerry Dillon will speak on ‘The Churches Response to the Holocaust’. The Diocese has invited us to attend on a different Zoom link: his talk will begin at 7.30. It will take about 45 minutes and there will be an opportunity for questions at the end. I will send the link next week.
I have also been in conversation with Iain Flett, whose passion is Mary Slessor – he has agreed to talk to us about her on Zoom on the 25th November.
These topics will be of interest to others so we can send them links to join us – as far afield as overseas perhaps? Please think about this!
Three of us have attended a course called, ‘Our Digital church’, and it is inspiring to learn how much one can do, using social media and websites to promote church to notify, share items and news of topical interest. Perhaps lockdown has made all of us more techno – aware, and to use tools like Zoom keep us in vital contact, keep us together as a group with Christ-interest, and allow us to share information and see each other. Could you critically look at our websites and consider what further information in what lay-out would add to its attractiveness?
God bless in all you do
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