Join the Quiztian Aid Quiz!

The last year has shown us how important it is to come together as a community and have some fun together. That’s why Quiztian Aid is back on Saturday 8 May at 7pm and we can’t wait to see you there!

The quiz was a smash hit last year raising almost £7000. This year’s quiz is hosted by Death in Paradise stars, Tobi and Prisca Bakare with special guest hosts including Rhidian Brook, Kate Bottley, Kris Marshall and Rowan Williams. Sign up now and invite your friends, family or church to join and help us transform lives in Kenya.

 

Big Church Sing – Easter Special

It’s back – Easter Sunday!

Are you and your church ready for The Big Church Sing Easter Special? At 4pm on Sunday April 2021 – Easter Sunday, you can be part of The Big Church Sing Easter Special and raise your voices along with incredible musicians like Graham Kendrick, Keith and Kristyn Getty, Noel Robinson, Celtic Worship and our very own National Methodist Choir. All performing to support All We Can’s work with people in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Join in as we re-tell the Easter story and celebrate resurrection together – with contributions from CBeebies actor Joanna Adyinka Burford and Wakefield Methodist School – you won’t want to miss it!

Date: Sunday 4 April 2021 (Easter Sunday)
Time: 4pm
Where: YouTube – The Methodist Church of Great Britain

Immediately afterwards (at around 5pm), join us live on All We Can’s Facebook and YouTube pages for the BIG Easter Sunday Party LIVE! There will be fun, laughter, games, and bring your own snacks as we celebrate the good news of Easter together.

Holy Week services

We are posting a short reflective service (about half an hour) to our YouTube channel each day in Holy Week, so we can travel together towards Easter despite still being apart. It will be available from 9 am,  so you can watch whenever is convenient for you.

Christian Aid goes on the Kiltwalk 23-25 April 2021

Kiltwalk poster

Register for the Kiltwalk

All you need to do is register on the Kiltwalk website. Then, choose a local walk, run or cycle and ask friends and family to sponsor you. On the day, simply pull on your Christian Aid t-shirt – and perhaps something tartan – and get going!

Once you register, a JustGiving page will automatically be set up for you. You will be able to personalise it and share it far and wide. Our Events Officer, Lauren, will be delighted to support you to register or to answer any questions you might have. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch – lmcfarland@christian-aid.org

If your boots are made for walking, sign up now!

Scottish Election Issues

The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) is made up of the Baptist Union, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, working together for peace and justice.

It has produced non-partisan briefings on key issues facing the Scottish electorate in the forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary elections.

See their briefings on

Adult social care

Alcohol, drugs and substance abuse

Constitution and independence referendum

A just & green future

Mental health and suicide

Migration, asylum and refugees

Poverty and inequality

Call to Prayer Sunday 28 February 2021

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There are times in the Gospels when it is clear that the disciples of Jesus have real difficulty in understanding his teaching. On one such occasion, Jesus speaks openly about what lies before him and afterwards Peter ‘took him aside and began to rebuke him’. (Mark 8: 31-32) Peter is clear that death and resurrection are not part of that future and, as he speaks, it is equally clear that he has not yet understood the way that Jesus must take.

There are times in the past months when all of us have had real difficulty in understanding the challenges faced within our society and across the globe. We have been unclear as to what the future holds and the path to be taken. In all of this, we have not been alone.

As the Gospel account unfolds, Jesus gathers the crowd around him and invites them to ‘take up their cross and follow me’. (Mark 8: 34) As we journey into the future and follow the path taken by Jesus, we know that we are not alone. We journey in the way of the cross and in the hope of the resurrection. We pray:

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
Be with us through your Son
Who has journeyed in the way of the Cross.
Grant to us grace and faith that we might follow him.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
In all we face,
Be near to us, and all whom we love,
And guard us safe in your presence.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
Be with those who fear this day
And who struggle to see the future.
Lead us from the darkness into your light.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
Be with those who grieve this day
And who feel bereft of comfort.
In your compassion, be near to them.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
In all that is faced by our society today,
Grant wisdom, insight and understanding
To those who are called to govern our nation and act on our behalf.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope,
Be with us as we journey into the future that lies before us.
Be with us through your Son
Whose journey in the way of the Cross
Yields the hope of the Resurrection.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Signed by:

  • Rt. Rev. Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland
  • Most Rev. Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Roman Catholic Church
  • Most Rev. Mark Strange, Primus, on behalf of the College of Bishops, Scottish Episcopal Church
  • Rev. John Fulton, Moderator, United Free Church of Scotland
  • Rev. Donnie G. MacDonald, Moderator, Free Church of Scotland
  • Rev. Paul Whittle, Moderator, United Reformed Church (Scotland)
  • Rev. Martin Hodson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland
  • Rev. Mark Slaney, District Chair, Methodist Church (Scotland)
  • Rev. May-Kane Logan, Chair, Congregational Federation in Scotland
  • Lt. Col. Carol Bailey, Secretary for Scotland, Salvation Army
  • Adwoa Bittle, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • Rev. Claire Fender, District Superintendent, British Isles North District, Church of the Nazarene
  • Pastor Chris Gbenle, Provincial Pastor, Province of Scotland, Redeemed Christian Church of God
  • Bishop Francis Alao, Church of God (Scotland)/Minority Ethnic Churches Together in Scotland (MECTIS)
  • Rev Fred Drummond, Director, Evangelical Alliance (Scotland) 

An evening with Phil Cotton

On Sunday 28th February Strathclyde are hosting a special zoom service at 7pm ‘An evening with Phil Cotton’

Phil is a Local Preacher in the Strathclyde Circuit who many of you will know who has been out in Rwanda for the last eight years helping to set up Rwanda’s first medical school.

He was a popular preacher around the District, and I am sure it will prove to be a very interesting evening. Please let folk know who are unable to join online that they can connect by phone as well.

Attached is a short insight to Phil and what he has been doing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oEjGqYjQuqI5Y4lxppWsF5c5lJw-c9OU/view

For zoom details, please contact strathclyde.circuit@gmail.com