Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid Week 2018 runs from 13 to 19 May, and focuses on long term work in Haiti after earthquake and hurricane, building disaster-proof homes.

Donate using an envelope delivered to your house or picked up from church. You may hand in your filled envelope to church; the money will be sent on to Christian Aid. Or donate online.

Why Methodism – what we discussed

A series of 3 meetings held in Lent 2018 considered our Methodist heritage.

In the first meeting, we heard about John Wesley, and the origins of the Methodist church. In the second meeting, we shared our own personal Methodist origins. Finally, we looked at the challenges of Our Calling as members of the Methodist Church and considered how we might live up to that calling.

Thy Kingdom Come

Waiting in Wonder

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

Resources for Prayer and Worship

The hope is that:

  • people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family – as a church, individually or as a family;
  • churches will hold prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks, across the UK and in other parts of the world;
  • people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.

There are some specifically Methodist resources available.

 

Pastoral Committee résumé

At Tuesday’s meeting, members of the Pastoral Committee

  • shared news of Members and others
  • undertook re-allocation of those previously under the pastoral care of Paddy;
  • noted the forthcoming Baptism of Angus Jacka (Australian family with grandparental links to Montrose Methodist Church) by the Rev Nick Baker during worship on Sunday 13thMay;
  • agreed an Act of Re-dedication of Pastoral Visitors during worship on an appropriate date on next quarter’s Plan;
  • agreed next meeting for Tuesday 6th November at 10.15am in Marketgait.

Scottish Churches Housing Action

The speaker at next week’s café service, Alastair Cameron, is the recently retired Chief Executive of Scottish Churches Housing Action.

Scottish Churches Housing Action believes in  NO ROOM FOR HOMELESSNESS!

This means a Scotland in which all people can live in homes which:

  • they can afford
  • offer privacy, security, comfort and dignity
  • offer support appropriate to the needs of the different stages of their lives
  • are located in communities that meet their economic, social, spiritual and recreational needs

Thanks from Svetla

Dear Ladies and gentlemen,

I express my gratitude and sincere thanks to you for the grant with which you gave a chance for my quick and successful, healthy recovery and maintenance.  Thank you for being part of the few, real and decent people who have responded to my needs at this difficult time for us.

I acknowledge the support of all donors from the bottom of my heart and wish you healthy bright days and happiness for the homes.

Amen!

Worship Consultation résumé

At Wednesday’s meeting it was agreed that

  • the Easter display in the porch will remain to Pentecost (20th May) after which a new display will focus on images of doves and flames;
  • as part of ‘Jonah in June’ two open evenings will be held on Wednesdays 6th and 27th June to explore and deepen our scripture knowledge;
  •  a series of exploration evenings will be held in autumn on the theme of “Talking of God” on Wednesdays 26th September, 7th October, 14th and 28th November – these fit within the university term;
  • a different approach will be taken to “fifth Sunday” worship on Sunday 29th July (lectionary Gospel is John 6, ‘the great picnic’) with a shorter act of worship then invitation to join a shared meal elsewhere (details to be developed!);
  •  Sunday 24th June will be united worship in Marketgait led by URC Ministers;
  • the next meetings will be on Monday 11th June at 12 noon (to plan 29th July service / outing), and Wednesday 22nd August at 1 pm.

Jonah in June

The Methodist Church encourages us to take a month to study a book of the bible in depth. In June, all the circuit preachers will be looking at the book of Jonah.

To complement the preaching, we have arranged two evening sessions in which we will be able to discuss points that arise from our studies. These will be held in Marketgait on Wednesdays 6th and 27th June at 7pm. All are welcome.

Online service in Livingston

When severe weather caused by the ‘Beast from the East’ cancelled all four Sunday services at Livingston United Parish Church, technology came to the rescue.

To provide the congregation with some form of worship, an online broadcast was set up and the Revd Stephanie Njeru, the Methodist member of the team ministry, provided a short service.

The service was a success and earned lots of positive feedback.The church will take the encouraging statistics to the Church Council in a bid for future services to also be broadcast.

The Revd Njeru said: “This was an inspired solution to the problem that the weather brought. Hopefully will be the first of many acts of worship that will enable the housebound or non-churchgoers the opportunity to worship alongside others.”