The Anglican Church in Iran

Because of the recent increase in the stringency of economic sanctions, Iran’s economy is experiencing great rises in the prices of food and increasing scarcity of medicines and other essentials.

In the Anglican community in Iran, 3 small congregations continue to meet under pastoral oversight of the Vicar-General and 3 deacons who lead weekly services.

Christians of the Diocese of Iran and the wider community face the challenges of living at this demanding time. Archbishop Suheil, as President-Bishop, had planned to visit in mid-October, but it did not prove possible. It is a reminder of how isolated the congregations are.  It is rarely possible for people to visit.

In this situation, those outside the country can best serve these small communities by holding them in prayer, (remembering) all those who follow the way of Jesus in Iran, together with the whole population and leadership of the country.  Pray too for the role of Iran in the wider region.”

(from ‘Bible Lands’ the magazine of the Jerusalem and Middle East Church Association, Winter 2018 edition).

Three concerts – one past and two to come

  1. The Samuel Chorus concert took place in our premises on Thursday night.  An audience of c 40 heard the 18-strong Chorus.  As well as the performance being very well received, the setting was much praised for its warmth, acoustic, and lovely roof (one lady asked “How new is it?”).
  2. The Impromptu Singers  in Barnhill St Margaret’s this Friday  at 7.30pm, in aid of their Philippines Project.
  3. Dundee Choral Union’s 160th Anniversary Christmas Concert on Sunday 16th December in the Caird Hall at 7.30pm.  The two works are Gretchaninoff’s “Praise the Lord” and Mendelssohn’s “Hymn of Praise”.Tickets from David Easson: £15, students & unemployed £5, accompanied school pupils free.

Toys for Underprivileged Children

Church Council has agreed that we will support children in need throughout the city who have been referred by Social Work or other agencies and will buy gifts for a named 7 year old boy.  Any donations of gifts – or money to buy them – to Sue M-J as soon as possible please.’

Clothes Bank and Ninewells

‘The ClothesBank continues to provide clothing for those in need across the city and we are now also supplying ‘Hospital Bags’ to Ninewells.  These include pyjamas, slippers and essential toiletries for people or their carers who arrive at the hospital in an emergency and do not have time to pack a bag with essentials in it.  The bags for children also include a book and – thanks to a generous donation of £300 from Blackadders – will also include a teddy.  Dundee City Council staff have been fundraising especially for the Hospital Bags and we received a donation of over £170 this week.  Huge thanks to all who support the ClothesBank in so many different ways.’ SMJ

Kitchen monitor

At the recent Finance & Property Committee, it was agreed we should ask if there are any volunteers to “look after” the kitchen, a job which Paddy McFarlane did.  This is simply keeping an eye if any replacements are needed and generally ensuring that things are stored reasonably tidily.  If you can volunteer, please speak to Keith or Lorna.

Talking Together of God

Last week’s meeting was cancelled because of potential small numbers and the prevailing weather conditions.  If you wish to find a date to meet and complete the course, please let Nick know.  If there is a general wish to meet, we can consult diaries to arrange a suitable date and time.

Christmas Tree

The Tree will be erected upstairs during Friday and an invitation is given to all who wish, to join in decorating it on Saturday morning, from c 10.30am.

The young in age & heart and those with long arms are especially welcome!

Craft Fair

Please support and publicise this event, in Marketgait on Friday 30th and Saturday 1st from 10am – 3pm. It will take place upstairs – free entry, tea and coffee available.

Offers of help in hosting & catering will still be appreciated by Liz Kay

Property Redevelopment meeting report

The Redevelopment group met on Tuesday. Its discussions took place in the context of the congregation’s exploration of its future mission – what is our purpose here, and how does the building fit in with that mission? It considered where the congregation might be in 10 years’ time; how would we then be financing the running costs of the building? If we are to seek funds from external bodies for redevelopment, we need to tell a story about our proposed future use of the premises

It was recognised that the full range of options might include
• Raising £800,000 to implement the architect’s plans
• A cheaper version, perhaps with the worship area downstairs
• Installing only a lift and accessible toilets
• Partnering with another church
• Seeking guarantees of future rental income from user groups, especially those with a long term financial future
• Renting accommodation in the City centre.
The group aims to further the conversation on which options are desirable and feasible. We will investigate what our running costs are, and explore possible partnerships. We are aware that there are maintenance jobs that have been put on hold, but cannot be forgotten. We will investigate possible sources of funding.

The next meeting is fixed for Tuesday 15th January at 10 am.