All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain are calling for support for an urgent appeal for refugees displaced by the recent violence in Burma. Since late August, more than half a million people have fled from violence in Rakhine State to Bangladesh for safety.
All We Can has initially responded with essential food supplies for families, but much more help is needed.
Members have agreed that Liz will join the Council under the provisions of SO 610, viz as a ‘member to represent aspects of church life’.
“I would like to thank everyone on the Flower rota for the support given to me over the years in the people providing the flowers for Sunday worship and the people arranging the flowers. I will no longer be doing the flower rota due to commitments outwith. I hope the support continues for the person who takes this task on.”
Warm thanks are extended on behalf of our whole church community to Elaine for her many years of contribution to the ministry of flowers, together with her late mother, Florence, and her father, Tom, both of whose faithful work we continue to remember. If anyone wishes to take this task on, please contact the Minister or Church Stewards.
On Wednesday the following decisions were taken:
- reappointments of Church Treasurer (D Easson), Council Secretary (M Goudie), Pastoral Secretary (J Easson), the Independent Examiner (“auditor”) (F Thomas) and the appointment of the in-coming Finance & Property Convener (K Pearson);
- in connection with the church development, opening of a property scheme in the Connexional property system, also appointment of Andrew Black Design as architect; an initial sum of £5k to be identified within the church accounts as a redevelopment fund;
- as there will be no Communion Offering in November (Service in Salem URC), the sum of £50 will be forwarded to the Earl Haig Fund with no need for a (subsequent) retiring offering. This is the amount of the Communion Offering in November 2016 allocated to Tayforth Veterans, but returned to us because of difficulties within the organisation. The Council agreed that, given the work of Tayforth Veterans and the Earl Haig Fund both aim to offer support to former Service personnel, this amount could be treated as the 2017 Communion Offering for the Earl Haig Fund. Please contact the Church Treasurer with any comments or queries, and / or any further donations.
- Public Worship will take place in Marketgait on Christmas Day at 10.30am.
- Next meeting – Wednesday 7th February 2018, at 7pm.
Updates were received from the ClothesBank and the Link Club; discussion was held about Scottish Churches Housing Action, ‘MHA extra Christmas card’ (details to come), the return to be made to OSCR, process for decision-making by email, and Data Protection requirements.
Two posts are being advertised; both roles are half-time (17.5 hours per week) and temporary (from 1 December 2017 to 31 August 2018). Closing date for applications is 25th October 2017. Details can be found on www.goodmoves.org.uk/vacancy/33161.
This handbook to support our prayers for work in Scotland and beyond has been prepared by Sue Marshall-Jennings, with others; she is the District representative to the Connexional One Mission Group. The Diary has been circulated to Synod members but is intended for anyone wishing to use it. Please ask a member of Synod to forward it; printed copies could be provided by David Easson on request.
The theme for this year is “Creativity and the Arts”.
Details of events throughout Scotland.
During Caragh’s holiday, we are asked to remove chairs today and set out for next Sunday, please.
Please contact the Rev Nik Wooller if the services of a Minister are required.
Extraordinary Gifts are now available. Choose your gift, and receive a Christmas card to send to your family or friends.