All We Can in Jordan

Since the conflict in Syria began more than seven years ago, over 4.8m Syrians have fled from their country because of violence, conflict, and a complete collapse of Syria’s economy and infrastructure (UNHCR figures). All We Can has been responding to the needs of refugees and their host communities in Jordan through experienced international and local humanitarian response partners. We have a particular focus on providing opportunities for refugees to not only survive, but to have access to resources and activities that help provide dignity, resilience and hope in extremely challenging circumstances.

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A little help for the Clothes Bank

The ClothesBank continues to provide a service for those whose resources are very limited.

We have a loyal group of helpers, but we will all need a break at some time over the summer. This could make it difficult to staff what is a much-needed facility.

If you feel able to offer to help for as little as one session a month, please contact Margaret or any member of the ClothesBank team.

We do not open to clients unless we have at least two team members present, so new volunteers would never be left on their own. If you wish to sort donations, rather than deal with clients, that’s fine.

Sessions are 10am to 12noon Mondays and 1pm – 3pm Thursdays.

General Church Meeting Agenda

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the last meeting
  3. The Life & Mission of the church including:
    1. The Clothing Project
    2. The Link Club
    3. Study groups
    4. Building redevelopment
  4. Financial Report
  5. Relationship with the United Reformed Church
  6. Stewards Report
  7. Appointments:
  8. Appointments of Stewards
  9. Representatives to the Church Council from the General Meeting
  10. AOCB
  11. Date of Next Meeting

Safeguarding Refresher Training: Foundation Level

Foundation Level refresher training is mandatory for the following groups of people.

  • all ministers and deacons, except those not in active ministry
  • workers with children or young people
  • workers with vulnerable adults
  • pastoral visitors
  • church stewards
  • circuit stewards
  • local preachers, worship leaders and trainees for either of those roles

If you belong to one of these groups, and did not receive the training last year, you should make every effort  to attend now.

The sessions, however, are open to all, regardless of membership of these groups.

Sessions will be held as follows

Marketgait               Tuesday 5th June 2.30pm to 4.30pm

St John’s Arbroath          Thursday 7th June 2pm to 4pm

SCYD, Blairgowrie             Friday 15th June 1pm to 3pm

Scott Street, Perth         Tuesday 26th June 1pm to 3pm.

Please let Marcia Mackenzie know if you intend to attend one of these sessions.

Progress in our redevelopment

Sue reports that we have now had a visit from the Structural Engineer and detailed plans have been drawn up.  These have now gone to the Quantity Surveyor and we are waiting to hear back on rough costings which will enable us to start our fundraising in earnest!

All We Can’s work in Malawi

Malawi is one of the most impoverished countries in the world. While making progress, having held five peaceful presidential elections since 1993 and achieved steady growth in GDP, around 50% of the population still live below the international poverty line. There are many problems in Malawi that have contributed to such a high poverty rate: an over-reliance on subsistence farming, steady population growth, and the impact of the HIV/Aids crisis.

All We Can is working in the southern-most regions of Malawi with local organisations committed to seeing long-term and transformative change in the communities they work in.

All We Can works currently with 4 partners

  • Churches Action in Relief and Development
  • Adolescent Girls Literacy+
  • Eagles Relief and Development Programme
  • Foundation for Civic Education

Read more about these partners.

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.

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

Humanitarian Aid for the Democratic Republic of Congo

Christian Aid is responding to urgent humanitarian need in the Kasai Districtof the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with funding from the Scottish Government’s new Humanitarian Emergency Fund.

Christian Aid has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the 1970s. But months of escalating violence in Kasai District is threatening families who had become healthier and more resilient.

Our partner, HelpAge, will be providing shelter kits and essential non-food items to reduce the risk of disease for internally displaced people and host families. Women and children are particularly vulnerable.

Christian Aid’s Head of Humanitarian Policy and Practice, Michael Mosselmans said, ‘Sadly, the enormous humanitarian needs in the Democratic Republic of Congo have not received the media and political attention from the international community that they so clearly deserve. Christian Aid therefore commends the release of much-needed funding for the emergency in the DRC from the Scottish Government.’

Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, the Scottish Government’s Minister for International Development and Europe said, ‘For decades, the DRC has struggled with one of the world’s most relentless emergencies. Escalating conflict within the country has resulted in 4.3 million people displaced from their homes, 9.9 million considered food insecure and 2 million malnourished children.

‘We want Scotland to be a good global citizen and our Humanitarian Emergency Fund aims to provide emergency life-saving aid to those in most need.’