Covid19 Ecumenical Statements

Faith Leaders in Scotland have issued a Faiths Statement.

We commit ourselves to mutual respect and to seek together those opportunities when we can offer ourselves to the service of the people and institutions of Scotland.
We are praying for you and with you, may God be with us.
Read more Faiths Statement

The Scottish Church Leaders Forum offers prayer at the beginning of Holy Week.

In the course of this Holy Week, we know that we shall hear the words of our Lord Jesus Christ: ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ The experience of being abandoned and forsaken is not absent from the life of God lived out in this world. Equally, we are conscious that our faith affirms that this experience does not mark the boundary of the love of God.
Read more Scottish Church Leaders Forum 6 Apr 20

British and Irish Church Leaders offer a statement for Holy Week.

As church leaders from across the many and varied churches of these Islands we urge all people to join us in prayer this Holy Week and Easter; to pray for those who suffer, those who face untimely death and all those who care for them; to celebrate our common faith at a difficult time; to help and support our neighbours in need; and to observe all the safeguards in place to slow the spread of disease.
Read more Holy Week Statement

Call to Prayer Palm Sunday

CALL TO PRAYER: SUNDAY 6th APRIL (PALM SUNDAY)
Prayer @ 7pm

As we continue to live through this time of trial, we sense an ever renewed Call to Prayer. We are not alone in hearing this call. Rather, it is a Call being heard and responded to across the nations of our island and across the nations of our world. This being so, we invite you to pray in solidarity with others at 7pm on Sunday 6th April, which is Palm Sunday. We offer a prayer at this time:

Living God, for the precious gift of life that you have given to us,
We give you thanks.
For the enduring presence of your love in this world,
We give you thanks.
For the knowledge that you are with us at the close of the day,
We give you thanks.

On this day, we hear the Gospel words that speak of hope,
We hear the cry: Hosanna!
We hear the Gospel words that speak of promise,
We hear the cry: Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!
On this day, we journey in hope as we trust in your promise.

Lord, as we journey into the Holy Week to come,
We are conscious that we share in the life of the world.
We are conscious of the presence of those who are near to us,
And of those from whom we are apart.
Whether near, or far, embrace us all in your love.

Lord, we are conscious of others,
Whose life and work is woven into the fabric of our society,
And upon whom we now depend.
We pray for them:

For delivery drivers and posties,
For bin men and cleaners,
For police officers and care workers,
Protect them and keep them safe.

For nurses and doctors,
For scientists and surgeons,
For midwives and ambulance drivers,
Protect them and watch over them.

For those who govern on our behalf,
For those who make decisions that impact upon us all,
For all who shape our common life,
Protect them and increase their wisdom and understanding.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
And grant us faith to journey into the week to come,
Assured of the presence of the crucified and risen Lord,
Jesus Christ. Amen.

Signed by:

  • Rt. Rev. Colin Sinclair, 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. Dr David Pickering, 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. Jim Ritchie, 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. Donald G. MacDonald, Moderator, Free Church of Scotland

Worship during Covid19 – Week 2

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Week 2

The Chair of the Methodist Church in Scotland will continue to live lead an act of worship this coming Sunday 29th March at 11 am.
There were over 140 live viewers last Sunday (including one person reportedly joining an act of worship for the first time in three years) and over 500 views in total up to mid-week.
You’ll find Rev Mark Slaney’s YouTube channel using this link, where you can tune in on Sunday and subscribe ahead of time to receive notifications.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqMz31V_plsq89v_KXAAlCw and see Mark’s promo for this coming Sunday here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mofmTDtEhig
The Methodist Church in Scotland’s website has a range of other online and worship at home resources.
  • Rev Chris Jackson (Moray Coast, North of Scotland Mission Circuit) has uploaded pre-recorded reflective worship including music and hymns.
  • Rev Andrew Fox (Lerwick, Shetland) offers similar pre-recorded worship including Lent liturgies.
  • In East Glasgow, Rev Laurent Vernet will be posting online live worship.
  • You will find resources for use with Children and Families at home and service sheets you can use for personal worship.
  • Some of you may have responded to the Pope’s call to all Christians to pray The Lord’s Prayer together at 12noon on Wednesday this week.
  • The Church Leaders Forum in Scotland encouraged us to join in the Churches Together call to prayer last Sunday evening at 7pm including lighting a candle and displaying it in a window for all to see.
  • This Churches Together call to prayer is now being extended again to this coming Sunday evening at the same time of 7pm.
In these unusual times though we cannot meet together in our usual places we are finding ways to meet together in virtual places.
We are finding ways to care for one another though distanced, isolated and at least 2 metres apart.
We are responding to a call to pray for our neighbours, our leaders, our world.
May God guide, protect and deliver us.
Amen.

Scottish National Day of Prayer 22 March 2020

On behalf of the churches that we serve across Scotland, we warmly commend the Call to a National Day of Prayer, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and invite people of faith across our nation, to join in prayerful solidarity with this witness.

The invitation is to light a candle at 7pm this Sunday, 22nd March, in the window of our homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, the source of hope in this life.

We offer a prayer to use when lighting your candle:

For all that is good in life, thank you,
For the love of family and friends, thank you,
For the kindness of good neighbour and Samaritan stranger, thank you.

May those who are vulnerable, hungry or homeless, experience support,
May those who are sick, know healing,
May those who are anxious or bereaved, sense comfort.

Bless and guide political leaders and decision-makers, with wisdom,
Bless and guide health workers and key workers, with strength and well-being, Bless and guide each one of us, as we adapt to a new way of living.

And may the light shining from our windows,
across road and wynd, glen and ben, kyle and isle,
be reflected in our hearts and hands and hopes.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Candle Safety Note: Please take all necessary fire precautions when using a lit candle. Ensure you remain with the lit candle at all times, and do not leave it to burn if you leave the room. Ensure there are no fabrics or materials such as curtains near the candle. If you are able to use a small electric ‘candle’ instead, that will be safe to leave unattended.

Weekend Retreat at Cliff College – ‘The Pilgrim Way’

1-3 May 2020
Cliff College
Led by Jill Baker

Dig more deeply into the ancient practice of pilgrimage.  For more information or to register, go to the Cliff College website and search for retreats or short courses www.cliffcollege.ac.uk    The cost for the weekend is £170.

The retreat will provide opportunity to see our own story, and the wider Bible story, as pilgrim journeys.  We will explore the spiritual practice of pilgrimage, discovering pilgrim attitudes which can resource us on life’s journey.  For those who want to, there will be opportunities to walk in the beautiful grounds of Cliff College, but there will be other, fully accessible, options. In worship and silence, reflection and imagination, story and song, we will travel together as we choose the pilgrim way.

If you haven’t been to Cliff recently then do take this opportunity to enjoy its refurbished and comfortable ensuite bedrooms, inspiring grounds and stunning views.