Humanitarian Aid for the Democratic Republic of Congo

Christian Aid is responding to urgent humanitarian need in the Kasai District of 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.’

Germinate Conference 2018 – More than Belonging

Through key note speakers, case studies and workshops, the 2018 Germinate Conference will explore what it means for rural Christians to do more than belong to their churches and communities. Both inspiring and practical, the day will bring together individuals, churches, agencies and networks involved in rural mission and ministry.

Saturday 13 October 2018
9.30 am – 4 pm
The Welcome Centre, 47 Parkside, Coventry, CV1 2HG
Tickets from £50

MWiB District Fellowship Day

Saturday 19 May 2018
11.00 am – 3.00 pm

Pollokshaws Methodist Church
74 Shawholm Crescent, Glasgow, G43 1NY

Speaker: Rev Jackie Bellfield

Theme: “Those Who Wait”

Tickets £8 – include buffet lunch and tea/coffee on arrival

Market Place/Bring and Buy – proceeds to The Congo Appeal

Tickets available in due course from Gail Balfour g.bal4@blueyonder.co.uk

Rev Jackie Bellfield is a Methodist Minister in the North West of England. Serving the Wirral Circuit Jackie has pastoral charge of three churches, links with an Ecumenical Partnership, and oversees worship development in the Circuit of 22 churches.  In addition to serving on various district committees and supporting North West candidates Jackie is a regular broadcaster on Radio Merseyside and a sought after after-dinner speaker. Jackie brings humour and spirituality to life and is passionate about worship and community development.

Rescheduled events in Perth

Please note that Bible Month and Reimagine Training Days have been rescheduled. Bible Month will now take place on Saturday May 12th, and Reimagine will take place on Saturday. June 9th. Timings are slightly different for each event with Bible Month beginning at 10.15, concluding at 15.30, while Reimagine will begin at 10.00 am and conclude at 16.00. Both events are taking place in Perth Methodist Church. Please contact Fiona Inglis to book a place/places and advise of  any special dietary requirements.

Revised dates for Christian Aid gatherings

The Aberdeen and Edinburgh gatherings did not take place on the appointed days because of the snow. Both have been rescheduled.

Aberdeen – Thursday 15th March 10am – 1pm (the venue will remain Holburn West Church)

 Edinburgh – Wednesday 28th March 10.45am – 3pm (the venue will remain Augustine United Church)

Please email Glasgow@christian-aid.org if you intend to attend either of these. It would be helpful if those who intended to be there on the original date could clarify whether they are able to attend the rescheduled meeting. And a warm welcome is extended to those who find they can make the new date, but not the old!

Traidcraft Exchange supported by UK Government

Traidcraft Exchange is Traidcraft’s partner development charity. It works with partners in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, running programmes to support people working in different supply chains. When people in low-income countries receive training in proven business skills – to add to their natural will to succeed – they can turn a profit from the work they do, and use it to feed their families and educate their children.

They can build a better future for their families and their communities – for generations to come. That’s what Traidcraft Exchange is all about.

Until 11th April 2018, all donations made to Traidcraft Exchange will be matched by the UK government, so your donation is doubled.

 

Copyright for churches – you need to know!

Every piece of original work, whether written, composed or filmed, is protected by copyright during the creator’s lifetime and generally for 70 years after the end of the year in which they died.

Copyright is an intellectual property protection which affects the use of liturgy, music, images and other resources or text in worship, online and in print.

The law on copyright has significant implications for local churches, a number of which have been pursued by copyright holders for alleged copyright infringement with the potential for significant fines and legal costs.

To stay within the law, all churches need copyright approval to:

  • Photocopy hymns
  • Show hymns on an overhead projector
  • Photocopy text from books
  • Record music, such as a church concert
  • Publish others’ work in a church magazine
  • Use others’ images or text on a church website

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World Day of Prayer

On the first Friday of March every year, Christian women around the world invite everyone to join in a Service on a theme prepared by women in one part of the world; for this year the material has been written by Christian women in Suriname on the theme

“All God’s creation is very good”.

See local media for a service in your area.