Strathclyde Circuit

 

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The Strathclyde Circuit was formed in 2014 from the former Glasgow and Lanarkshire Circuits.

October 2020

Dear Friends,

Greetings in this strangest of autumns.  Yet the trees are beginning to parade their autumn colours, the sunlight of the season has been stunning on the hillsides, the waterfalls cascade and thunder; the harvest is celebrated.  God’s grace is sufficient.  Yet we sense incompleteness, unable to connect physically with those who are dear to us, knowing that the creation is groaning in travail under the consequences of a rampant virus.

We have said goodbye to Tim and welcomed Bob into the staff team.  We have already laughed and cried together as we try to minister in Strathclyde, alongside so many of you who pray with and for us.  We are finding new ways to express worship, new avenues for service; we are learning at a new depth and finding opportunities to share the hope that is in us to new people.  5@5, YouTube on Sunday mornings, Zoom Bible studies, Online Love Feasts have become part of the rhythm of life.  I hope you are managing to tune in to some of them.  We want to make these online experiences more widely available.

Most of our churches are now open for physical worship – but it is not “the same”.  It cannot be.  Methodists not singing.  Preachers unable to “read” the faces of the congregation.  Neither a cup of tea nor a Tunnock caramel bar after worship.  Yet, in it all, God’s grace is sufficient.  Some of us are struggling to deal with all the uncertainty – the “not knowing” whether this is a comma, a semi-colon or a full stop (as the Secretary of the Conference remarked recently) is somehow disturbing.  We try to make plans . . . but are conscious that they may well come to nothing.

Perhaps we have become more aware of what does matter to us, what we have taken for granted; more aware of the world’s inter-connectedness and brokenness; more aware of the reality of the God who draws near to those who are the least, the last and the lost.  There is good news: that God in Christ has met us in our weakness and has proved love for us that goes beyond our imaginings.

Thanks to all those who will lead us in worship over the next few weeks.  We hardly dare imagine what Advent and Christmas may be like.  Thanks to those who have communicated kindness throughout the last six months – in emails, letters, cards, phone calls, in praying for each other.  This is a remarkable community of faith – and I am humbled to be part of it.

There has been a lot to learn, and our resources have been stretched.  We rejoice with East Kilbride in completing their renovations.  The building looks good.  We are thankful for those in our circuit who work in the NHS and in the nation’s schools and have done the work which is enabling us to function.  Our prayers are for the church in East Glasgow/Shettleston as they seek to find a new “home”, for the congregation at Clydebank after the fire and break-in one September night, for those in leadership in these islands.

 

Peace to you all.

Andrew

Superintendent Minister, Strathclyde Circuit.

If you wish to contact a Minister please email: Strathclyde.circuit@gmail.com

Andrew Baker’s thoughts: Saturday 5 minutes at 5pm

There is an online service on every Sunday available from 7.00 am  which you can access by the following link:

Service

Reflection on the Gospel Lectionary reading for Sunday available on a Friday

Reflection

Scottish Church Leaders Forum Call to Prayer – 25th October 2020

Evening service via Zoom the first Sunday of the Month, contact Strathclyde.circuit@gmail.com for further information

Prayer for the young people

Prayers for the Circuit from the young people

Woodlands International meet via Zoom details can be found on their Facebook page

Facebook

Every Friday evening from 31st July to 28th August at 7pm Andrew Baker will be hosting a bible study and share meeting on zoom for everyone across the circuit.  Looking at passages from Matthew’s gospel, starting with Matthew 14:13-21.

If you wish to join in the bible study please contact: Strathclyde.circuit@gmail.com

Looking forward to being with folks from across the circuit.  No previous knowledge required;  just a desire to be a disciple of Jesus!

Information for engaging with young people:

Children, Youth and Family Resources.

 Youth for Christ share short videos for children and young people on engaging topics such as ‘What it means to love one another’; ‘Online relationships’ and ‘Faith in every season’.

 The Big House, an Irish youth organisation, has created a video series called “Shaken”.  They introduce this series by saying:

 “We all feel shaken sometimes. Sometimes difficult things happen and we don’t know what to do, or how we feel.

 SHAKEN is a resource is designed to help you make good choices to live well when life shakes you.”

 Fischy Music are holding live assemblies every Monday morning at 11am.  Get your week off to a good start and tune in.

 Roots are providing free weekly resources for families to use throughout the week.

 Engage Worship post a daily prayer and worship activity for all the family to take part in. 

 The Kitchen Table have articles and resources on how to share and grow faith at home.

 Care for the Family provide many resources during COVID-19 including marriage support, bereavement, parent support and more.

 The Methodist Church provides a wealth of resources for children, young people and families.  Read through their recommended film lists for a fun afternoon together; learn how to make prayer sticks; engage in creative worship and much more.

Dear Methodist Friends,

You can find a collection of resources for worship on the Scotland District website. Here is the link

Worship

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And choose Strathclyde Methodist Circuit as the charity you wish to support

 

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