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Strathclyde January 2021
Wishing you a peaceful 2021. What a start to a year! The whole circuit is again “locked down”, and we are unable to be together physically in worship, fellowship or business. I honour so many of you who have chosen courage in this situation and made efforts to support each other. As a staff team we are humbled by the expressions of encouragement we have received – as we have tried to live out our calling in ministry.
As I write, Bible study and fellowship groups are re-starting round the circuit; we have continued to produce a weekly YouTube service which is available on the telephone (0141 473 4743 is a number which will live with me for a long time!); we are gathering on Zoom every Sunday at noon to spend a little time together. We have discovered the reality of God beyond the walls of our church buildings and we have also re-discovered the value of being together (which many of us have missed dearly).
I recognise that many have not been able to be with their families during the special Christmas season – and that has been a painful loss. We all recognise however that the real losses are to those families who are grieving, those who are gasping for breath in Intensive Care Units, those nurses and doctors who are stretched to breaking point as they try to bring healing and hope. We pray every day for those who are most vulnerable at this time and are thankful for those who are enabling life to function.
I am continuing to try to bring a word of encouragement every Saturday evening at 5pm – and appreciate that many of you connect with that. Some of us have encountered God in new ways – which will live with us in the coming years. Perhaps a new world will emerge. There are setbacks – as we have witnessed scenes from Washington DC, as we have known of boats full of desperate migrant families sinking in the Channel, as we hear of thoughtlessness in our own communities. We will not give up hope however. We will choose kindness, compassion, peaceful engagement.
Elijah went to the mountain of the Lord in despair – and heard the sound of sheer silence. God is coming to us in that sound of sheer silence – and we shall receive the Spirit who brings transformation and new beginning.
Peace and love.
Superintendent Minister, Strathclyde Methodist Circuit
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:
Reflection on the Gospel Lectionary reading for Sunday available on a Friday
Weekly Bible Study starting Friday 22nd January looking at Characters in the early part of the Old Testament.
Woodlands International meet via Zoom details can be found on their Facebook page
If you wish to join in the bible study please contact: Strathclyde.firstname.lastname@example.org
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’.
“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
When your shopping why not use the link below to well known retailers, and when you shop via this they will donate straight to the Strathclyde Methodist Circuit Shopping
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And choose Strathclyde Methodist Circuit as the charity you wish to support