Strathclyde Circuit

 

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

August 2020

Dear Friends,

Greetings to you.

These last five months have indeed been very strange, and I know that you have found the reality of God’s presence in different ways.  We have been unable to gather physically to worship and share fellowship together, to celebrate the Lord’s Supper together.  God’s grace has sustained us.

A number of church councils have been meeting over recent weeks, and are exploring the possibility of re-opening their buildings.  Some are considering whether and how they can put things in place to minimise the risk to those entering the building, while others have decided that this is not the right time for them to consider opening the building for worship.

I have put together a tentative preaching plan to facilitate worship if that is possible in September. Of course the situation could change within weeks and days.  At present, anyone intending to join in the physical act of worship would be required to wear a face covering (unless genuinely exempt), bring their own water, register their attendance at the door, assuring the steward that they have no symptoms of COVID 19.  The worship would be limited to 30-40 minutes and there would be no congregational singing or use of books/sheets provided by the church/preacher.

Stewards will need to be trained in how the stipulations of the risk assessment (which must be completed) are carried out when worship is held.  This will not be Methodist worship as we have known it in the past, but many of us want to give it a try.  Of course we may have to change our plans at short notice, but I know we appreciate the uncertainty of these times.

We shall continue to provide online worship and make available material which can be used by congregations.  I have noted that All We Can are producing material to be used for harvest festival and I encourage churches to take this opportunity to use their material in the LA which has been allocated to each congregation in the first 6 weeks of the new year.

We welcome Bob and Mandy Stoner to the circuit.  Bob is a deacon and will be working with the churches at Woodlands, Pollokshaws and Partick in their mission.  We are hoping that there will be a physical welcome for them at Pollokshaws on 3rd September with a small congregation present by invitation.  The rest of the circuit will be able to connect with this through an online facility.  I hope that churches will consider how those without internet access can participate in the online events in creative ways.

I know that many of you will be disappointed, but we shall not be sharing holy communion during the first 6 weeks of the preaching plan, as we adjust to the unusual worship patterns.

Thanks for all your support, love and prayers through these last months.

Peace.

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 at 11.00 am  which you can access by the following link:

Service

Scottish-Church-Leaders-Forum-Call to Prayer-9th-August-2020


A quiet time for prayers, singing, discussing and listening a message
about “The Future: fears or hopes.”

Make sure you take a drink (soft drink or hot drink) and a biscuit or
cake as we will share the food together. You can book on the Facebook
Event page ” Glasgow Seekers & Believers” . The Love Feast will be online and on the phone.                     A password will be needed so you would need to register before the 25 August.

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

Planned Services 6th September – 11th October 2020

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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