Strathclyde Circuit

 

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

Dear Friends,

Greetings to you in the name of the Risen Lord, who says to us, “Peace be with you”. It is good to be able to keep in contact with you at this unusual time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are finding things particularly challenging, as they deal with death, sickness, mental health issues, financial insecurity and isolation. We think too about partners overseas in developing countries, for whom the virus could pose problems on a different scale* (see below).

The future is very uncertain – as to what life will be like in the months which lie ahead, so we live each day to the fullest, hoping that tomorrow will be better, trusting in the God of resurrection, whose true power is found in sacrificial love.

Thanks to all those who continue to pray for the circuit ministers; we have found ourselves having to adapt quickly to a whole new way of working. I know that many of you have found comfort and inspiration through the material produced online. I am thankful to those who have been able to embrace the new technology to make this possible.

The circuit service is broadcast every Sunday morning online Service

On Sunday 31st May  there will be a Sing a long Service at 6 pm on the link above

and you can pick it up there any time after the Sunday morning. I am continuing to broadcast for 5 minutes live at 5 pm (5@5)on Saturdays on Saturday 5 minutes at 5 pm

and you can pick up all my old chats there also.

There has also been a remarkable amount of pastoral care exercised on the telephone: listening and encouraging and praying for each other, not only by the staff, but through the faithfulness of pastoral visitors and fellow worshippers. There are times when we cannot pray for ourselves – we need others to do it for us.

It has been said that the church buildings may be closed, but the church of Jesus Christ is open for business; and I have heard many stories of service beyond the call of duty, bringing hope in small ways to other people.

*There is opportunity to give to ‘All We Can’ as they appeal for support for those in developing countries through. All We Can

I trust too that you have considered how you can maintain your financial support for your local church at this time, so that the church’s mission can continue.

We are awaiting guidance as to how the church may function going into the future, but I rejoice to know that all churches are managing to “meet together” in some way during these strange days. We trust in the God of resurrection, who pours out the Spirit, that we might not only know grace in the wilderness, but streams of living water in the desert.

Please be in touch if you feel I could find ways of supporting you. You remain in the thoughts and prayers of many in the circuit, as we learn to appreciate our interdependence even more. We suffer together and we rejoice together.

Our district presbyters are meeting on Wednesday of this week (by “Zoom”) and the local preachers are meeting at the end of the month. There is hope that a new way of being the Methodist Church will emerge – but I still miss being with you all.

Peace and love to you.

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

Prayer for the young people

Prayers for the Circuit from the young people

From Mark Slaney – District Chair for Methodism in Scotland

Mark will be leading worship 11.00 am on a Sunday

Scottish Church Leaders Forum (Statement – 31 May 2020)

Sunday

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

Facebook

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’.

https://yfc.co.uk/youthworkonline/ ]

 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.”

http://www.thebighouse.org.uk/blog/ ]

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

https://www.youtube.com/user/Fischymusic?fbclid=IwAR1rWoAnJ8LXm9hgDRFODu2ZEnHlNrGTFUnBL0ofi8TQNg9-WCPiot-gGYc ]

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

https://www.rootsontheweb.com/i-am-looking-for/public-copies/worshipathome26apr ]

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

https://engageworship.org/engage-at-home-daily-family-prayer-and-worship-activities?fbclid=IwAR3QvGVK9c7pz2HGfHlbwXEuDICJuQejD_Ac2DSeINlm0EJBopQ1BNXbohs ]

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

https://kitchentable.org.uk/ ]

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

https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/ ]

 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.

https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/coronavirus/talking-to-young-people/]

Dear Methodist Friends,

  1. You can find a collection of resources for worship on the Scotland District website. Here is the link http://methodistchurchinscotland.net/resources/worship-resources-for-online-and-at-home/
  2. I will be leading a short act of worship live on Sunday morning at 11am for Methodists across Scotland and Shetland. Folk can subscribe to my channel and join in using this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqMz31V_plsq89v_KXAAlCw

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

If you like shopping on Amazon go to Smile Amazon

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

 

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