Presbytery Mailing 07/06/2024

Please find below a number of relevant pieces of information for distribution and consideration by Presbyters.

It is with sadness that we pass on the news that Rev Michael Phillippo, a retired Auxilliary Minister for Aberdeen passed away on the 27th of May. A brief tribute from Rev John Watson (Retired) is below.

I first became friendly with Michael when he was working at Middlefield church as Locum. He seemed to go everywhere on a bike and I was absolutely amazed to hear him talking of touring Europe with his wife on a bicycle.  He was extremely fit and thought nothing of cycling hundreds of miles.

When I retired in 2009 Michael was asked to be Locum at St Marks which he did for some time, becoming well loved by the folks in St Marks.  Not too sure how long he was there.  He was well known to all of the presbyters in Aberdeen as one who could be called upon to help where necessary.

When Michael decided to retire he and his wife moved to Newtonhill, and I renewed friendship with Michael once more. He started attending Sunday worship at Newtonhill, where I myself had become a member.

Although he never moved his lines to Newtonhill, he and his wife were regular worshippers there.   I did notice that Michael though was becoming quite unsteady on his feet and because of that I managed to procure for him an electric mobility scooter which he loved and It gave him a new lease of life and much more freedom.  However eventually his health deteriorated and getting about in the scooter became more difficult for him, and eventually it was decreed that Michael needed 24/7 care and a place was found for him in Lethan Park nursing home in Portlethen.

As I took over Locum at Portlethen and Newtonhill (Kincardine Coastal) churches on 1st January 2024 I went to visit Michael in Lethan Park and found him to be quite jovial appreciating his surroundings and care being given to him by the staff there.

I can say that many folks from many of the churches Michael served in as Locum were very much appreciative of his humour and his ministry, and he will be missed by many who knew him.


A reminder that if you are a member of Presbytery and have not already filled out a Committee Choice form for the coming Presbytery Year, these should be filled out and returned to the Presbytery office as soon as possible so that they can be collated and passed onto the Connections and Nominations Committee who will be putting together the committees in the near future. This includes Ministers and Equalising/Balancing Elders. The form can be downloaded here and should be returned by email or post to the Presbytery Office.

This is also a reminder that the deadline for Elder Commission returns is past and there are still a number of congregations that haven't returned details of their new/returning Presbytery Elder. We thank those that have already sent in details.


The Church of Scotland Young Adult Guild (LIFT) are holding a meeting on Tuesday 11th June regarding the upcoming General Election and the important of Voter Registration.

The link below is to join their mailing list to ensure you will receive the zoom link!
https://forms.office.com/r/u5jhE7t1Qj


Click here to download a poster for a concert by the Watoto Children's Choir in Peterhead on the 30th June and 2nd July.


The Church of Scotland is organising a webinar to showcase the Jewish-Christian Glossary, introduced by the Chief Rabbi at the General Assembly in 2023. Hosted by the Council of Christians and Jews, the purpose of this webinar is to present the fruit of this ground-breaking work alongside some of the Church of Scotland’s prominent figures. Rev Fiona Smith, Principal Clerk of the General Assembly, will share her reflections on the key terms in the glossary. Very Rev Susan Brown, former Moderator of the General Assembly, will engage in a conversation with Rabbi David Mason, whose initial dialogues provided much of the content now included in the glossary.

The Jewish-Christian glossary explores various terms significant to both Judaism and Christianity. Initiated by the Church of Scotland and the Office of the Chief Rabbi, this project helps both faiths appreciate their differences and similarities by focusing on language to inspire respect and curiosity. By using common terms such as ‘justice’, ‘grace’, and ‘covenant’, the glossary reveals how the same words can be understood and interpreted in different ways. The idea emerged from years of dialogue between the faith communities, which fostered good relations between Church of Scotland and Jewish leaders but proved challenging to extend beyond those directly involved.

Our webinar will delve into the process of compiling the glossary, explore some of the terms in depth, and discuss its potential impact on future collaboration and dialogue. The discussion will be followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

Wednesday 19 June 2024 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC+01)

LOCATION

Online event. Details to book here.


Click here to download a poster detailing events arranged to mark the closure of Craigellachie Church.

 

 

Presbytery Mailing 31/05/2024

Please find below a number of relevant pieces of information for distribution and consideration by Presbyters.

The Presbytery Yearbook has been updated on the website, if you haven't downloaded a new copy recently, please be aware that the information might not be up to date.


A reminder that if you are a member of Presbytery and have not already filled out a Committee Choice form for the coming Presbytery Year, these should be filled out and returned to the Presbytery office as soon as possible so that they can be collated and passed onto the Connections and Nominations Committee who will be putting together the committees in the near future. This includes Ministers and Equalising/Balancing Elders. The form can be downloaded here and should be returned by email or post to the Presbytery Office.

This is also a reminder that the deadline for Elder Commission returns is past and there are still a number of congregations that haven't returned details of their new/returning Presbytery Elder. We thank those that have already sent in details.


Dyce and New Machar Churches are looking for any spare copies of Large Print CH4 for their Care Home Services. They would require about 10-12 copies. Get in contact with Rev Joan Thorne if you might be able to help.


There are  election resources from the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office (including links to UK resources) at:

https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/connect/scottish-churches-parliamentary-office/elections-and-hustings

and Christian Aid have some information on issues:

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/general-election-campaign-crib-sheets

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/sites/default/files/2024-02/christian-aid-call-to-action-to-political-parties-for-ge-2024.pdf

Other resources that might be helpful...

Elections – Joint Public Issues Team (jpit.uk)

JPIT General Election special (jointpublicissues-news.org.uk)

Britain and the Bible - Bible Society


There are two upcoming safeguarding sessions that will be held online with trainer Rev Julia Meason:

  1. Introductory Training
  • Date: Monday 24th June 2024
  • Time: 2pm
  • Register here

Trustee Training

  • Date: Wednesday 26th June
  • Time: 2pm
  • Register here

Both courses will be delivered via zoom.


Click here to download Rev Carl Irvine's report on yesterday's meeting of the Aberdeenshire Education and Children's Services Committee (for those in the Aberdeenshire Council area).

Presbytery Mailing 24/05/2024

Please find below a number of relevant pieces of information for distribution and consideration by Presbyters.

A reminder that if you are a member of Presbytery and have not already filled out a Committee Choice form for the coming Presbytery Year, these should be filled out and returned to the Presbytery office as soon as possible so that they can be collated and passed onto the Connections and Nominations Committee who will be putting together the committees in the near future. This includes Ministers and Equalising/Balancing Elders. The form can be downloaded here and should be returned by email or post to the Presbytery Office.

This is also a reminder that the deadline for Elder Commission returns is past and there are still a number of congregations that haven't returned details of their new/returning Presbytery Elder. We thank those that have already sent in details.


Prayers with and for Asylum Seekers – Fortnightly prayer meeting at Crown Terrace Baptist Church, 7pm starting 16th May. A chance to gather in prayer for and with asylum seekers in what are stressful times for them. A warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to come along. At the first meeting a large number of the asylum seekers who are being accommodated in a nearby hotel joined with members of Crown Terrace Baptists and others. It was a moving and powerful prayer time. The option to join via Zoom is also being explored. For more details of the prayer meetings and how you can help in practical ways please contact the pastor at Crown Terrace Baptists, Gary Smith, at ctbcpastor@gmail.com


From Rev Donald Prentice:

I am a recently retired Church of Scotland Minister, formerly Moray Presbytery, ( St Leonards Forres Rafford and Dallas)
After several months rest, I feel able to take on light duties including locums and pulpit supply.
If you have need of my services, I can be contacted as follows:

Rev Donald Prentice
3 Firth View
Burghead
Moray IV 30 5YW TEL: 07519 558 508 or answerphone 01343 33 33 10
EMAIL: Dprentice@churchofscotland.org.uk


Aberdour Church are working on a plan to repurpose their Church, and are creating a 'warm hub' where they will offer refreshments several times each week and a separate 'heritage area'. They are looking to furnish with tables and chairs for the hub, and glass display cabinets for the heritage space. They realise that there may be Churches which are closing and may have these items surplus to requirements. If that is the case, you can get in touch with the Session Clerk by clicking here.


From Gillian Douglas, Lead Chaplain and Head of Spiritual Care at NHS Grampian:

I am due to retire from my post as Lead Chaplain and Head of Spiritual Care at the end of June. I am now working reduced hours as part of the phased retirement arrangements that NHS Grampian offer. Interviews for the post were held in March but an appointment was not made.

Interim arrangements are being made whereby my colleague Katrina Blackwood, one of our Senior Chaplains, will be acting up in the role from the beginning of June for a period of four months. The post will be readvertised in due course.

Presbytery Mailing 17/05/2024

Please find below a number of relevant pieces of information for distribution and consideration by Presbyters.

Prayers with and for Asylum Seekers – Fortnightly prayer meeting at Crown Terrace Baptist Church, 7pm starting 16th May. A chance to gather in prayer for and with asylum seekers in what are stressful times for them. A warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to come along. At the first meeting a large number of the asylum seekers who are being accommodated in a nearby hotel joined with members of Crown Terrace Baptists and others. It was a moving and powerful prayer time. The option to join via Zoom is also being explored. For more details of the prayer meetings and how you can help in practical ways please contact the pastor at Crown Terrace Baptists, Gary Smith, at ctbcpastor@gmail.com


I wanted to inform you of two upcoming safeguarding sessions that will be held at Dyce Parish Church with trainers David and Ann:

1. Trustee Training
• Date: Monday, 3rd June
• Time: 7pm

2. Introductory Training
• Date: Monday, 17th June
• Time: 7pm

Both courses will take place at Dyce Parish Church and are scheduled to start promptly at 7pm.

To register on the app click here or online or contact NHepburn@churchofscotland.org.uk


Click here to download a poster for a new initiative that's been set up by the Cowdray Club and Quarriers, to support people with loved ones in care homes. It's for anyone with a relative in a care home, not just the Cowdray.


The exhibition is between 6-28 July and features the work of Elizabeth Gray-King. Elizabeth is a retired URC minister and her exhibition, Spirit Justice, is touring the UK, more details are available here:

https://www.elizabethgrayking.com/spirit-justice-tour

 

Presbytery Mailing 10/05/2024

Please find below a number of relevant pieces of information for distribution and consideration by Presbyters.

A new Presbytery Clerk has been appointed, more information can be found here.


Aberdeen Hillside has set up a list of items that they no longer need, click here to download it for more details.


Christian Aid is running an event in Aberdeen in June and would like to invite everyone to it.

Christian Aid’s Sierra Leone Country Director Mattia Dimoh is coming to Aberdeen to speak about the impact your support has on communities. Mattia oversees a range of projects, spanning from gender justice and social inclusion to climate justice. You will also hear about In Their Lifetime, Christian Aid’s pioneering programme which seeks to invest in innovative projects that transform lives. A Q&A session will follow with tea/coffee provided.  

 

Location: Upper Hall, Aberdeen Methodist Church (8 Crown Terrace, Aberdeen AB11 6HE).  

Please RSVP so we can track numbers, by emailing Christian Aid at philanthropy@christian-aid.org. 


A quick reminder about the Presbytery Prayer Training Day tomorrow, click here to download a poster for the upcoming event.


Moving forward from the Prayer vigil that was held last week, Crown Terrace Baptists will be holding the following events fortnightly for the foreseeable future.

Prayers with and for Asylum Seekers – Fortnightly prayer meeting at Crown Terrace Baptist Church, 7pm starting 16th May. A chance to gather in prayer for and with asylum seekers in what are stressful times for them. A warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to come along. At the first meeting a large number of the asylum seekers who are being accommodated in a nearby hotel joined with members of Crown Terrace Baptists and others. It was a moving and powerful prayer time. The option to join via Zoom is also being explored. For more details of the prayer meetings and how you can help in practical ways please contact the pastor at Crown Terrace Baptists, Gary Smith, at ctbcpastor@gmail.com

Presbytery Mailing 03/05/2024

Please find below a number of relevant pieces of information for distribution and consideration by Presbyters.

What a wonderful day at Balmoral and great to have raised (so far) over £3300 for CrossReach on behalf of The Presbytery of Northeast and Northern Isles.

Pictured are Keith and Aaron Blackwood (Mannofield) Amy Bender, Krista and Ken Brown (Keith North Churches), and Sean Swindells (Cruden Bay)

All were happy with their Runs and moreover delighted to be backed by so much generosity for this worthy cause.


Join the BRF Ministries Messy Church team for a day of encouragement and inspiration! This event is intended for both those interested in finding out more about Messy Church as well as established Messy Church teams and leaders. In the morning there are two workshops to choose from depending on your experience. We’ll then be joined for some musical worship with our friends and special guests from Fischy Music. After lunch, we’ll get hands on outdoors with Messy Church Goes Wild and we’ll finish with a time of celebration together.

They are running two events in Scotland:

Dundee- Friday 7th June- 10am-4pm at Lochee Church

Glasgow- Saturday 8th June- 10am-4pm at Croftfoot Church

Each days costs £20, including lunch. See the Messy Church website to book.


The congregation of Duffus, Spynie and Hopeman is featured in a new book from the Church of Scotland Stewardship team! The book, Living Generously: a whole-life response to God’s love, is a new resource which explores how we recognise and steward God’s gifts in different areas of our life. Duffus, Spynie and Hopeman features in the chapter on Earth, where they talk about their Eco Action Plan which encourages everyone to play their part in valuing and caring for God’s creation. If you would like more information or to purchase the book, please visit https://standrewpress.hymnsam.co.uk/books/9781800830493/living-generously


Sunday 19 May, 7-9pm

St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh

You are invited to join us at the launch of God Welcomes All, the Church of Scotland’s new hymnary supplement.

This new collection features over 200 hymns and songs in a wide range of styles by writers from Scotland and around the world. The majority have been written in the last 20 years and with a focus on hospitality and welcome, the book features contemporary themes such as creation and the climate crisis, lament, healing, pilgrimage, ageing and dementia, migration, and reconciliation.

The launch event will feature special guests who have songs included in the collection, and we are forming a choir to help lead singing on the night.

Tickets are free but expected to go quickly, so sign up now to be part of the choir, to join the singing from your seat, or simply to enjoy the music.

https://forms.office.com/e/nkc3VYd1i3


Click here to read the Partner Plan from Fiona Kendall.


The latest edition of Presbytery Prayer Points can be found here.

Presbytery Mailing 26/04/2024

Please find below a number of relevant pieces of information for distribution and consideration by Presbyters.

Click here to download an updated poster for the upcoming Prayer Training Event on the 11th of May.


Click here to download a final reminder note about the Crossreach Balmoral run this weekend.


Click here to download a poster for an event for the Singing Hands Concert that was mentioned at Presbytery on Tuesday, to be held on the 18th of May in aid of the Vine Trust.


Click here to download a poster for The Great British Dog Walk at Balmoral run by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.


White Armband Day will be commemorated on the 31st of May by Beyond Srebenica, a genocide education charity, more details and free tickets can be found here.

Presbytery Mailing 19/04/2024

Please find below a number of relevant pieces of information for distribution and consideration by Presbyters.

There is a new post from the Mission Development Officer on the website. Click here to view the post.


From Faith Action Programme:

Sunday 19 May, 7-9pm

St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh

You are invited to join us at the launch of God Welcomes All, the Church of Scotland’s new hymnary supplement.

This new collection features over 200 hymns and songs in a wide range of styles by writers from Scotland and around the world. The majority have been written in the last 20 years and with a focus on hospitality and welcome, the book features contemporary themes such as creation and the climate crisis, lament, healing, pilgrimage, ageing and dementia, migration, and reconciliation.

The launch event will feature special guests who have songs included in the collection, and we are forming a choir to help lead singing on the night.

Tickets are free but expected to go quickly, so sign up now to be part of the choir (deadline 26th April), to join the singing from your seat, or simply to enjoy the music.

https://forms.office.com/e/nkc3VYd1i3

If you are unable to be in Edinburgh that week, don't worry! Faith Action are hoping to hold regional launch events at other times.

Presbytery Mailing 12/04/2024

Please find below a number of relevant pieces of information for distribution and consideration by Presbyters.

Apologies for the lack of content in last week's mailing, the regular compiler of these was on holiday and we hadn't received any further information for the temporary compiler to add in.


The latest edition of Presbytery Prayer Points can be found here.


Meldrum & Bourtie Church have asked that we share the below message.

We are in desperate need of new IT/Audio/Visual equipment. As a church we have been slow to upgrade because we did not know our future in terms of redevelopment. We now have a much clearer plan, but that is still a 2 or more-year long road. Do you know of any churches with redundant equipment that needs a new home? We would be grateful for anything that can help us upgrade our very old system while we wait for our full upgrade and new redevelopment project. Any help would be very appreciated.

If you are able to help, you can get in contact with Rev Alisa McDonald at Alisa.McDonald@churchofscotland.org.uk or 07838835778.


The Mission Development Officer, Rev Dr Robert Smith, will be preparing information and resources for mission for the website, this can be found at https://nenipresbytery.org.uk/mission-news/.