“In 1983, a year after the last Papal visit, a group
of British Council of Churches members of the Division of
Ecumenical Affairs, with some leaders of the Roman Catholic
Church in Britain, were invited to a return visit. We enjoyed
the hospitality of most major departments of the Curia, among
them a memorable conversation with the then Cardinal
This gathering in Dunblane will seek to engage with
different assertions, made during that visit to Rome,
relating to '(the) Truth'. The event is being arranged
in connection with the first Papal visit since 1982 and
the Guest of Honour is to be the Rt Rev David Jenkins,
former Bishop of Durham.
For details, see leaflets / booking forms on the
Vestibule table, contact SCH on 01786 823588,
see website :
Welcome for Rev Benson Chongo- a warm invitation is
extended to everyone to the official
Welcome Service for our new Circuit Minister. This Service, led by the Rev Lily Twist, Chair of the Synod,
will also include the Recognition of the Rev Mary Patterson as
our Circuit Superintendent.
It will help the Welcome Group to have an idea of numbers
of people coming from Dundee; offers of food will also be
welcome. Please indicate these through any Church Steward
or Keith Pearson, Circuit Steward.
Commissioning Service of
Jenny Lee as President of Women's Network Scotland, followed by
entertainment and tea. The Service will be conducted by
the Rev Lily Twist, Margaret Law as the Retiring Network
President, and other District Officers.
If you hope to attend it will assist with catering
to notify this via 01261 821280;
firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 20th August.
Proceeds to Princess Royal Trust Carlogie House Respite
Facility. See poster and leaflets on Vestibule table.
Support other Organisations
Scottish Churches House Prayer Network
Prayers are invited this week for meetings and events in
the House: International Work Camp (all week), Theological
Seminar in connection with the Visit of Pope Benedict XVI
to the UK (Monday-Wednesday); ACTS Education Group (Monday).
Scottish Bible Society
Our support through the Bible-a-Month Club is invited for work in August in Vietnam and in September in Panama. See noticeboard for more information.
Our prayerful attention is drawn this week to
local Bible Society work in the West Bank and Gaza;
work in Panama with women marginalized by prostitution;
students in Egypt and Christian teachers working with them;
distribution work among the needy and displaced in Iraq during times of church persecution.
Anniversary Celebrations of the 1611 King James Bible
Following a presentation at this year's Methodist Conference
in Portsmouth, the District Synod in September will be invited
to help focus our attention through the Biblefresh Programme.
As part of this, the Scottish Bible Society intimates that from June to
September 2011 there will be the opportunity for people
throughout Scotland to hand-write a “People's Bible
for Scotland”. Exhibition space will be set up in
local communities where people can come and write a small
portion of Scripture - each page giving “a snapshot
of the people of Scotland in 2011”. Our support
through prayer for this vision and the resources to carry
it out is invited NOW.
2009 Scottish Bible Society Bicentenary Appeal for Brazil
This Appeal raised £250,000 to fund a multi-purpose
vehicle to take medical and spiritual aid to people in the
north-east of Brazil, its poorest region, “with
communities blighted by problems like drug-trafficking
and child prostitution”. The vehicle is now delivering
medical services, civic advice and Scripture resources from
its base in Recife.
Music for an Autumn Evening : this event is part of the
celebration of the 50th Birthday of Scottish Churches House.
A Pre-Concert Dinner at 6 pm is to be
followed by a Chamber Concert at 7.30 pm with works performed
by the Wind Quintet “Interplay”.
For details of the programme and booking, please see
leaflet on noticeboard,
www.scottishchurcheshouse.org, telephone 01786 823588.
Proceeds are for the SCH Development Fund.
Prayer Points for this week
all affected by natural disasters, especially in Pakistan,
China & Chile; those seeking to bring rescue and relief;
The Methodist and Orthodox Churches, each starting a new church year on September 1st;
the President and Vice-President at the Connexional Team Service on Wednesday;
the Rev Mary Patterson as she formally becomes our Circuit Superintendent on Wednesday;
the people of Niger facing severe famine (Christian Aid);