We’re just finishing our series of Bible study discussions led by Eddie Sykes on the Book of Ruth (the notes are still available via this link), and we warmly invite you to join us on Thursdays during July, even if you have not done so before. Previous Bible knowledge is not a requirement, just a desire to learn and enjoy the on-line fellowship.
The Zoom meeting starts at 10:30am, includes a time of sharing at the beginning, and finishes at about 11:40am. The meeting details are the same as in June. If you don’t have these, or are new to the study group, please email Eddie at ku.gro.tsidohtemhtysornull@retsinim for an access code.
For this series Eddie has picked, in no particular order, a variety of stories about different people that we read in the book of Acts. As before, Eddie will be producing notes on the topic ahead of each session, and these will be linked to this post as they are published – watch this space!
- 9 July – The Conversion of Saul (Acts 9:1–19) (notes at this link)
- 16 July – Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1–11)
- 23 July – Philip the Evangelist (Acts 8:4–40; 21:8–14)
- 30 July – Women in the NT Church (Acts 16:11–5; 18:1–4, 18–20)
[At this link you can access the notes for the first set of Bible Study sessions and also find more about the Zoom technology we use to share these sessions.]
As it recommends on the /Together campaign website, “On Sunday 5 July mark the birthday of the NHS by joining together to say a big “thank you” to everyone who is helping us through these difficult times, from carers and helpers, to friends and family. And make a promise to each other to get through the months and years ahead, together!”
In the run-up to 5 July, the 72nd anniversary of the NHS, you can say a personal thank you to someone who matters to you by downloading one of our artists/together templates on the /Together website and displaying it in your window.
On the evening of 4 July, we are asked to put a light in our windows in remembrance of all those lost to the coronavirus pandemic. National landmarks will also be lit up in blue as part of our collective memorial.
At 5.00pm on 5 July, we are encouraged to take part in one last country-wide clap of thanks, and then stay out to raise a glass or have a cup of tea with our neighbours.
The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Chair of the Together steering group, is one of many public figures who voiced their support in an open letter which read: “We all owe a debt of gratitude to the nurses, doctors, physios, porters, cleaners, and countless others who have delivered for patients and their families along with all those in the care sector. But we are also hugely grateful to the shop workers, transport staff, delivery drivers, teachers, refuse collectors, farmers, armed service personnel and other key workers who have kept the country going.”
As we move out of Phase 1 to Phase 2 of lockdown there is new guidance about what can and cannot happen in our churches at this time. In the Methodist Church in Scotland, the decision has been made not to open our church buildings before 1 September 2020.
During the summer, this means that we will begin to look at how we need to prepare our buildings (cleaning, provision of sanitisers, sorting out of hygiene protocols, etc) to be ready to receive people in a safe and healthy environment. You will be kept informed as we progress through July and August.
You won’t be able to get together at Errol Park this midsummer, but the event is going on-line, so there will still be an opportunity to share a programme of music, art and ideas. Details of the 19–21 June event at this link.
There’s a chance to join the Big Sing Choir in “All will be well”, but you need to take action to upload your contribution by 15 June – details at this link.
MHA Sunday this year will be different because of the COVID-19 crisis. Instead of having local church-based meetings, the memorial and remembrance service will be delivered virtually. This year’s theme is kindness, inspired by the book of Ruth, and the care given by volunteers and colleagues.
Don’t miss the MHA version of “Amazing Grace”, played in isolation by 30 of the MHA music therapists!