Coronavirus means that Christian Aid Week, 10–16 May, will be very different this year. As with so much these days it will be online, and its focus will be on supporting those in the poorest communities around the world who are struggling with the coronavirus crisis.
You can sign up for daily online worship and a daily online quiz at this link, and other fundraising ideas include Send an e-envelope, where you send friends and family a personalised message, inviting them to donate to Christian Aid.
[If you prefer hard copy, printable versions are available of both the quiz and the prayers in the time of coronavirus. For those who don’t have access to a printer, Jan Benvie will be happy to print and post them to you]
Or you can give direct! There won’t be the usual red envelopes and cheery collectors this year, but you can find at this link many other ways of making a donation, even if you are locked down.
On an Easter morning when we were unable to gather together in person, Michael and Mario sent Easter greetings to everyone at St Margaret’s and Rosyth Methodist Church. Michael wrote:
“Last night we lit the Easter Fire and burned the Laments from our Sunday at Six service.
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“From the fire we lit the Paschal Candle (preloved from St Margaret’s 2018) and lit candles as we named each of you aloud.
“May the light of Christ brighten this darkest of times for you, your families and for our world.”
Eddie Sykes writes:
The funeral for the late David Slater will be held at Dunfermline Crematorium at 1:15pm on Wednesday 15 April. Sadly, at this time, only a small number of the immediate family are allowed to attend.
Linked here is an order of service, produced by the Methodist Church, for those who are not able to get to a funeral. I encourage you to use this order at home on the date and time of David’s funeral as we commend him to God’s eternal and loving care. I hope you find it useful.
There will be a Thanksgiving Service for David’s life later in the year. Please continue to pray for all who knew and loved David, as well as others who are still mourning the passing of their loved ones.
Stay well, and thank you for your support and encouragement at this time for myself, Susan and for each other. It truly matters.
Please keep in touch.
Among all the amazing things people are doing to stay connected, did you know about the flashmob choir that St Paul’s Cathedral in London has organised to sing Easter hymns next Sunday?
It would be great if some of our folk were part of it! Just imagine the power of the whole nation joining together defeating lock-down to sing that Christ is Risen! Details at this link.
The Scottish Church Leaders Forum have issued this call to prayer on Palm Sunday:
As we continue to live through this time of trial, we sense an ever renewed Call to Prayer. We are not alone in hearing this call. Rather, it is a Call being heard and responded to across the nations of our island and across the nations of our world. This being so, we invite you to pray in solidarity with others at 7.00pm on Sunday 6 April, which is Palm Sunday. We offer a prayer at this time:
Living God, for the precious gift of life that you have given to us,
We give you thanks.
For the enduring presence of your love in this world,
We give you thanks.
For the knowledge that you are with us at the close of the day,
We give you thanks.
On this day, we hear the Gospel words that speak of hope,
We hear the cry: Hosanna!
We hear the Gospel words that speak of promise,
We hear the cry: Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!
On this day, we journey in hope as we trust in your promise.
Lord, as we journey into the Holy Week to come,
We are conscious that we share in the life of the world.
We are conscious of the presence of those who are near to us,
And of those from whom we are apart.
Whether near, or far, embrace us all in your love.
Lord, we are conscious of others,
Whose life and work is woven into the fabric of our society,
And upon whom we now depend.
We pray for them:
For delivery drivers and posties,
For bin men and cleaners,
For police officers and care workers,
Protect them and keep them safe.
For nurses and doctors,
For scientists and surgeons,
For midwives and ambulance drivers,
Protect them and watch over them.
For those who govern on our behalf,
For those who make decisions that impact upon us all,
For all who shape our common life,
Protect them and increase their wisdom and understanding.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
And grant us faith to journey into the week to come,
Assured of the presence of the crucified and risen Lord,
Jesus Christ. Amen.