The Church of Scotland World Mission Council, Christian Aid and ALTERnativity are developing Advent study materials focusing on life in the Holy Land. Described as “an Advent Journey with the Palestinian people” this resource will help individuals and faith groups explore the Kairos Palestine document as they journey through Advent.
The materials are about to go to print and the final resource will, in their words, “include stories, original art work, prayers and activities to help us hear the cry of faith, hope and love from the Palestinian people”.
Please email your name and address to agrahame [at] cofscotland.org.uk before 30th September to pre-order and get a 10% discount.
This autumn, Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty are joining forces to take the campaign for Tax Justice on the road, with a seven-week Tax Justice Bus Tour.
Their bright red London bus will be touring the length and breadth of Britain and Ireland, to promote the simple message: it’s time for Tax Justice for the poorest communities at home and globally.
In an age of austerity and spending cuts, tax avoidance is morally unacceptable: tax dodging costs lives. It effectively amounts to robbing the poor – in the UK and in poor countries – of the money that should be spent on education, health and welfare.
The Tax Justice Bus will be in Glasgow’s George Square on Tuesday 2 October with Story-telling events from 1.30pm.
Continue reading “All Aboard for Tax Justice”
Cumbernauld Old will be holding their next Toddlers’ Praise service on Saturday 29th September at 11am (-ish) in the Parish Church. The service will feature songs, prayers, stories and games with a Harvest theme and all toddlers are invited to come along dressed in autumn colours (or even as farmers!) – and don’t forget to bring Mum, Dad, Granny, Grandpa or anyone else who would like to come. There will be juice and biscuits as well as tea & coffee for grown-ups.
The Scottish Episcopal Church of the Holy Name in Seafar is celebrating its Golden Jubilee (1962-2012) with a Ceilidh featuring Macapella on Friday 21st September at 7.30pm in the Church Hall (admission free but donations welcome) and then a Thanksgiving Eucharist at 12 noon on Saturday 22nd September followed by a celebration lunch. Please contact the church (0870 432 8696) for further details.
Please note that this event, unfortunately, has had to be cancelled (see ‘comment’ below).
ADVERTISEMENT: Valerie Maclellan has interviewed many well-known people in Scottish circles and her ‘In Conversation With…‘ series returns with an interview with Cardinal Keith O’Brien on Thursday 4th October 2012 at 7.30pm in the Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa, Grange Road, Falkirk. For more details see the attached poster: Valerie Maclellan with Cardinal Keith O’Brien
(Valerie Maclellan is a member of St Mungo’s Parish Church in Cumbernauld)
An article in the latest edition of Cumbernauld Old’s church newsletter introduced the idea of arranging day-time bus outings to places of interest. Those with a concessionary bus pass could travel free, and the plan was that the places visited would also have free admittance. We can now confirm the details for the first of these trips on Wednesday 19 September to the Riverside Museum in Glasgow.
To join in, please meet at the South Bus Stop in Cumbernauld Town Centre (that’s the Asda & Tesco side of Central Way) at 10am on the 19th and we’ll head for Glasgow by bus. Please bring a packed lunch, your bus pass (if you have one!) plus possibly enough to pay for a cup of tea or coffee at the Riverside. Anyone lucky enough to be under 60 will need money for their bus fares too, but entrance to the Riverside is free. There are no restrictions on who can come – this isn’t limited to church members, or anything like that – and return times are flexible (since we’re using public transport). See you at the bus stop!
The World Council of Churches calls on churches and congregations around the world to observe an International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September. The day coincides with the International Day of Peace initiated by the United Nations. Participants are especially invited to pray and act together for a just peace in communities, nations and the world.
Prayers from different parts of the world will be shared through online media, including Facebook and Twitter. People who are not active on these social media platforms may share their prayers by email.
Praying for Ceasefire is the theme adopted this year by On Earth Peace, a United States-based agency rooted in the Church of the Brethren. “For some people, praying for ceasefire will mean praying for a break in armed conflict. For others, a ceasefire will mean ending conflict in their community, workplace, church or family,” said Matt Guynn of On Earth Peace. To commemorate the day, On Earth Peace also invites diverse congregations and groups to plan events including prayers, cultural sharing, music and the arts, to challenge violence in communities and to encourage action for peace.
More information at: www.overcomingviolence.org/IDPP
Peace prayer wall on Facebook
On Twitter, the campaign uses the hashtag #peaceday