Welcoming Children with Additional Support Needs

Join us and guest speaker Claire Neeson as we explore how we can make our churches more accessible for children with Additional Support Needs (ASN). Claire will share with us ways in which we can make the church environment more welcoming, creating a sacred space, looking at the language we use and how to make it more accessible and more. Join us and hear how a few simple changes can really make a difference.

The webinar is on Monday, 17th May at 7pm.  It is free but you can make a donation if you wish.

About Claire

Claire has been in education for over 25 years and has worked in the area of ASN for 16 years. Claire has worked closely with churches and community groups, adapting resources and activities, ensuring that they are inclusive and accessible to the individual needs of children and young people. Claire is the ASN representative on the Education Committee at the Diocese of Motherwell and works closely with the education department to support teachers and chaplaincy teams to develop an inclusive practice in their schools and churches. Claire is also a church representative on the management team of the New Opportunities Project in Motherwell, based in North Motherwell Parish Church, which works with children and families in the area who are experiencing difficulties in life due to poverty, addiction and mental health.

All donations will be given to the Scottish Autism Organisation – Scottish Charity No. SC 009068

The webinar is on Monday, 17th May at 7pm.  It is free but you can make a donation if you wish.  The link is below.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/welcoming-children-with-additional-support-needs-tickets-151496007637?aff=ebdssbeac

Any queries about this event, please contact Jess Poole

Introducing our New Synod Moderator

Our new Synod Moderator, Paul Whittle, has recorded a short video introducing himself to the Synod. The video is available on our Synod YouTube channel https://youtu.be/hkyleS9MTi4
Paul’s induction to his ministry in the Synod will take place on Saturday 27th February 2021 at 2.30pm on Zoom. More information about that will soon be available from the Synod Office.

Synod Lent Group – ‘Living His Story’

I am planning on holding an online Lent Group for 2021 meeting on Thursday evenings starting on the 18th February  that is open to anyone and everyone connected with  congregations within the National Synod of Scotland based on ‘Living His Story, Revealing the extraordinary love of God in extraordinary ways’ by Hannah Steele.  It will not be essential for participants in the group to have their own copies of the book as all material will be provided, but anyone wanting to read and reflect more deeply with the themes introduced will find having their own copy useful.

The blurb on the back cover of the book introduces the themes within,

“We are fascinated by stories.  Every culture has them, passed from generation to generation.  Stories tell us who we are, where we belong and how we relate to the world around us.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is the story at the heart of the universe, and yet the Church finds itself in a culture that has largely forgotten this good news.  How can we convey the extraordinary love of God to our neighbours in such a strange post-Christian world?”

Each week has a theme taking a chapter from the book:

Week 1 – The greatest story of all time

Week 2 – Catching up with God

Week 3 – Jesus was in the transformation business

Week 4 – Communicating like Jesus did

Week 5 – Passing on the story of Jesus

Week 6 – Finding echoes of the story of Jesus in our world today

Week 7 – Stories of finding Jesus

You can find out more about the book from the SPCK website and can order it there or through other online bookshops. Remember that your local bookshop(s) may be continuing to trade online through lockdown.

The group will meet on Thursday evenings through Lent, starting on the 18th February at 7.00pm.

If you would like to join this group, please complete the online form to express your interest in taking part, and don’t hesitate to be in touch with me if you have any questions.

Sarah Moore, Transition Champion, transition@urcscotland.org.uk 

 

Synod Event – Beyond the Children’s Corner

We are delighted to invite you to an evening with Margaret Pritchard Houston, author of “Beyond the Children’s Corner: creating a culture of welcome for all ages” and “There is a Season: celebrating the church year with children.” Margaret is the Children’s Ministry Advisor for the Diocese of St Albans, Church of England, and a former parish children’s worker.

Join us as we share in Margaret’s passion for helping churches to become more welcoming to children and families. Learn how a few simple changes can make a big difference to your church. This workshop, based upon the book, Beyond the Children’s Corner, will be thought provoking, encouraging and full of ideas for our children and family ministries. This workshop is suitable for churches who already have families in attendance and for those who do not – yet. Come and be inspired and blessed by Margaret’s enthusiasm and knowledge.

This is a free event but a donation can be made. All proceeds will be given to the children’s charity, The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition.

The event takes place on Tuesday 8th December between 7.30pm and 9pm on Zoom. Follow this link to sign up to attend.  Contact Jess Poole or Sarah Moore for more details.

Worship for Remembrance Sunday

Worship services for Remembrance Sunday are available online from churches across the Synod. A list of churches offering online services is available here.

We particularly highlight the joint service from Duke Street and Saughtonhall URCs that starts at 10.45am on Sunday 8th November and will be available on their Facebook pages. You do not need to have a Facebook account to be able to access the service.

Statement from the Moderators of the General Assembly about the November 2020 lockdown in England

The Moderators of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church have prepared the attached statement in relation to the current lockdown in England.

While the content has been prepared for the English situation, the themes are more widely relevant to how we as individuals and as churches respond to the coronavirus pandemic and to the diet of restrictions and challenges that has brought.

https://urc.org.uk/latest-news/3640-urc-general-secretary-comments-on-new-four-week-lockdown.html?fbclid=IwAR1taulrR2ngPpF5nY9MfMxor8st3lJl7Wd3-OPifm-2fZS4OPh_eQ0gsNM

Synod Worship – a note!

Astute followers of this website may have noticed that the pointing to an online weekly act of worship in one of our Synod churches or led by a member of the Synod Team has ceased.  If you are looking for an act of worship from a United Reformed Church congregation in Scotland, please check the list here.

We will continue to feature particular services and events from time to time, the first of which will be a joint service for Remembrance Sunday from Duke Street and Saughtonhall URCs in Edinburgh on Sunday 8th November starting at 10.45am led by the Revd David Scott.

The service will be available to view on their Facebook page

Synod Service – Sunday 27th September – Southside Cluster, in and around Glasgow

Sunday’s Synod Service comes from the Southside Cluster in and around Glasgow and is led by the Rev’d Andy Braunston. It is a service of Holy Communion so you may like to have some bread and wine, or suitable alternatives to hand.

You can access the service in a number of ways:

Method 1

The simplest method is to use your house phone and dial in to 0131 460 1196. Then a computerised voice then asks you for a meeting identity, type in: 897 4873 8990. If asked for a password please type 1234

Method 2

If you have a computer with a microphone and speakers which can connect to the Internet go to

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89748738990

and that will let you in. If asked for a password please type 1234

Method 3

If you have a Smart Phone – ie one that has a camera and connects to the internet please call the meeting by typing in all of the following:

+441314601196,,89748738990#

If prompted for a password please type 1234

Method 4

If you have a tablet computer – for example an iPad – you need to download the Zoom app from the app store (it’s free) and then join the meeting by entering the meeting ID 897 4873 8990

If asked for a password please type 1234

Method 5

If you find Andy on Facebook you can watch the service from 11am on his Facebook feed.

If all this is new to you and you’d like to practice come in on the day at 10.30 and I can talk you through things. Once we start I will mute everybody as if there is a prayer we say together the delay over the phone or internet is quite funny. I will turn mikes back on for when we share prayer requests or have a natter. The service will be around 45 minutes.

You should have a look and see how to mute yourself if you use a computer, phone or tablet. Look for an icon of a microphone and click on this to turn it on or off. Similarly there is an icon of a camera which turns on and off your computer or tablet camera.