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ThisistoletyouknowthatGOINGFORGROWTH-a campaign to raise our church income, is set to begin in 2015.Theoutcomewehopeforisgrowthinfaithand commitmentleadingtoincreasedgiving,andyouwillbe hearing more about this during the programme.Theplanninggrouphasalreadyworkedoutatimetable focusingonamaineventattheendofMayandevery member will be invited.Everyonewillbeinvolvedandweplantokeepyouupdated as more details are worked out.Robert Carson, Planning Group ChairmanRev George Shand
Update 11th January 2015The sub - committee appointed by the Congregational Board has been busy already and has met to review developments in our proposed Stewardship campaign for later this year. You received a leaflet giving you notice of this with your last FOCUS. We sing often that ‘We have a gospel to proclaim’ and indeed this is central to all that we do in the church. We also however have the great task of maintaining a Christian presence in this village and of ensuring that the work of the church in all its aspects, continues. We face the prospect of a continually falling roll but continually rising costs and it is our sincere hope that we can continue to weather this. We can only do so of course with your support and very practical help and we hope to take you along with us as we strive to maintain the income of the church at a level which will enable us to meet our commitments. You will receive more information over the coming months about our plans to address this and I would ask not only for your attention to these, but your prayers and commitment to helping us to achieve our goals. Update 23rd February 2015
Overthenextcoupleofmonthswewillbeproducingthreeinformationleafletsabouttheworkofourchurch.Inthisfirstleafletwe want to start with a look at the work of our church in our parish.Inlaterleafletswewilltellyouaboutotherworkwehaveastakein.AsacongregationoftheChurchofScotlandwearepartof something bigger, and help the church elsewhere in Scotland and m the world.THE CHURCH IN OUR COMMUNITYGatheringtogetheratourchurchbuildingonaSundayiscentraltothelifeofourcongregation.Thefellowshipoverteaandcoffee helpsstrengthenourcareandcommitmenttoeachother.AndourworshipenablesustoopenourselvesuptoGod,andreceive encouragementandchallengeforourdailyliving.Weareaveryengagedcongregation,withanexcellentChoir,andanactiveWorship group.But church is more than just 5unday, and we seek to be a blessing and support to our community in many different ways.BEING A BLESSINGTO OUR COMMUNITYOur MinisterInourpartnershipwiththeothertwochurchesintheTintoParishes(Cairngryffe,andLibberton£Quothguan)weshareaminister. This partnership enables us to maintain our identity as Symington Kjrk, and the minister is:ྕaresourceforthewholecongregation-wheneverthecongregationgathers,andforcelebrationslikebaptismand weddings, and for support through times of sorrowྕaresourceforleadership-encouragingspiritualgrowth;helpingthechurchtohaveasenseofdirection;trainingto develop skillsྕa link between our congregation and our communityྕa link between our congregation and the wider church and worldྕavailable to anyone in our community whenever needed Our Visiting GroupWehaveastronganddevelopinggroupofpeoplewhotakeontheroleofvisitingillandhouseboundpeopleandthoseinthelocal carehomes.Wehavearealconcerntoensurethatpeoplewhocannolongercometothechurchknowthatthechurchwillcometo them,andkeepthemuptodatewithnews.However,wedonotjustvisitmembersofthechurchandarealwayskeentomakenew contacts in the community.Our GuildTheGuildmeetsregularly.Itsmemberskeepuptodatewithlocalandwiderissuesthroughaseriesofinvitedspeakers,and contribute to the wider work of the Guild as part of the ‘A World to Serve’ programme.Our ChoirOur choir also attracts members from outside our congregation, and has a schedule of visits to Guilds and other groups to represent our church and to entertain. This is always well received by local people, especially the elderly and isolated.Our Links with the Local Primary SchoolsThe local primary schools are the future for our communities, and we seek to contribute to the work of our schools in building up our youngstersandequippingthemwithvaluesforliving,sothattheyhaveahealthyviewofthemselvesandcangrowtocontribute positively to the communities they will live and work in.Members of our congregation volunteer in the schools, and we offer support for local families during In-Service Days at the school by running a full day club in the church hall, and also by providing a snack lunch for the teachers.OurministerischaplainatthelocalschoolsandleadsinassembliesandhoststheschoolsinthechurchforEasterorChristmas services.Our Links with Local OrganisationsVillageDay.MembersofthechurchareveryactiveinmanywaysinsupportingtheannualVillageDay,anditistheGuild,together with the WRI, who provide teas in the Sports Club.New Beginnings and the local Food Dank. Both these organisations support people throughout South Lanarkshire who have financial and/or housing problems, and our congregation is active with practical help, volunteering, and donations.Our Broader LinksOverthislastyearthecongregationhasbeenactiveinsupportingtheworkofChristianAidthroughcoffeemorningsandalso collectionsatChristmasworship.AndaspartoftheTmtoParishesinearly2015wearesupportingthe‘APlaceattheTable’ initiative, which is assisting Churches in the Lebanon to help Syrian refugees who have fled their own country because of the war, and are living in refugee camps.Our congregation seeks to make a positive contribution to our community, and to touch people’s lives at a time when they need it.Ourbeautifulchurchbuildingisourinheritance.Asyoureflectontheworkofourchurchtodayanditscontributiontoourlocal community, please give thanks forྕthe people of the past, whose faith, commitment and sacrifice gave us our churchྕthe people of today, whose giving, work and prayer have enabled our church to growྕthe people of tomorrow, whose spiritual wealth will be the fruit of our dedication todayUpdate 22nd March 2015Thisisoursecondinformationleafletabouttheactivitiesofourchurch.Herewelookatthebroaderworkwehaveastakein throughout Scotland.THE CHURCH IN SCOTLANDWORKING TOGETHERTHEVISIONoftheChurchofScotlandistomaintainaparishsystemacrossthewholecountry,sothateverypersonhasaccess locallytoaministerandcongregation.Thisalsomeanscongregationssuchasoursarelinkedinasupportiverelationshipto every other congregation in Scotland, through:local geographical networks of churches –Presbyteries, anda Scotland wide sharing of support and development services.A COMMON PURPOSETHEPRESBYTERYOFLANARKhasbeenaresourcetosustainusoverthelastfewyears,providingpracticalhelpduringthe illnessofourpreviousminister,andduringourvacancy.PresbyteryappointedBillLoveasourInterimModeratortogiveus continuityofsupport,andAnnLyallasDeacontoallthechurchesfromBlackmounttoAbingtontohelpinitiatenewactivities, suchastheinnovativeIn-serviceDayClubsforourPrimarySchools.LinkingustogetherwithCairngryffeandLibbertonas theTintoParishes,andprovidingtrainingforindividualsasworshipleaders,werecreativewaysofenablingustomaintainour identityandourbuilding.ThebackingPresbyteryoffersisnotalwaysseenonadaytodaybasisbytheordinaryworshipper, but is a great strength behind our congregation.MAKING CONNECTIONS – THE COUNCILS OF THE CHURCHAtanationallevel,theworkoftheCouncilsoftheChurchensuresourinfluenceinimportantareasofnationallife,andour contribution to important issues and individual lives.CHURCHANDSOCIETY-providesameansofarticulatingtheChurch’svoiceonthenational,politicalandsocialissues affectingScotlandandtheworldtoday.Mostrecently,forexample,thechurchhasleadtheagendaonissuesofpoverty, immigration,ourjusticesystem,andassistedsuicide.ThechurchnowhasaParliamentaryoffice,toensureouropinionsand concerns are heard at Parliament.MINISTRIES-supportsavarietyofministriesfortheChurch,fromthefirststirringofa‘call’throughtoretirement.Thisis not only parish ministry. It supports chaplains in prisons, in hospitals and in industry, and encourages new forms of ministry.CROSSREACHoffersservicesinChrist’snameandspecialistresourcestofurtherthecaringworkofthechurchtopeoplein need,suchastheelderly,children,familiesandthosewithlearningdifficulties.Italsohelpstoidentifyareasofneedandto guidetheChurchinpioneeringnewapproachestorelevantproblemsinsociety,suchasaddictionsupportandrecovery.Crossreachnowhasover2,000staffservingtheneedy.Contributionsfromcongregationsamounttojust1%ofitsfunding,but this sustains the service and enables it to draw in further funding from statutory sources and through legacies and donations.MISSIONANDDISCIPLESHIP-helpsthewholechurchtomaintainafocusonmissionanddevelopingresourcesfor congregations.WORLDMISSION-worksthroughouttheworldtosharethegospel,supporttheologicaleducationandencourageholistic ministry.WeknowalittleaboutthisthroughpreviouscontactwithChristiansfromaroundtheworld,andourMinisterserved the Church in Jerusalem.THEGUILD-withover24,000members,theGuildisScotland’slargestvoluntaryChristiangroup,supportingScottishand international projects. The central staff and annually elected President administer and resource this movement.OTHER DEPARTMENTS -Within the church headquarters are many other resources to assist congregation in matters of law, property, finance and stewardship, safeguarding, and much more.“..dogood,berichingoodworks,generousandreadytoshare…soyoumaketakeholdofthelifethatreallyislife.”ITimothy6:18 adapted.OurcongregationispartofthenationalnetworkofchurchescalledtheChurchofScotland.Weareenrichedbyallthehelpful and positive relationships which we support and receive support from.Our congregation seeks to make a positive contribution to our world, and to touch people’s lives at a time when they need it.Ourbeautifulchurchbuildingisourinheritance.Asyoureflectontheworkofourchurchtoday,itscontributiontoourlocal community,andourinvolvementinthewiderworkofthechurch,whichwesupportandreceivesupportfrom,pleasegive prayerful thanks for,the people of the past, whose faith, commitment and sacrifice gave us our churchthe people of today, whose giving, work and prayer have enabled our church to growthe people of tomorrow, whose spiritual wealth will be the fruit of our dedication today
Update 23rd April - CONNECTED PEOPLE Beforethename‘Christian’cameintocommonuse,thefollowersofJesusoftendescribedthemselvesasfollowersof‘TheWay.’(Acts 24:14)This‘Way’explainedtheirlifestylechoiceofcompassionateliving–oflivingwithgratitude,thanksgiving,andwelcome– modelling their lives on the vision of the love and generosity of God that they saw in the ministry of Jesus. Thisjourneyoffaithweeachexplorecallsustomakechoicesaboutthewaywewilllive,andtomirrorinourlivestheprioritiesandthe values we too see in Jesus. It is not a journey we make alone. We are in good company, connected to: ྕcompassionate and committed people down through the ages, ྕpeople today, in our local congregations, throughout Scotland,andacrosstheworld,allofwhomhaveshapedandcontinuetoshapethecontributionofthechurchtotheworldwe live in. RECEIVING AND SHARING GOD’S GIFTS “See what love the father has given us, that we should be called children of God.” I John 3:1
AcrucialwordinthatsentenceisthewordWE.Asindividuals,asacongregation,WEarepartofthe‘BodyofChrist’,unitedacrossthe world,andthroughouttime–receivingthegiftoffaith,ofloveofGod;expressingthatgiftinourcareforeachotherandforallGod’s children;andpassingthegiftontofuturegenerations.Together,WEhavesomuchtooffer.Inthefirsttwoleafletsyoureceived,we havetriedtoshowsomeofthemanythingsthatweachievetogether–throughtheworkofourcongregationinourlocalcommunity, and through congregations working together throughout our nation. Now we consider the partnerships that have been established in our name through the broader international work of the church. CHRISTIANAIDwassetupin1945bychurchesintheUKandIrelandconcernedaboutrefugeesandpeoplemadehomelessinmainland Europebecauseofthedevastationofwar.ItispartoftheWEresponsetotheissuesoftoday’sworld.Nowitfundsprojectsinsome of the world’s poorest countries, to help people improve their own lives and to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice. freedom and hope, of power over their own lives. Christian Aid has a vision - an end to poverty - and we believe that vision can become a realityOurcongregationhasparticipatedintheworkofChristianAidformanyyears,originallywithdoortodoorcollections,andnowwith events such as coffee mornings and retiral collections after Christmas worship.Christian Aid’s Vision Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs LISTENING AND WALKING ALONGSIDE ThroughtheworkoftheWorldMissionCouncil,many congregationsnowhavePartnershipLinkswithchurchesinotherpartsoftheworld.TheCouncilsendsvolunteersandMission PartnerstosupportchurchesandcongregationsinAfrica,AsiaandtheMiddleEast.Itistaskedwith‘attentiveaccompaniment’– walkingalongsideourpartnersandsharingtheirexperience.AfewyearsagoachurchleaderfromBangladeshspokeattheGeneral AssemblyinEdinburghandtoldusthatwhilstaGlobalwarmingriseintemperaturesof2%mightseemanattractiveprospectwhen thinkingaboutScottishwinters,itwouldleadtosuchariseinsealevelsthatthewholeofhiscountrywouldbepermanentlyunder water,“andwhatthenshallbecomeofmygrandchildren?”TheworkoftheWorldMissionCouncilhelpsustomaintainaglobal–not parochial – perspective on life. FAIR TRADE. It has been through the dedicated work of many people in congregations throughout the country that the fair trade movement has grown from small beginnings to its place today, where it is a powerful influence in the mainstream economy for just relationships.OverthislastyearinourTintoChurcheswecontinueoursupportforChristianAid,havesupportedcharitiesthathavelinksthrough WorldMissionCouncil,suchastheWestBankchildcareproject‘JayyousFutureGenerations’and‘APlaceattheTable’whereWorld Mission is supporting the Churches in Lebanon in their work with Syrian Refugees. And we have supported WaterAid through ‘an act of gratitude’.
WE and THE WAY Together,‘we’becomes‘thechurch’.Andtheimpactofthechurchisadirectresultofwhatwecontributeofour time,talentsandfinances.Thelessweeachcontribute,thelessthechurchis.Andifwecontributenothing,we cannot be surprised if there is then no church. Similarly, the more we contribute, the more the church achieves. AswellasbeingpartoftheWEofthechurch,whereourvaluesofsharingandunitycanbefullyexpressed,wealso drawsomeofourvaluesfromwhathasoftenbeencalledtheME-firstsociety.Soitisnotsurprisingthateveryso often we need to step back and reexamine our own personal contribution towards the WE of our church. Wehopeyouwilltaketheopportunitynow,aspartofour‘GoingforGrowth’campaign,toreconsiderwhatyou offer,inthelightofourhopesforthefutureofthischurchwhichWEbuildtogether,andthroughwhichweexpress our commitment to be people of ‘The Way’, the way of Christ’s compassion. Registered Charity no. SC009095 Thisisourfinalinformationsharingleafletwherewehighlightactivitiesourchurchhasastakein–locally,nationally and internationally.