Newsletter 6 Aug 2021

The following items this week:-    

    

Sunday Worship  

Praying for the Leaders in our Church – Wednesday mornings 9-10am, The Stables. 

Filming of Sunday Services – can you help? 

The Guild – Meetings information 

Remember Hiroshima & Nagasaki – a vigil service, Sunday 8 August 

Practical Mission - the Acorn Project – a webinar on 17 August,  7.30 – 8.30pm 

Exploring and documenting trees on church land – Liz Hare  

 

Please Remember Items – services and online activities.    

 

  

SUNDAY WORSHIP:  To attend, please book (each Sunday) ideally by e-mail on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on the Thursday prior to the Sunday in question.  Please give your name and a contact telephone number. If not able to e-mail please telephone 07484 897871 and leave a message – again with the same information and on the same timescale.   

 

James Wildgoose   

 

LEADING THROUGH CHANGE: “Turbulent times” or “challenging times” can be used to describe life in 2021.  Never have we been more certain that these are “changing times”.  As a fellowship of Christ-followers, we probably have a bumpy road ahead. 

 

Wednesday morning, 9-10am, some of us are meeting at The Stables to pray for the people who are leading us through change.  Questions or suggestions?  Contact Alison Murray on 07823 469 472 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 

FILMING OF SUNDAY SERVICES: A number of people have expressed interest in the Sunday services being filmed on an ongoing basis – mainly those not currently able to get to attend the In-person services.  We have trialled filming with a camcorder with the recording then uploaded to the website and Facebook page later on the Sunday.  However, we now need to look more closely at the most appropriate system for doing this for the future, bearing in mind both cost and the need for people to operate it.  We are therefore seeking volunteers; first to form a small group to consider these issues and propose a way forward and; second to join a rota to operate any new system.  If you are interested to be involved with this – either or both - please contact me onThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 863161.  Grateful for responses by close Sunday 8 August. Please consider carefully whether you might be able to help with this; undoubtedly this is a service likely to benefit a number of our people unable to get to Church – and maybe a wider grouping also! 

 

James Wildgoose 

 

THE GUILD:  Given that the COVID restrictions are gradually being relaxed we are looking to restart Guild meetings  – beginning on Tuesday 5 October.  Guild members should be receiving (or may have already received) my letter confirming this position.  The letter also invites you to let me know if you are happy to return to in-person Guild meetings from the October date.  Please contact me on 01368 864403 or by e-mail on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let me know.  Thank you.   

 

Jessie Gold 

 

REMEMBER HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI: A vigil service for peace to pray for those killed in war and for nuclear disarmament is being held at 4pm on Sunday 8 August at the Peace Pole, St Anne’s Episcopal and Methodist Church, Westport, Dunbar.  If you are planning to come, please contact Rev David Mumford on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 840361 – to give contact details for track and trace (Name and contact telephone number).  

 

PRACTICAL MISION: THE ACORN PROJECT: This year's General Assembly approved a motion by the Faith Nurture Forum to "Urge congregations to adopt the ACORN Programme as a means to help members practise mission at grass roots level, and through support in small groups, to gain confidence in effective discipleship."  ACORN is a way to connect Christians with the work God is doing in others through caring conversation. It has been trialled in a host of Church of Scotland settings in the last year, and for many, it really works. 

 

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The Faith Nurture Forum is holding a webinar on Tuesday 17th August from 7.30-8.30pm and are delighted to have Michael Harvey (ACORN, Weekend of Invitation, Back to church Sunday) join us, along with Paul Haringman (MDS Inverness Presbytery) for an opportunity to hear more about the Acorn process, as well as first-hand experience from those who have taken part in this over the summer.  Anyone interested in this is welcome to attend the webinar. 

 

For more information on this initiative contact Robbie Morrison (Mission Development Worker (West) onThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  To register your place on the webinar, please follow this link -https://acorn_update.eventbrite.co.uk 

 

EXPLORING AND DOCUMENTING TREES ON CHURCH LAND:   On 25th July, Ken and I went round the grounds of the Church and Manse armed with a pole measuring 1.5 metres, a measuring tape and a smart phone.  We were taking part in a project developed jointly between the Church of Scotland and two Edinburgh Napier University MSc students. Their idea was to create a database of the trees in our Scottish sacred spaces.  

 

We had to list the trees, measure them at the specified height of 1.5m and record their Latin name.  We were offered lots of resources, but being keen on plants in the first place, all we needed was Google to come up with the Latin names and check spelling. 

 

The results were as follows: 

Around the Church grounds and the Manse there are 7 Sycamores of various sizes, one Common Beech, one Ash, a Betula Royal Frost sapling, a Weeping Willow, a New Zealand Cabbage Tree, 4 Apple trees, 2 Pear trees, a Plum, a Rowan tree, a Weeping Silver Birch, a Weeping Cherry, a Hawthorn, 2 Portuguese Laurels, and anAmerican Elm

 

It was a pleasant way of spending an afternoon out in the fresh air. 

 

Liz Hare 

 

Ed: Well done Liz and Ken.  I can foresee an interesting question for a future church quiz! 

 

PLASTIC BOTTLES: Thank you very much to all who are bringing plastic bottles to church for Maryclare.   Please could you continue with this until there you see a notice saying that we have enough! 

 

PLEASE REMEMBER   

 

  • Interim Moderator and Locum:  Rev Brian Hilsley.   
    His e-mail address is  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • Dunbar Basics Bank: Contributions of adult toothbrushes, custard, hotdogs, sugar and small jars of coffee would be appreciated.  Donation tubs are in Asda, McColls, and both Coop stores. 

  • Bottle Tops and Plastic Cartons: Please continue to collect.  For more information, contact Robin Hamilton onThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 860931      

        

  James Wildgoose

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