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Pastoral Care

If you know of anyone who is in hospital or would appreciate a card or a visit, please let a member of our Pastoral Care Team know. (Judy Taylor, Val Ramshaw, Mary Taylor, Maureen McLellan - 01224 582491)

 

Reflections/Newsletter

If you have a story, a poem, a thought, or have seen or read something that you wish to share with the congregation, please send to :- roger.ramshaw@btinternet.com

 

Messy Church

The next Messy Church is on Wednesday 4th of December.

 

Dementia-friendly Worship

Our first service, which will include Communion, will be on Friday the 15th of November at 2pm in Birse & Feughside Church. All welcome and please pass on the invitation to anyone you know who might appreciate it.

 

Concert, Sunday 17th November at 3pm

Deeside Orchestra will hold their annual concert of music in the church, "The Sky at Night", which will include music to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first manned mission to the moon.  

 

John Forbes shares a reflection for Remembrance Sunday:-

I knew I was alright.   Seated in the cellar of our darkened house in Alexandria, Egypt, I could hear the gunfire from the Harbour area, where our Fleet were being bombed.  The drone of the Italian planes, as they flew overhead, disturbed me not.   I was safe because they told me that by wearing my toy tin helmet nothing could trouble me.   Such was the belief of a four year old.    My soldier Father beside me was a picture of calm.

 

Remembrance is a time to remember the countless men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in world wars or countless wars since.   The names on our war memorials speak to our hearts as solemnly we read out their names.  Neither do we forget the injured and disabled, the widows and those who lost or must cope with the empty chair at a table and an unsettled, hitherto unplanned future.   At the least it is a time simply to say thank you to those who did not return home or to those who were and are left to pick up a life without the love and support of the person they loved.  

 

Yet there should be more to just saying thank you, however genuine our thanks may be.   What of the future?

 

This note is written towards the end of October 2019 when we have every expectation of a General Election soon, maybe even before the celebration of the Birthday of He whom we call the Prince of Peace.  

 

Perhaps this is the one opportunity in the year when we can affirm that the first priority of any Government we elect is to ensure the safety and protection of its citizens.   Expenditure on defence is ever an unpopular vote catcher but it is a time when we seem to be able to air such matters.   Question-Like the wearing my thin tin hat, just how secure are we?   

 

As we remember the past, we have a duty to think about the future and make sure this issue is not left out in the important questions and arguments that will saturate the media in days to come.

 

Equally so we might think of the injustice, hunger and anger of a world which will be a source of conflict and need.   Are we doing enough and should we not be doing more?

Two vital issues which I believe need asserting and which in some small way we can all play a part as we make those standing for Parliament know the cause of a fairer more just world lessens the possibility of conflict.  

 

For me Remembrance, with two soldier uncles lost be it at Dunkirk or Anzio in WW2, is certainly a time to look back and say thank you, but just as important, it is a time to take stock on our own security as a nation and ask ourselves how better can we do our part to bring peace, and in the name of the Prince of Peace, to our world today.  

 

Wish I kept that toy helmet.   Maybe I will need it yet.