The 2015 Local Networks Seminar took place in Dunblane on Saturday 26th September. This year the main themes discussed at the Seminar have been used to propose an exciting new way of providing web-based resources, which can be downloaded and printed out to encourage more participation in our congregations.
After considering what other resources are available, the ECS Board now plans to invite individuals / congregations / networks, with the relevant experience and expertise, to contribute to developing and writing the new resources.
Local Networks Seminar Report 2015 also lists a whole host of topics and speakers from networks all around the country (see Appendix 3). If you are not already involved in a network, take a look and see what you might be missing! Everyone is welcome at network meetings – you don’t have to be from a registered congregation. Full information about your local network can be found here.
On Saturday 21st November at 7.30pm in Cults Parish Church, Quarry Road, Cults, the Riding Lights Theatre Company is presenting (for one night only!) “BAKED ALASKA”.
This show has been commissioned by the Diocese of Lichfield, Christian Aid and Operation Noah and is presented by a solidarity of Christian organisations committed to raising a compassionate voice in the call to worldwide action on climate change. Coming to Aberdeen in the run up to the vital UN Summit on Climate Change in Paris, which begins on 30th November, this is the ideal opportunity to raise awareness and get active in your congregation / parish.
For further information please read the summary. Tickets are £12 or £9 for concessions. There is also a group rate for groups of 8 or more young people (under 18s) of £7.50 per person. You can also purchase tickets from Cults Kirk Centre office: 01224 869028 or at the door.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity! Here is a poster / flier and we would be grateful if you could print this out and display it in your church buildings.
A Baked Alaska summary is available for download.
Members of St Ternan’s Scottish Episcopal and St Columba’s Roman Catholic Churches, along with other Episcopal, Methodist and Church of Scotland neighbours, are gathering in Banchory this autumn for an inquiry series using Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si: Care for our Common Home to explore how local faith communities can be a voice for change.The Eco-Congregation Baton made an appearance at the end of its journey along Deeside, Aberdeenshire.
You are invited to an “extra” network meeting on Thursday 12th November, 7.30pm, which is being held jointly with Queen’s Cross Church. The issue of “should the Church invest in fossil fuel companies?” is one that is likely to be more controversial in the north east, where people are more directly affected. Adrian Shaw, the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer would therefore very much like to discuss this issue with you. For full details, please see poster.
Click here to download this poster as a PDF file.
September has been a very busy month for Skene Parish. The month began with Communion at both Churches on the 6th and 13th. Small candles in jars, made completely from recycled materials were handed out to the congregation at the Communion Services at Skene and Trinity Churches at the start of the Stewardship of Creation Season. These were all made and packaged by the Eco Group. The themes for these two Sundays were The Creator Inspires and The Creation Inspires.
On the 19th September the church joined with the Action Group to hold a Coffee Morning and Eco Group Display. Both were most successful. At this event, Sheila Gray was presented, by Councillor Iris Walker, with Skene Parish Church’s Third Eco Award. The Congregation has worked very hard to achieve this status and are indeed only the eighth church in Scotland to receive this award. They are very excited about moving on to the Continuing Award and looking towards a new project in which to be involved.
At this event, the church had the launch of the very exciting new community project – The Skene Community Garden Project. Over 70 attended the presentation and many there, pledged their support.
The next day, a Onesie Sunday was held. Members of the congregation and the children wore their Onsies to Church to show support of our Mission Partners in Malawi and to raise funds for the work they do at the Nkhoma Hospital. As part of the Eco Congregation Initiative, the theme was The Stewards Care.
As the last event in the Stewardship Month, the Eco Congregation Scotland Climate Change Baton came to Skene. Arriving from Lerwick in Shetland, the baton was carried round Skene Church in the morning at the Harvest Thanksgiving Service. It was then cared for by members of Jigsaw and they brought it to Messy Harvest at Trinity Church in the afternoon where the children and their parents formed a human chain around the building, passing the baton from one to another. The baton was then sent on its way around Scotland, this time to Mauchline Church in East Ayrshire. The theme for this service was All Creatures Great and Small.
Baton goes on a trip round Westhill with Malia and Poppy.
The church is now gathering photographs of creation from the congregation to shortlist to 12 for their WOW Factor Calendar 2016. This is a great way to end their Stewardship Season with something to remind them throughout next year about God’s amazing creation.
Presentation given by John Ferguson from EcoideaM Ltd on 26th September at the Local Networks Seminar. A full report of the day will follow.
The presentation can be downloaded in PowerPoint format here: Eco Congregation Seminar Dunblane 260915