World Mission enews: 31 January 2018

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Visit Palestine and Israel

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Have you booked your place on the World Mission Council's visit to Palestine and Israel yet? If not, now is the time to do so! 

 

The visit will be led by Rev Grant Barclay, Giffnock: Orchardhill, and will take place from 4-14 May 2018.

 

This unique 10 day pilgrimage to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories will take place in the cities of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jaffa, and Tiberias, introducing you to the local Christians and partners of the Church of Scotland, as well as visiting some of the major Biblical sites.  You will be guided by a local Palestinian Christian, with support from the two Church of Scotland ministers based locally.

 

Douglas Simpson, who was on the 2017 visit said: "For 10 fascinating days we travelled through Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories seeing amazing sites and meeting remarkable people, enjoying fellowship, laughter and occasionally tears with our fellow pilgrims."

 

Email: kroger@churchofscotland.org.uk to register your interest or to get more information.

 

Year of Young People

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The Year of Young People has begun! There are lots of events and projects taking place all over Scotland to celebrate young people in our communities. The Church of Scotland has created a number of resources to help congregations engage with the Year of Young People.  

 

Young people are an important part of the Church community both here in Scotland and in international congregations. They play an important role in building relationships and acting on key issues, and bring energy and fun to churches everywhere.

 

There are a number of ways that the World Mission Council are able to engage with this initiative. As part of the Year of Young People, St Michael's Church in Linlithgow held a Souper Sunday to raise awareness and funds for the Church of Scotland HIV Programme. Morag Mayland, who is 17, led the service with support from Elders.  

 

Young people in Scotland and from our partner churches have been sending us their prayers for the world, which will be turned into prayer cards for congregations to use. Keep an eye out for these!

 

These are just examples of the ways in which young people can get involved with the World Mission Council, and we look forward to celebrating all that they do throughout the year.  

 

The Moderator's Visit to Palestine and Israel

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The Right Rev Dr Derek Browning, and Robin Downie, Moderator of the National Youth Assembly, have just come back from a visit to Palestine and Israel.

 

The Moderators were able to visit our partners in the area, who play an integral role in promoting peace and justice in the Middle East.

 

Derek and Robin spent time with the Nasser family at the Tent of Nations on Saturday morning.

 

They have owned the land they farm since the Ottoman Period.

 

Derek said: “The farm is located in the middle of a number of Israeli settlements, and is constantly under pressure from the state and military authorities, who dispute their (documented) claim to the land."

 

"Land is an issue for both Israeli and Palestinian, as is justice. A place to belong is an issue for both Israeli and Palestinian, and peace is a necessity."

 

"As a Christian Church, our call is to pray for peace and to act for peace for both Israeli and Palestinian.”

 

You can read more about the Moderator's visit here.

 


The Mortons in Malawi

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Thanks to all who prayed for David and Rebecca Morton, who were struggling to get their work permit renewed in Malawi.  We are pleased to inform you that they have now begun the work permit process which allows them to continue to live and work in Malawi.

 

 

 

 

Events

·         24th of the Month Event. We are joining with Christians around the world to pray for peace in the Middle East on the 24th of each month. We pray with and for our sisters and brothers in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories who have called for an ecumenical prayer vigil across the globe on the 24th of every month. 

If you are interested in hosting a 24th of the Month event, please contact Val Brown, from Christian Aid, VBrown@christian-aid.org

 

·         Christian Aid are holding a number of Gatherings across Scotland in February. During these events you will have the opportunity to celebrate the work of Christian Aid's partners, hear from Sally Foster-Fulton, and be inspired to give, act and pray. Dates and locations are as follows (click on the link above for more information):
Dumfries, St John the Evangelist – Friday 23rd February 2018 – 2pm to 5pm
Dunblane, Cathedral Halls – Saturday 24th February 2018 – 10am to 1pm
Edinburgh Augustine United Church – 28th February 2018 – 10.45am to 3pm
Aberdeen Holburn West Church – Thursday 1st March 2018 – 10am to 1pm

 

·         ALTERnativity is having its AGM on Tuesday 6 March 2018 in Anderson Kelvingrove Church, 759a Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8DS from 12 noon - 2pm. Teas/coffees and cake will be provided. Please feel free to bring your lunch with you.

 

·         The Elder's Conference 2018 will take place on Friday 27 April (17:00) until Sunday 29 April (14:00) 2018, at the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine, Fife FK10 4BE. This is a new Learn conference to enthuse and inspire current and future elders in the Church of Scotland with a fresh vision of discipleship. It will equip them to have a good understanding of their roles as office bearers. Click on the link for more information or to register.

 

·         The 2018 Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering will take place in Edinburgh on Saturday 28th April. The theme is "Pass the Planet" and focuses on the International Year of Young People. Eco-Congregation Scotland are encouraging as many young people as possible to take part. The full programme will be announced shortly, but registration is already open.

 

·         The Christ at the Checkpoint Conference will take place in Bethlehem from 28 May - 1 June 2018. Funding may be available for those who would like to attend. Contact us on wmoutreach@churchofscotland.org.uk for more information.

 

 

Opportunities

·         Read the latest WM Magazine: 'Red Ribbons and Just Presents'

 

·         Read the Sabeel Wave of Prayer here, and pray for peace in Palestine and Israel

 

·         Positive Help, our partners in Edinburghneed volunteers to work directly with local people living with HIV. Opportunities range from taking a child out for a fun outing, to helping out in the office. Click on the link or contact us on wmoutreach@churchofscotland.org.uk for more information.

 

·         Apply for the Amity Foundation's 2018 Summer English Programme for the opportunity to provide training for English teachers in China.

 

·         Read the World Mission Council's Blog here. Becky Erskine helps us think about how we can bring an end to Human Trafficking

 

·         Read the latest news from the Evangelical Theological Seminary Cairo on Mission Partner Colin Johnston's Blog.

 

·         Read Kate McDonald's blog: revisedontology.com. Kate is a Mission Partner in Tiberias, Israel.

 

·         Read the latest from Mission Partners Keith and Ida Waddell in Zambia on their blog.

 

·         Follow us on Instagram

 

Prayer

God of reconciliation and grace,
you promise us a world where all is new,
where love is born when hope is gone,
where broken relationships are restored to wholeness.
May we live as people who know your story of love,
and we have the vision to imagine what could be possible
if we dared to live this story.
God of abundant life,
may we be witnessess of love, hope and peace,
and co-creators of your life in the world.

Amen

 

Prayer Available from Christian Aid