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Christian Aid are asking for urgent help with a global hunger emergency. They estimate over 30 million people in 20 countries are on the brink of famine due to climate change, violent conflict and the Covid pandemic. Starvation is a very real threat facing people in South Sudan , Afghanistan and Burkino Faso. There is a desperate need for clean water and food. Christian Aid works with local partners to provide help to vulnerable communities.
Help is needed urgently and donations can be made in a number of ways.
1. Christian Aid has created a specific online donation page for this church. Go to
2. General online donating is at caid.org.uk/global hunger.
3.Phone donations can be made by calling 08080 004 004.
4. I have a small number of Emergency Appeal envelopes or can take cash which I can send on your behalf. I will be available after church (serving teas outside) or phone 543446.
Do you have a heart for children and families?
Are you interested in making disciples of all ages?
Would you like to be involved with outreach for children and families but don’t know how to go about it?
Do you like getting Messy with crafts, baking and other activities?
Do you have a passion to pray for the community?
If you have answered YES to one or all of the questions, I would love to hear from you.
Messy Church is a form of Church for children and adults that involves Creativity, Celebration and Hospitality. It meets at a time and a place that is suitable to those who may not belong to any Church. It involves Welcome, Activity Time, Celebration or Worship and a Meal, and would usually meet once a month.
I am looking for a core team of 3-4 people, who have a heart and a passion for children and families, to help set up Messy Church in Newport-on-Tay.
If you are interested, please do get in touch by email, with the heading being ‘Messy Church Core Team’.
Over the coming weeks and months, the core team will be looking for volunteers to help in a variety of roles, including but not limited to, Welcoming, Registration, Crafts and Activities, Cooks, Prayer and Worship. This is a unique opportunity for the entire congregation to be involved in!
A lot of you will have (I hope!) been aware of the Trypraying banner and booklets which have been outside the church since the first lockdown last year.
This is the tenth year of this outreach to people who don’t “do” church by the small Trypraying team based in Edinburgh. I would encourage you strongly to look at their website: www.trypraying.org where you can find out more.
The free little booklets are beautifully produced and the simple idea is that those of us who do believe should use the booklet for a week and then “lose it” by giving it away to someone you come across or know whom you feel could benefit from it. We are also continuing to make the booklets free for the taking from outside the church.
Approximately 70 booklets have gone over this last year and I have personally given away several to people in difficult circumstances over this past year and any feedback has been very positive.
We will be putting up a new banner very soon and replenishing the leaflets both outside and inside the church (now that we are back to using the church building) as part of the 2021 initiative which sees posters on buses throughout Scotland (and also in some English cities) and an increased presence in social media.
As Christians we are commissioned by Christ to go and make disciples and yet we all find this very difficult, particularly in this age we live in. This is such a simple idea at heart, giving us something to give to those we already know or come across. So many are lost or hurting but would not think of crossing the door of a church and who do not make any link between their situation and this “God business”.
I would encourage you to take a leaflet and take some time over a week to look at it. Then ask God for you to be given the opportunity to “lose it” in a gesture of love and compassion towards someone who does not know God but who needs him.
As everyone will no doubt remember the church very kindly made a generous donation towards the furnishings of a safe house in Malawi from the Harvest offering.
The progress in putting up the building was delayed by the annual rains which were still going on in mid-February. However the foundations are now laid and hopefully the walls will be going up soon. It is still likely to take two to three months before it is complete.
All the organisation, including the build, is being coordinated by a local organisation called Fisherman’s Rest. They have worked in an area about twenty minutes drive south of the largest city in Malawi, Blantyre for more than twenty years. See map below. If you want to know more about their work go to: https://www.fishermansrest.net/about. The following is adapted from the website (with permission).
‘Fisherman’s Rest was purchased in 1997 by the Chichlowscy family. Since then it has changed from a family home to a family run lodge, which supports long standing community programmes. Fisherman's Rest is set within an enchanting 500 acre forest with breathtaking views over the Great Rift Valley and our very own nature reserve.
For twenty years Fisherman's Rest has been working alongside its communities in the surrounding schools and villages. It is a thriving not for profit Lodge and Nature Reserve, which employs more than one hundred people from the local community.’
Current projects include improving water supply though maintenance of bore holes and pumps, promoting education through school feeding programmes, building classrooms and equipping libraries, and improving the environment through for example tree planting.
To see pictures of some of the work mentioned in this article please click here.
(For more information Catherine and Neil Merrylees email at email@example.com subject: Malawi Safe House)