International United Peace Service 2018

Annual Peace Service

International United Service for Peace 2018 on 11th November 2018.

The service starts at 19:30, entrance is free.

 

It is exactly 93 years ago that the Scots Church Rotterdam started this tradition. It involves ministers, priests or pastors from various international and migrant churches coming together for a service for peace. Each of the clergy will speak, pray or read from the scripture in their own language, like Russian, Finnish, French, Amharic (Ethiopia), Trigray (Eritrea), Urdu, English and more.

 

 

 

Given that justice and peace are integral components of our Christian faith, it falls to each and every one of us to play our part in pursuing them, both in our lives and in our worship. We would encourage all who can to come along to this service on the 11th of November.

 

 

The guest speaker will be Edwin Ruigrok, who has been a Policy Advisor at PAX for over 11 years and previously worked in both Africa and Asia.

 

 

 

 


Our 375 Year Anniversary!

On the 16th of September we are celebrating our 375 anniversary with an International Lunch.

 

The  375th Anniversary Service on Sunday 16th September at the usual time of 10.30am. This will be followed by an International Lunch for everyone, at the conclusion of which we’ll have a short Service of Praise in the Church to round off our celebration.

 

We’re delighted to be able to welcome the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, to preach at this service. In addition we’ll have a number of invited guests – including the oldest surviving minister of the Scots Kirk who was minister here from 1963 until 1971.

 

A warm invitation is extended to everyone – including past members and those who’ve had some connection with us over the years – to come along on 16th September to be part of our celebration of this event in our congregation’s life. May we all take the opportunity to make ourselves known to someone we don’t know and to share our stories about the Scots International Church Rotterdam.

 

 

1643 – 2018 : 375 years in Rotterdam

 

In the early part of the 17th century there were many Scottish merchants in the Netherlands, as well as sailors and soldiers and, increasingly, Protestants fleeing persecution in Scotland.  As Rotterdam gained in importance as a port, so the number of Scots increased and by 1642 they were requesting the city magistrates to be allowed to found a Scottish Congregation in the city.

 

The magistrates petitioned the States General and after only 5 days they granted the petition and undertook to pay part of the minister’s stipend.  The magistrates were instructed to find a suitable building and eventually secured the use of a warehouse in Wijnstraat.  Meanwhile the Presbytery of Edinburgh had been asked to appoint a minister to the new congregation and in August 1643 the Rev Alexander Petrie preached before the congregation.  On 13th September two Elders and two Deacons were appointed and the Scottish Kirk was formally established.

 

For most of the following two centuries the Scots Kirk was as much concerned with the education and care of the Scottish community as it was with their worship and spiritual life, establishing both a school and a poor house.  The congregation itself grew enormously and by 1694 exceeded 1,000.  The city magistrates were (as Rev Robert Fleming wrote) “so kind as to pass an act for the building of a new, large and convenient Church from the foundation, on the south end of the street called Schiedam-Dijk, and vulgarly, from the many Scots Inhabitants there, the Scots-Dijk.”  Thus in 1697 the new Scots Kirk on the Vasteland was dedicated and remained the congregation’s home until it was destroyed in the German bombing of Rotterdam in May 1940.

 

During the War the congregation was much depleted and there was no minister (he having returned to Scotland on the last ship to sail from Hook of Holland).  The Dutch Reformed Church took the Scots Kirk under its wing and, after the War, there was some reluctance on the part of the Church of Scotland to re-establish the Rotterdam congregation but, eventually, it was agreed the Rev Muir Haddow would go and assess the situation.  In fact, he remained for some 7 years and oversaw the building of a new Church on Schiedamse Vest – the building which the congregation still occupies.  In 1996 the congregation changed its name to ‘The Scots International Church Rotterdam’ in order to reflect what had by then become a hugely international community, sharing worship in the Presbyterian tradition and English language.

 

Today the congregation is part of the International Presbytery of the Church of Scotland – a Presbytery covering some 12 congregations in Europe and 2 beyond.  On 16th September 2018 we will mark our 375 years with a special Anniversary Service at which the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Right Rev Susan Brown, will preach.  But we also look forward to the next chapter in our history!


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A new online Advent calendar will bring the true spirit of Christmas to life with 25 specially created videos made by members of the Church of Scotland ministries team.A new online Advent calendar will bring the true spirit of Christmas to life with 25 specially created videos made by members of the Church of Scotland ministries team.

Each of the thought provoking, often hard-hitting, films feature trainee ministers, probationers, a deacon and youth workers from across the country who reflect on a word that symbolises the true meaning of the season.

Half of the daily messages, which are also inspiring and uplifting, have been recorded by women and follow on from the Church’s successful Advent campaign last year which saw 24 short videos viewed more than 180,000 times.

Nearly 6,000 people signed up to receive the high quality films last year and early indications suggest that this year’s campaign, which is bigger in scope, will prove even more popular.

 

Inspiring

The tone of the films ranges from the joyful to the spiritual and are aimed at helping people seeking to find the true festive spirit amid the “rampant commercialism” which now dominates the weeks of Advent.

The Moderator of the General Assembly Right Rev Dr Russell Barr features in the first video, which was recorded in Glasgow’s Queen Street train station, and focuses on the word “Journey”.

He also features in the last video, recorded at the site of the old Rottenrow maternity Hospital in Glasgow near Strathclyde University where he was born, which is being released on Christmas Day and will reflect on the word “Shelter”.

It is a pertinent theme for Dr Barr because he is using his year in office to highlight homelessness and the Tomorrow’s Calling campaign, which encourages people to consider entering the ministry.

“The Advent season is when the church picks up the Christmas story and turns its attention towards Bethlehem,” he said.

“Beginning in Glasgow’s Queen Street station, the Advent Video project will take you on a fascinating journey of discovery.

“As the series explores some of the background to the birth of Jesus, you will learn so much more about the deep meaning of Christmas and so much more about yourself.

“And when the journey ends outside a broken down maternity hospital, your heart will be filled with wonder and you will be glad to join with the shepherds and angels, and with people the world over, celebrating the birth of the Christ child.”

Louise Purden, who is currently studying for the ministry at New College in Edinburgh, will focus on the word “Goodwill”, British Army chaplain Rev Chris Kellock, who worked in an Ebola field hospital in Sierra Leone in 2014, is reflecting on the word “Separation” and Angela Brydson, Deacon of Annandale and Eskdale is concentrating on the meaning of “Joy”.

Rev Rosie Addis, chaplain to deaf people in the east of Scotland, will focus on the word “Holy” to promote the Albany Church for the Deaf in Edinburgh.

And Rev Shuna Dicks of Aberlour Parish in Moray, who is heavily involved in supporting Syrian families who have moved to Forres, is reflecting on the word “Refugee”.

The minister, who is the spokeswoman of the Moray Supports Refugees group, said: “When you become a refugee you leave your old life behind and have to begin again.

“It is therefore important that we help our new neighbours, that they feel welcomed and valued.”

 

Jesus provides stability

Rev Valerie Allen, convener of the Church of Scotland’s Violence Against Women Task Group, is focusing on the word “Endurance”.

She recently bagged all the country’s 282 Munro mountains to raise more than £4,500 for charities which work to tackle domestic abuse.

Ms Allen said: “Endurance is a quality which, in many contexts, is one we can celebrate and admire.

“However, in the context of violence against women, endurance is more problematic.

“No woman should have to endure violence, in this context endurance is neither to be celebrated or admired.

“Rather the reason why some have to endure should be challenged.

“I hope this Advent meditation will help us reflect on the various contexts in which people endure.

“I hope it will break the silence surrounding the violence that many women needlessly endure.

“I hope it will inspire us to act to eradicate violence against women and to strive for fullness of life.

“And I hope it will communicate to women who are survivors that the church truly cares and will support them.”

 

Good news

Secretary of Ministries council, Rev Dr Jayne Scott, says this year’s Advent calendar reflects the spirit of the whole church in this festive season.

“It is a privilege for me to build on the success of last year’s Advent calendar.

“It has been quite a year, and as we approach the end of 2016 it leaves many communities across the world polarised, divided and unsure of what the future holds.

“As Christians, we have our faith to make sense of what is going on and Jesus to provide stability in our lives.

“Our online Advent calendar will help us share this message, not only with each other but also with a larger audience than ever before of people who will benefit from hearing this good news.

“We will have wonderful videos from the Moderator, other ministers, ministries development staff and the deaconate. I hope you will join me in supporting the calendar throughout Advent and liking and sharing these messages on social media.”

 


Prayer Breakfast 2018-10-20

The next Prayer Breakfast will be held Saturday October 20th 2018 from 09:00 to 10:30 in the Church Hall.


Songs of Praise

Songs of Praise

The next Songs of Praise service will be held October 21th 2018 at 19:30 PM.

 

As you may guess from the title, the main focus of these services will be on singing God’s praise. That praise will be on the hymns that the members of our church have indicated to be their favourites. Services may also include may include hymns that are less well known, and also hymns that have come to us from various parts of the world – reflecting the multi-national face of our church family.

If we have musicians in the congregation who would be willing to get together to play for one or more of these services, we would be delighted to hear from you, as this would increase the diversity of our praise. We are also keen to receive feedback on the hymns we sing  and therefore after each service there will be tea and coffee and a chance to chat.


375 Years Schotse Kerk (RTV Rijnmond)

On September 6th RTV Rijnmond did a broadcast about the 375 year anniversary of our church.

You can find the broadcast using the link below. It includes an interview with a member of our church.

 

https://www.rijnmond.nl/nieuws/172590/375-jaar-Schotse-kerk-in-Rotterdam


Open Monuments Day 2018

 

This year the Scots International Church will officially be on the Open Monuments route!

 

  • On Friday September 7th the church willbe open for the “Kinder Open Monument Dag”.
  • On Saturday September 8th our church will be open for the regular “Open Monuments Dag”.

 

ALL HELP IS WELCOME!


Songs of Praise

Songs of Praise

The next Songs of Praise service will be held June 17th 2018 at 19:30 PM.

 

As you may guess from the title, the main focus of these services will be on singing God’s praise. That praise will be on the hymns that the members of our church have indicated to be their favourites. Services may also include may include hymns that are less well known, and also hymns that have come to us from various parts of the world – reflecting the multi-national face of our church family.

If we have musicians in the congregation who would be willing to get together to play for one or more of these services, we would be delighted to hear from you, as this would increase the diversity of our praise. We are also keen to receive feedback on the hymns we sing  and therefore after each service there will be tea and coffee and a chance to chat.


Prayer Breakfast 2018-06-16

The next Prayer Breakfast will be held Saturday June 16th 2018 from 09:00 to 10:30 in the Church Hall.


North Sea Jazz – Swing, Dine & Dance 2018

Summer Barbeque

We will have our Summer Barbeque on Sunday 8th July 2018!

Please bring your salads and drinks to share. The Social Team of the SICR will take care of the rest.

All are welcome!



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