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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.
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.”
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.”
Profile of our church & minister-to-be
Here you can find the advertisement as published in Life and Work magazine of the Church of Scotland, our profiles and the application form.
In the congregational profile we describe ourselves as international congregation in the heart of Rotterdam. In the minister profile you can read about the kind of minister we are looking for. By completing the application form and mailing to the address below you can provide the Nominating Committee with the appropriate details.
Thank you for your interest in our unrestricted call.
We look forward hearing from you!
International United Peace Service 2017
International United Service for Peace 2017 on 12th November 2016.
The service starts at 19:30, entrance is free.
It is exactly 92 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.
Address by Caecilia van Peski, Member of the Board of the Interchurch Peace Council.
What happens to our plastic waste?
On Tuesday 17th October at 19. 30 there will be a presentation and film by SUEZ in the lower church hall.
(SUEZ/SITA is the biggest recycling company in Rotterdam and surroundings; collecting, sorting and processing waste into useful products.)
If you have any questions on the subject you can ask them or even bring along any plastic refuse that you ask yourself into which container should it be deposited!
This will be a very interesting evening and many have already shown interest so, although the evening is free, tickets (on recycled paper) will be available in advance. For more information phone 010 5914959
On Monday 25th September the solar panels (all 48 of them) were installed on the church roof.
They are already reducing our electricity bill!
A special thank you to the Energy Team and all in the congregation who contributed to make this possible.
The new solar panels installed on the roof of the Scots International Church
What happens to our plastic waste?
On Tuesday 17th October at 19. 30 there will be a presentation and film by SUEZ in the lower church hall. (SUEZ/SITA is the biggest recycling company in Rotterdam and surroundings; collecting, sorting and processing waste into useful products.) If you have any questions on the subject you can ask them or even bring along any plastic refuse that you ask yourself into which container should it be deposited!
This will be a very interesting evening and many have already shown interest so, although the evening is free, tickets (on recycled paper) will be available in advance.
For more information phone 010 5914959
SICR Summer Barbeque in the afternoon of Communion Sunday 2nd July 2017!
The Summer Barbeque will be held coming Sunday 2nd July in the Minister’s Garden, directly after the service. Please bring soft-drinks, salads, etc. The Social Team of the SICR will bring some drinks and the meat.
All are welcome!
If you have any questions ask Mavis this Sunday or contact the SICR Church Office during the week.
Songs of Praise
The Scots International Church Rotterdam is introducing a series of regular evening Songs of Praise Services, the first of which will be held on Sunday 15 January 2017 at 19:30 PM.
As you may guess from the title, the main focus of these services will be on singing God’s praise. For the first service that praise will be on the hymns that the members of our church have indicated to be their favourites. Subsequent services may 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.
See you all on Sunday 15th January!
Prayer Meetings 2017
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