September News from the Church of Scotland

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Church of Scotland
September 2017
Rev Richard J Begg
  My Ministry with Rev Richard J Begg  

"If you sense that Call to Ministry then test it and if it is real then you will not be able to resist it." 

Army Chaplain Rev Richard J Begg on the "huge privilege" of sharing in the lives of others, offering hope in difficult circumstances, reaching out to the young and training at Sandhurst.


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Moderator blessing the new bridge
  Queensferry Crossing a symbol of inclusion and hope  

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland blessed the Queensferry Crossing on Monday 4 September.

Right Rev Dr Derek Browning said bridges were “symbols of inclusion and hope”.

He accompanied First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Her Majesty the Queen, who formally opened the new bridge.


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A group of military chaplains with the Moderator
  Our church: St Columba's, Jersey  

St Columba's Church of Scotland in Jersey caters for many of the 5,000 Scots who live on the island.

Rev Graeme Glover writes about the challenges of engaging with young people, community life in the 'Channel Highlands' and welcoming island visitors to the church.


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Young Scots visit Rwanda to learn about peacebuilding
  Young Scots visit Rwanda to learn about peacebuilding  

The group, organised by the Church of Scotland and Interfaith Scotland, is made up of five young Christians and five young Muslims from Scotland who will learn how faith groups are working together for peace.

While in Rwanda they will meet Christian and Muslim leaders, visit the Rwanda genocide memorial, spend a night with a host family and take part in a workshop with young Rwandans.


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The Forth Hope
  God's ship builder - floating medical centre arrives in Peru  

A medical ship run by a charity established by a former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is in the final stages of its epic transatlantic voyage to Peru.

The MV Forth Hope, operated by the Vine Trust set up by Very Rev Albert Bogle, is currently sailing up the Amazon River and around 900 miles away from the remote city of Iquitos, its final destination.


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Give Me Five
  Moderator urges Scottish Government to top up Child Benefit  

Topping up child benefit by £5 a week equates to seven breakfasts of cereal, milk, fruit juice and a banana over two months, the Moderator of the General Assembly has said.

Right Rev Dr Derek Browning said the extra income for families might also be used to buy a good quality winter coat or enable children to take part in a school trip or an out-of-school activity each week.


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Group holding image of the Bridge of Kindness
  Church members build a Bridge of Kindness  

Church members have carried out 320 acts of kindness to mark the official opening of the Queensferry Crossing.

The structure inspired the congregation at Queensferry Parish Church to reach out to people in the local community.

Over the last year, people of all ages have engaged in a wide range of activities to assist people such as DIY, litter picking and gardening.


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  Homecoming for war hero's Gaelic Bible  

A Bible that belonged to a Kirk minister who helped save more than 2,000 allied service personnel during the Second World War has been returned to his former church.

Rev Dr Donald Caskie, who was known as the Tartan Pimpernel, was leading the Scots Kirk in Paris when the Germans invaded France in 1940.

His nephew, Tom Caskie, 76, decided to gift the Gaelic Bible to the congregation which is creating a permanent exhibition in honour of the war hero.


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  US Pulpit exchange 'privilege' for Helensburgh minister  

Helensburgh Parish Church minister Rev David Young spent six weeks working in a church in the USA.

It was his first time visiting Hickory First Presbyterian Church in North Carolina but members can be forgiven for wondering if he had somehow worked there many years before.

For Mr Young, whose charge is linked with Rhu and Shandon, bears a startling resemblance to the last Scottish clergyman who did pulpit supply 59 years ago.


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  Follow the Moderator  
The Moderator will be hosted by the Presbytery of St Andrews. Amongst an array of activities he will be meeting army servicemen at Leuchars as well as visiting Neuk Foodbank & the lifeboat station in Anstruther.
Moderator's diary
Don't forget this month it's also CrossReach week from 24 - 29 September. The Moderator will be visiting many of CrossReach's services and meeting people who have been involved with a range of projects.
Find out more about CrossReach week
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