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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 16:16

Just God, Simply Christmas 2019

alternativity2019 cardsACTS has supported ALTERnativity to produce an advent resource for 2019. A link to download the resource is at the bottom of the article.

ALTER nativity want to encourage people to get back to the heart of the Christmas message, God being born amongst us to proclaim a new way: the way of liberation, freedom and justice for all peoples.

• Too many people are living in grinding poverty, denied basic freedoms and rights.

• Climate change is displacing people from their land as erratic weather makes traditional farming increasingly untenable.

How we celebrate Christmas in a world where so many of our sisters and brothers are hungry is a constant challenge to us as people of faith.

With this challenge before us, at ALTER nativity we want to find ways to help people think through their actions at Christmas and yet still have a joyful, meaningful and fun celebration.

In preparing for Christmas we encourage people to consider:

• What does it mean that God became human?

• How do we see the holy family as real people, coping with change, pressure and joy?

• Can we resist the pressure to over-spend?

• How do we respond to Mary's concern for the poor?

To download a copy of "Just God, Simply Christmas" please click here.

 

 

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 16:00

ALTERnativity Advent Reflections for ACTS 2019

Alternativity2019Speaking to Church groups about Christmas over the last few years and asking them to reflect on what they enjoy and what they dislike about our celebrations, most groups reference the same things.


People love the chance to spend time with family and friends, and enjoy the Christmas carols at church.


But there is frustration at the over-commercialisation of Christmas, as shops begin selling Christmas to us before the pumpkins are out of the shops, and we are constantly peddled the idea of a 'perfect' Christmas.


ALTERnativity exists to challenge people to think about their Christmas celebrations, to engage with the Holy Family as real people rather than merely nativity characters and to challenge us as Christians as to how we celebrate well in the face of a climate emergency and in a world where too many of our sisters and brothers are starving.


As the shops fill with tinsel, crackers and more plastic than anyone needs, let's take some time to think back to the first Christmas.

To download a copy of the 2019 Advent material please click here

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 11:32

UK General Election Hustings & Prayer Material

ElectionACTS has set up the following as a holding page for resources relating to the 2019 UK General Election.

We will update this page with resouces as they become available.


 

HUSTINGS DATES

KILMARNOCK: You may like to know that the Fellowship of Kilmarnock Churches is organising an Election Hustings Debate at 7 p.m. on Friday, 6 December , at the Howard Centre Kilmarnock. This gives voters an opportunity to meet candidates of all parties in one place, to hear their manifestos and to pose questions on issues which are important to voters.


ELECTION PRAYERS

The following prayers have been provided by the Scottish Episcopal Church:

A Prayer for Those Standing for Election

Gracious God, we pray that you would send your Holy Spirit to lead and to guide all who seek election to parliament. Bless them with patience, humility, wisdom, and empathy as they consider the path ahead. Put on their hearts, dear Lord, the poor and the marginalized as they consider what steps would create the best future for all those who live in our lands. Remind all who hold public office of their duty to serve the interests of the whole community, especially those whose voices are often drowned out by the powerful and the privileged. Lord grant them ears to hear, wisdom to discern, and voices to speak truth. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

A Prayer for Unity in a Time of Political Division

Holy God who brought into being all the people of this earth: give us the grace to set aside our egos and opinions so that we can see your presence in the eyes of those with whom we disagree. Remove from our hearts all hatred, prejudice, and fear replacing them instead with love, empathy, and the peace that passes all understanding. Unite us, sovereign Lord, in our quest for a strong future for all in this nation and remind us, always, to be mindful of the needs of others. We pray these things in your Holy Name. Amen.

A Prayer for the Poor and Marginalised

Lord of Life, we come before you this day to raise up our siblings in Christ who are most vulnerable Ð the poor and the marginalised, the immigrants and refugees, the racial, ethnic, and religious minorities and all others who seek to call this place home despite being made to feel unwelcome or unloved. Wipe the scales from our eyes and help us to see all whom we encounter as your beloved children. Embolden us to use our voices to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, and humble us to support them as allies, rather than appropriating their message, when they voice their truths. Holy One, ignite in us a passion for justice that constantly seeks to share the blessings of our lives with all whom we encounter. We ask this in the name of God who is Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier of us all. Amen.

To download a copy of these prayers please click here

 

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 08:28

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020

WoP2020Unusual Kindness - The materials for the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by the Christian churches in Malta and Gozo (Christians Together in Malta)

To find out further details and to download the materials click on the link below:

Week of Prayer for Chrisitan Unity 2020 - CTBI Resources page 

 

Friday, 31 May 2019 10:04

Ecumenical Service for L'Arche

Larche serviceThere will be an ecumenical service on Monday 17th June at 7pm – at St Mary Magdalene's Church, Bingham, Edinburgh, EH15 3HY

It is being offered by an ecumenical group of ministers and members of L'Arche as a public memorial service of thanksgiving for the life and work of Jean Vanier, who died recently.

Jean, a French Canadian practical philosopher, founded two communities: L'Arche and Faith and Light.
They are places of forgiveness and celebration in which life is shared between people with and without learning disabilities

More on his life is online at
https://www.larche.org/web/jeanvanier/home

All are welcome to come to Bingham on the 17th.

More information about L'Arche can be found here

Monday, 13 May 2019 10:37

2019 European Elections

EE2019The Scottish Churches Parliamentary office (SCPO) have produced a resource for churches/church groups to use in the lead up to the European Parliament Election on May 23 – based on a previous resource that we published for local council elections a few years ago. This and other resources can be downloaded from the SCPO website. 

Monday, 15 April 2019 13:09

THY KINGDOM COME

thy kingdom comeThy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come (30 May - 9 June), it is hoped that everyone who takes part will

  • Deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Pray for God's spirit to work in the lives of those they know
  • Come to realise that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer

After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing.

How to take part

Please find links for information below:

Taking Part: Resources

5 ways churches can get involved with Thy Kingdom come

Top 5 tips

Prayer Reosuces - a fantastic range of resources for children, young people, adults and families, schools, churches and small groups.

 

Friday, 12 April 2019 09:15

Hope in the Rural Church Conference 2019

hope2019The Scottish Churches Rural Group is hosting a one day conference entitled "Hope in the Rural Church".

It will take place on Wednesday 1st May 2019 at St Matthew's Church of Scotland, Perth.

The keynote speaker will be Revd Claire Maxim, CEO of Germinate Arthur Rank Centre.

For more information and to book please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hope-in-the-rural-church-tickets-55067325854

A poster for the event can be downloaded here

Monday, 03 December 2018 10:05

Autumn Conference 2018 - Video Presentations

Autumn2018The 2018 Church of Scotland Ecumenical Relations Committee &

Action of Churches Together in Scotland autumn conference

took place on Saturday 27 October 2018.

If you unfortunately were not able to attend,

all of the presentations were recorded and are available

via the links below.

 

  • Opening worship was led by the Rt Rev Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

 

  • "Making Connections" the opening session led by the Rt Rev Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

 

  • Rev Canon Professor Charlotte Methuen, Professor of Church History at the University of Glasgow, led the conference through a reflection on the "Appeal to all Christian People" (1920) . . . as a response to the catastrophe of WW1 and as the catalyst for ecumenism in Britain and Ireland in the years thereafter.

Appeal to all Christian People (1920) Part 1

Appeal to all Christian People (1920) Part 2

  • Mr John Barrie, Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, and Rev Kevin Mackenzie, Church of Scotland, ended the day with a presentation about local ecumenical working in East Kilbride - the Community Integration Project 

Community Integration Project Part 1 (John Barrie)

Community Integration Project Part 1 (Kevin Mackenzie)

 

Monday, 12 November 2018 09:10

Just God, Simply Christmas

AlternativityACTS has supported ALTERnativity to produce an advent resource for 2018. A link to download the resource is at the bottom of the article.

ALTER nativity want to encourage people to get back to the heart of the Christmas message, God being born amongst us to proclaim a new way: the way of liberation, freedom and justice for all peoples.

• Too many people are living in grinding poverty, denied basic freedoms and rights.

• Climate change is displacing people from their land as erratic weather makes traditional farming increasingly untenable.

How we celebrate Christmas in a world where so many of our sisters and brothers are hungry is a constant challenge to us as people of faith.

With this challenge before us, at ALTER nativity we want to find ways to help people think through their actions at Christmas and yet still have a joyful, meaningful and fun celebration.

In preparing for Christmas we encourage people to consider:

• What does it mean that God became human?

• How do we see the holy family as real people, coping with change, pressure and joy?

• Can we resist the pressure to over-spend?

• How do we respond to Mary's concern for the poor?

To download a copy of "Just God, Simply Christmas" please click here.

 

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