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Parish News Round-up

Thursday May 28 2020

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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The youth work arm of Aberfeldy Parish Church, the Breathe Project, has responded to the Coronavirus Covid-19 with a programme of digital opportunities for children and young people in the Highland Perthshire area.

Overseen by the church’s youth work manager, Franny McGrath, volunteers and sessional workers, the programme has ensured young people are are 'still connected' through Netflix parties, daily fitness classes, teen drop ins, various challenges and a weekly session watching and discussing The Chosen, a TV drama based on the life of Jesus.

More recently the team has launched a families and young peoples app, with support from Aberfeldy Community Council and the TSI Wellbeing Fund. The app that allows secure access and monitored communication between families, young people and trusted youth workers, and has various strands which including Btv (Breathe TV), where there are tutorials on craft and baking. There will also soon be weekly bible stories for children.

The church was also involved in the Aberfeldy Churches Together response to the needs of families facing hardship during the lockdown. The Breadalbane Community Larder is serving 40 food packages a week.

The Minister of St Margaret’s Church, Glenrothes, the Rev Eileen Miller, recently delivered 175 cards to the residents of four care homes in the parish to let them know that they are missed. Before the lockdown, members of the Church enjoyed visiting regularly to lead short worship services and singalongs for the residents.

There are two projects currently taking place which are keeping the knitters and sewers in the church busy. Pairs of hearts are being knitted for the residents and families of Woodside Court Care Home who are separated by the lockdown. The idea is that one heart is given to a resident in the Care Home and the matching one to a family member as a symbol of their connectedness even during separation. The other project is making laundry bags for nurses and carers to carry their uniform to/from work.

The craft team includes Moira McEwan, Liz Rollo, Barbara Robertson and Helen Morrow.

The photo shows 40 laundry bags being delivered by the Rev Eileen Miller to Nicola Proctor, Manager of Woodside Court Care Home.

Volunteers at Christ Church Warwick, the Church of Scotland’s presence in Bermuda, have spent the past few weeks doing laundry, cooking and delivering food to the needy on the island. More than 160 meals are prepared each day, and the church is part of an island-wide feeding programme begun in April with private sector funding. The church has also kept up with its laundry services for vulnerable people, with loads taken to and from a nearby shelter every other day.

However David Thompson, the Christ Church elder who co-ordinates the programme, has expressed concern about what happens when the funding for the programme runs out at the end of this month. Full story at the Royal Gazette.

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