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Diocesan News ISSUE 124: JUNE 2013

CHILDREN’S MUSIC CLUB SET TO HIT THE RIGHT NOTE An idea for a children’s choir snowballed within months into a music club for local youngsters. Angela Watson explains how it is all coming together. . .

A FEW months ago, Aidan (16), who sings in our choir at St Margaret’s Newlands, expressed an interest in starting a choir for children at the church. We then put our heads together with Maggie McTernan, our curate, who advised on child protection and other important planning issues. Since Aidan was looking at a busy period with impending Standard Grade exams, we agreed that I should take the plunge over the Easter break and attend a British Kodály Academy course for singers and choir leaders at Coombe Abbey,near Bath. Zoltán Kodály was a Hungarian composer who came across the sol-fa system of reading music (doh, ray, me…etc) on a visit to Britain in the 1920s and

Pilgrim site crisis TV celebrity Neil Oliver is backing a campaign to save the visitor centre at the cradle of Christianity in Scotland. Student days saw the documentary presenter volunteering in Wigtownshire at Whithorn’s famous archaeology dig. A major pilgrimage destination for centuries, Whithorn is where St Ninian built what is believed to be Scotland’s first stone church. But a funding shortfall threatens the visitor centre and museum run by the Whithorn Trust. Closure would be a blow to the revival of longdistance pilgrim routes to the area—including the Ayrshire Pilgrims Trail. The many Christians who go there include walkers who have been making their way from Renfrewshire in instalments to mark the 850th anniversary of Paisley Abbey. They will arrive on 29 June. The Trust has now launched a public appeal and online petition. One of the signatories, Professor Gordon Maxwell, said: “Whithorn is one of the most important places in the early history of Scottish Christianity (on a par with Iona and St Andrews) and, as recent excavations have shown, a crucial piece of evidence in the demonstration of the complexity of the origins of the Scottish nation.” Visit for updates and links to the petition and appeal. MORE NEWS AT

Also in this issue . . . Opening a world of self-understanding Feeding hungry neighbours Peaceworker talks of Mid-East experience Finding hidden talent after 50 Scots join pilgrimage walk in Sweden used it to help revive folk singing in his homeland. The system of music education he went on to develop is at the forefront of today’s early-years music education and used in the National Youth choir of Scotland’s training programme. It was a wonderful course and I learned a lot in five days, meeting many enthusiasts and experts. I came back feeling more confident and with dozens of child-friendly songs from one of the course experts, Sue Hollingworth. Sue runs the Scunthorpe Co-operative children’s choir which numbers 200 souls! Its policy is non-audition and no child is ever turned away. With spadefuls of useful advice, loads of great music and rector Scott Robertson’s blessing, we are now moving forward with our own plan to have a week-long children’s music club at St Margaret’s in July (Monday 1st – Friday 5th) for two hours each morning. During June we hope to arrange visits to a few local primary schools to give them information and hold workshops with fun warm-up techniques, round-singing and games based on music and rhythm. We will include an email address in our handouts for parents to register interest so we can estimate numbers, which must be limited according to the number of volunteer supervisors. Members of St Margaret’s and sister churches are welcome to bring children who are younger than the suggested age range (Primary 4–7) as long as carers can stay on to look after them. In true St Margaret’s fashion, after a short announcement at the Sunday service on 28 April, we soon had enough goodwill to cover the likelihood of 20–30 children rolling up, but it is tight and we would be struggling if one or more of our team were taken ill. I can be contacted on 0141 585 7894 or DIOCESAN NEWS – 1

Piskies join food-bank outreach ALL Saints Jordanhill has agreed to partner with a Vineyard church to support a food bank serving north west Glasgow. The Storehouse is located less than a mile from All Saints in Linden Street, Anniesland. It’s open every Saturday morning to give packages of food and toiletries to around 35 recipients referred by churches, charities and statutory agencies. Many have had their benefits cut – sometimes only temporarily, but the family still needs to be fed. Some are asylum-seekers with no income whatsoever. Others simply can’t cope. The service is an outreach by Glasgow Westend Vineyard, which meets in Notre Dame secondary school. Westend Vineyard established Storehouse in 2011 as part of its social ministry. Peter Fowler, the compassion pastor at Vineyard, told The Herald last December: “When we first started, we weren’t entirely sure how great the need was. When we did open, we really realised there was a huge need that was hidden beneath the surface.

“The aim is not to make people dependent on us, but to help them to break the cycle of poverty, which has lots of different causes.” Peter met the All Saints Vestry in February, impressing its members greatly with his explanations of the ministry’s Biblical foundation and practical approach. He has since paid two more visits to the congregation. Both Vestry and congregation have welcomed the opportunity to engage ecumenically in a local social action outreach, and are making weekly contributions of food and toiletries. In addition, there will be a retiring collection in aid of Storehouse at a special West End Festival Evensong at All Saints on Sunday 2 June. Storehouse can be found on the web at, and the Herald feature at b2oxcwz.


TRUGGLING families in Dunbartonshire are being helped by a new food-bank collection point at St Augustine’s Dumbarton. Volunteers will keep the centrally placed church open for a trial six-month period for five

Opening a world of self-understanding ST Cyprian’s Lenzie is hosting a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) basic workshop this month for anyone who would like to come along. The MBTI is a very simple personality indicator which opens up a world of self-understanding for those who take it. It is probably the most widely used indicator in both secular and Christian circles. The day includes looking at what the MBTI might say about us, how we live in and respond to the world around us, and helping us to understand more deeply our relationship with God. The workshop is on Saturday 15 June, 10am– 3.30pm, and will cost £15. Revd Les Ireland says: “If getting to Lenzie is not practical, then we are willing to come and run an MBTI workshop where you are.” Call 0141 776 5866 for details or to book, or email Les at 2 – DIOCESAN NEWS

days a week for this purpose from noon to 3pm. It’s a way to support the work of the new West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare (WDCF), an initiative formed this year by local charities at the prompting of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. WDCF’s first public event saw 40 volunteers handing out leaflets and packing bags at Sainsbury’s in Drumchapel at the end of March. They raised £800, filled 11 trolleys with food donated by customers and staff, and received £250 in store vouchers.


ROON Churches Together will operate a food-bank hub from Troon Old Parish Church Halls. At St Ninian’s, Piskies will collect items for it on the first Sunday of every month. It is proposed that the hub will be open Tuesdays and Fridays, 12noon– 3pm, from 25 June. South Ayrshire Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust’s UK-wide food-bank network. Donated items go to a warehouse in Prestwick to be packed into emergency packs which are then distributed to the local hubs.

Peaceworker speaks about Middle-East experience PEACEWORKER Florence Germain will give a talk at the Ayrshire Regional Council’s meeting on Tuesday 11 June, 7.30pm. Florence volunteered for three months last year as a human-rights observer on the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The programme brings internationals to the West Bank to experience life under occupation. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human-rights abuses, and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace. When they return home, EAs campaign for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through an end to the occupation, respect for international law and implementation of UN resolutions. Wine and nibbles will be served. MORE NEWS AT

Reviewing growth and action plans MISSION Action Plan Facilitators gathered in Holy Trinity Ayr recently for their annual training session. As ever, they began by sharing and collecting some of the ‘good news stories’ of the past year. and found it heartening to hear about the increased energy, hope and missional motivation on the part of both congregations and Facilitators in this diocese. Good, too, to hear how Regional Councils are being ‘revitalised’ through the sharing of MAP news. There was agreement amongst those present that Mission Action Planning can provide focus for a charge’s missional activity, encouragement when it has lain dormant and discernment when signs of hope and new life have been hitherto unnoticed. Facilitators are there to spot, name and highlight the positives and help charges build on these signs of God at work in their midst, however small; helping a charge do one thing and do it well can be immensely encouraging and a springboard to bigger steps next time. Our diocesan strategic intention for growth is an evolving process; there is always more to be done and improvements to be made. Facilitators thus worked together in Ayr to help finesse the way a charge moves from its first to its second MAP, and to think of ways in which knowledge of what the Diocesan Development Teams have to offer might be better integrated into the process. As several charges prepare to review their first year’s MAP with the Bishop and the Dean in the next few weeks, there is a sense of the process becoming ever more securely rooted in the life of the diocese, and of an increasing number of good fruits being grown on the vine. Revd Canon Anne Tomlinson, Ministry Development Officer

Discovering hidden talents after 50 DISCOVERING new strengths and hidden talents is the aim of a new club at the Pisky church in Monklands. St Paul & St John the Evangelist now hosts Springwells Discovery Group, part of the national Discovery Award Scheme. The scheme offers challenges to individuals in the 50+ age range. Participants are encouraged to make choices about their own lives and to increase their contribution to life around them. The Award consists of meeting a range of new personal challenges at three levels: bronze, silver and gold. At each level, participants complete activities in the areas of: service in the community; hobby or interest; recreational pursuit; and journey of discovery. More and more people are accepting the Challenge, which offers an exciting and rewarding adventure for anyone aged 50 or over, regardless of state of health or even disability. There is something for everyone. Scotland’s oldest Discoverer is over 80. The Springwells group meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm. You can find out more about the Discovery Award Scheme at:

Focusing on marriage SCOTTISH Marriage Care, an independent relationship support charity, works to strengthen and improve relationships and family life across Scotland by means of counselling services, relationship workshops in schools, peer education projects, a phone helpline and relationship MOTs. Among its developmental tools is a marriage preparation course entitled FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study). An inventory with 156 basic questions about marriage helps couples to learn more about themselves and their unique relationship before entering into a committed partnership. The inventory highlights areas that are currently not being discussed. As a discussion instrument, it can improve communication and conflict-management skills. The couple is aided in this work by a facilitator who offers them appropriate and targeted discussion and educational support. During the first meeting with the FOCCUS facilitator, the couple individually complete the questionnaire. A week or so later they return for individual feedback. The inventory provides content and process aims to tailor marriage preparation to the needs of an individual couple and those working with them. It would be a useful adjunct to the marriage preparation offered by clergy. If you would like to know more about SMC, contact FOCCUS manager Adam Pinner: Revd Canon Anne Tomlinson, Ministry Development Officer

Scots join Ascensiontide pilgrimage walk in Swedish countryside FOUR members of St Ninian’s Troon have returned from a visit to their linked parish in the Diocese of Gothenburg. They had been invited to take part in an Ascension Day Pilgrimage, a 13km walk between the churches at Ljungsarp and Ölsremma. The walk through forests and open farmland was punctuated with stops for prayers and Bible readings and a MORE NEWS AT

picnic breakfast in a barn, the first part of the walk being undertaken in silence. At Ölsremma a delicious soup lunch was served, followed by a service of Holy Communion. Throughout the weekend the visitors enjoyed the hospitality of the people of Dalstorp Pastorate. Trips to other local attractions included a moose park.


his month Pastor Jösta Björling is bringing a confirmation group of 11 youngsters from Dalstorp to the College of the Holy Spirit at the Cathedral of the Isles in Millport. This will be the third year the young people have enjoyed a time of discussion and fellowship together preparing for their confirmation. During their stay they will also observe the traditional Swedish celebration of midsummer. DIOCESAN NEWS – 3

Opportunities and news in brief . . .


ISHOP Gregor will preach at a special Sung Eucharist at All Saints Jordanhill on Tuesday 11 June at 7.30pm. The service marks the 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood of Revd Donald Strachan. Donald, who will preside at the Eucharist, served as rector of St John’s Coatbridge, chaplain to Barlinnie Prison and diocesan supernumerary in the 1970s and 1980s. Bishop Gregor said: “Donald would be glad to see people who remember him from the diocese on the 11th.”

Tollcross, Edinburgh, on Thursday 6 June, 7.30–10pm.



HE congregation of St Paul & St John the Evangelist Monklands enjoyed a ‘Souper’ Sunday lunch of soup and bread following the service on 12 May. It raised just under £200 for Christian Aid.



PERFORMANCE of baroque music by the Telemann Ensemble will take place at 3pm on Sunday 16 June as part of All Saints Jordanhill’s contribution to the West End Festival. HERE will be a plant sale and afternoon teas at St Ninian’s, Bentinck Drive, Troon, on Saturday 8 June.


REE coffee is on offer at the Churches in Rural Scotland stand at the Royal Highland Show, Ingliston, Edinburgh, Thursday to Sunday, 20-23 June.


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NDERSTANDING Rural Deprivation is a new report on research by geographers at the universities of Dundee and St Andrews. Commissioned by the Kirk’s Rural Strategy Team, it examines how social deprivation differs between rural and urban congregational areas and within rural areas. Technical details of classification criteria matched to government statistical ‘data zones’ come under a related technical report. To download both, vis it: co uncils _ co mmitt ee s _ and_departments/mission_ and_discipleship_council.


ETTING Your Kids through Church Without them Ending up Hating God is a evening presented by Rob Parsons, member of Saltmine Theatre Company and founder of Care for the Family.

The event is at Central Hall, 4 – DIOCESAN NEWS

For details and to book tickets (£5) visit

hour of intercessory prayers, and praying for one another at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Hillington, Sunday 2 June, 6.30pm.



T St John’s Greenock they are compiling a fundraising cookbook and would appreciate tried-andtested recipes from the diocese. You

can email yours to June Campbell ( or post it to St John’s Episcopal Church, Union Street, Greenock PA16 8JJ.

T Paul & St John the Evangelist Monklands will hold a summer fayre on Saturday 8 June. Stalls include books, toys, bric-a-brac, crafts and home baking. There will also be a grand raffle, tombola, teas and coffee. Doors open at 11am.


PLANT sale and coffee morning at All Saints Jordanhill last month raised more than £1,100.


HE Development Team for Children and Youth is hosting a Godly Play ‘Making Materials Day’ on Saturday 1 June, 10am-4pm in Holy Trinity and St Barnabas, St James’ Place, Paisley.

The charge is £15 plus the cost of any materials used; lunch is included. Contact Alex Mackenzie:


T Cuthbert’s, Brownside Road, Cambuslang, hosts a cheese and wine evening with a quiz on Friday 14 June at 7pm. Admission is £5; all are welcome.

The church will also be hosting a stall at the following day’s local Summerfest gala day.

The St Cuthbert’s magazine editor is appealing for snippets or stories from around the diocese that would interest his readers. Contact John Donnelly (


RE you a prayer warrior or an intercessor? Do you have a heart for prayer? ‘Come, Let’s Pray’ is an

LASGOW’S Ignatian Spirituality Centre is running the last events of its 2012-13 session. ‘Being Human, Being Dancer’ (Saturday 1 June,10.30am– 4.30pm) sees Melitta Bosworth and Katie Low leading a contemplative day to explore the inner landscape of the soul using art / image making. ‘Just Call Me Lopez’ is on Saturday 22 June (10.30am–4.30pm) when Margaret Silf will lead a journey into the heart of the man we know as Ignatius Loyola. Visit or contact Ignatian Spirituality Centre, 35 Scott Street, Glasgow G3 6PE (


LASGOW Churches Together will be joined by the St Mungo Singers in an ecumenical pilgrimage to Culross, marking the 1450th anniversary of St Columba’s arrival on Iona and David Livingstone’s 200th birthday. It’s on Saturday 22 June. Buses leave at 10am and return to Glasgow by 5pm. Contact Glasgow Churches Together to book a place on the bus:


BAKE-OFF made for a popular take on a traditional fundraiser at St Margaret’s Newlands, bringing in £650 for Christian Aid. Judges Bishop Gregor Duncan and Revd Paul Romano tasted all 25 home-baked entries before declaring winners in the adult and junior sections. The exhibits then were raffled or sliced up for sale to spectators.

NEXT DIOCESAN NEWS ITEMS for the July/August issue may be submitted by Monday 17 June as ordinary prose (not leaflets, adverts, posters or PDFs, please) to the editor, Susi Cormack Brown, c/o Diocesan Centre, 5 St Vincent Place, Glasgow G1 2DH, or Diocesan News Service is published 10 times a year by the Scottish Episcopal Church, United Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway (Scottish Charity Number: SC013925). Views expressed are not necessarily those of the editor or the Scottish Episcopal Church. Contributed material may be edited at the discretion of the editor. MORE NEWS AT

Glasgow and Galloway Diocesan News, June 2013  

News from the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway in the Scottish Episcopal Church

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