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Reflection July 19

 

Pamela Scott DCS

 

 

 

July is a time for holidays, fun and laughter and that is what we experienced at St. Serf’s last week.  It was the second week of the school holidays and we had a club called Globtrotters running on the Wednesday and Thursday.  It was definitely a time of fun and laughter.  The children 5-12 experienced fascinating facts about various animals in the oceans, desert, Ice and snow and forests.  As well as this they played games, took part in various crafts and experiments, had food and lots of fun.  Most importantly they heard about the love that God has for them, not only did they hear about it they also saw it by the way the helpers treated them, treating them with respect and love.

 

 

 

I was also told about a story about a little girl, who fell during the setting up of the church for a wedding.  One of the adults took her by the hand and gave her a ‘magic’ biscuit to make it all better.  Last week they bumped into the newly married couple with the little girl and the first thing the little girl said was “you are the person that gave me the magic biscuit.”

 

 

 

We may not know the impact we have on people, especially children but if we can show and maybe even tell them about the love that God has for them, we can say that we have done our bit and God will use that in His time to His glory.

 

 

 

As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:6-9, ‘I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.  So, neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.  The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labour.  For we are God’s fellow-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.’

 

HM Forces Chaplaincy

HM Forces Chaplaincy

 

Committee on Chaplains to HM Forces visit to 2Scots on November 21 2018.

 

The Committee were met in Glencorse Barracks outside Edinburgh by Padres Young and Macpherson. We took part in an act of worship in St. Andrew’s Kirk using the Armed Forces Operational Service and Prayer Book. This small book contains prayers, hymns and readings as well as shortened Forms of Burial Services for World Faiths making it inclusive. In 2014 in association with The Armed Forces’ Christian Union, Faith on the Frontline was published which gives perspective on life’s daily battles. Soldiers are often surrounded by death but have a yearning for life and this book signposts the way to life.

 

The Methodist Church has supported the Armed Forces community for many years. They provide an excellent little book, Soul Man? which encourages thinking, unlocks potential and help engender the spirit which epitomises all that is best within the military community.

 

2Scots has the most deployed operations, and this has a toll on families and personnel. Time is spent in training, being ready for and then going to operations. Different sections rotate this rota with operations including for example, in Sudan, Cyprus, Oman, Afghanistan, and Iraq, UK civil engagements, when invited by the Government, and The Royal Guard and Edinburgh Military Tattoo. There are a wide range of skills, including close combat training, intelligence, air, tank, reconnaissance. Appropriate skills are taught to military personnel in other countries allowing them to defend themselves.

 

 Each soldier takes part in a 2 year apprenticeship course providing a skill they can transfer when discharged. Most are recruited at 18 years of age for 5 year terms. Common welfare problems Chaplains and welfare officers find include some with gambling debts, relationship problems at home and isolation, alcohol and drug abuse. Young men in society today are more mentally fragile than in the past. The spirit of comradeship is not strong and many stay in their rooms latched onto social media sites not wishing to mix with their peers. However, on operation without modern technology the need to share friendships with each other is bolstered.  Team work is strong, but in isolation some find it hard coping. A drug offence results in dismissal from the army and in some instances families disown them resulting in homelessness. Such problems make it difficult to assess their ability when they return to society. The nature of warfare has not changed and men/ women still experience the same emotions as those in the past.

 

There are insufficient Church of Scotland Chaplains and more flexible methods of recruitment are being planned. Ministers can be part of the Reserve Force as well as their parish work at home. Ministers will be approached to consider attending an information day about being part of the important work of the Chaplains of HM Forces.

 

January 2019 Committee Meeting covered issues relating to the three services. All are ready for deployment if needed. Owing to a number of suicides among personnel between 20-25 years, all chaplains and leaders are taking part in the Mental Health First Aid two day course. Chaplains provide pastoral care for bereaved families where ever they reside.  Research is ongoing to compare service life with the general population regarding suicide.

 

All chaplains will complete an update in safeguarding biennially.

 

The General Assembly took place on May with Forces Chaplains and Cadet Chaplains attending. In addition I helped with the Chaplains Tent at the Heart and Soul Event.

 

My next report will include progress of developments and the annual visit.

 

Ethne Brown. (Report for summer 2019) 

 

Summer Fayre 2019

 

SUMMER FAYRE 2019

was held at St Serf's at Lochgelly 29 June 10am - 1pm

Fun - Food - Lots of Craft Stalls

Messy Church Growing in St Serf's

                  Are you ready for more?

Messy Church is on in Benarty on Thursday 8th August at 6pm

It was all about the flowers at Messy Church in Benarty - each one created uniquely by God just like each one of us. Everyone had great fun out in the sunshine planting seeds in the garden, making flowers and even eating them! 

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