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Invitation to sign a Faith Leaders letter on the Nationality & Borders Bill

 

 

Friends and colleagues,

I am emailing to invite you (where applicable) or your local faith leader to sign an open multi-faith leaders letter to the Prime Minister, raising concerns about the Nationality & Borders Bill. 

The government are seeking to overhaul the way the UK asylum system works through the Nationality & Borders Bill. Whilst they claim that this will make the system fairer, there has been widespread criticism about how the Bill will in fact make the UK a more hostile place for those seeking sanctuary.

As people of faith, we want to raise our voices in unity to say that these changes are unacceptable, and do not align with our belief in the value of human life or our duty to show compassion to those in need. Previously, the strength of faith leaders speaking out together on issues of justice and peace has been clear, and we would like to show as strong a voice as possible on this crucial issue. 

You can read the text of the letter here, and add your name and details to sign the letter:

https://forms.gle/Pkafxn6JywUVW1E86 

Leaders from faith communities across the UK are being invited to sign. The letter will be sent to the Prime Minister to coincide with the Bill being debated in the House of Lords over the coming weeks.

The aim is to have at least 500 signatories and gather the voices from as many local and senior faith leaders as possible. However, we ask that you only share the letter with potential signatories for the time being so that we can share it publicly at a strategic time. Please also consider forwarding it to five more faith leaders to sign as well.

I do hope that you will be able to add your support to this essential opportunity to share our collective voice as people of faith. 

Rich blessings,

Sabine 

Sabine Chalmers | Co-ordinator | Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees

 

Rev Lesley Stanley

Dr Lesley Stanley was Ordained as an OLM on Thursay 16th December 2021 at St Mark's Parish Church, Stirling. You can see pictures taken during the service by clicking on this link:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/2ZrTk2KoBNBbJCrH7

 

Online Worship

 
Please see below a list of links to online services / worship clips which are being offered to members of Presbytery in the first instance. These will be posted to the Presbytery website: www.stirlingpresbytery.org.uk/ on the ‘News’ page (which is visible by anyone) and will be updated regularly. Please feel able to share this information to members and friends of your congregation.

The list is not exhaustive, and we welcome additional resources.

 

Quite a few of the links below are Facebook postings. If you are not a Facebook user, you will not be able to view these, however – The Presbytery website follows 4 newsfeeds on its Social Media page. Click on the link https://www.stirlingpresbytery.org.uk/page/55/social-media to see them.

 

TV and Radio

BBC Radio – Sunday Worship https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnds

On Sunday mornings at 7.30am there is a service from a Scottish church each week for half an hour on BBC Radio Scotland.

BBC TV – Songs of Praise - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006ttc5

From around the Presbytery ......

Buchlyvie linked with Gartmore – No live broadcast but there will be a short worship clip each weekend. Visit the website: www.buchlyviechurch.org.uk for further details.

St Blane’s – The Rev Gary Caldwell will be livestreaming each Sunday at 10am either a service from St Blane’s or thoughts from his study. It can be accessed through the St Blane’s Facebook page or the face book stream on the St Blane’s web page www.dunblanestblanes.org

Stirling North Parish Church - Are streaming their service on their Facebook page and on their website. They are also making audio recordings on CD for those with no internet access. The live stream can be viewed here: https://stirlingnorth.org/whats-on/livestream/ . They will have links to hymns, readings and prayers so that people can easily join in.

Tillicoultry - Will have a recorded “something” on FB and their website https://www.tillicoultryparishchurch.co.uk/welcome.htm every Sunday morning They are also making an abbreviated form (2 sides of A4 available) available in the local food shops from 8am on a Saturday morning, so that it is accessible to the elderly.  The Rev Alison Britchfield is also doing a daily thought every evening, either text or video,  which is going out on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=tillicoultry%20parish%20church&epa=SEARCH_BOX

Killearn - Are providing videos created by their Ministry team here to enable everyone to be a part of our Kirk. Please visit: https://www.killearnkirk.org.uk/video/

Dunblane Cathedral – Are currently creating a YouTube video every Sunday, and a daily thought for the day - all on the website. https://www.dunblanecathedral.org.uk/

St Mark’s Parish Church – Live broadcast each Sunday at 11am. Visit: https://stmarksstirling.org.uk/ . They also have a YouTube channel broadcasting daily reflections. Find it here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGXIfkeYw4en5rbGX3IEt5g?fbclid=IwAR2JpTd2RIEbu-qcChEhE61FEBvJ0DiReYdJpmlNCCBqYaBYFYpC4jAvP9k

Bridge of Allan Parish Church - a short 6-ish minute YouTube video with questions in the description and a link to a hymn to sing along with. In addition, this will be provided as a podcast too. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCECxtyb9aGWZ5nDSjApWnCg

Dollar - will be uploading a short service without any music, each week to their website – www.dollarparishchurch.org.uk

St Ninians Old Parish Church - Join the Minister of St.Ninians Old Parish, Gary McIntyre, online for a short pre-recorded service from the Manse. Pop over to our YouTube channel to listen to the first in their new series of videos called, "Listen at the Door", https://www.stniniansold.org.uk/video/

Cambusbarron: The Bruce Memorial - Worshipping Together, Apart. Pre-recorded services available on the Church website at www.cambusbarronchurch.org, with CDs delivered to those with no Internet access, so we can continue to worship together on Sundays at 11am from our own homes; or at another time that suits you.

Drymen Parish Church – Sermons with audio download are available here: https://drymenchurch.org/sermons/ or you can visit the Church website:  www.drymenchurch.org. 

Strathblane Parish Church – The Church sermons will be available by video on a Sunday morning.  They will be sharing the link on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StrathblaneKirk/ and the Church Website: https://strathblanekirk.wordpress.com/  The website now also has a daily blog with messages from the Rev Murdo Campbell to include a children's talk. The new edition of our church magazine, Cornerstone is now available and can be downloaded here: https://strathblanekirk.wordpress.com/2020/08/27/church-magazine-and-return-to-church-checklist/?fbclid=IwAR3WExy4bDQzRSnwHdPG_eg8AN44Hphl9rP2b4ujshgfXswozRlMNp2QpaM

Alva Parish Church - are uploading an act of worship and a children’s’ address to YouTube. These will be available from 10.30 am Sunday morning and every following Sunday via the link on their webpage https://www.alvaparishchurch.org.uk/  or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/alvaparishchurch/

Killin & Ardeonaig Parish Church – Will be providing worship resources via the Church Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/killinkirk/

Clackmannan Parish Church - Rev Rae Clark has and intends to provide a textual based service on the Church website for all congregational members and, of course, anyone else who would like to follow that can access it by going to the church website at:   http://www.clackmannankirk.org.uk/

Alloa: St Mungo’s – Facebook users can follow the services by either visiting the Church website: http://alloastmungos.org/ or the Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/stmungosparishchurchalloa/?ref=bookmarks . 

Holy Rude / Viewfield Erskine – Prayer and reflection with audio and YouTube. Please visit: http://www.holyrude.org/