Refugee Week - 14th - 20th June
The theme of refugee week is this year is
‘We cannot walk alone’
Refugees are people just like us except that they have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict, famine or persecution.
Refugee Week is a chance to show our support for refugees around the world and those who have come to Scotland, including many in our own area.
“We cannot walk alone”: this comes from Martin Luther King’s historic “I have a dream” speech. It’s a theme that especially rings true this year where we have seen the need to work together to deal with Covid-19.
Refugees in Stirling and Clackmannanshire
There are now 154 refugees including 88 children in the local area who have come mainly from war torn Syria and South Sudan.
How many refugees are there around the world?
Around 80 million people round the world, 1% of the world's population, have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are nearly 26 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also millions of stateless people, who have been denied a nationality and lack basic rights like education, health care, employment and freedom of movement.
How many in the UK?
As at the end of 2018 there were 126,720 refugees, 45,244 pending asylum cases and 125 stateless persons. That’s around one quarter of a percent (0.26%) of the UK’s total population. (The country hosting the most refugees was Turkey, with almost 3.7 million refugees, 3% of Turkey's total population.)
Will you join with us in raising awareness and in welcoming our New Scots?
We are making 'people chains' to illustrate that 'we cannot walk alone' and we need your help!
It’s planned to have some of these up around the area in recognition of our common humanity and as a sign of welcome to refugees in our own area.
Making chains of people – suggestions and resources
There is a myriad of different ways we can approach this and lots of different materials that can be used. Even if not very environmentally friendly we may wish to use up things we have stored away.
How to make your chains: Templates are available by Googling “making paper doll chains” e.g. https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Paper-People-Chain; for a video see making an origami chain of people
These will be displayed in public places during the week so materials that will stand up to the weather will be good.
Brushing PVA over card, paper or fabric makes it waterproof to an extent. If you have access to a laminator, that could be helpful.
You could experiment with very robust building paper, wall paper etc which you might have in the house; even leftover bits of vinyl etc could be used as firm backing. Plastic tablecloths or book covering sticky backed plastic could be a possibility.
Diversity is important and great if we can reflect that in our figures. The idea of kilted people was suggested, especially for those welcoming new Scots. Skin colour, clothing etc are important – and fun!
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.
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.
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.
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/