Welcome to Spring

Updated: 26 Mar 2020


Further Reading

From the Manse

Thought for the Day

Prayers of Hope

Podcasts

Radio/TV/Apps/Music

Online Bible Study

Prayer from Moderator

Bennochy Quiz

Hippo Knitting Pattern

Services Status


Contact Numbers

The Minister (Robin) (01592) 643518
Session Clerk (George) (01592) 200179

Radio, TV, Apps and Music Services

Worship Online

It is hoped to provide a recorded service for the next three weeks, including Easter, via the Church of Scotland website and social media platforms. Every morning, the Church of Scotland publishes shareable daily prayers, blessings and reflections. These can be found via these links:

Click for Website Church of Scotland Website
Click for Facebook Church of Scotland on Facebook
Click for Twitter Church of Scotland on Twitter

Social Media

The Right Reverend Colin Sinclair is offering a live daily reflection on his Facebook page at 10 am. You can read his latest reflections via:

Click for Facebook Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on Facebook

Some of you will have noticed that BBC 1 had two church services on last Sunday. One from England at 11.45 am, and one from Scotland at 12.15 pm. This is encouraging, as people are now no longer able to attend church. I hope this will continue.

It was also in the news about the 'virtual' church service, held on local radio stations, at 8 am, led by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. I am not sure if this is just for England, or how they will continue, but I did read that BBC radio is to follow suit. I have no further details about that at the moment.

Can I remind you, that on the 29th of March, at 6.30 am, there is a church service on Radio Scotland, from Greenbank parish church in Edinburgh, and that Radio Four has a church service at 8.10 am.

Later on, at 10 am, on Radio Scotland, there is two hours with Richard Holloway, described as 'music and conversation from a faith and ethical perspective'.

Please keep looking out for other worship services on TV and radio, and any programs from a faith perspective. If you find others, (that are any good!) please let me know and I will pass them on.

Worship on TV

Many worship services and other religious programmes can be found on TV and via catch-up services.

Click for TV Website Reflections at the Quay - BBC One Scotland will be broadcasting this new half-hour weekly show every week. You can catch up with the last episode on BBC iPlayer.

Forthcoming Programmes on Television

  • Songs of Praise: Sunday 29th March 1:15pm - 1:50pm BBC One - Aled Jones visits the Salvation Army's Strawberry Field centre in Liverpool, a training hub for young people with learning difficulties and home to a visitor exhibition exploring the site's links to John Lennon

Worship on Radio

The following links will take you directly to the websites of the stations listed below:

Click for Radio Website Radio Four Church Services - Radio Four has a Sunday morning service at 8.10 am. Their website gives details, and holds audio recordings of the previous month, with older services being text only.
Click for Radio Website Radio Scotland Church Services - Radio Scotland's programme New Every Sunday has a church service at 6.30am! It also holds on its website, the previous months services.
Click for Radio Website Premier Christian Radio - Premier Christian Radio is also available all week.
Click for Radio Website Kirk Services Online - Various Church of Scotland congregations live stream or record their services, many with older services on their websites.

Sanctuary First

Sanctuary First is an online church founded by Albert Bogle former Moderator of the general Assembly. They have daily worship online and can post prayers and readings directly into your inbox.

  • Every Friday night from 9pm-10pm: A live chat show, The Friday Night Review, goes out live on Facebook. This will be hosted in rotation by three or four resident presenters. This is also streamed live to the Sanctuary First website

  • Every Sunday from 3pm: The Sanctuary First Sunday worship service will be available to stream live on their website

  • Every day from 10am-12pm: The newly launched Virtual Coffee Shop is planning to run. To find out more or how to get involved, please email Very Rev Albert Bogle

  • In difficult times such as these, pastoral support prayers based on theme are available on the Sanctuary First website

Apps for your mobile phone (and PC) on prayer

Pray As You Go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc. (not at the moment, of course!).

A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend. It is not a 'Thought for the Day', a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a framework for your own prayer. Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection.

Its aim is to help you to:
  • become more aware of God's presence in your life
  • listen to and reflect on God's word
  • grow in your relationship with God

The style of prayer is based on Ignatian Spirituality.

Common Prayer is a tapestry of daily prayers inviting faith communities from around the world to pray, sing and act together. At this site you will find prayers for every morning, midday and evening, that celebrate the best of the Christian tradition and engage with the most pressing needs of our world today.

Some Music ideas

From the Church of Scotland website

For youth and Children - Music for Children and Youth

Church of Scotland Music - This resource will allow you to listen to and search the breadth of music available in the Church Hymnody 4th edition.

It might be a good time to stock up your music collection. If you are a bit of a 'dinosaur' like me, and you still buy CDs (imagine that!), there are plenty on line retailers that sell Christian music (or you can down load it on MP3). I could not possibly advertise any specific retailer!

Take some time to search online and find some new music. If you find good stuff, let me know, and I will share it on the web site.