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Annan Old Parish

Church of Scotland

 
 

Special Events

Church of Scotland World Mission

2017 STAMP APPEAL

The Giffen Institute of Theology (GIT) of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS)

Firstly, many, many thanks to everyone who contributed to the 2016 Othara appeal, by bringing to Church,  the stamps from their mail – the amazing sum of £4,334.00 was raised, which will be used to support the Othara Eco-spirituality centre run by our partners the Church of South India.

The 2017 Stamp Appeal is for the Giffen Institute of Theology (GIT) the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS) who need books.    Having recently relocated to Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya, GIT is looking to stock up its library for students.    This year’s stamp appeal will help do just that.

GIT was established in 1974 by PCOSS. It plays a significant role in training people for ministry.

However, South Sudan has suffered terrible violence and war in recent years, and GIT has been forced to relocate twice.   Resources, including books, were lost or destroyed during this tumultuous time.

The Institute not only provides valuable education for students, but supports those who have fled from war through providing training on concentration, and activities encouraging reconciliation between students from different tribes.

Help us to support our partner, the PCOSS, through collecting your used stamps which are sold to make money for much needed resources.

How to contribute:

  • Give all your used stamps to Jennifer Dodds, who will forward them to the project offices in Wishaw.
  • If you have a stamp collection which you believe is valuable and would like to donate it to this project, you can arrange for Keith Scott to collect it personally, just telephone 01698 351323

We all  receive letters with stamps on from time to time.      Please cut round the stamp leaving about ½” all round  – and bring the stamps along to Church any Sunday – ask  a duty Elder to give them to Jennifer  –   thank you.

Remember to keep the stamps from your mail and give  them to Jennifer, who will send them off to be sold to help the current World Mission project 

THE PRAYER/BIBLE STUDY GROUP

The Prayer/Bible Study Group meets in the Session Room every Thursday at 2.00 p.m.     If you have a prayer request the group would be happy to include it.     After a short time of Prayer the group read and discuss the chosen passage from the Bible.    Everyone is welcome to come along – they are a friendly bunch so please feel free to join them.

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Church of Scotland World Mission

STAMP 2016 APPEAL

The CSI Eco-spirituality centre:   Othara

 “God created all living and non-living things to coexist in a rhythm and equilibrium which we often call ecological balance.   Ecological disasters befall us when this balance is lost.”

Bishop Thomas K. Oommen, Deputy Moderator of the Church of South India.

 The Church of South India (CSI) recently opened the Othara  Eco-spirituality centre, where people can learn about climate change and the importance of conserving the earth God has given us.

This year the STAMP PROJECT will support some of their ecological innovations including the harvesting and re-use of rain water, the establishment of biogas plant to power the kitchens and the development of a small dairy and chicken farm for native breeds.

Through retreats and conferences, CSI hopes that the knowledge people gain at the centre will inspire them to live sustainably and encourage others in their community to do the same because ‘caring for the earth is not only a calling, but a lifestyle’.

Key facts about the CSI:

  • The CSI is a Protestant Church in India and a member of the World Council of Churches.
  • It was established in September 1947 as a result of the union of churches of varying traditions including Presbyterian, Anglican Methodist, Congregational and Reformed.
  • CSI is the largest Protestant Church in India.

How to contribute:

  • Give all your used stamps to Jennifer Dodds, who will forward them to the project offices in Wishaw.
  • If you have a stamp collection which you believe is valuable and would like to donate it to this project, you can arrange for Keith Scott to collect it personally, just telephone 01698 351323

We all  receive letters with stamps on from time to time.      Please cut round the stamp leaving about ½” all round  – and bring the stamps along to Church any Sunday – ask  a duty Elder to give them to Jennifer  –   thank you.

Remember to keep the stamps from your mail and give  them to Jennifer, who will send them off to be sold to help the current World Mission project 

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LOCAL FOOD BANK BASED AT AnnanCAN

Our Presbytery is working in partnership with First Base in Dumfries and Kate’s Kitchen.  Please would you be able  to donate, on a regular basis, or when you can,  food such as – tinned food,  pot noodles, cuppa soup, mini packs of cereal etc.   to make food parcels to be distributed to those who need them.         There will be a box in the hall vestibule where donations can be left.    Catherine Dale will be responsible for collecting the items.      Just think, if everyone brought just one Item each week, we could fill the box!   Thank you.

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Presbytery have asked for basic toiletry items for women and children which will be passed to Women’s Aid in Dumfries.  These would be things like soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, face cloth, deodorant etc. as woman may turn up with nothing if they are forced to leave suddenly.  Please give these donated items can be given to Jennifer or Alan Dodds.

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FLOWER LIST 

The Flower  List is in the Session Room.
If you  would like to put flowers in the Church on a particular Sunday, please write  your name beside your chosen date.
There are ‘Flower Fund’ boxes at  both doors for donations to buy the flowers for  ‘vacant Sundays’ .
After flowers have been in the Church they are distributed to members who may not be able to attend.
Alison Jackson is always willing to arrange the flowers if you need someone to do it for you.
Many thanks to all the folks who have in the past generously donated flowers or money.

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