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Drama Kirk - Paul – A Man Changed Forever Posted on 13 Apr 2021

The third in Drama Kirk’s 2021 series of dramatised studies “PAUL, A MAN CHANGED FOREVER” continues with the first missionary journey, which explores Paul and Barnabas being set apart by the Holy Spirit and sent out to preach the gospel in Cyprus, Iconium, Lystra and other places. The study explores –

What did they preach?

What was the response?

What did they leave behind?

Drama Kirk will present a series of seven short dramas which tell the story, alongside prayer, reflection and some questions to ponder. If you join live, you can enjoy some online chat but you can catch up at any time after the initial broadcast which will take place on Tuesday 27th
April at 7pm on www.youtube.com/HamiltonOld

Letter from our Mission Partner Gary Brough Posted on 06 Apr 2021

Gary Brough - Malawi

April 2021

Resource and Mobilisation & Communications Manager, CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, Church & Society Programme, PO Box 112; Mzuzu, Malawi.

Dear friends,

It is good to be writing to you from Mzuzu again. When we last wrote, we were completing our self-isolation after travelling from the UK. At that time, Malawi also experienced a second wave of COVID-19 cases that was much larger than the first. Hospitals began to fill up, and oxygen supplies started to run out.

It appears that the second wave is behind us now. However, COVID-19 restrictions were minimal,mask-wearing is increasingly rare, and vaccine supplies are limited. So we
treat this more like a break in the storm.

There was further controversy around public finances when it was revealed as much as 50% of government funding made available to fight coronavirus might have been misused by officials. This is not dissimilar from the headlines in the UK about government contracts being awarded without proper scrutiny. Malawi’s President has been quick to condemn this abuse of funds and make efforts to address the issue permanently.

Vaccines have arrived as part of the global COVAX programme, but numbers are limited. However, convincing people that it is safe and necessary to receive the vaccine may prove a more significant challenge than the short supplies. Mistrust is deep-rooted for many, but fake news and sensational headlines from around the world are shared
without context and add to people’s fears.

My work is primarily desk-based for now, but it looks like we may be able to return to more community work soon. At the office, we rotate our schedules and work from home when possible to reduce congestion. The knock-on effect of COVID-19 has increased the demand for some of our work. We are returning to our research of child sexual assault
in collaboration with the police, courts and social welfare office. Sadly, with schools closed for a prolonged period and the economic impact of COVID-19, the country is seeing increased cases of early marriage, teenage pregnancy and gender-based violence.

At the same time, however, governments and agencies who champion development are focused on the more direct impact of COVID-19 and as such, funding sources are dwindling. We will have to be more creative if we are to safeguard vital services to vulnerable communities. We are piloting consultancy services to local organisations and to
outside organisations that are currently unable to travel as one means of generating funds. I’d appreciate your prayers for these efforts!

After the disappointment of yet more home learning with Mum and Dad, Eilidh and Morven were delighted to return to school and nursery. We’re grateful for their continued resilience and relatively smooth transition back into Mzuzu life. They both seem to be thriving despite the upheaval of 9 months away and are enjoying being able to
see some friends again.

Jacqueline and I have taken it in turns to attend church over the last couple of weeks. Numbers are limited by COVID restrictions, Sunday School isn’t running, and we’ve been in the pattern of joining our home church online, so we didn’t want to take up limited spaces. After a year away from Katawa, our local church, and gathered worship in
general, it was nice to be back!

We’ve been familiarisingourselves with Mzuzu life again. While a lot has changed in our time away, it’s still the familiar city we’ve come to call home. During a recent public
holiday, Eilidh and I took some time to explore the central market with its warren of shops and stalls. While we knew how to get to some of our essentials, with the help of a local friend, Frank, we were able to work out how it all fits together and where to buy the items we need.

As lockdown begins to ease and vaccines are widely available in the UK, it captures the idea of the new life of the spring season. Such a contrast to 12 months ago! While the route out might take much longer for Malawi, there is still hope. If this is our experience here on earth, how much more remarkable is the eternal hope we have
in Jesus Christ? What a stark reminder to take into our Easter celebrations.

Every blessing,

Gary, Jacqueline, Eilidh and Morven x

Drama Kirk presents the 2021 Passion Play Posted on 24 Mar 2021

With Arms Wide Open Luke’s Passion Story

Easter Saturday (3rd April) at 2pm https://www.youtube.com/hamiltonold

Drama Kirk’s 2021 Passion Play tells the Easter story from the perspective of Gospel writer Luke, putting Jesus’ story together years after his death and hearing from the disciples what their encounters had meant for them. It also includes a series of flashbacks to that final, fatal week.

Filmed during lockdown, the 30minute film features two professional actors in the roles of Jesus and Luke, as well as members of the Drama Kirk team.

Further information can be found at
www.facebook.com/DramaKirk or on twitter @PlayLanarkshire “With Arms Wide Open”
will be broadcast on YouTube on Easter Saturday (3rd April) at 2pm on the
following link - https://www.youtube.com/hamiltonold

Light for Lives! Posted on 19 Mar 2021

​Remember! Light for Lives!

Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 7pm

Members of Congregations are encouraged to express solidarity with those who have lost loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic; to pray for them and remember loved ones lost.

Where possible, congregations are also encouraged to illuminate their buildings with a “Yellow” tinge.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1q3wCNygois3aAh5ihIonb4WLAl8AStwO/view?usp=sharing

Members are also encouraged to support the NHS Lanarkshire choir

https://youtu.be/3LWfEkq2fDo

LOCUM OPPORTUNITY Posted on 16 Mar 2021

CAMBUSNETHAN NORTH

The Charge of Cambusnethan North Parish Church [Wishaw] has recently become vacant on the retiral of their Minister.

The Kirk Session are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified Locum to serve the Church and Parish during the Vacancy. This Locumship would be Sundays plus either one/two days during the week. For more information please contact the Interim Moderator: Rev Bryce Calder on 01698 328665 or bcalder@churchofscotland.org.uk

Tearafund virtual coffee morning hosted by Hamilton South Parish Church Posted on 09 Mar 2021

​On Saturday 20 March at 10.30am Hamilton South Parish Church are hosting a coffee morning in aid of Tearfund.

Email: hamiltonsouthchurch@outlook.com to register and obtain the necessary Zoom code to join.

We would love to see you.

The Church of Scotland Presbytery of Hamilton is a charity registered in Scotland No: SC048680.