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Sunday Services Cancelled
Following advice from the Government on controlling the spread of Covid-19, Aberdeen Presbytery has instructed all churches to suspend services for the foreseeable future.
Therefore there will be no Sunday worship at South Holburn Church until further notice.
Members will be supported by regular phone calls and updates.
Videos and items of worship will appear on the website, so check regularly for new content.
Please keep safe during this time and look out for one another.
Aberdeen City Council has launched a free emergency telephone helpline to prioritise support to its most vulnerable and at-risk customers during the coronavirus outbreak.
The telephone number 0800 0304 713 will be staffed from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday from Tuesday 24 March until further notice.
The emergency number is for those hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak and unable to obtain help from their existing support networks, in these unprecedented times. Members of the emergency helpline team are ready to provide welfare and financial advice and support, including what to do if you are struggling to get food or pay bills. Similar advice and information are also available on issues such as housing, health, food, heating, finance and schools on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page of the Council’s website, which is being regularly updated.
Together with our friends at Ferryhill and Ruthrieston West Churches we are running a short six session evening series that is based around the theme of being “Grateful”. It is based around the book of the same title by Diana Butler Bass. You do not need to have read the book to participate in these discussions, but you may find it an additional aid: it is a great book.
Each session has a video in which Diana Butler Bass will introduce an aspect of why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice, offer practical suggestions for reclaiming it, and illuminate how the shared practice of gratitude can lead to greater connection with God, our world, and our own souls.
We will be meeting online using Zoom and welcome you to join us on this shared journey of exploration as we listen to and learn from each other in the company of God.
Sunday 27 September- 1 November 2020.
Zoom direct link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85939788247?pwd=VDRLSXVJV0FmdWlTamtyclpnajhldz09
Meeting ID: 859 3978 8247
If you are interested in getting a copy of the book “Grateful”, it is available online at:
You would also be able to order it from a local bookseller.
In our Sunday evening discussion group we spoke about an ancient practice of self-reflection that comes from St Ignatius of Loyola, called the Daily Examen. This is a short time taken each night to review, select, and offer thanksgiving. St Ignatius found that many folks just did not have time during the day to dedicate to prayer, so he offered this alternative practice which is still valuable today.
Write down a few things you are grateful for before going to sleep, as a prayerful evening review of the day. This doesn’t need to be a long process, it’s just a simple way to mark our day’s end and draw our mind and heart toward God’s grace and gifts.
The Prayer involves five simple steps and centers on gratefulness:
1. Become aware of God’s presence.
2. Review the day with gratitude.
3. Pay attention to your emotions.
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
5. Look toward to tomorrow.
Virtual Vestry takes place on Wednesday eveings from 7 p.m. This is a time when folk can join together online using Zoom and have a chat and a catch up. You can stay for 5 mins or for an hour – its up to you If you want to join us just click the link below.
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