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Church News

Wednesday 30th June

A message from the Moderator of the General Assembly

                                                           moderator1         

At the closing of the General Assembly, I had the opportunity to launch a joint initiative between the Church of Scotland and Christian Aid, encouraging members to give a financial gift in thanksgiving once they had received full vaccination for Covid-19.  It has been much on my mind as to how fortunate I have been to have received my two vaccinations; but had I been living elsewhere in the world, the story would have been quite different.  In my year as Moderator, the plan is to visit Lebanon and Malawi.  Just taking these two places as examples, the percentage of population vaccinated with only one vaccination is 4% and 0.8% respectively.  That is against more than 60% of our population in UK.
 
The World Health Organisation have said no-one is protected until all are protected, therefore we are urging the UK Government to do all that it can to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are available throughout the world.  Alongside this we must also seek to limit the impact of the virus on health, livelihoods, and personal safety, for those in the poorest parts of the world.  By supporting Christian Aid in their efforts to provide basics such as soap, water, and food, we can ensure that vulnerable communities stay safer as they wait for vaccination.
 
In this very tangible way, as we seek global justice, here is a practical opportunity to give real expression in 2021 to loving our global neighbours.  I sincerely hope that you will join with me and together we will respond generously, as a mark of our gratitude for what we have received.
 
To give a gift, please click on the following link: https://giving.give-star.com/online/christian-aid/cos-just-vaccine-rollout

A Prayer of Thanksgiving
God of Hope, Sustainer of all life,
We give You thanks for the Coronavirus vaccines, for the skill and wisdom of scientists, NHS staff and Key Workers.   
By the power of Your Spirit, may we overflow with hope and joy as we see our friends, families and neighbours protected.
God of Justice, Protector of the vulnerable, may we be your well-washed hands and willing feet.
Move us to give and act, to challenge the injustices that anger You.
May we seek to protect all Your children, particularly those for whom the vaccine is out of reach.
With hope and trust we pray,
Amen.

Yours sincerely,
Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC
Moderator
General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

 

Thought for the Day

We have travelled a long way since March last year, and have not yet reached the Promised Land of a world safe from Covid infection. There have been low points on the journey: the frustrations of lockdown, people who have caught Covid or Long Covid, people who have died, people who have lost their jobs/ faced financial hardship, worries about schooling and childcare, and many others. There have been unexpected uplifting experiences: the quietness of the first lockdown, a new appreciation of the countryside around us, new contacts with neighbours and a revived sense of 'community', taking up or re-visiting hobbies and interests. We have learned a whole new vocabulary. We have seen health care, social care, public transport, retail and other key workers, and the contribution they make to our lives, in a new light. We have been grateful for the development and roll-out of the vaccine programme*. Over the coming weeks and months we will hopefully see the lifting of most, if not all legal restrictions, but we will not simply go back to life as it was in 2019. The virus is still about, and we will be encouraged to keep employing hand and other hygiene measures. There are people who lost loved ones, income, jobs, educational opportunities, who go forward with their losses. Some who shielded over the period, staying largely within the confines of their own home, are now very wary of going out and mixing with others. We probably all carry some kind of mental scar from our experience of living through the last 15 months, and need to acknowledge that. As we try to adjust to life without Covid-related restrictions, we have to be aware that we are going into a different world from the one we knew two years ago

Lord, thank you for the care and support given and received through the last fifteen months. Help us to remember that the pandemic is not yet over, the scars carried by many people in this country, and the situation for those in other countries – some of which are waiting for their vaccine rollout, some of whom lack access to hygiene and healthcare that we take for granted

PS In the light of potential easing of restrictions we are reviewing the future format of our online posts including Thought for the Day. The current Thought for the Day posts will finish today, and then we will bring the new format online after the summer

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Tuesday 29th June

Thought for the Day

There are reports that education officials in England, Scotland and Wales are reviewing for the new school year the need for all children in a class/ year group to isolate if one of them tests positive for Covid. Reviewing is not the same as deciding, but if it is feasible to make the change then it would probably be of great benefit to many parents/carers, and businesses, and maybe to many teachers too. But there may be some for whom there is a perceived risk of spreading infection, and who would be anxious about such a change. Moving out of restrictions will be a challenging process, and we will have to learn that people are not travelling back to 'normal' at the same speed

Lord, we appreciate the prospect of easing of restrictions, but we know that many are anxious about it. Help us to support people as they cope with the easing, being sensitive to their anxieties and fears

PS In the light of potential easing of restrictions we are reviewing the future format of our online posts including Thought for the Day. The current Thought for the Day posts will finish tomorrow, and then we will bring the new format online after the summer

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Monday 28th June

Thought for the Day

The change in English Secretary of State for Health and Social Care over the weekend attracted wall-to-wall headline coverage in the media. When commenting on the story it must be remembered that behind it lies private pain for the families affected, and that must be acknowledged and respected. The story does however underline the pain felt by the wider community who have lived through the last fifteen months – some suffering from Covid, some losing family or friends to it, some who have really struggled to adhere to guidelines and restrictions, and some who have suffered badly from the impact of them – and their expectation that leaders should lead by example. Maybe it's a reminder to all of us, especially those who hold some position of leadership, that other people look at what we do and have expectations of how we should act. Maybe it's a reminder to be careful how and when we criticise others.

Lord, none of us are perfect. We all make mistakes, we all fall short of what we know we can do/should do, and what other people expect of us. Help us to remember that when we start criticising others. Help us also to try to live out what we say

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Saturday 26th June

Thought for the Day

Today is Armed Forces Day, when the country is encouraged to think about and show its appreciation for, our Armed Forces. Usually there will be events around the country to mark it, and Dumbarton hosts it for West Dunbartonshire Council from time to time. No events this year because of the virus, but still an opportunity to think about the service personnel and their families. Different people may have different opinions on the tasks the military are deployed to do, but the men and women in the military are human beings like the rest of us. Some join up because life has not been good for them, and they want a new start; some encounter traumas that leave them mentally scarred, if not physically scarred; many experience long periods away from home and family; some experience difficulty in adjusting to civilian life when they are demobbed. We're thinking of you, we appreciate you

Lord, we pray for all who are part of the armed forces, and their families. Support them through their hard times. Guide those who deploy and lead them to use them to bring peace and justice to your world

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Friday 25th June

Thought for the Day

The media love to make a fuss about foreign holidays (maybe because the editors or commentators want to go abroad for their summer break?) There are concerns about the impact of flows of people on infection rates, and introducing new variants; but there are also many people in Britain whose livelihoods depend upon people travelling abroad on holiday, and there are many people in foreign resorts who also depend upon that flow of tourists. Apart from the holiday makers there are a large number of people who have family that live abroad, whom they have not seen for a long time. Family life events (births, weddings, funerals) have been missed, and it causes stress and anxiety. Let's not forget them 

Lord, help us to remember and support those who cannot see family living abroad

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Thursday 24th June

Thought for the Day

Local schools are due to close today for the summer holidays. It has been a tough year in many ways for staff and pupils. Well done for all you've been doing. The local community really appreciate it. We hope you feel the benefit of the summer break, and we express our good wishes to those who are trying to provide support through the summer for those who need extra help

Lord, we acknowledge and give thanks for school leadership teams, teachers, parents/carers and pupils who have struggled through this challenging year. Despite all the effort they have put in to getting through this year, some pupils will not be where they hoped to be, or where they might have been expected to be. Help them, and those seeking to give on-going support, to be able to do that 'catch-up' and realise their potential. As we hope they all have a good summer, and have a chance to relax and 're-charge their batteries', we remember those for whom summer holidays were already a challenge, and ask for help for those seeking to provide support for them

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Wednesday 23rd June

Thought for the Day

Yesterday the Scottish First Minister indicated that all areas may go to Level 0 next month, and that all restrictions may be lifted on 9 August. Similarly the Health Secretary for England indicated that there may be a lifting of social distancing and face covering requirements there on 19 July. Maybe the word 'may' is all important here. Are these definite expectations, or is it saying what they think people want to hear, to buoy up popular support – always with the caveat that it may not happen if the data does something different between now and then? There are so many things we long to be able to do again, but it is also true that there are many people very apprehensive about a lifting of all restrictions – who don't feel comfortable being in a crowd, being close to someone else without a face covering, going into cafes, restaurants or shops. The restrictions of the last fifteen months have caused many to develop a kind of agoraphobia. It is not something easily overcome, nor something that others should simply dismiss. It is something we need to recognise, and help them to overcome.

Lord, there can be different reactions in people to news of an easing of restrictions. Help us to cope, and be ready to help others to cope when there are apprehensions

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Tuesday 22nd June

Thought for the Day

The Scottish Government has announced that changes will be made to the exams and assessment system in schools. What are your memories of the assessments and exams that you experienced at school? Was your experience at school a stepping stone to the career you wanted? Did you have to change your plans? Did you manage to approach your original goal by another route? Did ambition wither?

Lord help us to have hopes and dreams of what we would like to do/ what we can do? Help us to work towards achieving those dreams. Help us to help others to have hopes and dreams too

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Monday 21st June

Thought for the Day

With the rapid roll-out of vaccinations and data suggesting significant protection offered by two doses, the future looks hopeful. On the other hand, there is still transmission of the virus – including in some who have been vaccinated – and though the risk of it being fatal is believed to be much lower in people who have been vaccinated and among younger people, there is still worry about 'long Covid' and other side effects. It is noteworthy that health experts are talking today about the need to prepare for a booster vaccination campaign in the Autumn, alongside flu vaccinations. Things may be looking brighter than they were a few months ago, but it seems we are far from being rid of Covid

Lord, we are grateful for all that has been done to tackle the Covid pandemic, and to try to restore 'normality' to life. There are still issues and questions for the future. As we look forward, and long to be able to do many of the things we used to do, help us also to be realistic and think of the needs of other people as well

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Saturday 19th June

Thought for the Day


Nil-nil, the result of last night's football match. Although no goals were scored, commentators (paid or 'expert fans') regard it as a Scottish victory, because they played a better game and were at an 'away' ground. Much as fans of any sport will enjoy a good game, well played, whoever wins, when it is a traditional 'enemy' then there is a visceral hope that the other side will be soundly trounced. It's a feeling that is often not confined to the sporting environment. We can see it in the world of politics (between and within parties, between countries), and we probably all have stories of it relating to business or wherever we work, and maybe even within families and between neighbours too. There is probably plenty of scope for PhD theses on whether it is to the good of society at large that such sentiments are confined to, and worked out in, the sporting environment. But does it help create a better world if 'grinding their face in the mud' extends to all other aspects of life?

Lord, help us to handle the negative feelings we have about other people. Help those in positions of power – in politics, in business or wherever – to handle their negative feelings, to accept differences, and work for inclusive communities. Help us in the hard task of trying to bring hostile individuals or groups together

PS Now that we are seeing a general easing of Covid-related restrictions, we are looking at how we take Thought for the Day forward. As a first step we will, from next week, drop the daily picture, which started last year to remind people confined to their house or flat what the wider world looked like

 

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                                                                        Attingham Park Walled Garden                    

Attingham Park Walled Garden

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Friday 18th June

Thought for the Day

There was an attempt at a record-breaking run by the Royal Scot from London Euston to Glasgow Central yesterday, but it failed by 21 seconds. We may never have been anywhere near a world record or any other kind of record, but we can probably identify with missing something by a very narrow margin. Maybe we have missed the bus/ train/ ferry by 21 seconds or fewer. Maybe we just missed out on passing an exam, or bidding for a house, or being elected to some body, or winning some competition. Losing can be hard, but there are times when we can also legitimately look at what we did achieve, and be proud of it – we tried our hardest, we gave of our best. Even if we didn't try our hardest, we can still learn that maybe next time if we do, then the outcome could be different

Lord, help us to cope with setbacks and defeat. When we have done our best, help us to recognise our achievement. When we haven't done our best, help us to recognise the need to put in more effort. Help us never to see ourselves, or anyone else, as 'failures'

 

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                                                                          Gooseberries       

Gooseberries

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Thursday 17th June

Thought for the Day

Yesterday Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin met in Geneva. Nothing startling came out of the meeting, nothing startling was expected to come out of the meeting. But at least they met and talked. Our circle of contacts does not usually include the leaders of world Powers, but often (usually? always?) includes people with whom relations are difficult/ awkward/ frosty. Do we avoid them, because we find the encounters uncomfortable or unpleasant? Do we prefer to sit and 'nurse our wrath'? Do we try to keep encounters to the bare minimum? Do we try to keep meeting in the hope that one day the ice will thaw a bit, and (even if we don't become the best of friends) at least we don't dread the prospect of encountering them by accident?

Lord, when relationships with other people work well, they are a great part of life. But they don't always work: sometimes we just don't have anything in common with someone, and struggle to have any kind of conversation; sometimes our outlook on life is poles apart from theirs; sometimes there is 'history' between us that can't easily be ignored or swept away. Help us to cope with awkward or difficult relationships – ideally working towards a good one; but where that is not possible, at least reaching a point where we are not embarrassed, feeling uncomfortable or filled with dread when we meet, or think we might meet

 

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                                                                         Passionflower       

Passionflower

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Wednesday 16th June

Thought for the Day

The Government's Committee on Climate Change has issued a report warning of the need to prepare for the impact of climate change over the rest of the century – looking at issues such as flooding risk and rising average and peak temperatures. Some of us may take the line 'well, I'll not be here then to worry about it', but our young folk will be, and may curse us if we do nothing to make life easier for them. It may be that Dumbarton will not be recording temperatures in the high 30s and 40s, but we may face challenges from increased rainfall and flooding (not to mention rising sea levels). While so much focus is rightly on the immediate impact of Covid 19 on our lives and livelihoods, let's not forget the longer term issues associated with climate change 

Lord, we are fortunate to have such lovely scenery around us. Help us to care for it, both for the present and for future generations

 

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                                                                      Cherries            

Cherries

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Tuesday 15th June

Thought for the Day

The media are full of comments about the easing/ending of Covid restrictions following the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday and the Scottish Clinical Director’s remarks. For most of us restrictions can be frustrating, though we have grown used to many of them, and we can feel uncomfortable if someone without a mask comes within 2m of us. There are a range of other perspectives on them: those with businesses unable to open or to operate profitably because of the restrictions; people who have to isolate because they (or their children) have been in proximity to someone who has/or might have tested positive; those working in healthcare who are trying to catch up on the backlog of cases, cope with an increasing number of Covid-related cases and the re-arrangement of facilities that requires, as well as with their own tiredness and stress after the last 15 months; those who see hope of meeting up with family abroad retreating into the distance; some areas have very few cases, some have high instances. What works for us doesn’t work for someone else, and vice versa. It’s so easy at a time like this, after fifteen months of unprecedented restrictions, to focus only on what ‘we’ want. Balancing our wishes with those of other people is hard. Let’s hope that as communities and countries we can do that, to think of the needs of others and not just ourselves

Lord, any postponement of easing restrictions is hard to accept, when plans were made and hopes were raised. Help us to think not just of ourselves, but also others, and their needs

 

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                                                                          Kitchen garden - vegetables          

Kitchen garden - vegetables

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Thursday 10th June

Thought for the Day

Among the characteristics of the countries represented at the G7 are commitment to liberal democracy, respect for human rights and separation between government and the justiciary.  The freedoms that we enjoy (even during lockdown!) we so often take for granted – but there are millions (perhaps even billions) of people who do not enjoy such freedom. They do not have the right to express their opinion, to criticise mistakes by government or corruption. Many women and people from ‘minority groups’ (whether defined by religion, health, ethnicity, or sexuality) are treated as (at best) second-class subjects, and in many cases specifically persecuted. Without displaying hypocrisy or neo-colonial attitudes, how can the liberal democracies in developed economies support the human rights of people living under authoritarian regimes?

Lord, liberal democracy has many failings, but other systems have many more. We believe that people have human rights which should be respected, enabling them to be themselves, even when that means going against cultural ‘norms’ – always provided that my expression of personal identity and views do not inhibit anyone else’s freedom. Inspire those at the Summit to consider ways to protect and promote human rights around the world. Inspire us to recognise the freedoms we have, to use them wisely, and to respect others’ rights.

 

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                                                                          Moorhen               

Moorhen

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Wednesday 9th June

Thought for the Day

All countries have taken a hit to their economies during the pandemic, usually with the most vulnerable being most affected. Will the G7 leaders talk about how the wealthy democracies can assist poorer and middle income countries to rebuild their economies? Will they express concern that more authoritarian countries could step in and take on that role if they don’t act? Will they be ready to commit financial resources?

Lord, many of the most vulnerable people in all countries have suffered most during the pandemic. As government leaders at the Summit consider how to stimulate more developed economies, inspire them to remember the needs of poorer and middle income countries, and of the poorer and more vulnerable people in every country. Encourage them to work for a world that everyone has access to healthcare, education, safe water and sanitation, adequate supplies of food and meaningful work

 

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                                                                                 Woodpecker         

Woodpecker

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Tuesday 8th June

Thought for the Day

One of the topics for the G7 agenda is considering how to co-ordinate a global response to any subsequent  pandemics. It’s a laudable and necessary aim, having seen the highs and lows of the global response to Covid-19. Perhaps they might like to talk about: i) how to make it easier for governments to disclose that case numbers are rising, marking the start of a pandemic; ii) how to make it easier for a government to admit that maybe something happened within their borders to trigger the start; iii) how to respond when government leaders around the world, and large sections of their population, deny the existence of the virus and the need for appropriate measures to respond to it; iv) how to promote greater inter-government co-operation in areas from research to PPE production to vaccine distribution, and avoid a scramble to ensure that ‘my folk’ are at the front of the queue; v) to ensure that there will be a common approach to matters like travel restrictions. There are probably many more things that need discussed on this topic – hopefully officials will continue the talks after the Summit finishes

Lord, the pandemic of the last fifteen months has had a major impact on the world. We greatly appreciate the co-operation there has been between scientists and governments around the world, but there were times when co-operation could have been much better, and when some leaders gave very confusing or misleading comments. Inspire the discussions at this weekend’s Summit, and any follow-up by officials, on greater co-operation

 

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                                                                     Goldfinch                  

Goldfinch

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Monday 7th June

Thought for the Day

Friday sees the beginning of this year’s G7 Meeting, which is being held in Cornwall. This week’s Thoughts for the day will focus on some of the topics that will (or should) come up at that meeting. Last week, ahead of the meeting, there was agreement among Finance Ministers to set a minimum rate of Corporation Tax. There are still various hoops to go through before this becomes a world-wide agreement, and no doubt accountants are already seeking ways to avoid paying more. I suspect that for most people it is one of those topics that cause the eyes to glaze over – they don’t understand it, or it sounds like a complete ‘turn-off’. But it could have an impact for many of us. If it leads to increased government revenue from taxation, how will that money be spent? Will it be used to cut the deficit, or will it go on things like health and education? Will companies absorb the extra tax and cut their profits, or will we see higher/new charges for customers of some companies? Will it have any impact on improving conditions in poorer countries? Do we leave all such questions to the ‘experts’, or should our input be heard too?

Lord, international finance and global corporations  are  topics that many of us struggle to understand, so we tend to leave them to ‘the experts’. But such topics have an impact on us – sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly.  Help us to pay more attention to them, and to be ready to express our views to the ‘decision-makers’. Inspire the ‘decision-makers’ to make choices that move the world in the direction you would like it to go

 

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                                                                          Chaffinch       

Chaffinch

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Saturday 5th June

Thought for the Day

Many people have had the experience of ending a visit to an elderly relative with ‘Well, see you next week’, and receiving the response ‘if I’m spared’. There is some element of that in the air as we wake up this morning to many in Scotland moving to a lower Level of Covid restrictions. We are encouraged to hear of the continuing progress with vaccinating the country, and talk of further easing of restrictions. Yet we also hear of concerns about rising numbers of infections linked to the Delta variant, and the possible one found in Nepal (Alpha-Delta or Epsilon or whatever), and saw the changes to foreign travel and the break put on much of the Central Belt moving into Level 1. The data on the way forward is uncertain. The danger is that the message is seen as confusing and people either ‘do their own thing’ or become angry and resentful when restrictions get tightened/ don’t relax as originally envisaged

Lord, we appreciate the opportunity to do so much more than we could a couple of months ago. We know what we would like the next steps to be, and some of the data suggests that we could head in that direction, but other data suggests the need for caution, or maybe even steps in the opposite direction. It is confusing for us, and very frustrating for some whose livelihoods/ childcare arrangements etc are affected. Help us to live with uncertainty, and to treat decision-makers with respect. Help those who have to look at all the data and make decisions affecting others

 

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                                                                        BVR 2 Aylsham Mark Timothy        

BVR 2 Aylsham Mark Timothy

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Friday 4th June

Thought for the Day

The decision to move Portugal from the Green to the Amber travel list has produced much comment in the media. There is no doubt that it will be a big blow to those who had booked holidays, or those currently on holiday there, finding that they will now have to isolate for 10 days on their return – with implications for work, childcare, support for older relations etc. The media love to talk about holidays – especially foreign holidays. But have we heard them comment much on those who cannot afford to go on holiday – those who lost jobs or businesses during the pandemic, those who had to resort to foodbanks and applying for Universal Credit, those who had to move in with family or friends, those whose children didn’t engage much with schools during lockdown? What is being done to support them over the summer, to help them to make the most of the good weather and/or time off school? What can we do to help them?

Lord, we have long understood that people cannot work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We need time for rest and recreation. For some the financial cost of going places or doing things to find that rest and recreation is just too much. Yet they may be people who, because of other issues, particularly need it. Help us to consider carefully whether there are things that we can do

PS we are preparing some online material for the summer holidays, thinking particularly of families who are staying in and around Dumbarton over the summer

 

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                                                                      Duchess of Sutherland 3             

Duchess of Sutherland

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Thursday 3rd June

Thought for the Day

Media North and South of the border are commenting on education matters today: exam grade appeals in Scotland and the money available for a catch-up plan in England. Many of the comments tend to be phrased with a focus on party politics and personalities, rather than the situations of pupils, staff and families/carers. It has been a very difficult fifteen months for both – we applaud all that they have done, but we also recognise that there are ongoing issues that could continue to have an impact on individuals, communities and the economy as a whole for years to come. Can we achieve a consensus on what is needed, and how it will be funded?

Lord, we express our appreciation for the work done by teachers, pupils and families/carers over the last fifteen months to keep providing education to our young people during the pandemic restrictions. There are significant on-going issues that need to be addressed. Inspire decision-makers to work together on the way forward, and help us to know what we can do to support them

 

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                                                             Kidderminster Museum                        

Photo taken in Kidderminster rail museum - sign is a relic from a former era

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Wednesday 2nd June

Thought for the Day

It’s good to hear that in West Dunbartonshire we are moving next week to Level 1 (along with Argyll and Bute, and many other areas), but it isn’t a time to gloat, when there are neighbouring areas like East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire that remain in Level 2. We’ve been there and had the t-shirt, when we were under greater restrictions than other areas. We feel their frustration and pain. Vaccinations are going well, but we are aware that government advisers are warning that a third wave might be beginning. Let’s hope people hear that message too

Lord, we want to express our appreciation for all the people working to contain the Covid virus, and all the sacrifices that the wider community have made to support each other. We are also aware that many are carrying severe scars from the impact of the last fifteen months, in terms of mental health, financial position/job etc. Inspire those in government to put the right measures in place to help them. Help us to do what we can to help too

 

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                                                                   Bewdley Down departure             

Bewdley Dawn departure

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Tuesday 1st June   Volunteers Week (1-6)

Thought for the Day

Eight years on from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Birmingham is appealing for 13,000 volunteers to help with next year’s Games there. Our community and country wouldn’t run the way it does without volunteers: from parent-teacher councils, to youth organisations, to charity committees, to sports club committees, to National Trust for Scotland guides, to helpers at events like the Euros, we depend on people volunteering to help. They willingly give of their time (and money) to help the wider community. I remember hearing one youth organisation leader being accused by a parent of being ‘mad’ for ‘doing all that work without being paid’. Volunteers are happy to do it, and find satisfaction and fulfilment from doing it (well, most of the time). In Maslow’s terms it is part of Self-actualisation (don’t worry if that doesn’t mean anything). The first week of June is a chance to acknowledge and celebrate those unsung heroes, the band of volunteers that keep the country running. Maybe a chance too to consider whether there is anything else we can do

Lord, thank you for all those who volunteer in so many ways, and help to keep our community and country operating. Help them to find satisfaction and fulfilment in what they do.

 

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                                                                       Bewdley goods wagons                   

Bewdley goods wagons

 

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