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  • Thought for the day 29 October
    29 October We are due to hear confirmation today of the new Tier we will be in from Monday. Strong measures are being imposed in France (‘at least for the month of November’) and Germany, and there is concern in England that the infection rate is racing ahead. Not a …

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  • Thought for the day 28 October
    28 October Once again there is a story in the news of migrants (including children and possibly a baby) trying to enter Britain but losing their lives in the Channel, when the craft they were in capsized. The flow of people trying to enter the country without the requisite paperwork …

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  • Thought for the day 27 October
    27 October There is a major public debate going on in England at the moment about ‘holiday hunger’ and extending the provision of term-time free school meals to the school holidays. Without getting involved in the politics, or the debate about the most appropriate way to eradicate ‘holiday hunger’ (important …

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  • Thought for the day 26 October
    26 October The media over the weekend carried stories about the impact of the pandemic on the health, particularly the mental health, of NHS staff. Although it wasn’t specifically mentioned, it seems not unreasonable to assume that the health of care workers, teachers and other ‘key workers’ has been similarly …

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  • Prayer Diary: Week Beginning 25 October 2020
    We pray for families. This week we heard from Jason Leitch, the Scottish Government Public Health Adviser that we should prepare for a digital Christmas. When we consider the pressures that families across our nation have been under with many parents losing income and possibly facing the reality of losing …

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  • Sunday Worship, 25th October 2020
    Contents: Welcome; Hymn 530 One more ste; Prayer; Reading Matthew 22: 34-40; Prayer for others; Hymn 448 Lord the light of your love is; Boys Brigade promises; Presentation of Queen’s Badge; Hymn 737 Will your anchor hold; Blessing; Hymn 703 God save the Queen
  • Donations to Poppy Scotland
    If you want to donate to Poppy Scotland for Remembrance this year, but haven’t seen anyone collecting, details from their website say: By phone call 0131 550 1542 (Mon-Fri, 9am to 4.30pm) By cheque post to: Fundraising Department Poppyscotland New Haig House Logie Green Road Edinburgh EH7 4HQ Please make …

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  • Online Memorial Service
    Church of Scotland in Dumbarton Online Memorial Service We will upload an online Memorial Service to our YouTube Channel on Sunday 1 November (All Saints’ Day) at around 11am If you would like to watch it log on to https://youtu.be/tici4pHNSbY Or search ‘Church of Scotland in Dumbarton’ The Church of …

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  • Thought for the day 24 October
    24 October United Nations Day 75 years ago today the United Nations came into existence. The world was emerging from years of bitter warfare, which had also witnessed systematic genocide and cruelty. There were immediate issues about rebuilding the broken world, and establishing peace; there were longer term issues of …

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  • Thought for the day 23 October
    23 October Yesterday Jason Leitch said openly that Christmas this year will not be the same as we have been used to. Politicians and the media reacted vociferously. Maybe they feel they have to. But with current levels of infection, past experience of the way in which ‘spikes’ can occur, …

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  • Thought for the day 22 October
    22 October At the start of the pandemic in the Spring there was a definite sense that ‘we are all in this together’. Does that sense of unity across and within the nations of Britain still exist? Is there full co-operation between the different authorities within Britain and its constituent …

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  • Thought for the day 21 October
    21 October Trafalgar Day The anniversary of the naval battle against the combined French and Spanish navies has long been commemorated by the Royal Navy. The details may not particularly concern us now – especially as France and Spain are now allies – but it gives us a focus to …

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