Welcome to Pastoral Conversations in Gordon Presbytery!
As Christians, we know that we are called to grow in our faith together, but the reality of COVID-19 has suspended many of the ways that we are accustomed to doing this. There is no doubt that the current reality of lockdown is a trying time for each of us, and we long for connection and our church communities. In light of our current situation, we hope to bridge some of the gap between us by making more use of technology by recording Pastoral Conversations. Each week, Heather Mikelson will host and post a recording of conversations with various ministers from Gordon Presbytery about topics pertaining to our shared Christian faith. It is our hope that these conversations will be both thought-provoking and spiritually edifying in this challenging time.
If you have ideas on topics that we can address in future recordings or ways we can be of help to you, please contact Heather Mikelson at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Cuppa and a Chat Rights -v- Responsibilities
In the news, we have seen a few Christians around the world demanding their church buildings re-open, declaring it is a right to do so. But how do our rights as Christians relate to our responsibility for the wellbeing of others? For our fourth online Pastoral Conversation, Heather Mikelson is joined by Sam Cobb of Skene Parish Church, Neil Meyer of Kintore Parish Church, and Joshua Mikelson of Kemnay Parish Church. During the conversation they address questions such as, “What do the scriptures have to say regarding rights vs responsibilities? Is stockpiling okay? As Christians, how are we to live with and honour the government?” Please grab a cuppa and join us for this conversation on responsibilities vs rights. All are welcome!
Have you felt as though all of your days in lockdown begin to look the same or that you cannot separate work from rest? Perhaps practicing a sabbath day could be the answer. For our third online Pastoral Conversation, Heather Mikelson is joined by Rev. Joshua Mikelson of Kemnay Parish Church. With coffee and tea in hand, they share stories and experiences on sabbath keeping. During the conversation they address questions such as, “Is keeping a sabbath still relevant today?” Or “How is sabbath different than a day off?” Please grab a cuppa and join us for this conversation on sabbath. All are welcome!
For our second online Pastoral Conversation, Heather Mikelson is joined by Rev. Rhona Cathcart of Inverurie West Parish Church, Rev. Paul McKeown of Belhelvie Parish Church, and Rev. Joshua Mikelson of Kemnay Parish Church. With coffee and tea in hand, our speakers pull from their training and life experiences to address the impact that uncertainty may have on our lives. During this conversation they address questions such as, “Is it okay to be uncertain?” and “Are there any practices or disciplines that help you deal with uncertainty?” Please grab a cuppa and join us for this conversation on uncertainty. All are welcome!
For our first Pastoral Conversation, Heather Mikelson is joined by Rev. Stella Campbell of Skene Parish Church, Rev. Carl Irvine of St. Andrew’s Parish Church, and Rev. Neil Meyer of Kintore Parish Church. With coffee and tea in hand, they have an online conversation on prayer, and how our approach to prayer might be impacted by COVID-19. During the conversation, they address questions such as, “Is there a right or wrong way to pray?” and “Can I pray when I am angry?” Stella, Carl, and Neil pull from their training and personal experiences as they teach and share with us ways and resources which have helped them in their own lives. Please grab a cuppa and join this conversation on prayer!