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Cycle Nepal, 8-17 November 2014 - Experience the magical kingdom of Nepal by bike!
Thanks for your interest in Cycle Nepal, our amazing cycling challenge in Nepal which will directly help to improve the health of mothers and their babies, who would otherwise go without essential healthcare.
Cycle 350km in 6 days through the foothills of the Himalayas with our friendly team going from historic Kathmandu to lakeside Pokhara.
Explore Chitwan National park and visit an international healthcare project in Nepal which your sponsorship will support.
What previous participants say:
‘Without doubt the most enjoyable experience in 20 years of cycling. Brilliant! Can’t wait to do another.’
‘The best cycling I have ever done, it had everything including a 50km downhill.’
‘The Cycle Nepal challenge is a fantastic opportunity to see a beautiful country whilst challenging your own cycling ability.’
Registration Fee - Sign up for just £149 until 28 February 2014 (£199 thereafter).
Minimum Sponsorship target - Raise at least £2,850 for EMMS International. The ride is fully supported with bikes, doctor, ground crew, accommodation and meals.
See the registration pack attached.
Register online here.Please contact Louise Stuart at email@example.com or call 0131 313 3828 to talk to us about this challenge.
Worried about fundraising? We have a fundraising pack with ideas on how to raise the sponsorship as well as information about the healthcare project you will be supporting in the Dang District of Nepal. Speak to our staff who have raised sponsorship for many events over the years for advice.
I really hope that you will join us on this adventure.
Head of Events and Community Fundraising
Church and Society Enews April 2014
Imagining Scotland's Future - Our Vision
On the 26 February the Church of Scotland launched its report Imagining Scotland’s Future: Our Vision, where it called for integrity and community to be at the heart of the debate about Scotland’s future. The report is based on the views of over 900 people who attended 32 community events run by the Kirk as an alternative national debate on the referendum. The Church and Society Council is now taking the outcomes of the report to congregations across the country, as it begins a series of events which will create space for people to think about what shared vision we can aspire to, and encourage discussion on the themes of the report. For full details on the range of options available – including speakers, hustings guidance, an interactive workshop, and resources – visit the Speak Out section of the Church of Scotland website. Further details on the launch event, where the discussion panel featured Baroness Goldie, Rt Rev Lorna Hood, Dr Alison Elliott and Roseanna Cunningham, can be found in the news section of the Church of Scotland website.
End Hunger Fast Campaign
Half a million people are now dependent on food aid, relying on a rapidly expanding network of food banks and support programmes.The rise of hunger is all of our responsibility; tackling it demands action from individuals across the UK and government too. The End Hunger Fast campaign has a list of actions you can take to play your part in tackling hunger, both by supporting local food aid programmes and challenging government to play its part. You can also pledge to join the national day of fasting (#fFASTAPRIL4TH) on 4 April, and help raise awareness of food poverty across the UK.
Speak Out - Church and Society Resources
The Church and Society Council produces a whole range of resources designed to help congregations engage with our key themes, and to initiate discussions and consider further action within local communities and on a wider scale. Some more recent discussion points leaflets are on the topics of:
Truth and Lies
Justice and Peace in Israel and Palestine
Alcohol: use and abuse
Asylum and Destitution
Credit Unions: 10 ways to get involved
We are currently working on resources around the themes of human rights, competitiveness in sport, our Imagining Scotland’s Future report, and welfare reform. Please contact Fiona Buchanan if you would like to order copies; these will also be available to download shortly on our website.
Open Farm Sunday - 8 June 2014
Open Farm Sunday is a great opportunity for people of all ages to visit a local farm and meet the farmers who grow our food. The Church and Society Council are deeply involved in the issue of food production and agriculture - for further information check out our Food is a Gift from God discussion points leaflet, and the 2012 report to the General Assembly Give Us Our Daily Bread.
Prayers for Israel and Palestine Taking place on the 24th day of each month, as part of the global ACT Alliance prayer initiative. Dates, venues, posters and a leaflet are available on the World Mission pages of the Church of Scotland website.
Eco-congregation Scotland Annual Gathering Saturday 29 March, Glasgow. Visit their website for further details and to book.
Artificial Intelligence: what to think? Tuesday 15 April, Edinburgh. ACTS event at the Edinburgh Science Festival.
Faster, higher, stronger Wednesday 16 April, Edinburgh. SRT event at the Edinburgh Science Festival.
Understanding Scottish Identity Wednesday 30 April, Edinburgh. A day conference co-sponsored by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh. Visit their website for further details and to book.
General Assembly Fringe Event Tuesday 20 May, Edinburgh, 12.30pm, City Chambers. Scottish Churches Housing Action together with the Church and Society Council.
In Concert With the Cosmos 'Celebrate the Wonders of the Universe!’ reflecting on the God question: are we the products of chance or intention? Saturday 7 June – visit the website for more information.