sunday, 25th OCTOber 2020
Today, following our return five Sunday ago, we continue to worship in the sanctuary at Priesthill Road at 11.00am.
Our recording of the service will be posted here in the next few days.
Week beginning: Sunday 25th October 2020
It’s official! We are in winter time! Many are joking that they were worried about turning up to their living rooms at the wrong time if they didn’t remember to change their clocks back this weekend.......
Sadly others are half joking that they don’t look out of the window in the morning so that they have something to do in the afternoon! It is a reality that as the Coronavirus continues to spread and lockdown rules become more strict again, many people are completely confined to their homes and are finding the time really long. Boredom, loneliness and depression are a sad reality for many.
Please continue to pray for those in our Parish who are living under the weight of these worries as well as the threat of unemployment and poverty.
Please continue to pray for Kirsteen and Naomi, thanking God for the work they have done so far, providing care and support to families and young people in the community, and pray that God will continue, through the power of His Holy Spirit, to give them wisdom, inspiration and the imagination to find new innovative ways to stay linked with those who need the extra support in the coming months.
The ministry team are available to talk and/or pray with anyone from the congregation or parish who is struggling. Please know that all these calls are dealt with in the strictest confidence and whether you have been a Christian for a long time, a short time, or never made that commitment, please remember that we have a loving heavenly Father who urges us to cast our cares on Him. The promises of the Bible are as true for today as they were when they were written and Jesus died and rose again that we may know life in all its fullness. There was never a promise that the journey would be easy but we have the gift of one another so please do not hesitate to call any of the numbers below.
Last Sunday we celebrated Harvest Thanksgiving. Instead of groceries we simply took a monetary collection, which will be divided between four charities: Christian Aid (Autumn Appeal), Lodging House Mission, Glasgow City Mission and Glasgow South West Foodbank. Many thanks to everyone who was able to contribute. So far the total raised is £125 but if you have been unable to attend church and would like to contribute to the Harvest Collection please contact Douglas Nicol (details below) and he will arrange to collect it from you.
Please remember all of these charities in your prayers. The work they do is so important in helping the homeless, the hungry and the vulnerable.
A couple of weeks ago we reported that, as a congregation, we had donated £20 in answer to an appeal to all Church of Scotland congregations to support vital work in rebuilding the Kunri Hospital in Hyderabad, Pakistan.
This week the Church of Scotland has reported that it has pledged £40,000 to help rebuild the Lebanese capital, Beirut, following a devastating explosion which killed more than 200 people.
The money – partly drawn from restricted funds used to support overseas work - has been given to Near East School of Theology (NEST) and the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon. (NESSL)
It will be used to assist people left homeless or injured in the blast on 4th August and to repair badly damaged buildings used by the Kirk’s two partner organisations.
The Very Rev Dr Susan Brown, convener of the Faith Impact Forum, said: “It is vital for the Church to support those in the world who are most in need. The loss of life, injuries, and devastation of property caused by the Beirut blast has impacted greatly on the work of our partners in the area. By standing with them materially, as well as spiritually, we show our solidarity and compassion as they do all they can to support the rebuilding of the city.”
Of the money pledged, £20,000 was drawn from funds to support overseas work and match funded under a policy of supporting Church partners in responding to emergency situations.
CONGRATULATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS
Although there is so much difficulty and anxiety at this time we take the time to mark the times of celebration in the lives of our church family members.
Congratulations to Brendan Murphy who celebrated his 3rd birthday on Friday, 23rd October; and to Toni McInnes who celebrated her 14th birthday on Saturday, 24th October. Many Happy Returns to each of you!
DOUGLAS NICOL – ANNUAL LEAVE
Douglas Nicol will be on annual leave from tomorrow, Monday, 26th October, to Sunday, 1st November, inclusive. While he is on annual leave, funeral cover will be provided by the Rev Linda Walker. Because Douglas will not actually be away from home during this time, it has been decided that he will contact Linda should her services be required.
MINISTER: Rev Douglas Nicol, 36 Springkell Drive, GLASGOW G41 4EZ
0141 427 7877 Email: DNicol@churchofscotland.org.uk
PART-TIME PARISH ASSISTANT: Kirsteen Marshall
07720 625 789 Email: KMarshall@churchofscotland.org.uk
PART-TIME children and Families Worker: Naomi Sutton
07486 563 779 Email: NSutton@churchofscotland.org.uk