14th Feb 2021
Join our Parish Assistant Kirsteen, our Sunday School superstar Ruby, and our musical genius Andrew, this Valentine's Day in lockdown. This week we explore the difficult issue of suicide. We pray that it feeds your heart and understanding. God Bless you.
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Breathing Space Helpline - 0800 83 85 87
NHS 24 - 111
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Week beginning: Sunday 14th February 2021
Today is celebrated by many people as a day of love! St Valentine’s Day.
This day can bring very mixed emotions and not all of them positive. Indeed many people may feel rejection, disappointment or loneliness if they are not the recipients of a gift or a card. Many may feel deep grief as they mourn the death of a beloved spouse or sadness over relationships that never materialised or broke down.
How wonderful then for us as Christians, whatever our romantic status, to be secure in the knowledge that we are deeply loved, cherished and cared for. There are many many Bible verses that describe so poetically how deep the Father’s love is for us.
We are commanded to love one another and we know how to love because He has shown us how to through His dear Son Jesus’s life and death.
There are few people who can claim to have sailed through lockdown and all that it has brought in terms of being apart from friends and family. If we are struggling with our own behaviours in lockdown, if we are feeling low or alone, how blessed we are to be able to meditate on scripture -
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8 v 38-39.
Sadly for some – even those who have been Christians for a long time – it can be hard to absorb the truth that God loves them - for many reasons. If this is something that you struggle with, please know you are not alone and please feel free to contact anyone from the ministry team (details below) who will happily discuss this further with you – always in complete confidence.
A reminder of last week’s newsletter - The Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair is setting us all a challenge!
To mark the start of Lent, on Wednesday 17 February, he is launching a photo competition – ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ – with both children and adults alike invited to send in their photographs showing the Cross in our everyday surroundings.
“As we head towards Easter, the Cross will come ever more into view - the central symbol of the Christian faith,” Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair said. “Generally speaking, we find Crosses set within church buildings or worn as jewellery. But, when we open our eyes to the possibility, we can begin to see images of the Cross all around us - in both nature and the built environment.
“Your challenge, should you choose to accept it: find a Cross that is ‘hidden in plain sight’ and using your camera, or your phone, take a photograph of it. “Perhaps it will be two branches on a tree which form a Cross shape. Perhaps you’ll see a Cross in a section of wrought-iron fencing. Maybe you’ll see it in a set of road markings or in a random piece of graffiti?
“The only limit is your imagination. Open your eyes and you’ll see that the Cross is all around you.”
Full details on the rules and how to enter can be found on the Church of Scotland Website. https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2021/moderator-launches-new-photography-competition-hidden-in-plain-sight
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This week the title of Kirsteen’s talk is “The Devil Loves Protein Shakes.”
THE 'DAY OF DAYS'
Last Sunday Douglas mentioned in the service that he will be travelling to the Preaching Braes in Cambuslang Park on Thursday, 18th February, which is known as the ‘day of days’ – the anniversary of the day when the Cambuslang Revival started in 1742 … 279 years ago. Douglas is intending to livestream his visit on his iPhone. If you would like to view the livestream please get in touch with him on his mobile 07952 986 358.
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. If you have any good news, milestones or celebrations to be recorded in the newsletter please contact Douglas Nicol (details below)
Congratulations to Lana Thomson who celebrated her 1st birthday on Monday, 8th February; to Callum Walker who celebrated his 19th birthday on Friday, 12th February; to Sebastian Murdoch who celebrated his 2nd birthday on Saturday, 13th February: and to Kirsty Johnstone who celebrated her 32nd birthday, also on Saturday, 13th February. Many Happy Returns to you all!
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