Sept 23 Edition of Parish News (Click image to read)
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Almighty and Great God,
Accept our gratitude for your boundless mercy towards us. Hear the supplication of our afflicted hearts for the land and people of Ukraine, as they confront foreign aggression and invasion. Open the eyes of those who have been overtaken by a spirit of deception and violence, that they be horrified by their works. Grant victory over the powers of evil that have arisen and bless Ukraine with your gifts of liberty, peace, tranquility, and good fortune.
We implore you, O Merciful God, look with grace upon those who courageously defend their land. Remember the mothers and fathers, the innocent children, widows and orphans, the disabled and helpless, those seeking shelter and refuge, who reach out to you and to their fellow human beings looking for mercy and compassion. Bless the hearts of those who have already shown great generosity and solidarity, and those who prepare to receive their Ukrainian brothers and sisters in Ukraine's greatest time of need. Bring us together as your children, your creation, and instil in us your strength, wisdom and understanding. May you be praised and glorified, now and forever, and to the ages of ages.
Stuart MacGill has prepared a report from the October Presbytery meetings. This has been written, in the form of an Article, to record the two meetings held during October '22 to consider the new Presbytery Mission Plan as represented by the proposals submitted by the various clusters into which our congregations had divided. The Report summarises how we reached this stage, what happened at the meetings and speculates a little on the way forward.
Please click on the image below to access the report.
The UK Government are asking the British public to open their homes to those fleeing the war in Ukraine. To find out more information or to register your interest please visit; https://homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk/
Our house groups are starting from Monday, 23rd October following “Storylines”, a guide which looks at big themes in the Bible while encouraging discussion. Please contact Jade for more information.
Bible Study Are you looking for the chance to explore the Bible with others? You are welcome to join a group focusing on the book of Ephesians on Friday afternoons. If you would like more details please contact Gillian Norval (see the Church Bulleting for contact details)
Renowned musician Alistair Tweedie will be performing a variety of well-known 60s/70s blues and jazz numbers at the Carswell Centre, starting at 7pm on Sunday, June 5th. This is a free event with donations welcome for our Tearfund charity partners. Numbers are limited so please contact Giles Blair on 07778 829715 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place. Go to https://ahtweedie.co.uk/news/ to find out more.
Prayer for Sunday
“Even if my father and mother abandoned me, the Lord would take me in.”
Lord, we pray for all who feel abandoned or isolated at this time. We think of children who have lost their parents and adults who have lost those closest to them. Would you comfort the bereaved and set the lonely in the midst of your family. Help us to welcome those who feel disconnected, and encourage all who help the most vulnerable at this time. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.
If you feel that you or a loved one would benefit from prayer support feel free to complete the form on our Prayer Request page
We are delighted that our children’s organisations and activities are up and running: The BB, Guildes and Brownies, Messy Church, EPYC and Church Builders. We also have our new children’s corner in church so that young families and children feel comfortable and welcome
We are delighted that we are again allowed to open the church for worship. Numbers are no longer restricted and there is no requirement to book in advance. We will, however, still require your contact details for Test and Protect and that you wear a face mask.
Whatsmore, we can, once again, offer tea/coffee after the service at the Carswell Centre...a great chance to catch up with one another. We hope to see you there sometime soon.
We have installed new Audio Visual equipment to allow the Live Streaming of our church services. You can see our current and previous livestreams and videos on our YouTube channel. Unfortunately, the livestream is susceptible to outages, due to signal strength through the thick walls of the church. On the rare occasions where the service is lost on a Sunday morning, please wait whilst we try and re-connect. If all else fails please try again in the evening, by which time we will have uploaded a copy of the service.
For those of you who use Facebook please visit the church page regularly for additional information.
Foodbank Update - January 2022
A Foodbank has been established at the Carswell Hall in Montgomery Street since 2014. It continues to collect food donations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11.00 to 12.00 am. The donations are used to support the following local charities:-
• East Renfrewshire Foodbank (located Barrhead) • Castlemilk Community Church (Baptist Church, supports refugees and those seeking asylum) • Castlemilk Pantry (based at local community centre) • Eaglesham Larder (run by Freya Young and providing local assistance on a smaller scale)
The list of ‘Most Wanted’ items at present are as listed below; Breakfast cereals
Juice (diluting or cartons)
Toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste)
Meetings re-starting on Sunday 24th April. Our youth group EPYC is back on tomorrow from 7-8.30 pm for anyone in P6-S6! Join us in the Carswell Center as we start our series "Wonderful youth" as well as our usual games, chat, and snacks. if you have any questions send them to email@example.com
Sundays 7-8.30 pm for anyone in P6-S6! Join us in the Carswell Center for our usual games, chat, and snacks. if you have any questions send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID 19 update, December 2022
Resulting from recent decisions by the Kirk Session, we can advise as follows:
Please continue to use hand sanitisers on entry to and exit from our buildings
You are welcome to wear face coverings anywhere in the church
Please do not attend our buildings if you have COVID symptoms
Consider getting a vaccine if you are offered this
Take a LFD Test before visiting someone in a hospital or care home
You are encouraged to wear a face covering on public transport and in indoor public spaces