13th May Intimations


TEA AND COFFEE will be served in the Fraser Hall after the morning service. All welcome.

DISTRICT ELDERS – Communion invitations are now ready for delivery and can be uplifted from the front of the Centenary Chapel.

A LASTING LEGACY – Please take time to respond to the invitation in the March and May Good Neighbour editions to submit your thoughts on the key characteristics of a sustainable worshipping congregation of Gods people; being a community hub, welcoming, relevant, a seven day a week church and burden free. A fuller description of these characteristics was in the March article and is repeated in an updated display in the corridor outside the Fraser Hall. We hope to use these characteristics as a reference point when making future decisions, including decisions on our property needs. The Session would be very interested in your views on these characteristics. Do they seem to you to be the right ones to describe the kind of sustainable, worshipping congregation we all wish for in our community for years to come? If you use email then please email your thoughts to greenbank.office@tiscali.co.uk. Alternatively you can send written comments to the church office. All views are welcome.

Gordon Dickson, Chair, Legacy Co-ordinating Group

ARTICLES FOR THE JUNE EDITION OF GOOD NEIGHBOUR – any remaining articles must reach the church office by Monday 14th May.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK this year is from 13th-19th May. Volunteers are needed to fulfil our target of visiting every home within the Parish to carry out door to door collections. If you would like to be a collector, please come to the Fraser Hall following the service on 13th May where you will receive an envelope containing all you will need to collect within your allocated district. Donations should be returned to the church on Friday 18th May between 7pm and 9pm, or on Tuesday 22nd May between 7pm and 8pm. Volunteers are also required to count the donations on these evenings. Please consider supporting Christian Aid either by collecting or by helping with the count. There will be a ‘Big Brekkie’ event following the morning service on 13th May when you will be able to enjoy a bacon roll and pancakes with your Tea or coffee. A donation to Christian Aid would be greatly appreciated. This was a great success last year and we hope you enjoy it once again. Your support during Christian Aid week will make a difference to those in greatest need. Mark Allan 638 3916

MALAWI 2018 – Our Minister, Jeanne, Rev Catherine Beattie and Mr George Watson from Queen’s Park Football Club are accompanying Williamwood High School to Ekwendeni in Malawi on 6th June. Amongst other things, the group will be rebuilding 3 classrooms blocks at Ekwendeni Primary School, run an after school club for all children in the community and offer a football coaching and community programme.    Each person travelling with the group has been allocated two 23kg bags.  Ekwendeni hospital and the Ekwendeni HIV/AIDs programme have been contacted to find out what most needed items the Williamwood could bring with them for the benefit of the whole community.   The following items have been requested; menstrual cups, children’s underwear; adult and paediatric analgesics [e.g. paracetamol, aspirin, ibroprofen], vitamin b complex, other first aids items, hospital theatre hats, face masks and disposable gowns.  [The hospital has also supplied a comprehensive list of hospital drugs and other hospital supplies required each month – if you think you might be able to help with this particular request please contact Jeanne Roddick at jroddick@churchofscotland.org.uk who will be happy to send you the list]. The school also hopes to start a Community Cinema Club in Ekwendeni and would appreciate any donations of DVDs that anyone might have so that they can put together a library of films before they leave. If you think you might be able to help please leave any items at Greenbank Church office, with Greenbank’s Church Officer or at Greenbank Manse by the 31st May.

EVERYONE IS INVITED to the EIGHT HEART AND SOUL 2018Sunday 20th May, 12.30pm – 6pm.

Sunday Club members and their families are welcome to join us at our new FAMILY STAGE where we will be hosting a giant picnic (bring your piece) with Fischy music, games, stories and lots of fun from 12.30pm – 3pm.

AN “IN CONVERSATION” TENT, will feature interesting talks from Sally Magnusson; Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood OBE with Louise MacDonald (Young Scot); Ross Greer MSP with Very Rev Dr Derek Browning and Robin Downie; Anna Magnusson with Rev Dr Margaret Forrester; and Scots in Great War London Group. Church Elder and BBC’s Hugh Pym will host. Also 60 congregations and exhibitors share their work and ministry; Main Stage programme, and a massive worship service at 5pm in the Ross Bandstand.  The full programme is available on our website www.heartandsoul.org.uk and I invite you to have a look at what is on offer.

FREE YOUTH EVENT IN PRINCES STREET GARDENS on Saturday 19th  May from 7-9pm, as part of the Year of Young People and in in collaboration with Powerpoint Scotland. The event will feature the Christian EDM group LZ7, and a mix of live music, enthusiastic & exciting worship and fellowship. Visit our website www.heartandsoul.org.uk or see the posters on the noticeboards in the church hall.

THE GREENBANK PLAYERS are looking for someone who might be able to make a compilation DVD from the collection of Videos and some DVDs of the past productions (not all 70 years!) Any offers of help please contact June Alexander on 644 2682.

CLARKSTON CHURCHES TOGETHER – PENTECOST QUIZat Stamperland Parish Church on Sunday 20th May starting at 4.30pm. No need to come as part of a team, or for too much by way of grey matter either. Donations to Christian Aid. This is a family friendly event.



STATED ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION ‘Celebrating The Blessings Of 2017/18’ An invitation is extended to all members of the congregation to ‘The 133rd Stated Annual Meeting of the Congregation’ after church today. It will take place in conjunction with Christian Aid’s Big Brekkie – the fundraising ‘brunch’ that marks the beginning of Christian Aid week. All groups and organisations within Greenbank have already been invited to make a display of the things that they believe are worth celebrating and which reveal how God has been good to them in 2017/18. Copies of Greenbank’s Financial Accounts for 2017 will be available and the Treasurer will be in attendance to answer any questions. Greenbank’s Legacy work will be on display and representatives from the Legacy Group will be present to answer questions.

GROUNDS COMMITTEE – if you have green fingers please come along and help with the grounds of the church at 7pm on Tuesdays.

THE NEXT OUTING OF THE GREENBANK WALKING GROUP is to The Falls of Clyde on Saturday 19th May leaving the church at 9.30am.This is one of our favourite walks along a beautiful 7 mile part of the river. Please confirm to Allan or Ishbel McLaren on 639 5848 if you intend to come.

CLARKSTON COMMUNITY CHOIR ANNUAL SUMMER CONCERT (in aid of Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone Disease)Monday 4th June in Greenbank church. The programme includes a varied and eclectic mix of music alongside the fabulous Spitha Brass. From Broadway to Bill Withers, along with some items from our guest brass quintet, there’s something for everyone! 7.30pm, tickets £5 available on the door/from Greenbank Church Office/from choir members (includes tea and coffee after the concert in the church halls).


THE ANNUAL EASTWOOD INTER CHURCHES BOWLS AFTERNOON will be taking place on Saturday, 30th June at Giffnock Bowling Club. The organisers have asked each church to provide teams of mixed triples (2 gents and a lady or 2 ladies and agent).Your teams should be given to me by mid-June. However, if you cannot put a team together, please turn up on the day and you will get a game in a team composed of players from other churches. Starting time will likely be 2pm. Cost per team is not available yet but I will have another article in the June edition of Good Neighbour finalising all the details. Meanwhile, send your entries to me by phone on 585 0008 or e-mail me on w.robertson4@ntlworld.com.


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