Minister’s Message


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Sep 2019
Ministers September 2019 Message

Dear Friends, Every September, I am always reminded of how so much more goes on at Greenbank than what is seen on a Sunday morning. Hundreds of people come through the doors of our church and halls in the autumn and winter months and the many activities in which they participate are listed at the back of this Good Neighbour. The majority of those activities are dependent on volunteers; like the Lunch Club which takes place on the last Friday of the month, the Saturday night Youth Club and youth organisations such......

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Jun 2019
Minister's June 2019 Message

Dear Friends, In these weeks after Easter we remember the question Jesus asked Peter after his resurrection, ‘Do you love me?’ Three times Peter answered, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you” and Jesus final words to Peter were: “Follow me” . Peter’s affirmative response meant that he had to turn himself from a focus on the past and commit himself to a way of living that made his love for Jesus the central and guiding principle of not only his own life but also the central and guiding......

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May 2019
Ministers May 2019 Message

Dear Friends, I can’t believe that we have reached May already. It feels like we have gone from Christmas to Easter at an alarming rate this year. Whilst the months seem to be speeding ahead, some plans that I had at the beginning of the year seem to be moving very slowly, much slower than I had anticipated. Perhaps that’s because nowadays I am so used to immediate results, like taking photographs at events and celebrations that I can share with friends and family straight away, or sending text messages expecting an......

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Apr 2019
Minister's April Message

Dear Friends, The Apostle Paul wrote, ‘When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child; now that I am an adult, I have no more use for childish ways’. . I don’t know who he was referring to but I happen to know lots of adults who still hold on to childish ways. I am thinking especially of all the people here at Greenbank who are getting ready for our annual holiday club for P1 to P7 children in the second week of......

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Mar 2019
Forty days - Forty Items at Greenbank Church

Dear Friends, The season of Lent, which begins on 6th March this year is the period leading up to Easter in which we are encouraged to focus our attention on the self-sacrifice of Jesus and rid ourselves of those things that make us fall short of what we are meant to be as His followers. For some, this simply means fasting or abstaining from luxuries. For others, rather than giving something up it means taking something on. Recently I came across a ‘Forty Days Lenten Challenge’ called ‘Forty Days – Forty Items’.......

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Feb 2019
Minister's February Message

Dear Friends, At our Christmas watchnight service, it was wonderful to be reacquainted with the many familiar faces of so many of the children who have attended our Sunday Clubs during the time that I have been the minister here at Greenbank. Although I was really happy to see them all again, meeting them made me think about how time moves on so quickly and the future, which once seemed to stretch out before me in the distance, is now beginning to seem much shorter than I once imagined.......

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Dec 2018
Minister's December Message

Dear Friends, When we were on holiday in Portugal in October, Graham and I visited the Igreja de Sao Francisco in Evora. Despite the fact that I found the famous church decorated with the bone of 5000 monks very disturbing, I was delighted to discover a collection of one hundred and fifty Nativity scenes on display in its upstairs gallery. 60% of the nativities were from Portugal and they were all shapes and sizes and made of various materials. They were very beautiful and part of a private......

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Nov 2018
Ministers November Message

On the 11th of November, there will be a series of events here at Greenbank to mark 100 years of the end of World War 1. At 6 AM, joining with thousands of other churches and public bodies, Ross McAldine will play ‘The Battles’ Over’ on the bagpipes on the front steps of the church. The traditional remembrance Sunday worship service will then begin at 10:30 AM and offer everyone the opportunity to come together in two minutes silence at 11 AM. In the evening of 11th November at 6:30 PM there will be......

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Oct 2018
Clarkston Friends with Jesus in Clarkston

Dear Friends, On 1st October I will have been Greenbank’s Minister for 15 years. Where has the time gone? We have experienced sad, happy and challenging times together in those years but the one constant has always been the many people of faith who have willingly offered their time and their gifts for the ministry of Greenbank. One way this was brought home to me recently was at our last Kirk Session meeting when one of our elders Roger Mason intimated his decision to retire from putting the lights on Greenbank’s Christmas......

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Jun 2018
Minister's June Message

Dear Friends, When attending the General Assembly on Tuesday 22nd May I joined women in ministry, as well as friends and colleagues, to process up the mound in Edinburgh into the quadrant of New College to pay tribute to women’s role in the church and to honour the women and men who fought for many, many years for women to be accepted as Church of Scotland ministers. I owe all those women and men a huge debt of gratitude. There are still a very few people who believe that there is no......

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