Minister’s Message


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Oct 2020
Ministers October Message

Dear Friends, At the beginning of the lockdown in March when we began Zoom services I thought they might be needed for a few weeks. Six months in, I now realise that the new life and worship we have discovered through our computer screens is going to be with us for some time to come. I think it is fair to say that for the foreseeable future church will continue to be very different to what it was in the past. At the time of writing, we are following Version 7 of......

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Sep 2020
Ministers September 2020 Message

Dear Friends, As you know the Kirk Session decided to reopen our church for worship again on 9th August and since that time it has been good to worship alongside some familiar faces in the sanctuary again. Worship is very different to what it used to be, as there is no singing of hymns and reciting the Lord’s Prayer aloud during the service. Despite this it is heart-warming to worship together and to have our organist, Peter, playing music for us whilst others are still joining us on the Zoom......

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Jun 2020
Minister's June 2020 Message

Dear Friends, Although the doors of our church remain closed to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus our church is still alive and active. While we are unable to gather together physically, we continue to gather virtually and remain in touch with one another by phone and email. Since the first Sunday of lockdown we have been worshipping together on Zoom services at 12 noon. At the beginning of March I had never heard of Zoom but it has proved to be such a blessing and allowed the worship and work of......

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May 2020
Ministers May Message

Dear Friends As we find ourselves in another month of lockdown, this Good Neighbour contains lots of things that hopefully might be of value to you. Firstly, there is information about Sunday morning services at 12 noon along with Wednesday evening Sundown reflections at 8pm. Although it is not worship as we have known it in the past, the Church is still open for business and our internet services provided an opportunity for us to gather to worship and pray together. I hope that you will find these times of worship a......

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Mar 2020
Minister's April 2020 Message

Dear Friends, Amidst this uncertain and scary time our usual pattern of Sunday worship and other gatherings has been put on hold but that does not mean that Greenbank is no longer functioning as a church. Worshipping together as a church will continue each Sunday, albeit in a different format. Details of how to participate are given on page 1. A printed copy of the service can be emailed to you on request. Although distribution might be difficult, if you can do this safely and within the limits of government guidelines, please......

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Mar 2020
Ministers March 2020 Message

Dear Friends, Since early times Lent, which begins on 26th February this year, has been a time of preparation that looks forward to Easter and a time when people give things up, such as chocolate, cakes, sweets or alcohol and sometimes something different like watching television or buying something new to wear. The idea of giving something up is meant to be a way of identifying with Jesus experience in the wilderness for 40 days as he prepared for his public ministry. Giving things up, when we have plenty of things available......

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Feb 2020
Ministers February 2020 Message

Dear Friends, On the final Sunday of 2019, I referred to the song ‘So, this is Christmas’ by written by Yoko Ono and John Lennon in 1971. The song like the other Lennon song “Imagine” was a protest song against war and terror but it was also a song of hope which asked people a vital question “What have you done?” “So, this is Christmas And what have you done? Another year over And a new one just begun” “What have you done?” is a question many ask, as one year closes......

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Dec 2019
Ministers December 2019 Message

When the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between me and all living beings on earth. That is the sign of the promise which I am making to all living beings.” Genesis 9:16-17 Dear Friends, In these Advent weeks when advertisers on TV keep telling us it’s the most wonderful time of year, it’s not actually the most wonderful time of year for everyone: not when there is going to be an empty chair at a Christmas dinner table; not without a familiar voice......

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01
Nov 2019
Alasdair Gray Mural at Greenbank Parish Church Clarkston

Dear Friends, In his book, ‘A Life In Pictures’, a book donated to Greenbank by one of one of our late elders, Ken McKenzie, Alasdair Gray records his life as an artist.  For those interested in looking at it, the book can usually be found on the organ in the sanctuary.  In one part of the book, Gray writes about being homeless and working at Greenbank for months, spending his nights in a sleeping bag on the vestry floor, until he was ejected when he broke the toilet there after trying to......

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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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