Minister’s Message


01
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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01
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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01
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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01
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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01
Apr 2018
holy sepulchre jerusalem in the ministers message

Dear Friends, Most trips to the Holy Land contain a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem which is reputedly built over the sites of Calvary and the tomb where Jesus rose from death on Easter morning. The church remains standing because of steel scaffolding that supports its walls. The church is jointly owned by the Abyssinian, Armenian, Coptic, Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches. Each church tradition preserves its own chapel and conducts its own services. In the past, the leaders of these various church traditions......

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01
Mar 2018
Minister's March Message

Dear Friends, This year Lent began on Ash Wednesday which was also Valentine’s Day and Easter Day will be the 1st April which is also April Fools ’ Day. This clash only happened three times last century and the last time was 1945. It happened because the date of Easter changes every year – something that was decided in 325AD at the Council of Nicaea. The Council of Nicaea was an ecumenical meeting of bishops called together by the Roman Emperor Constantine to try to attain consensus throughout the Christian Church. It......

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01
Feb 2018
Rev Jeanne Roddick's February Message

Dear Friends, Despite the fact that it is now February and Christmas 2017 is now becoming a memory, I do not want to let the opportunity pass to express my sincere thanks to everyone who made Greenbank’s Christmas services and events possible. There are too many people to name personally, but I want to thank everyone who willingly used their gifts, abilities, time and presence to strengthen the mission and ministry of this congregation. The lovely atmosphere you created was noted by many and you not only made it a happy and......

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01
Dec 2017
Ministers December Message

Last Sunday, in church, we read from Isaiah chapter 9 “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; They lived in a land of shadows but now light is shining on them….A child is born to us”. Isaiah’s words point to the birth of Jesus and evoke memories of Christmas. Just like primary and nursery schools at the moment, the Sunday Club left the church that day to start rehearsals for the Nativity Service on Sunday 17th December. The reading and all these nativity rehearsals reminded me about the......

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01
Nov 2017
Rememberence at Greenbank Church Clarkston

Dear Friends, On Sunday, 12th November, we will be holding Greenbank’s Annual Remembrance Sunday Service at 10.30am to which everyone is invited. At 11am a two-minute silence will be observed along with people all over the country, and far beyond, who will also be remembering those on all sides of conflicts who have been killed or injured or deeply affected by what has happened. Last year on Remembrance Sunday I told the story of Angus McIntyre Fraser, who was the youngest son of Greenbank’s first Minister, Rev James Fraser. Angus was born......

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01
Oct 2017
Clarkston Friends with Jesus in Clarkston

Dear Friends, Next weekend, Ryan Air permitting, I am going away for a few days with friends I don’t get to see as often I’d like to, given our very different lives. I met these friends at a church young women’s group over thirty years ago and I am look forward to relaxing with them, talking about the history we share, having some fun together and sharing the things that matter to us. The thing about these friends is that they know me really well, and they still seem to want to......

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