Minister’s Message


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Apr 2021
Ministers Message April '21

Dear Friends In past years we would have gathered together for Holy Week and Easter day services in the church. As this is not entirely possible, our services in the next few weeks will be a combination of Zoom and physical services in the church. I am delighted to say that the young people of JAM will be leading Wednesday’s Holy Week service and on Maundy Thursday everyone is invited to come together, virtually in the church, and on Zoom from home, to remember the events of the upper room on the......

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01
Mar 2021
Ministers March 21 Message

Dear Friends, While there are no certainties yet, with the roll out of the vaccine programme the possibility of a return to meeting up once again with friends and family seems a little closer. It will probably take a while, but thanks to modern medicines and scientific research progress we now have hope that the restrictions we are currently living with will come to an end. I was tempted to write that we will return to normal but I am sceptical that the old normal can or will be returned to. Looking......

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Jan 2021
Ministers February 2021 Message

Dear Friends, I recently came across this photo which was taken last year on Shrove Tuesday at Willamwood High School. It seems like another world right now! Shrove Tuesday marks the day before Lent and this was the last day I was able to go into the school before lockdown. Although the Chaplaincy Team have managed to put together some Zoom presentations for the pupils since then, the photo offers a poignant reminder of what cannot be this Lent. Nothing, whether it is school, work, social, religious, or political lives, has been......

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Dec 2020
Ministers December Message 2020

Dear Friends, 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 In last year’s December Good Neighbour, I wrote about a Rainbow Tree that was going to be created during Advent in our link building.  The tree was made from bare branches that had fallen from larger trees in the manse garden.  Everyone was invited to hang a rainbow coloured......

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01
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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01
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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01
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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