Minister’s Message


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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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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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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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