Minister’s Message


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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28
Aug 2017
Greenbank Parish Church. Minister's September message

As we come to the end of summer, there is a definite chill in the air; the leaves are beginning to fall and foliage is becoming rich and varied, signalling the beginning of autumn. The changing of one season into the next reminds me of how time keeps rolling on as Greenbank moves into another new session of church activities in my 15th year as your Minister. The years have flown since I first came to Greenbank. As one year has changed into the next there have been many changes in my......

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01
May 2017
Minister's May Message

Dear Friends On Easter Sunday as we gathered as a church family for worship, it was wonderful to see all the children excitedly running round the sanctuary making Easter bonnets before they went to search for Easter eggs in the halls. After the Easter egg hunt I saw one three year old running up the aisle, bonnet askew with one of the adult leaders running after him, both of them filled with the delight and happiness of Easter morning and oblivious to the rest of us watching. Perhaps it’s a small thing......

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