Minister’s Message


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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29
Mar 2017

Dear Friends, Nature offers me a reminder each year that Easter is just around the corner. First there are the snowdrops and crocuses in the manse garden and then the cherry trees begin to blossom into wonderful new life in the church ground. The link between the new life of Easter and spring is one that is often made by people of faith, because it seems to point to how Jesus’ death on the cross (winter) was miraculously transformed into new life (spring). It’s a good illustration, but for it to mean......

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09
Mar 2017

Dear Friends, Since the earliest times of the Christian Church there is evidence of some kind of Lenten preparation for Easter. The early church father, Irenaus of Lyons (c.130-c.200) wrote of this observance but back then it lasted only two or three days, not the 40 observed today. It wasn’t until almost 150 years later that a 40-day Lenten season of fasting was customary throughout the Church. How those 40 days were counted varied depending on location. In the East, fasting took place only on week days. The western church’s Lent was......

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01
Feb 2017

Dear Friends, The bible reading we read in church on New Year’s Day was the story of Simeon and Anna from Luke’s gospel. The example of Simeon and Anna urges us to keep trusting, confident that God is at work and that, in the fullness of time, his will shall be done. Simeon and Anna trusted in an outcome they would never see. They trusted Mary and Joseph to raise Jesus to be caring and loving; they trusted the world to accept the truth of Jesus’ identity; they trusted God’s purposes in......

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01
Dec 2016

Jeanne is away for a few days well-earned rest before the onslaught of  Christmas,  so we have decided to publish the following New Year message; This was written 100 years ago by the Rev James Fraser the Minister of Greenbank whose three sons were away at war. He wrote this, his 1917 New Year Letter: My Dear Friends, Just a word to wish you all the old, old wish “A Happy New Year”. But some may say in these troubled days of war when thousands of homes are in sorrow and anxiety is......

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Cancellation of Worship ServicesCorona Virus Response

Church of Scotland Task Group has asked in the strongest terms, that all gatherings for worship should cease until further notice, with effect from Wednesday 17th March 2020. This will obviously include the Easter services.

We will keep you updated with any further information as soon as we have it. 

In the meantime, may you all keep safe and well and know the loving presence of God with you during these times.