Minister’s May 2021 Message
Being able to meet back in the Church building this year has been an amazing blessing, and I am very grateful for the many people both in our congregation and in the wider church who have enabled us to do this so safely. I want to especially take this opportunity to say thank you all to those who have been endeavouring to get the church and its organisations up and running in person again. I know those who have participated have really valued the opportunity to meet again in person. As restrictions have eased it has been wonderful to see so many old and new faces coming to worship in the church Sanctuary each Sunday. If you haven’t done so already I would encourage you to come back and reconnect with your fellow Greenbankers!
The chief focus now, at Greenbank, is to enable people to continue to meet safely and to try and rekindle the sense of community we have missed through our limited contact with one another over the past 2 years.
Apart from the regular pattern of Sunday morning services, one of the first events being planned by Greenbank’s social events team is a Jubilee Community Picnic on 3rd June. The team is hoping that this will be a good way for people to come together socially, in a safe way, in the open air to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. Everyone from the church and wider community of Clarkston is invited to bring a picnic and enjoy spending some time together. At this all age event a friendly face for those attending will be a prerequisite. There will be lots of fun things to do and further details can be found elsewhere in Good Neighbour. If you would like to help on the day, or if you would like to organise something that you think others will enjoy, please contact the church office. All ideas are very welcome – the more people get involved the better the sense of friendship and community!
I am reminded of the final verse of the children’s praise song ‘which says “It’s me, it’s you, it’s us, it’s love, it’s Christ that builds community”. The Jubilee Picnic is only a small part of our much bigger aim to create and grow a community of faith here in Clarkston that is caught up in, and inspired by, the great story of God’s love, for all people, shown to this world in Jesus Christ.
As we move forward, may we all continue to sustain one another by a sense of togetherness that strengthens and inspires us to be carriers of God’s love who will help make Greenbank Parish Church a true place of friendship and community in Christ’s name for many generations to come.
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