Minister’s Summer Message
June 30, 2016
Summer holiday time is almost upon us and if you are having a holiday at home or away from home, I hope you have a lovely time this year. For the church, summer brings a change of pace as well as a change of seasons. Most of the organisations and groups that meet in the church halls during the winter months stop until the autumn. The summer weeks provide opportunities for leaders and helpers to look back and think about the success of their group and consider where changes could possibly be made in the future. In that respect our life as a church is similar.
I thought you would like to know that good progress is being made on our Legacy for Future Generations project. Members of the Kirk Session are working with an architect and a quantity surveyor to consider options for our property assets. This is being considered within the context of our purpose as a church, the needs of our community and how we can best serve these needs. It will be after the summer before proposals emerge and at that time the congregation will be consulted before any final decisions are taken.
Meanwhile, as a result of consultations that have already taken place, the Kirk Session is piloting three new initiatives and is looking forward to receiving feedback:
Bookbug – The first pilot session took place on Thursday 5th May and was blessed with 14 mums/grans and 20 children between 3 months and 5 years. This was led by trained volunteers from the Kirk Session. The half hour session began with songs, rhymes, stories, games, bubbles and lots of fun. Feedback was excellent and everyone enjoyed staying on to have a coffee together.
Youth Club – The pilot for this is scheduled to begin in the autumn for the P7 to S3 age group on Saturday nights. This will depend on the success of grant applications to meet the cost of two part-time leaders and a rota of suitable volunteers from the congregation.
During the 6 weeks of the school holidays this year our Sunday worship will take the form of All Age Family Services. These services will begin at 10am and last 40-45 minutes. If the weather is good this will allow everyone to get away for the rest of the day, at a reasonable time, after coming to church. If you are at home this summer I hope you will you will come along.
I am thankful for the considerable thought and effort of the Kirk Session at this time and look forward to seeing how the new initiatives and plans for the future develop after the summer months.
As we all spend time relaxing and hopefully enjoying some good weather this summer, perhaps we could take a little time to think about the kind of Church we hope to see here at Greenbank in the future.
So may God help us all to rest within His love that He might renew and refresh us, so that we can better serve Him, in the new session ahead.
A blessed summer to you all,
Rev. Jeanne Roddick
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