A warm welcome awaits you in Newton Mearns Parish Church




Rt Rev Susan Brown, the Moderator for the General Assembly 2018


In a few weeks pupils all around the country will be singing along with the words of ‘School’s Out for Summer.’ And for some this means great changes as they transition from Primary to Secondary School, or from Secondary to higher education, a move which can be daunting, exciting, challenging and inspiring all at once.

But for these pupils such changes are inevitable and unavoidable. And whilst for most of us, our school days are long passed. It is most likely that we have all been affected by the changes to data protection introduced last week. For if like us, the majority of communications we have received recently were companies asking us if we still wanted to receive information from them, which if we did we had to confirm this. But this hopefully will mean a reduction to the unsolicited mail we receive from now on.

Change and reform were topics that came up in debate and discussion frequently throughout the church’s General Assembly last week. And for once, the headlines were made not because of gender or orientation, but because the commissioners demanded that the national church councils be more radical and swift in their efforts to bring the church more into line with contemporary society.

We all know that we are living in an ever-changing society, and if we are honest, that the church has been one of the slowest institutions to adapt to this, but change happens whether we like it or not. But based on what happened at the GA last week, the church now seems to be at a point that it realises it too must change. And when I say church, I mean people like you and I, which if you remember we sang just the other week, “I am the church, you are the church, we are the church together.”

I have often spoken of the church being a body ministry and that we are all part of the future of the church. This togetherness is so important, and our unity is our strength. And my wish is that it will be together, as the body of Christ that we approach our Local Church Review which is the 5 year plan for the church, and that everyone feels that they can be involved in the upcoming discussions we will be having.

This is such an exciting time for the church, not just here in Newton Mearns but nationally and our Local Church Review gives us the opportunity to look at how we have done things, how we do them now, and how we would like to do them in the future, and we can all have a say in these discussions.

So, as we enjoy these longer, lighter evenings. Over the next few weeks, let’s put our thinking caps on, (who remembers Bagpuss?) and let’s all of us think about how we can help make God’s church make a difference and change the lives of those in our parish.

Have a very happy Summer, and avoid the midges!

Rev Stuart Crawford
 
     
 
   
 

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