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Ministers Message May 2019

It was Bob Dylan who sang ' the times they are a changing' and despite being written fifty five years ago, their relevance has not waned and if we think about them in relation to the church they are perhaps more relevant than ever. The national church is about to go through a period of change over the next three years that may well define its shape, purpose and relevance for the next three generations, and beyond.

This year’s General Assembly will hear the Council of Assembly’s “Radical Action Plan” which has been drawn up by the Council in response to the church’s demands at last year’s General Assembly that we need to do something ‘radical’ to stop the decline in the national church and we need to do it now. That the time for talking about it is over and it is now a time for action.

So whilst every year’s General Assembly is important for the future of the church, this year’s may be more important than ever, as whatever is decided on Tuesday 21st of May could well shape the future of the national church.

Why am I telling you all of this? Well this year again, I am a commissioner at the Assembly, as indeed is your session clerk Mrs Irene Munro, so as representatives of Newton Mearns Parish Church we will be listening very carefully to how the business unfolds and how whatever decisions are taken may affect us here in Newton Mearns.

But whatever decisions are taken later this month, how and when they are implemented and to what extent they will affect us here remains uncertain for now, what does remain certain is our continued calling to serve our parish here. And this responsibility lies with all of us. We are all part of the Body of Christ and as his people we are all called to serve him and share the good news of the Gospel.

How we feel we are called to do this differs for each of us, but I am extremely keen and passionate that as many of us get the opportunity to do this as possible, and many of you already do this and for all your hard work, effort and time I thank you sincerely. But we can always do with new volunteers getting involved with the life of the church.

So, to give you the opportunity to do this, you will shortly be receiving a letter from myself and a ‘Talents and Giftedness Questionnaire’ that will give you the opportunity to pray and think about areas of service and ministry you may be interested in within the church.

There has never been a time before where the church has needed as many of its people to be involved with the mission of God as it does now. And this is something that you can be a part of.

Our gifts and talents come in all shapes and sizes, and whilst they may not be those that catch the eye or get the publicity, and it may be that we prefer it that way, but that does not mean we have nothing to offer. All of us have a part to play in God’s kingdom and we all have something to contribute in the service of God.

Your friend in Christ

Stuart

Contact details:
Tel No: 0141 239 2140
Email: SCrawford@churchofscotland.org.uk

     
 
     
 
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