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Over the past few days as I have been looking out the window from my study in the manse, I’ve been watching a battle between the last few leaves on the trees surrounding the manse and the wind. And in these few short days, with the loss of their leaves, the appearance of the trees has totally changed. I am sure if you have walked through a park or looked out of your window this week you will have noticed a similar change.

Another change that I have discussed with many of you over recent months, has been how much the area of Newton Mearns is changing with many of the surrounding fields being developed into space for 100s of houses, and even another Primary School. As I walk round our parish and beyond, I do often think where the people are coming from to fill these houses, but they must be out there, or developers would not be doing what they are doing.

The landscape is changing, not only because of the seasons but also because of the demand for houses in the area, and whilst we may enjoy looking at the changes brought on by the seasons, we may not all enjoy the changes to the area through intense urbanisation.

But this is what is happening whether we like it or not, and it is important that we as a church are ready for these changes - but how exactly will these changes to our community affect us as a church? Does it mean we will see new people coming to the church who have just moved into the area? Perhaps. Does it mean we will see more new hall bookings and classes starting as a larger community has a greater need for such resources? Perhaps.

The truth is we don’t know, but whatever changes we see in our community, one thing is certain, we must continue doing what we have been doing so well up to now - making people feel welcome and a part of a living faith community and sharing with them the love of God through words and actions.

As Bob Dylan once sang ‘the times they are a changing’ and yes, they are, but our God doesn’t, so let’s remember that whatever changes go on around us we can always rely on God to be the safe and steadfast anchor in our lives.

I pray God’s blessing over you and your loved ones at this time.

Rev Stuart Crawford

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

     
 
     
 
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