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What a quick year this has been so far, it seems like only yesterday we were celebrating Christmas, and yet here we are, almost at the beginning of the summer holidays.

As some of those groups and organisations involved in church life begin to wind down for a well earned break over the summer Whilst this means the church is quieter in some respects for the next two months, it does not mean that everything slows down or stops. There is still a lot going on in the church over the summer, so keep your eye on the intimation sheets, website and Facebook pages to see what’s on.

The summer gives us an opportunity to digest and reflect on some of the business discussed at this year’s General Assembly and how it will affect us at a local level, and this year was one of the most radical and ground breaking General Assemblies in living memory.

And whilst the stories that caught the headlines in the media don’t have as direct an effect on us here in Newton Mearns as others, decisions were made this year that will affect how the church operates at a national and local level for generations to come.

It has long been felt that the national church in its current form is not working and is losing its relevance in today’s society with steadily declining numbers. Every church congregation across Scotland is experiencing this to varying degrees, ours included, and it was agreed that something has got to change to address this.

In answer to this claim, the national church responded this year with the passing of its Radical Action Plan which gives us the permission and opportunity to look at how we do things at a local level and to explore the possibility of doing things differently.

And this is the exciting part, you have the opportunity to be involved in re shaping and revitalising the church of the present and the future. We are all part of the body of Christ and therefore we all have a part to play in ministering to our neighbours here in Newton Mearns, and it my vision that as many of us are involved in this as possible.

So watch this space over the coming months as to how we are going to approach this very exciting opportunity that we face ahead.

I wish you all a very happy and well-earned summer break, and look out for the date for our summer BBQ which is to be held at the church over the summer

Your friend in Christ
Stuart

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

     
 
     
 
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