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I think the phrase I have heard most over the past few days has been ‘I can’t believe it’s October already’ and I have to admit I am one of them. The year is disappearing at an alarming rate and you only need to look at the shelves in our supermarkets to see that they are already prepared for the upcoming festivals.

When I see this I am reminded of a conversation I had many years ago with a friend who was a regional manager for a national supermarket who told me that they start their preparation for Easter in November and Christmas in February!

This may seem excessively early, but their motto was ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail.’

And this got me thinking should the church be any different? Now I don’t just mean preparing for events such as Advent or Holy Week in the calendar, although that is still important.

But I am meaning how well prepared are we to meet the expectations and needs, whatever they may be, of our parish and beyond?

How can we, the church, best serve our community? One way to approach this question is to ask how do the community see the church?

When we ask this question, there are many answers.
For some, it is simply the building where they drop off their children for BB or Brownies, to come back an hour later and pick them up.
For others, the church serves the community by providing a venue that allows them to run or attend a keep fit or karate class etc.
And then for some, the church is a place of sanctuary, a safe haven in amongst all the uncertainty of modern life. A space to reflect, to take stock of life and what it means, a place to think about eternity.

However our community sees the church, we have got to be prepared to meet that need. And at the heart of everything we do has to be the gospel of Jesus Christ. A gospel that does not change, that remains constant, that can be relied on in times of uncertainty, for we serve and worship a God that is eternally trustworthy and reliable. A God who is always there to listen to us, who never turns his back on us, and a God who brings comfort, peace and strength to those who need it.

Your friend in Christ

Stuart

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

     
 
     
 
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