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Presbytery Plan Update

Presbytery Mission Plan Update – 8th April 2022
Hello everyone,
I am very conscious that some time has passed since I mentioned in worship that some of us had attended a gathering of our ‘zone’ on Saturday 12th March. One of the things that emerged from that meeting was the allocation of ministries to our particular zone (zone 3) and the time frame required in order to meet a draft presbytery plan by June of this year. In a zone that has 21 charges, the ministry allocation is being halved (10.5). This creates many challenges and I think it is fair to say that no congregation will be left unaffected.
Since that meeting, some conversations have taken place and I am very grateful to Gordon Morrison, Charles Hay and Fiona Leishman, who have participated in these. The most recent was on Tuesday evening (29th March), when four representatives from six congregations (Lenzie Old, Lenzie Union, Hillhead, St Columba’s, St David’s Memorial Park and St Mary’s) met. It was a very positive and encouraging meeting and, in response to Presbyteries instruction that we form our clusters/groupings by April 15th, we left with a proposal to take back to our Kirk Sessions and congregations. The suggestion is that these six congregations form a cluster with flexibility going forward, that will allow any of those six to opt out if they discern another cluster more missionally appropriate and allow other congregations to join, using the same principle. If agreed by all the Sessions, then we will begin a process of very serious conversation and planning with the help of a professional facilitator.
None of us know exactly what will emerge from these discussions, but it is certainly my desire that what is proposed and eventually realised is a plan that will be sustainable, and life giving and see St Mary’s very much engaged and involved in the mission of the town and surrounding area as we go forward together.
The Kirk Session will be meeting on Sunday 10th April, to make a decision regarding the cluster and we will keep you up to date with how things are progressing as we go forward. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you would like to discuss this further. We will do our best to answer any questions or concerns as they arise.
With every blessing, Ruth

As mention by Ruth on Sunday ,Please find attached three documents which contain important information on the work of the Presbytery Plan Creation Group.

Sunday 6th February 2022

Today you will be welcome by our new look Groups. Group 1 will welcome you into church .we have decided that we will stick to one metre social distancing in our church at present, the group on duty who will take you to your seat will still only use every second pew. This means that we are taking a step in the ‘right’ direction whilst continuing to take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of everyone who attends our church services.➢ The wearing of masks, even when singing, and our ‘track and Trace’ system will still apply and we would also ask you to continue using our one-way system meantime.➢ We would like to thank you very much indeed for all ofyour help and support during this difficult time and we would ask for your continuing support for a just little longer.And we want to keep each other safe… if you can , please take a Lateral Flow Test before coming to church building .Thank you .To Order a Lateral Flow Test…https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow…

Watch night Service

With the Omicron variant increasing and for us to keep other safe it has been decided that our Watchnight Service on Christmas eve at 11pm has beed Cancelled, Ruth has decided to record a Special Service which will be on our You Tube channel at 7pm on 24th December.

Update

Given the considerable rise in cases of COVID recently,we have decided that we will stick to one metre social distancing in our church at present, although the guides on duty who will take you to your seat will still only use every second pew. This means that we are taking a step in the ‘right’ direction whilst continuing to take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of everyone who attends our church services.

 ➢ The wearing of masks, even when singing, and our ‘track and Trace’ system will still apply and we would also ask you to continue using our one-way system meantime. 

 ➢ We would like to thank you very much indeed for all ofyour help and support during this difficult time and we would ask for your continuing support for a just little longer.

And we want to keep each other safe as we approach Christmas while the Omicron variant is increasing … if you can , please take a Lateral Flow Test before coming to church building .

Thank you .

To Order a Lateral Flow Test…

Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas will be held on Wednesday 15th December 2021 at 7pm.Blue Christmas (also called the Longest Night) in the Western Christian tradition, is a day in the Advent season marking the longest night of the year. On this day, we hold a church service that honours people that have lost loved ones and are experiencing grief.