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Psalm 23
God is in the healthcare folk
all around us:
encouraging us to stay home,reminding us to wash our hands
so we can help others to be safe,
teaching us how to be mindful
and watch over ourselves and others.
Even as we shelter,
we wil’l not give in to fear,
for God is with us,
in those who phone us and care for us.
in those who shop for us,
and those who treat us.
Around a lonely table
in a household or family
in a hospital with strangers,God feeds us with grace,
pouring out hope upon us,and those who treat us.
filling us with peace in the sleepless night,
I know without any doubt,
That God’s gentleness and compassion
are walking right beside us,
showing us the way home
to the one who holds us
in Love’s Heart forever.
Thom M Shuman.
Much love and prayers

From Rev Ian Taylor…

MEMO: FROM REV. IAN TAYLOR, INTERIM MODERATOR 03 April 2020

SUBJECT: ST MARY’S PARISH CHURCH UPDATE – OUR CURRENT RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Dear Member,

In a situation which is fast changing I write to outline some things I believe we can all do to continue to be ‘Church’ albeit in a different way.

  • Check our website (www.stmaryskirkintilloch.org.uk) and Facebook pages for regular updates. We are currently investigating the possibility of uploading worship material to the website – watch this space!
  • Check the Church of Scotland website (www.churchofscotland.org.uk) for information on a wide range of topics, including details of a daily reflection from the Moderator of the General Assembly on Facebook, and a list of congregations ‘streaming’ Worship Services.
  • Our Church premises are safe and secure in the current ‘lock down’ but are routinely and randomly checked for insurance purposes, and our CCTV installations have aided this process.
  • The Parishioner will continue to be published and made available online, so again check out our website if you are able.
    Subscribers to Life and Work will receive their magazines through the postal system.
  • Members who support the work of the Church financially through WFO envelopes or the Open Plate and are concerned that they are unable to contribute to the Ministry and Mission of the Church can contact our:
    Treasurer – John Thomson – ( 0141 777 8231 – : johnm.thomson@ntlworld.com; or
    Finance Convenor – Hugh Biggans – ( 0141 578 0586 – : hmbiggans@hotmail.co.uk
    John and Hugh will only be too happy to offer alternative means to receive your much needed offerings.
  • We hope to be able to keep in contact with everyone during these difficult times. If you have any concerns, or would like any additional information, please contact our Session Clerk:
    Gordon Morrison – ( 0141 578 5887 – : morrisgo@sky.com

Rev. Ian Taylor 03/04/2020.

Food Bank…

As St. Mary’s and the nursery are now closed until further notice we no longer have a collection point for the Food Bank.However if you are able and willing to take foodstuff etc. to the Food Warehouse at 19 Donaldson Crescent G66 1XF it would be very much appreciated in these difficult times. The Food Warehouse is open Monday. Wednesday and Friday from 1pm-4pm.It would be good if you could spread this information to folk in the congregation.

Katy@stmarys…

Here are some  thoughts for us in this time and place.
Beatitudes for these days
blessed are those who wash their hands,
for they shall hold living water;
blessed are those who keep their distance,
for they shall draw closer to God;
blessed are they who self quarantine,
for they shall help others;
blessed are those who do not hoard,
for they shall feed families;
blessed are those who sing songs to sheltering neighbours,
for they shall be neighbours of the heavenly host;
blessed are parents who learn to teach at home,
for they shall learn from their children;
blessed are they that shop for elder folk,
for they shall receive everlasting thanks,
blessed are the frontline healthworkers,
for they shall be called healers of humanity;
Thom M Shuman.
Used with permission www.ionabooks.com… We continue to hold the world and one another in our prayers. God bless and keep you,Katy.

Katy@stmarys…

 

Thought for prayer

 

Gracious God we are grateful for the open door of prayer , which unites all people throughout the world.We give thanks for the holy spirit lifting us in dark days, guiding us when we feel lost and opening doors before us.Enable us through social media,phones and computers to hold on to and encourage one another. Hear our prayers for all those woking for the NHS..scientists and politicians and those who have to make difficult decisions and give advice. We pray for the healing of patients in hospital or at home and comfort to those who have lost loved ones. May we continue to believe that underneath are the everlasting arms.Amen.

 

Thinking of you all,

 

Hope you are well.

 

Katy.

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Church Funds and Collections

A few members have been asking how they help the church funds , the best way is to set up a standing order ,which means a regular payment each month will help the Church Continue .For more details you can contact our Session clerk Gordon Morrison , Treasurer -John Thomson or Finance Convenor Hugh Biggans or speak to your elder to get the Sort code , Account Number. We thank you for your support .

Important Announcement

Coronavirus/Covid-19

Cancellation of Worship Services

Following advice received from the Church of Scotland, in response to the Covid 19 situation, it is with regret that our Worship Services are cancelled with immediate effect. Both our Sunday morning worship and Wednesday Welcome services will cease until further notice.
The current situation is changing constantly and we will continue to follow the guidance and advice we receive from the Church of Scotland.

Additional information can be found on the Church of Scotland web site: www.churchofscotland.org.uk

This includes information on Churches that live stream or post their services online.