Monthly Archives: July 2017
The first time I heard the story of how Castlemilk Parish Church came to exist at 1 Dougrie Road, I was covered in goose bumps. It is a story that goes beyond their move into their new building, past the ordination of their current minister, past the union of East and West parish churches, all the way to the start of the scheme with the remarkable people who still make up the body of the kirk each Sunday morning. It’s a story with a whole lot of God working in mysterious, michevious, and wonderful ways... read more
One theme that has come up over and over this past year is the question: how are we being the church? Within Scotland, within The States, within this 21st century world, how are we the church?
Our adventure here in Glasgow working in Priority Areas began in September and is coming to a close, but we have learned and laughed so much.
Working on the PA Instagram this past week, I asked church members where they see God at work within us and how we are being the church in the community. The answers varied. But, at the root was walking with people. At the root was the awareness of and embracing of our community, our brothers and sisters... read more
Do you still have old love letters, or maybe a valentine, in a drawer somewhere? It means something to have, in writing, someone’s love or good wishes. In a PA congregation I’m acutely aware that many folks don’t get anything like the affirmation in life that I do and so at baptisms I often include some tangible way for the congregation’s blessings to be given to the family. It really can have a profound effect... read more