Hello and welcome!
Attributed to Mark Twain, occasionally to Oscar Wilde, is the infamous quote: ‘The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.’. Written to the media in the US after his obituary was printed somewhat ahead of his death! Well, I want to assure you that some of the reports about the future of Moncreiff Parish Church are somewhat exaggerated and some reports are also quite visionary! For avoidance of doubt, we are not taking on the South Parish (as yet).
Please let me assure you that Moncreiff Parish Church has no intention of closing its doors for the last time in the foreseeable future. Obviously, no-one knows what will happen and we are just as vulnerable as any other church, and we will not be without change going forward. The Church of Scotland must rationalise their resources and be wise with budgets. The planning process is on-going, and we await to hear and hopefully contribute to the next version. The one that marked us for closure came as a big surprise and we have still not been informed as to the reason(s) why. We have our own thoughts, but we await confirmation or otherwise. That said, nor are we doing nothing. Ministry and mission continue, and all the hall lets continue as normal.
Jesus talking with his disciples who understandably worried about the necessities of life said: ‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’ Until the door is closed for us, we will continue to live in the present, making the most of each day we are given. And to be honest, that is all any of us can do. This world is temporary and only God’s Word will continue. And we know that His Word is life and power and creativity from before time was and will call time’s end.
We are so grateful for all the support we have received, the positive comments, the offers of active protest from our members local and further afield, from local community groups and agencies and more. Moncreiff Parish Church wants to be an integrated part of the parish, providing worship, spiritual support and community resources within and outwith the building including online.
Thank you for your continued support. Do check out what we have available on our social media and the website, or pop in and visit, especially Sundays at 10:30am, Thursdays 9-1pm and the office is open every weekday morning 9-12noon. There are so many groups and organisations supporting mental health, cost of living crisis, budgeting, physical health – dance, TKD, find your joy fitness, toddlers, and more, plus the Guild has started back and we have monthly worship – with a cuppa. Check out our Facebook page and Connected Calderwood page for more details.
And please, to help out our neighbours, if you have driven to anything at the church, please use the church carpark or Calderwood Square carpark (check restrictions as is 2hr limit some of the time). It would be a great help to us and them.
God bless you today, and tomorrow! Love Sarah
We believe in God, who is the source of all life.
And in Jesus Christ, who shows us how to live.
And in His Holy Spirit, who makes this possible.
In gratitude for our lives, we are committed to helping all to move towards wholeness through our:-
Worship, Work & Witness.