Summer has arrived – well some random version of summer has arrived. From heavy rain to blazing sunshine in the space of minutes one could truly wonder if the weather system is feeling as out of kilter as the world around us. Somehow many of us hoped 2022 would be a kinder year after the pandemic years. Yet war rages in Ukraine, Governments are crumbling around the world including our Westminster version, and still Covid holds power over the lives of many. Dare I say it the growing restlessness amongst workers in various industries and professions as rising costs swallow up any extra income paints a worry picture for the end of the year. It can be so easy to get lost in the doom and gloom, drowning in anxiety and uncertainty. Even the Church faces closures and ‘job losses’ as churches are closed or amalgamated. It will be late summer before we find out the long term future of Moncreiff and other Church of Scotland churches in East Kilbride, but it is safe to say that we won’t have as many church buildings or ministers in the town as previous years allowed.
Nevertheless I remain optimistic – it is the way God wired me. I believe God has a purpose and a mission for his Church, and there are plenty faithful people around as well. Moncreiff is continuing to work towards increasing a community-focussed ministry that provides support, works alongside other agencies and be a safe drop-in space for the world weary, the isolated or the curious. We are incredibly grateful for the support we receive from so many and we hope that we will be a positive, welcoming church to all.
On Friday 26th August we are hosting a ceilidh in the church simply for the purposes of fun and friendship. And on Saturday 27th August we are holding an open afternoon where you can visit the church, enjoy a cuppa, have a tour and wander our information event that lets you know what is happening around the building – uniform organisations, sports groups, church groups, CAP which is a debt support charity, climate change resources and much more. Then on the Sunday morning we have our Back to Church Sunday service. To be honest you can come ‘back’ any Sunday but often there is a lot of fear about the roof falling in or whether anyone will comment. So this Sunday is an opportunity to come check out the church stuff and know for sure you are very welcome. But if you can’t make it on the 28th – do come another time or check us out online. All our services are pre-recorded and posted on Facebook and YouTube, plus on the dedicated telephone (01355681230) and even on RevSarah Shares podcast (just the reading and reflection).
Whatever the future holds, whatever changes, we know that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. And wherever God’s people meet there is his Church and wherever we live, work and play we are his Church. So let me encourage you to find a church family that is the right fit for you, and know you are very welcome to come along any time.
I do hope you get to enjoy the summer and even some holiday time. I’m braving theme parks this year…well why not? Life is already a rollercoaster!
God bless you.
As a Church we are a charity and rely on giving and fundraising. My challenge is to run my first ever marathon (and I swore I’d never be a runner never mind do a marathon). If you can help me raise funds then I’d be very grateful and the money will go to help further develop the community space project of the Church building including cafe and drop in space.
I know these are tough times and everyone is looking for funds or pennies to pay the bills so please only if you can. Just Giving
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.