The minister, the Rev Fergus Buchanan, has commenced a phased return to work.  Initially this will involve the preparation and delivery of a Sunday morning service and evening reflections to be recorded for the congregations of St Paul's, Baldernock and St Luke's.   It will also be possible to contact him by telephone or other means.
 
Rev Ramsay Shields will remain as Interim Moderator for the time being and will be responsible for any funerals that may arise.  
 

As a result of Covid-19 St Paul's will be open for worship at 10.30am on Sunday mornings from 1st November. Booking is essential, see below.

  The building is closed to all organizations.

The Church Office is also closed.

Although the building is closed the Church Community is very much Alive. 

Up to date information including Sunday Services, can be found on the website www.stpaulsmilngavie.org.uk 

Telephone 0141 956 4405 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 November Life magazine is online NOW

 

Covid – 19      Update  18 November, 2020

 

St Paul’s reopened for Sunday worship on 1st November subject to Scottish Government regulations and  Church of Scotland Guidelines. The virus continues to be very active in the community as you will be aware but we believe that St Paul’s can safely meet the principles outlined in the current guidance document. We are aware that the guidelines can change very quickly and therefore they will be kept under constant review.

There are restrictions on the number attending (currently a maximum of 20) and places will have to be reserved in advance.  You must apply to attend a service by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephoning the Church Office (956 4405) and leaving your name and telephone number on the answering machine.  The Office is currently closed but your application will be acknowledged and you must not come to Church without a reservation number which will be advised to you by the Thursday evening prior to the Sunday morning service.

Worship under the current guidelines it will not be quite as we know it. 

You should not attend church if you are unwell or showing symptoms of Covid-19, if you are isolating or living with someone who is isolating or who is unwell or if you are in the extremely vulnerable (extremely high risk) group. Also you should consider carefully before attending if you are in the vulnerable (higher risk) category.

  • In coming to Church there should be no car sharing with anyone from another household.
  • You must pre-register and have received confirmation before arriving at the Church.
  • There will be no specific children’s programme.
  • The joint services, with Baldernock, will start at 10.30am and last approximately 30 minutes.
  • Social distancing rules must be adhered to at all times.
  • You must obey stewards instructions.
  • You must wear an appropriate clean face covering at all times, unless exempt.
  • You will be required to sanitise your hands.
  • After registration you will be escorted to a seat and must remain there throughout the service.
  • Sadly singing is not allowed and there will be no pew bibles although music will be part of the service.
  • The pew cushions have been removed.
  • Toilet access will be restricted.
  • At the end of the service you must remain in your seat until asked to leave by a steward.
  • There will be no tea or coffee after the service and you are asked not to socialise.

 

The above is subject to Government Guidelines and although they may change, they are likely to be with us for sometime. While we look forward to being with one another again in the Lord’s House on the Lord’s Day we ask for your support and prayers as we go through the process of opening the Church for worship, all be it in unusual circumstances.

If you have any concerns or questions about the proposed reopening please do not hesitate to contact your District Elder or Graham Mill, Session Clerk.

 Graham Mill, Session Clerk

 

St. Paul’s Prayer Meeting – 26 November 2020

 

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues to do this – not forgetting what they have heard but doing it – they will be blessed in what they do. 

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world (James 1:19-27). 

Many of us, if we are being honest, have to admit that we are quite good at looking at other people and deciding that they are being hypocritical, but somehow we are not nearly so good at seeing the hypocrisy in ourselves. James’ purpose in his letter is to expose hypocritical practices and to teach correct Christian behaviour. His letter has been described as a ‘how-to book on Christian living’ and is certainly very challenging.

James has a great deal to say on the subject of the tongue and the need to keep our mouths under control. Talking too much and listening too little give other people the message that our ideas are much more important than theirs, and James wisely tells us to reverse this process. He also warns against outbursts of selfish anger, the anger which erupts when we fail to win an argument or feel offended or neglected, and which helps nobody.

 These verses also emphasise that the word of God has the power to transform us. We need to allow time for God’s word to be planted firmly in us, we need to take it in and then to do what it says: Get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. This includes looking after those in need and keeping ourselves from being polluted by the world. Perhaps we can add to our prayers tonight a prayer that we may keep a tight rein on our tongues, listen more to others, and especially to God’s word, and put it into practice more effectively in our daily lives. 

Give thanks for

  • Our families and friends and for the love and support that they give us.
  • Services in St Paul’s on Sunday mornings – and for the Word that is so faithfully preached week after week by Fergus.
  • On-line Morning Service and Evening Devotion, led by Fergus.
  • All Ministers and Church Leaders as they, too, preach the Gospel Sunday by Sunday.
  • Researchers who have worked tirelessly to create a vaccine in the fight against Covid-19. Give thanks for the encouraging news in the last couple of weeks – three are being put forward for approval - Pfizer and Moderna - as well as the newest from the University of Oxford.
  • Warm homes and ample food.   

Prayers for our Community and Country – continue to remember

  • Fergus – as he prepares and preaches the Word each week. Pray for everyone who will hear it – at Church and on line - giving thanks for the wider ministry which is available during this time of restriction.
  • Our Church Family – especially those recovering from surgery, coping with bereavement and missing family visits. Pray, too, for our members of St. Paul's and Baldernock who live on their own and may feel particularly lonely at this time.'
  • Family Members – missing out on visits with loved ones – both here and abroad.
  • People who have loved ones in Nursing Homes and/or hospitals and they are not able to visit them or be close to them the way they would like
  • Doctors, Nurses, Health Professionals, Paramedics – with increased admissions to hospital and in intensive care during this 2nd wave, some staff are experiencing fatigue, burnout.
  • Vaccine – giving thanks for the ability the researchers have been given to find a vaccine and for the hope that this gives to millions of people – pray that the work will continue.
  • Police and Firefighters – who go to work each day to protect us.
  • Teachers and pupils in Schools – there has been an increase in both pupils and teachers who have tested positive with the virus – pray for wisdom for Headteachers and teachers in our schools to help them deal with all the situations that they are dealing with
  • Tradesmen – plumbers, engineers, electricians, whose jobs require them to visit homes and businesses – pray that they will remain safe in so many varied environments and numbers of people.
  • Staff who work in shops – providing us with all our food, clothing and the essentials we need for daily living.
  • Postmen and Delivery Drivers – who keep us in touch with one another as well as providing on-line food shopping and deliveries.. .
  • People who live on the margins of society – many people feel vulnerable at this time and we pray for Lodging House Mission, Glasgow City Mission – as they seek to provide some limited but vital services.
  • Preshal - They are providing between 110 and 130 hot meals daily to folk in the area. Pray they will continue to have all the resources required for this, and it will be a witness of God’s love to many needy people.
  • Crossreach – is one of the country’s largest providers of social services, including care for older people, help with alcoholism, drug and mental health problems and assistance for homeless people and those with special learning needs. Although it is part of The Church of Scotland, its range of services is available to people of all faiths and none. 

Prayers for the peoples of the world :

  • We in the UK are able to provide funding for all the research that has gone into finding a vaccine – but we pray for people who live in countries where this is not possible – pray for a fair and equal distribution of vaccines once they are approved and that any supplies will not solely be dependent on ability to pay.
  • Aid Workers throughout the world – work in countries where there is war, natural disasters, drought and famine. In carrying out their humanitarian work they often risk their own lives – pray for their protection whilst giving help and support to the most vulnerable.  
  • Ethiopia – the Tigray region – tensions continue between the Government and The People’s Liberation Front. Thousands of people have fled the Ethiopian state of Tigray to a camp on the Sudanese side of the border amid a military confrontation.  Aid Agencies are struggling to cope and many people have died.  Continue to pray that the tensions will not escalate further and that a way may be found which is agreeable to both sides.   
  • Mission Aviation Fellowship – (MAF) - After months of construction and delays, challenges and victories, we are happy to announce that the MAF Liberia hangar is complete and to top it all off, our South-African-owned aircraft 5X-SCO (AKA Scotty) has been placed in the new hangar for use. We can't wait to see you fly!
  • Refugee Camps throughout the world – Covid-19 will be spreading throughout these camps where there will be a dearth of medical facilities and medical personnel. Pray for the people (mainly women and children) who will be struggling to survive
  • Tear Fund, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) , Christian Aid – as they seek to bring help and comfort to the most sick and needy

 

 

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Additional Information

  • The Guild, Breakaway, The Men’s Association, The Lunch Club, Noah’s Ark, The Girl’s Brigade and Sun Kids  have cancelled all meetings until further notice. 
  • Although the Thursday evening Prayer Group will not meet, a prayer guide will be available on line each week. 
  • Friendship House is closed until further notice.
  • Life magazine has been produced and is available on line. Hard copies are available on request.
  • DVD copies of the recorded Sunday services are available on request from the Treasurer.

 

The Congregational Board & Kirk Session meetings have been cancelled.

Communication is going to be an issue in the next few weeks and months and if you have access, please check the Church web-site for up to date information.

I would ask you to be aware of and follow the latest guidance issued by the Government and the NHS and would encourage anyone who is in a vulnerable group or who is in close contact with someone else who might be vulnerable, and to anyone who feels even slightly ill, to consider staying at home.

The question arises as this situation develops, is how can we maintain our community, our friendships, the joy of meeting and worshipping with others? There are no easy answers and we won’t really know how this is going develop and affect us for some time.  Perhaps we could phone someone for a chat and even pray together because it is more important than ever at this time, to stay connected with each other.   Remember not everyone is on social media.

 

Graham Mill
Session Clerk