As a result of Covid-19 church services have been suspended until further notice and the building 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 recorded Sunday Services, can be found on the website www.stpaulsmilngavie.org.uk
Covid – 19 Update 20 August, 2020
A small group from the Congregational Board and Kirk Session has been formed and an interim report on the re-opening of St Paul’s has been circulated to the Kirk Session and Congregational Board.
Scotland entered Phase 3 of the Scottish Government route map for easing Covid-19 restrictions on 9 July, 2020 and the next three weekly review is due on 10 September after which the group will review the legislation and guidance. Any decision to reopen for Sunday morning worship will be made by the Kirk Session and Interim Moderator subject to compliance with the requirements of and approval by Presbytery. The date and time of Services in the Church will be advised by District Elders and Church Visitors as well as notified on the web-site.
Were we to re-open under Phase 3 only 50 persons could be present with social distancing in place and no singing. A “booking” system would be required as well as stewards recruited and trained. There would be no Sunday Club and no socialising after the service.
Recorded services will continue to be available once the Church has re-opened.
The Church Halls are likely to remain closed for quite some time.
If you are able please check the web-site for the latest information. If you have any comment or concerns please contact your District Elder, Visitor or myself.
Graham Mill, Session Clerk
St. Paul’s Prayer Meeting –17September 2020
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: ‘Lord, save me!’ The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the simple-hearted; when I was in great need, he saved me. Be at rest once more, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you (Psalm 116:1-7).
Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is your love towards us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever. Praise the Lord (Psalm 117).
Psalm 116 is the heartfelt tribute of someone whose prayer has been answered and who has come to the Temple to declare this publicly and fulfil his vows to God. The psalmist tells us what we should do in times of distress and sorrow. The answer is to call on the name of the Lord. To call on the name of someone is to appeal to the person’s character and ability to help. The psalmist calls on God because God listens and because God is compassionate and able to rescue him. It is right to give thanks and praise to God for all his goodness and we are called to do so by the writer of Psalm 117 (the shortest of all the psalms with just the two verses above). Psalm 117 summons the entire world to worship and praise God for his great, unfailing love and his everlasting faithfulness. ‘Faithfulness’ refers to the fact that God is completely trustworthy and dependable. Paul stresses in his second letter to Timothy that, even if we are faithless, God remains faithful to us just because that is the way he is.
When we call on God, do we believe that he listens and that he is compassionate, dependable and good to us? When he answers, do we tell others and give thanks?
Give thanks for
- The love of family and friends
- Our church family at St Paul’s and Baldernock.
- Fergus, Ramsay and Lynsey – and the clarity with which they preach the Gospel each week.
- All Ministers and Church Leaders as they, too, preach the Gospel Sunday by Sunday.
- The ready access we have to music and literature – and the enjoyment we derive from them.
- Our homes and the abundance of food available to us each day.
Prayers for our Community and Country
- Christian Organisations within our city and country
- Our Church Family – pray for our brothers and sisters who are feeling anxious at this time – concerned about a family member; missing contact with loved ones.
- Young people in our Youth and Children’s work – giving thanks for the contacts which are being made with them each week – pray for them and for their families
- People we know who are a) waiting on a date to undergo surgery; b) people who have a date and are self-isolating prior to surgery; and c) people who are recovering from recent operations.
- Our political leaders in the devolved Governments of the UK.
- The Increase in the number of people who have tested positive with Coronavirus – pray that they will recover quickly. Also pray that people will stop being complacent and adhere to the guidelines in order to keep themselves and other people safe and free from the virus.
- Young people who have left home to go to University – things are so very different for first year students this year due to the restrictions and on-line teaching. Pray that they will be able to settle in to their new routine this year – pray for Scripture Unions, Navigators and other Christian Organisations as they make contact with the students.
- Cancer Research Charities – lack of donations during the current situation has led to concerns that research projects will be halted. The same will be true for other charities.
Prayers for the peoples of the world :
- Belarus – the situation in the country is still very tense with another anti-government protest taking place last weekend. Continue to pray that a peaceful solution will be found.
- France : Marseille and Bordeaux – huge increase in the number of Covid-19 cases – concern that the hospitals will be overstretched.
- Greece – After fire destroyed the Moria migrant camp on the Island of Lesbos, leaving 12,000 people without food, water, shelter and facilities, the government has set up a new camp called Kara Tepe. Prior to entering the camp the people are being tested for Covid-19. Some have been found to have the virus and the government hope to be able to isolate the positive cases. Pray for the Greek authorities and the aid agencies as they seek to source and distribute food and medicines to the most needy as well as ensure their safety.
- Lebonon – there have been three major fires in Beirut (two at the port and one in a shopping centre) since the explosion in early August, hampering recovery. Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames that damaged the building. Continue to pray about the political situation as well as the many organisations who are working to supply food, shelter, medicines and give much needed support.
- USA – forest fires continue to rage and cause devastation. At least 35 people have died from the wildfires since early August.
- USA – Hurricane Sally – Florida and Alabama have : half a million homes without power – torrential rain left devastation to homes. In some areas 18 inches of rain fell. Pray for the people, affected by both the fires and the storm, who have lost loved ones, those who have lost their homes and everything dear to them. Pray for the emergency services.
- Yemen - the conflict between the Houthi group based in the North and an internationally recognised government in the South shows no signs of ceasing. The country is ill equipped to deal with the Coronavirus crisis - there is only one functioning hospital in the capital city of Aden; home to a million people..
- Vine Trust - have had to reduce the size of their UK team in the light of the current situation and all volunteer expeditions are cancelled until at least the end of this year, They are having to try to continue the work with significantly reduced finances – please bring this concern before our God so that they will have the necessary funds to enable them to continue the work that they seek to provide to the most needy.
- Tear Fund, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) , Christian Aid – as they seek to bring help and comfort to the most sick and needy
- 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 will be not be distributed.
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.
We have little experience of situations like this but the Bible records many similar incidents where people struggle with fear and worry, I urge you to put your Trust in the Lord.