This page contains the latest information while we cannot meet together.
Covid-19 Update - 23 August 2021
Permission was given on 23 March by the Scottish Government to reopen places of worship under the restrictions currently in place.
Following a successful application to Clyde Presbytery to reopen St Paul’s, a service will be held each Sunday morning in St Paul’s starting at 10.30am.
The very successful and welcomed recorded services will continue.
The virus continues to be active in the community as you will be aware but we believe that St Paul’s can safely meet the principles outlined in current guidance. We are aware that the guidelines can change very quickly and therefore they will be kept under constant review.
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.
- The children’s programme resumed on 5 September.
- Social distancing rules have been removed but you are asked to respect other people's space.
- 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.
- Trace & Protect regulations continue
- There will be no pew bibles.
- There will be no tea or coffee after the service.
The above is subject to Government Guidelines and they may change. 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 reopening please do not hesitate to contact me.
Up to date information including Sunday Services, can be found on the website www.stpaulsmilngavie.org.uk
Additional Information - NOTE All week-day meetings have been suspended in January 2022
- The Thursday evening Worship & Prayer Group meet at 8pm in Jubilee Hall. All welcome.
- The Lunch Club restarted on Wednesday 1 September at 12 noon in the Large Hall.
- The Guild, The Men’s Association, Choir and Badminton Club meetings have resumed.
- Noah’s Ark, The Girl’s Brigade, Breakaway and Sun Kids are not meeting at present
- 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 Chris Scott.
- Friendship House is open on Thursday and Friday only, 10am - 4pm.
The Congregational Board & Kirk Session meetings are currently suspended.
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.
St. Paul’s Prayer Notes
GENERAL PRAYER GROUP : 20 JANUARY 2022
John 2 : 1-7 - On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him ‘They have no more wine’. ‘Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. ‘My hour has not yet some’. His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you’. Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’, so they filled them to the brim.
This is a familiar passage to all of us, but I want to focus on one aspect of the miracle - i.e. the total generosity of Jesus. These jars were enormous, holding between 160-180 gallons, yet they were filled to the brim. We see Jesus demonstrate that when He is at work; when He is involved, He is not content to just give enough for the occasion and, when the servants put the ladles into the jars, the wine would overflow, spilling out on to the floor. David, too, in the midst of his difficulties, could say in Psalm 23 ‘My cup overflows’ showing that David acknowledged the generosity of God as His heart swelled in appreciation of all that God had given him and did in his life. May we too, this day, also give thanks for His goodness and generosity to us.
GIVE THANKS FOR
- The reduction of cases and the lifting of some restrictions
- Our families and friends and for the love and support they give us.
- The continuation of Sunday morning worship and for the preached Word.
- More daylight hours and the start of seeing new life appear in the garden – snowdrops are starting to push through!
- Availability of books, films, music etc. – which enrich our lives and give us pleasure.
PRAYERS FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY – pray for
- Our Church family – those in hospital - pray for them and their loved ones. Pray too for the doctors and nurses who treat, care and minister to the most vulnerable. Pray for the families of have suffered bereavement in recent days.
- Families with a loved one who has dementia, and/or a physical illness – there is still limited help from social services and the ‘carer’ is struggling to cope. Others have loved ones in a Nursing Home and visits are limited. Pray that they will be given the grace and strength to cope with their situation.
- Families who have a loved one who is waiting on surgery or course of treatment and are anxious and concerned.
- Preached Word – pray for Ministers, locally and nationally, as they preach the Word Sunday by Sunday; praying that the Word will go out in power and be a blessing and comfort to those who hear.
- Young People of St Paul’s - as they meet together Sunday by Sunday. Pray for those who have not been for a while – pray that as we restart that they will be encouraged by their friends to return.
- Glasgow City Mission, Lodging House Mission, Preshal and Wild Olive Tree –continue to pray for them and for the vital work they undertake each day. We have still got some cold weather to come – pray that they will have both the financial and staffing resources that they need to carry out their ministry.
- Police, Firefighters, Health Professionals, Paramedics – and for the situations they face each day, praying that they will be kept safe.
- Farmers, Factory Workers, Transport Drivers, Shopkeepers, Utility Workers – they have worked hard despite the pandemic and have kept us all fed, watered, warm and dry during these difficult times – give thanks for them all.
PRAYERS FOR. PEOPLE OF THE WORLD : -
- AFGHANISTAN – On top of the present situation which is devastating enough, at least 22 people have been killed after back-to-back earthquakes struck the west of Afghanistan on Monday. According to data from the US Geological Society (USGS), the 4.9 and 5.3 magnitude quakes affected the north-west province of Badghis, where it caused house and building collapses. A spokesman told AFP four children were among those found dead in the rubble and more than 700 houses had been damaged. Earthquakes can cause significant damage in Afghanistan, where many dwellings are not as stable or well-built. There are unprecedented levels of need amongst ordinary women, men and children of Afghanistan. Two-thirds of the population (24.4 million people) are in humanitarian need the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said. The UN highlighted that, on top of a series of crises the country has suffered, Afghanistan is now in the midst of one of its worst droughts in decades.
- RUSSIA/UKRAINE - Situation still tense – Russia has approx 100,000 troops near the border but denies planning an invasion. Pray for the people most at risk and vulnerable. Pray too for a solution to be found so that the people can live in relative peace and security.
- TONGA (population just over 100,000 people) – is a Polynesian kingdom of more than 170 South Pacific Islands. It has just suffered a tsunami which has been devastating for the people and their livelihoods. Rescue teams have been sent to some of the outlying islands, including one where all the houses were destroyed and another where just two homes remain. The UN has confirmed four deaths in the disaster - Aid efforts have been hampered by ash continuing to fall from the volcano. Tonga has no strategic or mineral resources, and relies on agriculture, fishing and the money sent home by Tongans living abroad, many of them in New Zealand. The poverty rate in Tonga is 22.1 percent; in other words, one out of every five Tongans live below the poverty line. Update : The first foreign aid planes have arrived in Tonga, bearing much-needed supplies for the Pacific nation. The military plane landed at Tonga's main airport after workers cleared ash from the runway. Continue to pray for aid agencies to be available to help those who need it most.
- Bible Society, Mission Aviation Fellowship, Christian Aid, Tearfund - as they seek to bring help and comfort to the most sick and needy.
- Countries and peoples of the World who lack basic medicines, healthcare and covid vaccines to fight the virus. They may also be surviving in countries there is a severe shortage of proper housing, sanitation and education as well as enough food and water to keep body and soul together. Pray for all the aid agencies who seek to bring them comfort and relief.