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.  
 

Covid-19 Update - 19 July 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 joint service with Baldernock, will be held each Sunday morning in St Paul’s starting at 10.30am from 4 April. There will be restrictions on the number attending.

 

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.

  • In coming to Church there should be no car sharing with anyone from another household.
  • There will be no specific children’s programme.
  • The joint services, with Baldernock, will start at 10.30am and last approximately 50 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.
  • Congregational singing is allowed.
  • There will be no pew bibles.
  • 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.
  • You should disperse quickly on leaving the building and keep the exit clear.
  • 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.

Graham Mill

Session Clerk 

Fergus is still on the Scottish Government's shielding list. In the present restrictions he is directed to work at home. 

  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.

  July Life magazine is online NOW

  

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. 
  • 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 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

 

St. Paul’s Prayer Meeting – 1 JULY 2021

 

 

As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, and the way of peace they do not know.’ Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law. But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood – to be received by faith (Romans 3:10-12,17,20-25).

In the Bible being ‘righteous’ means being in a right relationship with God and with other people. Peace is very closely connected with righteousness and God’s peace comes from living in a right relationship with him. Supporting his argument with quotations from the Psalms, Paul emphasises that no one can be righteous by their own efforts, by the works of the law. No one (apart from Jesus) has ever kept the entire law. All of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Paul explains how it is nevertheless possible for us to be in a right relationship with God and with other people. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. It cannot be earned; it is a pure gift which we receive as we put our trust in Jesus.

Paul uses three pictures to describe what Jesus’ death on the cross has achieved. We are justified freely by God’s grace. Justification is an expression from the law courts. God is a just judge, who could not ignore our guilt, but who paid the penalty himself for all our wrong actions, words and thoughts, by coming in the person of his Son Jesus Christ to die for us. The second picture which Paul uses comes from the market-place: through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Someone about to be sold into slavery in the market-place could be set free if a kind and generous person paid the right amount of money. The slave would be redeemed by the paying of this ransom price. Jesus, by his death on the cross, redeemed us and paid the ransom price to set us free to have a relationship with God. Paul’s third picture comes from the temple: God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood – to be received by faith. In the Old Testament there was a whole sacrificial system which demonstrated the seriousness of sin and the need for cleansing from it, as sin was passed from the sinner to the animal which was killed. The old sacrificial system was only a ‘shadow’ of what was to come. The reality came with Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, whose blood can wash away our sin and remove its pollution.

We can never thank God enough for the gift of the righteousness from God by faith in Jesus, which means we can receive peace, forgiveness, freedom and cleansing through his death.

 

GIVE THANKS FOR

  • Our families and friends and for the love and support they give us.
  • Church Services – more people are coming to St Paul’s on a Sunday. Pray for everyone who attends.  Continue to pray for Fergus as he leads worship as well as recording services on line every Sunday.
  • Choir in St Paul’s - It has been such a blessing to have the Choir sing and lead worship on Sundays.
  • Coffee/Chat with our St Paul’s family - it has been a real encouragement to ‘meet up’ with our friends at St Paul’s for our Coffee/Chat conversations each week.
  • Friendship House – after nearly 16 months, Friendship House re-opens today!
  • Access to God’s Word and the encouragement and blessing we receive from it.
  • Continuing roll-out of Vaccination - this has enabled the restrictions to be relaxed and for us to enjoy a little more freedom. 
  • The decreasing number of people in hospital with the virus
  • The area where we live – we live in a lovely part of the country and have so much to be thankful for as we see, on our doorstep the beauty of God’s creation. We have also been blessed with great weather!
  • 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 – some are going through a difficult time – pray that we will pray for them individually at this time. Some may be anxious about their health; the health of a loved one; or they have suffered bereavement.   
  • Friendship House – we give thanks that Friendship House re-opens today and we pray for everyone involved – Committee Members, Day Managers, Kitchen Staff and Befrienders. Lots of people in the community have missed their visits throughout the past months and we pray for a sense of ‘home-coming’ as they enjoy food and fellowship again. 
  • Police – Continue to pray for their safety as well as the other emergency services during the ‘Euro2020’ tournament which lasts until 11 July. There will be additional pressures on them during this time. 
  • Firefighters, Health Professionals, Paramedics – who sometimes work in difficult and tense situations – giving thanks for the work that they do as well as praying for their safety.
  • Pupils at Primary and Secondary Schools – who are now on holiday for the summer. Pray for the parents as they work from home as well as ‘entertaining’ their children. 
  • University Students – Exam Results - We give thanks for those students who have been successful and secured employment, but we pray for those who are disappointed in their results and are not able to secure employment in their chosen career. Pray for them as they consider alternatives and pray that, despite a ‘depressed’ job market, they may be able to find some form of employment. 
  • Families who have a loved one who has dementia – continuing to remember our Members who came to BreakAway.
  • Glasgow City Mission, Lodging House Mission, Preshal and Wild Olive Tree –these places are a lifeline to many lonely and vulnerable people in our city – continue to pray for them and give thanks that they have both the financial and staffing resources they require to meet the needs of the people they come into contact with.

 

 

PRAYERS FOR. PEOPLE OF THE WORLD  :

  • CANADA – The Province of British Columbia has recorded record temperatures in the last week (50 degrees C) and there has been almost 500 deaths – the vast majority of them heat related. Many of the people lived alone and their homes did not have air conditioning.  There have been some wildfires – pray for the people and for the emergency services during this difficult time. 
  • ETHIOPIA – TIGRAY REGION – The Ethiopian government has declared a ceasefire in the Tigray region - eight months after the Prime Minister sent troops to oust its leadership. More than five million people are in urgent need of food aid, the UN says, with 350,000 facing famine.   The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General said it was "essential that civilians are protected, humanitarian aid reaches the people in need and a political solution is found".
  • INDIA – there is concern that the country could be hit by a 3rd wave of the virus as the country opens up again. One medical health expert says that the country is at a  difficult phase and how people behave will largely determine the fate of the next wave.  In some States – like Bihar – the people are suspicious of the vaccine and are refusing to take it as there is concern about its effectiveness and also about causing fertility issues.   Pray that they will be encouraged to take it and prevent further deaths occurring.
  • IRAQ/SYRIA BORDER - The US has carried out air strikes against Iran-backed militias near the Iraq-Syria border in response to drone attacks on its forces in Iraq. A powerful Iraqi militia alliance, the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), said four members of one faction were killed and threatened to retaliate.  About 2,500 US troops are in Iraq as part of a global coalition supporting local security forces in their fight against the jihadist group, Islamic State (IS).  Pray that this tense situation will not escalate further.  
  • USA - At least 10 people have died and more than 150 people are still missing, when an apartment building collapsed 5 days ago. Rescue workers are pinning their hopes on finding a "miracle" survivor in voids underneath the rubble of a Florida apartment building which collapsed five days ago.  Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said a "frantic effort" was underway to reach any air pockets where people could have survived.
  • Persecuted Church – continue to pray for our Brothers and Sisters who love the Lord Jesus but are separated from their family, friends and loved ones – some are also imprisoned for their faith.
  • Vine Trust – Pray for the Relaunching of medical volunteering to Peru from September 2021, subject to Covid-19 regulations and travel restrictions. We will also be introducing a new Mental Health Programme which will provide services to the most vulnerable Amazon populations, taking into account their needs and characteristics. 
  • Mission Aviation Fellowship, 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 open on Thursday and Friday only.
  • 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.

 

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