A letter from the Minister, as more of our church activities return.
To: Members and Friends of Cambuslang Parish Church August 2021
I am delighted to once again to have an opportunity to write to everyone in the church a personal letter.
I had planned to write a letter like this shortly after Christmas, but as most of you are aware I had a serious accident in early January, when I fell on ice and broke my arm. This kept me off work totally for some months and was followed a period of restricted duties. I am glad to now be back full time, although my arm is still not fully healed and I continue to be on a course of physiotherapy. Thank you to everyone who has wished me well and kept me in your prayers during this difficult period.
We are now at a key moment in the COVID pandemic. More and more people are being vaccinated, and although case numbers are worryingly high in some places, there are far fewer people needing to be hospitalized. Although COVID continues to be a serious illness for many people, the Scottish government has begun to ease the restrictions under which we have all been living since last March. For many people, this a welcome relief, but we all need to continue to be careful, especially as there are still so many people who continue to be vulnerable. Please continue to follow government advice on matters such as masks and social distancing, which is there to protect all of us. Remember that Christians are meant to be people who love their neighbours, and care for the vulnerable!
The easing of restrictions has seen changes in what we are able to do in the context of the church. We are now able to welcome more people to our in-person worship on Sundays, so if you haven’t been to church for a while, please do come along. One thing which has helped to make our worship more joyful is that we are now able to sing in church- a real ‘Hallelujah’ moment for us!
We have also been able to start having our children’s Sunday Club in person, and we have also begun to have meetings (with limited numbers). The hope is that, as the autumn approaches, many of our groups for children and adults will begin to take place again. Look out for announcements as we go forward for activities like youth groups, Tuesday worship, Church Unplugged and other organisations and activities.
Elders, deacons and ministers are now also able to meet with people face to face. We can come to your home, but we may ask you if we can meet in your garden, if you have one, or invite you to the church. We won’t come into your house if you ask us not to. If you can’t get to church, I’d be delighted celebrate a Home Communion with you. Please do call the manse or the Church Office if you- or somebody you know- would like a visit, or a chat and a prayer over the phone.
As we continue to ease restrictions, we have put a few dates into the church diary, when I hope you will be able to join us in person: there’s a list at the end of this letter.
Many of us have lost loved ones- to COVID and for other ways- but did not have the chance to mark their passing in the usual way. We therefore also plan to hold a Memorial Service, as soon as it is safe to do so. This will be chance to remember together those in our congregation and community whom we have lost. And if your family would like your own memorial service for someone, we can also do that for you- please let me know.
As restrictions ease, I look forward to meeting more of you in person, and seeing our congregational life flower once again. However, I am very aware that some of you will still need to be very careful, and may not be able to come to worship. Remember that we will continue to have our worship available for those at home. You can watch live or later on Facebook at 10.30am each Sunday. For those without internet, you hear our service on CamGlen Radio 107.9FM at 3pm each Sunday; and the Dial-A-Service phone line: 0141 815 1901.
And please don’t hesitate to be in touch with me or Deacon Karen if you would like a visit or a phone call.
May God bless you and yours,
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Back to Church Special Service Sunday 12 September, 2021 at 10.30.am. A service of praise to celebrate returning to worship in the church. This will also be our annual Dedication Service.
Celebration Evening Thursday 16 September 2021 at 7.00.pm. As we couldn’t have an induction social, this will be an informal evening with food and entertainment when you can meet me, and I can meet you!
Holy Communion Sunday 5th September, and Sunday 5 December, 10.30am
Ceilidh Saturday 23rd October, 2021 at 7.00.pm
Dedication Service Sunday 12 September at 10.30am
Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday 3 October at 10.30am
For Christmas, we’re planning a Christmas Fayre & Online Shop from 22 November 2021, ending with an in-person sale at the Church on Saturday 27 November.
We will also hope to have a fuller programme of Christmas services this year.