Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Here come the Limericks!

There was a young woman called Mary
Who found out something real scary
For though undefiled
She was heavy with child
And Joseph became very wary.

Sing out young Mary, sing strong
Find voice, find strength, a new song,
For the sated must fast
When the starved eat at last
and God lifts the ones who wait long.

Joseph quailed at the innkeeper's glance
As he stared at the travellers askance
My hotel is full
Only room for the mule
Did you not think to book in advance?”

Men who long studied the skies
In science and art deeply wise
Came travelling afar
Led by high wisdom's star
To a manger, a child, their prize.

Shepherds arise now and sing
And heaven's own angels take wing
The child in a manger
Amidst friends and strangers
Can he be one born to be king?

There were three wise men from Babel
Led west by an age-old fable
The star led them on
From night until morn
To the messiah born in a stable.

The wife of the elderly sage
Heard news of his trip with outrage
You've followed a star?
Who knows how far?
Normal men take up golf at your age!”

Three wise men who came from afar
For directions did follow a star
It's needless to say
They soon lost their way
Should've had a sat-nav in their car!

There once were three hot-footed Magi
Who were experts in things like the night sky
A heavenly King
would be quite the thing”
So they homed in without using wi-fi.

Three star-gazing kings had a notion
To travel by camelular motion
And look for a King,
about whom we all sing
Their arrival caused quite a commotion.

King Herod was full of vexation
When he heard of a threat to his station
From thee traveling kings
who were bringing good things
To present to the Lord of the nation.

Rachel, crying and railing
Wasted young lives bewailing
She will not be silenced
By Herodian violence
Young victims' witness unfailing.

The earth still turns on its axis
Laws of physics still hold us in place
But a birth has occurred
And God’s fragile word
Irradiates nature with grace.

The baby outgrew the manger
The shepherds went back to their sheep
Those who were wise
Again scanned the skies
But Mary, still thought, long and deep.

The Word made flesh has come here
To worlds deep with joy or fear
Walking in darkness, this light's
Grasped by vision not sight
God's sign, the Christ child most dear.

Christmas is here once again
Bringing God's blessings to men
And so we are here,
Full of good cheer
All thanks to Lord Jesus. Amen.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Schools and Plans

Abercorn Secondary School Christmas Assembly
Oakgrove Primary Schoold Christmas Show

Lansdowne/Four Acres Charitable Trust/Church Buildings at Risk meeting chez Jane Tomlinson Re. Lansdowne Church musical venue 2011.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Carolling, snowing, dancing....

That was the weekend that was....
Come frost and snow defying carol singing in the Energy Awareness Hub at Woodlands Community Gardens. Thanks to Mark and Nina and to all who turned up... well done. Britain's Got Talent, here we come...

We had a lively morning at Lansdowne Church, too. The sermon became a conversation. No bad thing. The conversation continues.

And on Sunday night we gathered at Wellington Church for a most memorable and affecting service of lessons and carols.  It was cold outside but warm inside. Good work everyone.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Boxing Day Service

For next Sunday, 26th - how about some thoughtful fun? The BBC Radio 4 Sunday Programme is asking listeners to write there own religious limericks. Here are two examples especially written for the programme by the Poet and Broadcaster Ian McMillan:

My diary is empty and blank

The year's engine just needs a crank

Then the still sound of prayer 

Through the year's turning air
Puts plenty of faith in the bank.

... and the more seasonal:

Three wise men, a stable, two sheep,
One manger, one baby asleep,
Bright star high above,
Some lowing, some love,
A story as wide as it's deep.

So how about we write our own Christmas limericks and share them at the service at 11 a.m. Sun 26th Dec Lansdowne Church Hall? If you can't come e-mail them to me. The best ones could be sent to Radio 4.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Preparing the Way...

Some seasonal notices:
Green Christmas, Carol singing and more - Woodlands Community Garden, 
West Princes Street  1-4pm, Saturday 18th December.
Lessons and Carols -  Wellington Church, 7 p.m., Sunday 19th December.

Fri 24th Dec, Christmas Eve Watch-night Service - Wellington Church 11.30 p.m. Rev D Sinclair
Sat 25th Dec, Christmas Day Service - Wellington Church 11.00 a.m. Rev R Henderson
Sun 26th Dec, Boxing Day, morning service Lansdowne Church Hall 11.00 a.m.

Sunday 02 January 2011
, Parish Grouping joint service: 11.00am – Hyndland Parish Church

Open for Business

Someone will remind me who said that 'reports of my demise have been exaggerated', or words to that effect. Whoever said it and whatever, precisely, they said, the same may be said of Lansdowne Parish church.

For the record, the church is not closed, either as a building or as a congregation. The building remains open for business, hall and room lets and so on. The congregation gathers on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. for worship and will do so for the foreseeable future, G-d willing and all that.

In due course Lansdowne Parish Church and Wellington church will unite to form a new church with a new name meeting at the present Wellington site. This new church will link with Kelvinside-Hillhead Parish Church. Both union and linkage will be subject to votes by the congregations involved as and when they are free so to do. These votes cannot be taken until the Presbytery of Glasgow Plan is reactivated which will be in September 2011 at the earliest. You will appreciate that this is a developing situation but Lansdowne's hall and rooms should be free for hire until August 2011.

In the meantime Four Acres Charitable Trust continues to pursue funding for its development of Lansdowne. Plans are afoot for the use of the church as an arts venue in 2011.

Meanwhile, patience is required. For now we need to be accurate and make sure that people understand that the church is not closed. Indeed it will not so much closing as changing. A different thing entirely ... change is a sign of life.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Christianity in Public Life

The press, the internet  and the 'blogosphere' are much exercised by the 'Not Ashamed' campaign.  What do you think?  Ekklesia and the British Humanist Association among others have joined in.

Christmas Arrangements

This Christmas Lansdowne will be joining in with Wellington Church on Christmas Eve/Watchnight  and also Christmas morning. More details to follow. There will also be a community carol singing event at the Community Gardens in West Princes Street on the 18th of December, again more details to follow. Watch this space....

Christian Aid Carol Singing

An invitation from KATHY GALLOWAY of Christian Aid: "Christian Aid is going to be singing Christmas carols on the steps of the Concert Hall on the evening of Thursday 9th December, from 5-9pm. This is late-night shopping time. It's a long time to sing, and we'd love it if there are people who would like to come and sing with us. Songsheets will be provided."

Wednesday, 17 November 2010


Saturday 20 November 5–7pm in Lansdowne Church, Great Western Road

An open session to discuss the current condition of the lane network in Woodlands and what ideas could be appropriate for their long-term regeneration. An opportunity to learn about people's hopes, desires and frustrations regarding these spaces and to give people time to think creatively about what these places could be. An analysis of the lanes' current condition will be presented along with sketch proposals to provoke thought and discussion. Refreshments will be provided and children are more than welcome.

For further information please contact

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Asylum News

Re UKBA’s decision to terminate its contract with Glasgow City Council
A protest has been called for 10.30 am on Monday 15 November outside Glasgow City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow G2 1DU. Please attend if you can and show your support.
Stop Press! Saturday 20th Nov 
Protest against Removal of 600 refugee families from Glasgow City Council Accommodation

10.30 am for 11 am, Saturday 20 November 2010
Outside UKBA, Brand Street, Govan, Glasgow (nearest underground is Cessnock)

Friday, 12 November 2010

Mrs Christina M Boyd

With regret I have to share the news that Mrs Christina Boyd, Criss, Chrissie, wife of Dr JF Boyd, died on November 10th in the Western Infirmary.

The funeral will take place at Dalnottar, Clydebank, on Wednesday 17th of November.
1.30pm in the Service Room and 2.00 pm at the Cemetery.

There is a notice in The Herald, Friday 12th November edition.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Sunday 14th November

This Sunday at Lansdowne Parish Church:

10.45 a.m. An act of Worship for Remembrance Sunday
11.15 a.m. The Baptism of Josie Rogers

There will be a short break between these two services

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Faith in Older People - Is there a retirement age for Spirituality?

The Ignatian Spirituality Centre in collaboration with Faith in Older People invites you to a lecture at 7pm on 29th November 2010 by Father Gerry Hughes, SJ.
Is there a retirement age for Spirituality?
Ignatian Spirituality Centre, 35 Scott Street, GLASGOW G3 6PE
Please register by email ( telephone 0141 354 0077
Tea/coffee will be available from 6.30pm
Cost  £10 -Cheques payable to 'Ignatian Spirituality Centre'

Open, Shut, for now...

'Open', the weekly quiet prayer time, which took place on Thursdays at 12.30pm is, ahem, closing. The people who took part feel that it has run its course.
Alternative times, places and formats for such things are being considered.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Book Sale

Don't forget the Christian Aid Book sale at Hillhead Baptist Church from noon on Saturday 30th October...

There's lots of good stuff!

Monday, 25 October 2010

Soon to be Happenings....

Fair Trade and the Smallholder Farmers
Lessons from the Scotland Malawi Trade Partnership

St. Mary’s Cathedral Gt. Western Road, Glasgow Friday November 5th 6.30 – 9.30

Progressive Christian Network
John Churcher, chair of the Progressive Christian Network will be leading an event on 'Progressive Christianity' at Renfield St Stephens, Bath Street, Glasgow on Friday, 29 October @ 7.30pm. Hosted by the PCN Glasgow group.

31st Oct 10, 6.30pm, Renfield St Stephen's, Bath Street Glasgow. 'PROLOGUE - OPENING ACTS'
LARRY HURTADO, Professor of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins at Edinburgh University, will be helping us look at the challenges, choices and changes in the lifestyle of the early churches in Acts.
SUZANNE MATALE of the Zambia Council of Churches, will be focussing on tax and the churches, and linking in with the launch of the joint Church of Scotland/ Christian Aid Scotland Tax Campaign.
FIONA EVANS and WENDY YOUNG belong to two Glasgow communities of folk which try to respond to issues of faith, practice and shared living. They’ll be sharing experiences and stories, and asking what the possibilities are for creatively incarnate lifestyle.
GRAHAM MAULE will be encouraging us to identify the images of God, Jesus & the Spirit that we carry and which inform what we believe and how we act.
JOHN L. BELL & STUART MUIR will be leading a workshop with some old and some new songs, in various parts.

Worship … towards the early Church’s ‘birthday’, Pentecost, focusing on the changing images and experiences of Jesus’ followers immediately after his death. Participative liturgy, song, symbolic action.

Back Again, again....

That's me just back from Gartmore House Hotel, where a small group from Lansdowne Church joined with a larger group from Wellington Church. The weekend was entitled Threads. A lively multi-national gathering of people younger and older had a fine time - and I certainly came away with much to ponder.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Miss Betty McCallum

Miss Betty McCallum passed away on Monday 18th October. Her funeral will take place at Dalnottar (Clydebank) Crematorium at 1.30 pm on Tuesday 26th October.
Herald notice

Christian Aid Scotland - Autumn Lecture Series


That's me back from Malta.

Sadly, one of Lansdowne's well loved people, Miss Betty McCallum died on Monday the 18th of October. Betty's funeral will be at Clydebank Crematorium on Tuesday 26th of October. More details to follow.

The Wellington/Lansdowne Gartmore weekend is this weekend, 22-24th October and there will be a Christian Aid Book sale at Hillhead Baptist Church on October 30th.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Public Lecture

Making Haste Slowly

Those of  a classical disposition will know the phrase, Festina Lente - make haste slowly. This is exactly what we are doing locally. In due course, subject to the agreement of all concerned and mindful that 'unless the Lord build the house...' Wellington and Lansdowne churches will be united and the subsequent union will link with Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church.

With the Presbytery Plan suspended it may be that further changes await down the line, however in the meantime we wait and we work and we pray ...

Gartmore Weekend

Wellington and Lansdowne people are way at Gartmore house (22nd-24th October).
Those who stay in behind Glasgow will worship together at a united service in Wellington Church on Sunday 24th at 11 am.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Pakistan Flood Appeal

Local people of all faith communities and none will have been contributing to the ongoing response to the situation in Pakistan.

Gill Young of St Mary's Cathedral sends this message:

Fund Raising evening on Friday October 22nd
     This will be an evening in the Fred Paton Community hall in Carrington Street to raise funds for the Pakistan Food Victims Fund.  
     There will be music, poetry and various stalls   If you know of  a group or musician who might like to be involved please contact  me as soon as possible. Various exciting events are already promised!
        Formal publicity and flyers will be sent round in a week or so.   All offers of help gratefully received!
Gill Young

Inter-Faith Events

Those who are interested in things inter-faith will perhaps want to go along to either or both of these:

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

End of Life Assistance Bill

According to The Herald newspaper, my predecessor at Lansdowne Church, Ian Galloway has made waves at the Scottish Parliament.

It appears that comments he made (later clarified) during a consultation about the End of Life Assistance Bill were rather controversial. You can read the Herald and Ian's later comment and decide for yourself.

I am asking myself the following questions. Why should a church minister's comment still have such power to be newsworthy or be taken to be a pronouncement?  Isn't any talk of taking life controversial anyway? Can such a subject not be controversial? Why are comments that question our responses to the taking of human life so provocative?

Wild Geese, Holy Cities and other things beside....

From Graham Maule's latest news release:
Dear friends,
a variety of events which might interest you, hosted variously by Christian Aid Scotland, Hadeel Palestinian Crafts and Take One Action... those happening soonest appear first. You can find more information on the Holy City site: Navigate to 'Other recommended events' to see the details.

   Thursday 23 September - Tuesday 5 October 2010, 
   Edinburgh & Glasgow
Palestinian Supper & Entertainment
   Saturday 25th September 2010, Edinburgh
'Good Fortune'
   Friday 1 October, Edinburgh
What Is Contextual Bible Study... a launch
   Saturday 9th October 2010, Glasgow
'Will the Millennium Development Goals Deliver for Women?'
   Wednesday 13th October, Edinburgh
'Robin Hood Strikes Back! Making money work for a better world'
   Sunday 17th October, Edinburgh

the Holy City programme for 2010-11 will be 'Acting Up' - from faith to lifestyle in challenging times.

The dates and themes are now available online at the Holy City website:;

Graham Maule, Holy City/ WGRG/ LTQ Scotland

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Book Launch - 9th October

As you can see over at the Contextual Bible Study Scotland Weblog there be a special event at Wellington church on October 9th to launch the 'What is Contextual Bible Study?' book.

It will begin at 10.30 am and finish at 2.00pm. Lunch provided.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Open Doors.... Doors Open

Well, I am just in from the first of the two Doors Open Day events at Lansdowne this weekend. So far, 308 people have called in. There was much interesting conversation and I found it all very encouraging.

Thanks are due to David Robertson, Ann Laird, Tom Donald, Carol Comrie, Fiona Stack, Beatrice Watson, Margaret Smith, David Martin and of course Daniel's Beard for all the preparation, for being there and for making music.  More tomorrow!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Sacred Scotland - Scotland's Churches Scheme

It is very encouraging to see Lansdowne Church mentioned on the Sacred Scotland website.

The site administrator has recently reworded Lansdowne's entry as the church is not yet closed pending renovation but is open for business... pending renovation.

Community groups, clubs and individuals all rent space in the hall and rooms and there is worship on Sunday mornings at 11.00am in the church hall as well as quiet prayers on Thursday at 12.30 pm.

For obvious reasons we are all unsure when the renovations will begin but we rust that begin they will.... watch this space.

Glasgow Doors Open Days - September 18th and 19th

There are many fine buildings to be visited and enjoyed all across Glasgow, Lansdowne amongst them. Here is a reminder of some of the local west end events this Doors Open weekend:

Wednesday 15 Sept, 7.30pm
Church Windows talk by David Robertson,
Including Alf Webster and Daniel Cottier
Lansdowne Church

Friday 17 Sept, 7.30pm
Greek Thomson Sixty Steps talk by Gordon Urquhart
Kelvin Stevenson Memorial Church, Belmont Street

DOD Open Days 18 & 19 Sept
Cottier's, Hyndland St, 10am - 4pm
Lansdowne, Gt Western Rd, 10am - 4pm (open rehearsal by Daniel's Beard 11.30am and 1.30pm)
Sixty Steps, off Queen Margaret Road, 10am - 4pm

Heritage Walks
Hyndland, Ann Laird, 
  Saturday 18 Sept, 10 am
World Tour of the West End, David Martin, 
  Saturday 18 Sept, 11am
Best West End Tenements, Ann Laird, 
  Sunday 19 Sept, 11 am
Lansdowne & its Church, David Martin, 
  Sunday 19 Sept, 11am
BOOKINGS: OR 0141 221 6061

Saturday, 11 September 2010


The present writer is a capable as anybody of getting overheated. No, not hot flushes, merely the contagious rush of blood to the head that leads to lost tempers, soon to be regretted words and sometimes worse. Writ large, fuelled by deep seated grievances, by history, encouraged by today's speedy communication technology, we are in a fix. How do we calm things down, not inflame what is already overheated?

“There can be no peace amongst nations without peace amongst religions; 
No peace is possible between religions without dialogue between them; 
and no dialogue can be had between the religions without investigation of their individual foundations.” 
H Kung

And from the Sojourners website:

Peace is not a matter of prizes or trophies. It is not the product of a victory or command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions by many people in many countries. It is an attitude, a way of life, a way of solving problems and resolving conflicts. It cannot be forced on the smallest nation or enforced by the largest. It cannot ignore our differences or overlook our common interests. It requires us to work and live together. 

Oscar Arias S├ínchez, 
from his Nobel Lecture

Monday, 6 September 2010

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

United Service

Oops, nearly typed Untied Service....

Rev Pat Lang, Locum at Kelvinside Hillhead,  has asked if I will lead prayers and read on Sunday. Which reminds me to remind us all again about the joint Parish Grouping Service on Sunday 29th August at 11.0 a.m. in Helvinside Hillhead Parish Church, Observatory Road.

Er - that should have been Kelvinside......

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Faith Schools Menace?

Did anyone watch Professor Dawkins' television programme 'Faith Schools Menace' (More 4, 9pm 18th August)? If you did, what did you think? There are reviews in the Scotsman, the Guardian, the Metro and the Independent newspapers. A comment from one of the contributors can be found at the Church Mouse weblog.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Session Meetings

Lansdowne Kirk Session 
- Thursday 26th August 7.30 pm Lansdowne

Joint Lansdowne and Wellington Kirk Sessions 
- Tuesday 7th September at 7.30pm Wellington

Doors Open Day, Crash Nets and Work in Progress ....

Lansdowne’s main space is now available for groups making regular or occasional use, thanks to the vital protective “crash deck” installed at gallery height – funded in part by Friends of Glasgow West (FGW) and Lansdowne supporters, and supplemented by a generous grant from Hillhead Area Committee. Bookings: contact Jack Stuart on 0141 339 2678.

CANCELLED A Reception and Buffet on Sat 11 September, 12 noon – 2 pm, will be hosted by FGW to promote regular bookings / use of Lansdowne’s main space. Members of FGW, Lansdowne and Wellington Parish Church congregations, Lansdowne Volunteers, local community councils, elected members etc all invited.  CANCELLED

Glasgow’s Doors Open Days on 18 / 19 Sept 2010 will include Lansdowne once more. With the help of the new Lansdowne Volunteers, we aim to exceed last year’s total of almost 400 visitors in two days.

Lansdowne Volunteers

Official “Lansdowne Volunteers” will soon man the rota when the building is open to the public, closely modelled on the very successful new “Cottier Volunteers” who facilitated 600 visitors and £700 income in the 2010 West End Festival. 

Please contact Ann Laird on 0141 334 6354 if you are interested 
– full Volunteer training provided.

Begins Wednesday 18th August.

You'd think I would know this after 23 years as a minister, but...

.... I still managed to choose a hymn without checking if we all knew the tune. Doh!

Or to be precise. The Church Hymnary Fourth edition sets the words of 'The Voice of God goes out...' to a different tune than Songs of God's People did.

Did I check this? Mais non. Zut alors! Just stood there like a lemon, thinking, 'This ain't Woodlands.'

Note to self - check, ask, check again....

Observation. People commented on singing new hymns with tunes we don't know. But it is a familiar hymn. Sung often. Set to an unfamiliar tune. Do we remember tunes better than lyrics?

Thursday, 12 August 2010

August 2010

Well, I am pleased to say that last Sunday's service in Lansdowne went very well. Crash netting in place we gathered for worship in the church sanctuary for the first time in some years. Thanks to our Wellington friends who accompanied us.

We'll be continuing to worship in the church for the next two Sundays - 15th and 22nd of August and then review things.

NB - the next Parish Grouping united service is at Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church on August 29th at 11.00 a.m.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Sunday August 8th

Remember, remember the 8th of August.
Well, it does not rhyme of even scan, but don't forget:
This Sunday we have the last of this year's summer joint services with Wellington Church and it is in Lansdowne at 11.00 a.m.
Entry will be via the Tower Door, adjacent the Park Road Traffic lights.

The evening service will be in Hillhead Baptist Church at 7.00 pm.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Sunday August 1st

The morning service is again at Wellington Church at 11 am.  The evening service will be at Hillhead Baptist Church at 7pm and the Rev. Dr. G.S. Kim will be with us.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Lansdowne People News

Our very own Heather Blackwood is now working as an administrator at Glasgow Cathedral. Congratulations to Heather and well done to the Cathedral for making an excellent choice!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Sundays, July, August

Lansdowne and Wellington Churches continue to worship together this summer:
Sundays 25th July and 1st August 11 a.m service at Wellington.
Sunday 8th August, Sunday 8th August at Lansdowne.

Evening services are at 7.00pm in Wellington.

Each go their separate way after that, returning to their respective places of worship - at least until the union arrangements are finalised and enacted.

Monday, 5 July 2010


Roy is back and over the next few days will be picking up what's been going on here.

Sunday, 20 June 2010


Roy Henderson will be incommunicado from June 20th until July 3rd.
If you require a minister, please call Rev David Sinclair of Wellington Church.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Ecumenical service marking the Scottish Reformation

The Presbytery of Glasgow's ecumenical service commemorating the 450th anniversary of The Reformation in Scotland takes place this Sunday June 20th, at 6.30pm in Glasgow Cathedral.   All are welcome and no ticket is required.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Hyndland Parish Church - Experiential Worship

Experiential Worship, Thursday 17th June, between 6.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m.
Hyndland Parish Church (79 Hyndland Road)  
This will involve a number of stations within the church.
Participants will be invited to worship in their own time and using all their senses.

Summer Arrangements

Wellington and Lansdowne Churches join together for worship on 8 Sundays of the summer.

Between June 20th and August 8th morning services are at 11 a.m. at Wellington Church each Sunday.

June evening services are on Sundays at 7pm in Hillhead Baptist Church. In July they take place in Wellington Church.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Work in Progress ....

As noted elsewhere, Daniels Beard will be playing at Lansdowne Church during the West End Festival, Tom Donald's Digital Victoriana will be featured at the Botanic Gardens and there will be a range of West End Walks arranged by Anne Laird and friends.

The Church of Scotland General Trustees meet on Tuesday 8th June and Lansdowne will be on the Agenda.

Monday, 31 May 2010

Lansdowne in The Herald

See  'SOS to save Scotland’s landmark churches' (Rebecca McQuillan, The Herald Saturday May 29th 2010) for welcome coverage of our church. On the strength of this article we have already had one call. More to come? 
Good wishes, also, to the other churches featured.

Friday, 21 May 2010

General Assembly 2010

Jack Stuart, elder at Lansdowne, is a commissioner at the General Assembly. You can follow the Assembly at the Church of Scotland  website. In the event his move to have the Church of Scotland revisit the place of the Westminster Confession of Faith was rejected. You can read about the Confession and download it here.

Looking ahead ...

This Sunday is Pentecost - Babel, Holy Spirit, hearing in other languages and all that ...

On a more mundane level, Thursday May 27th 7.30 pm  - Joint Lansdowne and Wellington Kirk Session in Lansdowne Church Hall.

Sunday May 30th - Church Swap - Roy Henderson and David Sinclair will each conduct worship at the other's church at their respective morning services.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Does The Herald know something I don't?

According to The Herald website (Latest News sidebar 'Powered by the Press Association' 15th May 2010) Rev John Christie once of Hyndland Parish Church will 'take over' as 'Moderator of the Church of Scotland' next week. He seems to favour an interesting line in headgear! Have a look...

Footnote: I am pleased to report that the real life paper printed version of The Herald has a photograph of John Christie. Phew!

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Open: Mid Week Prayers at Lansdowne

During the Month of May, on Thursdays at 12.30 p.m.
Come in to the church by the tower door....
.... gather for worship in the Session Room, downstairs.
Followed by a bowl of soup at a nearby cafe...

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Evening Services - May

In Wellington Church on Sunday evenings at 7pm this May 

02 Robin Green: It’s the Ecology, Stupid!
09 Glenda White: The Faith of David Stow
16 Kathy Galloway: Reflection for Christian Aid Week (includes Communion)
23 Paul Fraser: Songs for Pentecost
30 Christine Johnston & Alison Ainslie: Reflections on Matthew (A)

Monday, 26 April 2010

Special Meeting of Kirk Session

The Kirk Session of Lansdowne Parish Church will meet on May 18th at 7.20 for 7.30 pm for the purpose of discussing and voting on the Special Commission on Same-Sex Relationships and the Ministry consultation document.

Friday, 23 April 2010


Following FACT's successful grant application to the Hillhead Area Committee, scaffolding will soon be installed inside the sanctuary of Lansdowne Church. The space will be available for public use for the first time in a long time. Rewiring is due to commence soon...

Good and encouraging news indeed!

The Church Buildings at Risk team will meet on Wednesday 28th April at 7.30 p.m. in Lansdowne Church.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Parish Grouping Council News

The Council will be meeting on April 21st at 7.30 pm in St John's Renfield Parish Church, Beaconsfield Road.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Mid Week Prayers at Lansdowne

We are planning to hold short midweek prayers/worship in Lansdowne.
It had been intended to begin this week...  ... but after a wee change of plan it will begin as a pilot scheme in May. Details to follow....

Hot Topics

The Herald (Monday 13th April) carried an interesting column by Ron Ferguson on 'The Kirk and Hot Topics', where he writes about the 'Covenant for Civility'.

Worth a read.

If you are seeking discussion material on the Kirk's Special Commission Re Sexuality you can find it here.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Easter Sunday

Reminder -

8.00 a.m.   Communion in Kelvingrove Park (gather at Lord Roberts statue)
9.00 a.m.   Breakfast in Lansdowne Church

11.00 a.m  Morning Service in Lansdowne Church Hall
7.00 p.m.   Emmaus Walk - starting at Hillhead Baptist Church

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Palm Sunday - 28th March

This year's Palm Sunday procession has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Other Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter events are unaffected...

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Holy Week Services 2010

Holy Week and Easter 2010
Next Sunday's Bible readings will be Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Luke 19:28-40

Palm Sunday Service 11 am. 
Palm Sunday Walk begins at 12.30 pm outside Lansdowne Church. It stops off at St Columba's RC Church and finishes at St Mary's Cathedral. Evening service, Wellington at 7.00pm
Monday 7.00 pm Lansdowne Parish Church (In Church Hall, entry by Tower Door)
Tuesday 7.00 pm Hyndland Parish Church
Wednesday 7.00 pm Wellington Church
Thursday 7.00 pm St John's Renfield
Good Friday 10.00 am Hillhead Baptist
Noon Kelvinside-Hillhead Parish Church
7.00 pm Kelvinside-Hillhead Parish Church
Sunday 8.00 am Communion, Kelvingrove Park
11.00 am Lansdowne Parish Church
7.00 pm Hillhead Baptist Church

Monday, 15 March 2010

Stated Annual Meeting - 14/3/10

Thanks to all who attended yesterday's 'SAM'. The next diary date is our joint Kirk Session meeting with our friends at Wellington Church on March 25th at 7.30 pm at Wellington.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Interesting ...

... to note the trouble recently at the website. There has been much conflict on the online forums. Anybody who has read these and similar forums on newspaper websites will be aware of how heated and unreasonable the exchanges can become.

The internet is a great resource but how do we encourage free debate and healthy conversation without recourse to aggression?

Party Thanks

Well done to the Carols, Heather, Malcolm, Beatrice, Jack, Penny and all the crew who cooked, served, entertained, cleaned up etc on the occasion of last Saturday's party/meal.

As well as having lots of fun, £300 was donated to Four Acres Trust's wee interim campaign to raise £7500 for the church....

Friday, 26 February 2010

March Services and Stated Annual Meeting

Lansdowne recently had a visit from the Presbytery of Glasgow Support and Development Team. This proved to be a very positive and encouraging event.

Members of the PSD team will be leading the service at Lansdowne on Sunday 7th March.  This will be held at 11.00 a.m. in the church hall.

The Stated Annual Meeting of the congregation will be held in the church hall after the 11.00 a.m. service on the 14th of March.

Rev Dr Penny stuart will conduct worship on March 21st at 11.00 a.m.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Lent 2010

Well, it is nearly spring and almost lent. So in church of a Sunday morning I'll/we'll be reflecting on prayer. What is it? How do we do it? Is it for people like us or best left to somebody else?

Prayer in Testing Times - On week 1, we reminded ourselves of Jesus tempted. were the words of Psalm 2 echoed in his baptism a sort of temptation? What kind of Son of God was he going to be?

Prayer in Dangerous Times - In week 2, we are reminded of the reality that Jesus faced personal danger.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Sunday Herald

Lansdowne had a visit from the Sunday Herald's journalist Rebecca McQuillan today. She is working on an article about Churches and their restoration. Of special interest is how we adapt churches for multi-purpose and community use.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Christian Aid - Rediscovering Lent

Christian Aid has resources for Lenten worship and lifestyle....

Have a look here.

And download the Count Your Blessings Calendar here ...

Friday, 29 January 2010

Cold weather, cold church halls, and warm rooms ...

Because of the cold weather and the chilly church hall we'll be worshipping in the Session Room on Sundays at 11 a.m.

This arrangement will be reviewed at the Stated annual Meeting on March 14th unless the weather and warmth pick up.

If lots of people come we may have to sit on someone's knee!

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Bits and Pieces

Just a reminder or two...

Kirk Session - Thursday 28th January 7.30pm
Communion service - Sunday 7th February 11.00 am with soup and bread lunch afterwards
Quinquennial Visit - Thursday 11th February 7.30 pm
Evening services 7.00 pm in Wellington Church, Woodlands Hall during January and in Hillhead Baptist Church in February

Thanks to everyone for their recent Souper Sunday efforts for the C of S HIV/AIDS project and for Haiti contributions.... and thanks for all your patence with our cold church hall. The heating will be on earlier and hotter this weekend (dv)....

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Music For Haiti in Local Churches

Gustav Fenyo will give an Appeal Concert in aid of Haiti -
Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Gershwin etc. piano favourites.
All proceeds to Action Aid.
St Mary's Cathedral, Friday January 29th, 7.30 p.m.
Children can sit on cushions in front of front pews - bring comfy cushions!
Tickets £10 at door and donations welcome.

... and also:

At Kelvinside-Hillhead Parish Church, Observatory Road ...

A Concert for Haiti

7.30pm Saturday 30 January with Lynda McMinn and friends from RSAMD

A potpourri programme from our special guest performers and some opportunities to sing together.

Come along and enjoy the evening.

Donations to the Haiti appeal

Friday, 15 January 2010

Prayer for the People of Haiti

A Prayer from Christian Aid

Loving God of creation,
at this time of devastation
we hold before you the people of Haiti.
When the damage is unimaginable,
and the suffering seems overwhelming,
remind us that every person affected
is loved, honoured and precious in your sight.
We remember all those who have been hurt;
all who have lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones.
Work through us to bring healing
to broken and distorted lives,
peace to those who have been thrown into despair,
light to those in darkness,
and hope to those who fear.
We ask this in the name of Jesus
in whom all life and grace is found.

See Christian Aid's site for information about how to make a donation, etc.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Thanks from Roy

Thanks one and all for the prayers, cards, thoughts, calls and all expressions of support and concern to my family and me after the recent death of my mother.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Souper Sunday 2010

The congregation of Lansdowne Parish Church will be marking the Church of Scotand HIV/AIDS project's Souper Sunday next Sunday (January 10th) at its 11.00 a.m. service.

After worship, there will be a bread and soup lunch and an opportunity to contribute financially to the project.

A similar event is planned for Wellington Church.