Thursday, 27 December 2012

Looking both ways ...

One cannot help but notice that 2012 has been a demanding year for Lansdowne church and its people  and for the Presbytery of Glasgow to which we belong.

These are times of profound social and cultural change and the role and place of faith, and the Christian faith in particular are hot topics. We have experienced sometimes bitter internal conflicts over ethical matters, Scriptural interpretation and the likes of Presbytery planning. We are aware that in public discourse, faith is often presented as the problem rather than the cure.

So, thanks and appreciation are due to all the people who step up to the plate  - be it to worship in Lansdowne, to serve people there or to keep the 'show on the road'. Both the people and the building are vulnerable. Perhaps that is the best place to be, if we are to grasp what the Christmas story is about?

Now, for 2013... 

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Seasonal Services ...

Sunday 23rd December
 - 11 am A Service for the 4th Sunday of Advent - Lansdowne Church Hall
 - 3pm
, Presbytery of Glasgow Carol Service, St George's Tron Church of Scotland, Guest preacher: 
Rt Rev Albert Bogle, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.  All Welcome.

Monday 24th December
 - 11.30 pm  Christmas Eve Carol service
Tuesday 25th December - Christmas Day
- 10.30 am Communion Service

Sunday 30th December - 1st Sunday after Christmas
- 11.00 am Cafe Church

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Session Meeting

The Kirk Session is called to meet at 12.15 pm on Sunday 23rd Dec in relation to the
transition of ownership of the building to Four Acres Charitable Trust.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Presbytery Plan

Quoting verbatim from the Presbytery Plan Forum on Facebook:

"THE PRESBYTERY PLAN has been approved. We should know next week whether the PPTG of the Ministries Council has concurred. The debate was conducted with much grace and Convener David Sinclair did a fine job. There was one dissent and Sessions will have the opportunity to appeal within 21 days"

You can see the plan at http://presbyteryofglasgow.org.uk/ by clicking on the picture of the River Clyde.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Breathless, ...

Just in after having fun seeing the Christmas lights at St Georges Cross being turned on. Well done to the children of Oakgrove Primary for their singing and thanks to Findlay Memorial Church for the warmth and hospitality afterwards.

Off out to Presbytery of Glasgow for the in hunc effectum meeting about the Presbytery plan. This far reaching and delicate matter will have consequences for us all within the bounds of the 'P of G'. I hope that tonight's gathering is fruitful.

Hi ho....

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Lots happening ...

Kirk Session tonight (Thurs) at 7.30pm, where we'll be pondering Christmas services, Presbytery plans and related matters.

Interfaith visits to Carrington St Mosque (Fri 1.15pm), Garnethill Synagogue (Sat 11am) and reciprocal visit to Lansdowne Church on Sunday at 11 am. There will be a further gathering in St Bride's Episcopal Church on Tuesday at 7pm.

Volunteers will doing a clean up of th eland between Woodlands Drive and Barrington Drive on Saturday 1st Dec 10.30am-1pm

Advent carols in St Mary's Cathedral on Sunday at 6.30pm.

Presbytery of Glasgow - special meeting Re Presbytery Plan - Tuesday 4th Dec 7pm Govan and Linthouse Parish Church.


Wednesday, 21 November 2012

On the November menu....

Disagreeing, agreeably ....

Graham Maule has been in touch about the event 'Disagreeing Agreeably' (... on the sexuality debate) with Pádraig Ó Tuama of which the blurb says:
Much of the public disagreement around sexuality, gay marriage, and LGBT lives and stories has been notable for the antagonistic and rancorous tones in which it has been conducted.  If this has been the case in secular circles, in church circles it has been even more pronounced...
This meeting will reflect on the tactics and approaches of a project hosted by the Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland and with which Pádraig was involved. It sought to explore the possibility of bringing people together, who disagree profoundly on this topic... and while they might remain apart on this issue, to nevertheless allow significant degrees of respectful and agreeable regard to be achieved.
The unpacking of such insights offer an opportunity to discern useful lessons for the current Scottish situation.  Tea & coffee will be provided.
Times: Tuesday 27th November @ 7.00-9.00pm; Thursday 29th November @ 11.00am-1.00pm 
Venue (on both days): Langside Parish Church, 167 Ledard Road, Glasgow G42 9QU
Cost: A suggested donation £3 (though more or less, and only what you can afford)
To register: please contact: Wild Goose Resource Group, 0141 332 6343 or email:graham@wgrg.co.ukwww.wgrg.co.ukwww.holycity-glasgow.co.uk

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

It's a new dawn, a new day ...

... and it's half past six. Well, 6.48 am actually.

Still, it is a chance to remind myself and the thousands who read this blog that Cafe Church is back on Sunday 25th November at 11 am. in Lansdowne Church Hall.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Remembrance Sunday, 11th November 2012

This Sunday is 11th November and we mark Remembrance Day with 2 minutes silence. Accordingly the morning service will begin at the earlier than usual time of 11.50 a.m.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Voicebeat


Congratulations in advance to all of the gang at the Voicebeat choir. Voicebeat will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Nov 17th with big night at Adelaide's.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Monday, 22 October 2012

Twang-tastic...

Thanks to all of the team, on-stage, behind the scenes, front of house and all parts between who put together the Charity Night at Glasgow's Grand Ole Opry. Over £900 was raised for Lansdowne Parish Church - so big thanks to all whose generosity has made this possible. 

Friday, 19 October 2012

The Courage To Doubt

At church last Sunday we touched upon the matter of faith and doubt - not as contradictory opposites but as lively partners in dialogue. The title (The Courage To Doubt) came from the book of the same name by the late Robert Davidson. A wonderful book, exploring a vital Old Testament theme.

In our prayers of intercession we tried to follow the example of the psalms in giving voice to our questions, laments and things we often leave often unvoiced in worship. Thanks to all of you who put pen to paper so that I could express your thoughts aloud.

Coming to the one and only Lansdowne Parish Church near you, ...

This Sunday, 21st October  - service at 11 am. Prayers for wholeness and healing.
Followed by a some time set aside for members and friends of the church to have a conversation about the draft Presbytery Plan and its implications.

Charity Music Event - Glasgow's Grand Ol' Opry 7.30pm. Music night with George and Mal.

Next Sunday, 28th October - 'Words of Life' - Cafe Church 11 am.

Keep checking in for more news.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Looking ahead,...

... as far as the future is in my gift (i.e. not at all!) I am having a short break next week and Rev Fiona Lillie of St John's-Renfield will be available.

This Sunday's service is at 11 am as is the following week's with its prayers for healing and wholeness.

Looking forward also to the Charity Night in aid of Lansdowne Church at Glasgow's Grand Ole Oprey on Sunday 21st October from 7.30 p.m. Tickets £5.00 or pay at the door. Thanks in advance to George and Mal, their Telecasters and all who have helped organise this...

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Before I go and face the day ...

... a daft thought. I was reading the Yelp reviews by people who have been in Lansdowne Church and find myself wondering. If they like it so much in the state it is in, how much more could we all be making of the place?

These reviews, and most welcome and encouragingly positive they are, they reinforce the 'disused Lansdowne' misunderstanding. See blog rant elsewhere!

Four Acres Charitable Trust is alive and well too... as are its plans for Lansdowne.

Open, open, open, open...

Did I mention that Lansdowne Church is open?

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Lectionaries, and all that ...

Hmmm... all my ministerial life I've been a lectionary preacher: 2 year, 3 year etc cycles, as found in Books of Common Order 1979 and 1994, the Books of Services of the United Reformed Church and publications such as Partners in Learning, Roots and Spill The Beans.

Is it time for a change? Are the people of Lansdowne Church getting a balanced homiletic diet? Am I?

Does the Christian year, Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and all that, cut the mustard these days of changed work patterns and lifestyles?

What to do? How to do it? 

Monday, 8 October 2012

Here I go, off on one again ...

... I'd be grateful if our extended network of Lansdowne Church's members, pals, hall-users, etc etc etc would be so good as to talk the place up and to remind other pals, users, interested parties and members of the public,  that the dear old place is open, as in, used, in business, operating and still here.

Scruffy? Yes ...
Needing lots of work? Yes ...
Looking forward to renovation and renewal works beginning? Yes!
Closed - No.
Disused - No.

New members, pals, hall-users, etc all welcome? Yes!
Open for worship. Open for business. Open.
Roy's Blog-rant is over. Am feeling composed now. Thank you.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Off we go ...

Off to lead worship today, and unusually posting on this blog before I go. So, as we prepare for communion, 'What is it discern or not discern the body of Christ?'

Friday, 5 October 2012

From Presbytery of Glasgow Website ...


The Scottish Church History Society is holding a conference:
When?           9.30am to 4pm, 24th October 2012
Where?         Stirling Baptist Church, 67 Murray Place, Stirling (opposite railway station)
Cost?             £10
The conference will take the form of a keynote address by Professor Tom Devine on "The Puzzle of Sectarianism in Modern Scottish History" followed by a number of brief papers to be delivered by current research students on their work.
For more information or to register for the event please contact the Secretary, Dr Christine Lumsden 

Monday, 1 October 2012

Cafe Church - day one ...

Well, thanks to all who took part behind the scenes and before them! You know who you are, and you did a grand job.

I think that it is fair to say that anxieties were assuaged and also that some 'how to' concerns have been uncovered. More than that, Cafe Church day one, shows that we can mix a convivial, conversational gathering with a worshipful one. Plus, we will get better at it as we go ...

Ann Morisy writes of 'Appropriate Liturgy' and people devised that very thing yesterday. Perhaps with more prompting from yours truly than they really needed - ministerial habits die hard and it is hard to let go! Between the table talk reflections on the Harvest Thanksgiving theme and the input from Tim Cowen of Woodlands Community Garden, the gathering generated its own prayers of thanksgiving, intercession and commitment.

Oh, .... it was fun and the coffee was nice too.

What will we do next month?

Friday, 28 September 2012

Daft thoughts...

Cafe Church is the working title for our new last Sunday of the month 'seekers friendly' gathering. Could it have another name?

Church for the rest of us? Table Talk? Encounter? Coffee, Conversation, Contemplation? Divine? Humanspace? Be-attitude? Hmmm ....

Friday, 21 September 2012

Cauld Blast ....

Friends, the church hall boiler is on the blink, kaput, misfiring. Or as Chief Engineer Scotty used to say to Captain Kirk, "She'll no take much more o' it Cap'n." Anyway, until the nice man comes and fixes it, on Tuesday next week, there will be no heating in the church hall. So best come wrapped up accordingly! Next Sunday we'll hopefully be strangely warmed, like the Methodists, until then we remain the 'frozen chosen'.

Friday, 28th 12.19 - the boiler is, I hope, being repaired even as I type. Cafe Church should be warm, cafe church...

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Woodlands Community Garden, Cafe Church and coffee ...

More here from Woodlands Community Garden, who will also be taking part in Lansdowne's harvest festivities on September 30th at 11 am in the church hall. The latter will be the first of our Cafe Church events, where we aim to bring together conversation, reflection, worship - and coffee.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Matters International, ...

Over at Wellington Church.... the International Club is in full swing... 

Grace Franklin writes - 

 Wellington Church
INTERNATIONAL WELCOME CLUB
 
It's that time of year again! Wellington Church INTERNATIONAL WELCOME CLUB starts its regular FRIDAY EVENING AT 7.30PM session this week - Friday 14 September 2012.
 
Come along and get your Welcome to Glasgow information from Grace, Christine, Isabel, Luna and Hua and all the other club supporters.
Have a cup of tea.  Enjoy meeting new people. Find out what's on the programme every Friday from now until the end of the year.
This month we plan to hear some travellers' tales and learn a little cooking.
 
In October we'll host 'Wellington en Fete' when many of the groups and organisations which use the Church halls will join us for a convivial evening.
We've got a ceilidh in November with some first class musicians. Before then, we'll have a dance lesson from none other than Ruth Beattie, the World President of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society!
 
FIRST - come and say hallo, especially if you're new in town or haven't been to the Club for a while. Just arrive in time for the 7.30pm start to join the fun.
 
Let's catch up on Friday 14 September at 7.30pm in Wellington Church halls at 77 Southpark Avenue, Glasgow  G12 8 LE.  Hope to see you then.
 
Sincerely
The Club team
 
PS Remember to try lunch at the Church's Crypt Cafe on the other side of the church building. Enter from University avenue when the cafe banners are on the railings.
 

Saturday, 8 September 2012

In the Garden today ...

Best of British, superlatives d'Ecosse and wonderfullestness-of-the-west-end0-in-Woodlands-ness to everybody at today's Harvest festival at the Woodlands Community Garden...

Draft Presbytery Plan


Monday, 3 September 2012

The pros and cons of E-mail

There is an interesting and timely article "Is E-mail the New Parking Lot?by Susan Nienaber at the Alban Weekly. It is about the uses, abuses and misuses of e-mail, which she reminds us, 'is not a conflict resolution tool'. The words 'been there worn the T-shirt' spring to mind. Thanks to Dorothy Davidson of the Ministries Council for circulating it.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

I Belong Therefore I Am, ....

To which communities do we belong? How do we define ourselves?
By nationality? Language? Accent? Gender? Sexuality? Age? Generation?  (Dis)ability? Faith? Religion? Denomination? Football team? Sports club? Church parish or congregation? Post-code? Taste in music? Fashion sense? Have we one or many identities, chaotically, sometimes contradictorily defined?
What stories do we tell (about ourselves, who we are, where we come from) that narrate our self-definition?

As a parish minister I belong to the Church of Scotland. Over the years, 8 or so other congregations have united to form the present day Lansdowne. The church now has c90 members, with around 30 meeting to worship on a Sunday. Does it exist as a congenial community for those members or to be something more?

To me, Lansdowne Parish Church is, well, 'Lansdowne Parish Church', a parish of the Church of Scotland covering north Woodlands, Lansdowne and Holyrood Crescents, Burnbank, the south end of Maryhill Road and over to Cedar Street and Braid Square.  Last I knew there were over 6000 people in the area. Whatever a person's faith, ethnicity etc, the parish church has certain duties and responsibilities to them. Is this ideal sustainable or even desirable in present day culture?

To many other people I meet, the building is known colloquially as 'The Lansdowne' (not to be confused with the Lansdowne Bar and Kitchen around the corner in the Crescent). 'The Lansdowne' is a place where all kinds of people in networks, social, recreational and more can meet and make use of the space - from exercise, dance, music and interest groups to social events and parties alongside provision for asylum seekers. Is there a Lansdowne identity or are there identities, a community or communities?

What does this observation say about belonging and how we define ourselves? What does it tell us about people's relationship to the church and its Christian identity? How does a church community rooted and grounded in the Christian story relate to the stories of the many fellow-travellers who come around? Hmm....




Coming soon to somewhere near you ....

Doors Open Day, or is that weekend?
Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th September
Lansdowne Church will be open from 10 am until 4pm each day.
The Doors Open website has lots more information about the whole event.

The West End Action of Churches Together (WEACTS) committee will meet on Tuesday 4th September at 7.30pm in Wellington Church. This will include a short EGM to elect a new chairperson.

Harvest Festival at Woodlands Community Garden, on September 8th.

Poverty Workshop – A Gospel Commitment  
Poverty within Britain is an increasing concern for all of us in the churches.  This workshop, under the auspices of the West End churches parish grouping council, is to be held at  Wellington Church at 1.15pm (lunch available from 12.15pm) on Sunday 7 October.  
It aims to increase our awareness and explore the scope for action both locally and nationally and will finish no later than 3pm.  All welcome.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Ah, Telephone Line, and Broadband Too ...

I am pleased to report that Lansdowne Church's telephone and broadband have been reinstated. Mysteriously cut off since 31st July, BT has now reinstalled both. So callers can use 0141 337 2311 and we have internet again in the office. Phew. The telephone's call-minder service is not quite up and running yet.... soon I trust!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Singwise

Was having a peek at Singwise  a website all about singing and related matters. Well worth a look... 

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Looking ahead ...

A few things appearing on the horizon:

Sunday 19th August
11 am service at Wellington Church
7 pm service at Hillhead Baptist Church - Communion

Sunday 26th August
11 am Parish Grouping United Service in Wellington Church
7 pm service at Hillhead Baptist Church

Sunday 2nd September
11 am service in Lansdowne Parish Church (Hall)

Thursday 30th August
7.30 pm Kirk Session Meeting - Lansdowne Parish Church

Meanwhile we await with interest on the results of the Presbytery Planning Group's deliberations.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Ah, Telephone Line, give me some time ...

Forgive the quotation from the Electric Light Orchestra but having caught your attention...
Lansdowne Parish Church's office telephone line (0141 337 2311) ain't working. BT has been informed and the line will be restored soon (ish)... i.e. within 10 days of last Tuesday, Aug 7th.
In the meantime you may use the Manse number 0141 339 2794 for any enquiries....

Summer 2012

Lansdowne people - Remember, services are held at 11 am on Sundays throughout August, returning to Lansdowne at the beginning of September. There are Sunday evening services too, at Hillhead Baptist Church at 7pm.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Glasgow Destitution Network

I'll put another link on the side of the blog. But in the meantime click here to read about the Glasgow Destitution Network.

To coin a cliche ....

Over at Sojourners there are some enjoyably provocative articles about Christians and our cliches - the ones we might be better to avoid.

Any good ideas...

.... for Sunday evening's service at Hillhead Baptist Church?
Desperately seeking inspiration....

Friday, 27 July 2012

Well,....

.... turns out that people do read this. Only last night someone said that they had read my blog. Note to self - write something interesting...

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Rev Bill Christman


A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Rev Bill Christman will take place on Saturday August 11th at 11.00 am.
The Service will be held in St Columba’s Church, 
Carrick Park, Ayr, KA7 2SE,
where Bill was minister from 1981 – 1991.
The service will be conducted by the Minister of St Columba’s, the Rev Fraser Aitken, and there will be tributes from Bill’s daughter Stephanie and from three friends.
Mrs Gina Christman will be coming from Joplin Missouri to London to visit Stephanie in August, and the two of them will be at the Service on the 11th.
There will be a warm welcome for anyone who is able to come, and tea will be served in the Church Hall after the service.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

How Can I Say It?

Sharing faith in a post-modern age
27 October 2012.
Queen’s Park Church of Scotland, 170 Queen’s Drive, 
Glasgow G42 8QZ

Keynote Speaker: Jeremy Begbie
Workshops: Faith in the Workplace, Faith and Social Media, Faith and Film, Faith and Using Print Media, Faith and Learning Difficulties, Faith and Using Bible Imaginatively.

CONFERENCE FEE: £15. Tea & Coffee are included, but please bring a packed lunch.
We regret crèche facilities cannot be offered.
For a Booking Form to pay by cheque, contact Sheila Reeves on 0131 225 5722
or
sreeves@cofscotland.org.uk
OR call to book and pay by credit card
Please book in advance, and by 19 October at the latest.

The Church of Scotland Mission & Discipleship Council
in association with the SOLAS Centre, Dundee,

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Summer Services - July and August 2012

Regulars and visitors alike please note.
Services will take place in Wellington Church on Sundays at 11 a.m. during July and August.
Revs Roy Henderson (Lansdowne) and David Sinclair (Wellington) will each be on call while the other is away.
There are evening services at 7 p.m. each Sunday  in Wellington's Woodlands Hall throughout July.


Also, there are the following evening services 
Sunday 22 July 7pm:   
Rev Catriona Gorton:  Spirituality in the City - ‘An Urban Spirituality?’ (Wellington)
Sunday 29 July 7pm:  
Rev Catriona Gorton: Spirituality in the City – ‘Hymnody & liturgy  for city-dwellers’ (Wellington)
Sunday 5th August 7pm:   
Rev Catriona Gorton: Spirituality in the City A ‘prayer walk’ on our patch  (Hillhead Baptist - The Tryst)

Monday, 25 June 2012

Thanks ...

.... to all of you who surprised me with a party at Cafe Enjoy. 20 years since I was inducted to Lansdowne Parish Church. Help ma Boab! Ta...

Friday, 15 June 2012

Prayer

Certain people and their specific personal situations have been on my mind. And this prayer seems just right:

Watch now, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ; rest your weary ones, bless your dying ones, soothe your suffering ones, pity your afflicted ones, shield your joyous ones; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

It is from the service of prayers for healing in the Church of Scotland's Service book, Common Order.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Cottiers

Here is a link for Cottiers, run by our friends at Four Acres Charitable Trust. There is a great variety of good music and more on there, now.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Spill The Beans

The new edition of 'Spill The Beans' (Volume 4), is now available. This time, the life and times of King David are the beans, being spilled ...

Monday, 28 May 2012

Conversations

Last week, General Assembly 2012, a rewarding and stimulating experience. This week, further training in Mediation with a Place For Hope, also rewarding and challenging. I can't help thinking that I need to up my game somewhat. Prior to GA12 I attended a contextual Bible Study evening in Cathcart Baptist Church run by Christian Aid Scotland. Another rewarding and challenging evening. I find it striking that both use a conversational model, based on the asking of open questions to tease out responses and encourage truth telling. Hmmmm ....

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

General Assembly 2012

Yours truly is a commissioner at this year's General Assembly (May 19th - 25th) so I have started on the 'Blue Book' of reports, deliverances and whatnot from the many councils and committees of the Church of Scotland. The interim report of the special commission on ministerial tenure has already caught my eye... the matter of ministers as employees and/or office holders remains firmly on the agenda.

On Sunday 20th May I will attend the service at St Giles and also Heart & Soul 2012. Unfortunately I'll miss our local Parish Grouping picnic and celebration - so, all the best to all involved. It will be very sunny, honest!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Work in Progress....

A Place For Hope is getting its new website up and running. It is very much work in progress. Then again, aren't we all? Until it is ready you can read about the project on the Church of Scotland site or at the older site.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Back again, ...

That's me back again. Thanks to everyone (you know who you are) who held the fort in my absence...
This is the start of Christian Aid week 2012 and tomorrow's service at 11 am in Lansdowne Church Hall will reflect that...

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Next few weeks ....

Some facts and information for the next wee while:

Please note that Sunday worship at Lansdowne continues at 11 am in the Church Hall with the exception of Sunday 20th May, when Lansdowne members and visitors are invited to attend services in the other Parish Grouping churches before taking part in the PG celebration day in the Botanic gardens.

Roy Henderson will be away from the 7th until 12th May inclusive. Rev Fiona Lillie of St John's-Renfield Parish Church will offer pastoral cover.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Presbytery, Plans and Parishes ...

For information. It is my understanding that while the Presbytery Plan is suspended and until a new Presbytery Planning Group is appointed, there is no place for questions or plans for Parish Groupings etc to be addressed to. Hopefully a new PPG will be in place soon and we can get on with matters to hand.

Friday, 27 April 2012

From Wellington Church International Club

TONIGHT - Friday 27 April - walk through Kelvingrove Park and along the banks of the River Kelvin to Maryhill. We leave at 7.30pm  - Christine will be leading and she's very strict with time. Warm, weatherproof jackets and comfortable walking shoes are advisable. A lovely way to get to know new bits of the city.  

Ceilidh on Saturday 12 May at 6.30pm in the Wellington Church halls. Come if you can and bring your friends and family! Everyone will be welcome for a Ceilidh is a family party for all ages with music and dancing and food and fun.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

E-Lectioneering

I have been finding it hard to keep up my "E-Lectioneering" Weblog for Sundays. So, rather than break any  trades descriptions I've decided to delete it and revert to being a simple old-fashioned offline sort of minister who preaches on a Sunday. How ante-deluvian! (Is that how you spell it?) There are many well maintained and stimulating web resources for ministers and worship leaders, Spill The Beans, The Text This Week, Starters for Sunday, etc. etc. etc.  - and of course there are books... paper ones. So it is over to people with staying power who are gifted at that sort of thing!

This "Steeple 218" site will continue as a simple news page for Lansdowne Church and related matters.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Kirk Session

The Kirk Session of Lansdowne Parish Church will meet on Thursday 26th April at 7.30pm in the Church Office.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Holy Week Musings - 5

Odder still to be so absent while the rest of the church community is getting on with marking Holy Week and Easter. Still, aren't human weakness, fickleness and vulnerability crucial to the story? Not of course forgetting divine faithfulness....

Friday, 6 April 2012

Holy Week Musings - 4

It is very odd having prepared a service and then not be able to be a part of it. Very good though to have the kind of friends and colleagues who can just pick up and run with it. 'Sorted', as a certain TV chef might have said. Or should that be, "Provided!'?

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Holy Week Musings - 3

Zut Alors. I seem to have a chest infection. So I missed last night's service and will miss tonight's. The spirit is willing, etc.... Good wishes to everyone else.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Holy Week Musings - 2

I left Kelvinside-Hillhead pondering the arrival of Greeks to 'see' Jesus and also the subsequent silence of Jesus before his interrogators and torturers. Who is wanting to 'see' him now and whom are they asking? Wondering too about the 'judgment' of this 'world' and the driving out of its 'Lord'.
How does one communicate the dense depths of John's Gospel in the short time we have to do it - especially as one is only paddling around in the shallows oneself? Hmm ....

It is back!

The wee edity-pencilly-icon-thingy is back. I can do this again.... Yay!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Holy Week Musings - 1

On Sunday evening the team who led the service at Hillhead Baptist Church led us into Holy Week with a service that set the scene and anticipated the story that is going to unfold. Ainger's 'Mary's Child' is one of those simple songs that gets me every time.
On Monday in Wellington Church our worship focussed on the story of Mary anointing Jesus in John 12.
We sang Sydney Carter's 'Judas and Mary'. David contributed a thought and prayer-provoking meditation on the washing motif as it reoccurs: Mary and Jesus, Jesus washing the disciples's feet, Pilate washing his hands, the women going to wash and anoint Jesus' corpse, John the Baptizer washing people in the Jordan. A G-d who washed clean a creation God loves, knows and transforms at an intimate level. Is this in contrast to the Genesis story of the flood? Or a transformation of it? Is there a 'through the waters' aspect - Exodus and all that? Hmmm.... these waters will run and run.

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Easter 2012


Some of the services for Holy Week and Easter Sunday are noted below. Check noticeboards, newsletters and websites for further details...
Palm Sunday - 7.00pm in Hillhead Baptist Church (Choir rehearsal 5.30pm)
Monday – 7.00pm in Wellington Church
Tuesday – 7.00pm in  Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church
Wednesday – 7.00pm in St John’s Renfield Parish Church
Thursday – 7.00pm in Lansdowne Parish Church – (Dress warmly!)
Friday – 12 noon - 3 p.m Three Hour Devotions at St Mary's Cathedral
and Vigil in Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church.7.00pm in Hyndland
Easter Sunday – Communion, Kelvingrove Park 8.00 am Lord Roberts' statue
Morning service at 11.00 am in Lansdowne Hall followed by breakfast
Evening worship, 7.00pm in Hillhead Baptist Church (Agape meal)

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Kirk Session

Reminder - Kirk session - Thursday 28th March, 7.20 for 7.30 pm. a chance to take stock of recent events in Presbytery planning process and implications for local parish life. What has happened? How does this affect us? Where are we now? What to do next?

Saturday, 24 March 2012

What Has Happened?

I cannot seem to edit my posts once they are, er, posted.... A great mystery!

Monday, 19 March 2012

Who'd have thought it!

Well, my old pal Iain, just e-mailed to say that the Olympic Torch will make an appearance in my home town of Beith in Ayrshire. Well, you know, I am about as un-sporty as a fellow can be, and I am all too aware about all the debates about expenditure and all that - but well hey, I can't stop grinning!

Much to ponder ...

Presbytery Council will meet tomorrow to consider what to do after last week's vote and the resignation of the Strategy Advisory Group. Thoughts, constructive comments and prayers please.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Important Message from the Community Garden


Quoted verbatim from an e-mail:

Woodlands Community Garden Urgent 
Special Meeting : Sunday 18th March at 1.30pm 
followed by regular Garden meeting at 2.30pm
Please join us if you can this Sunday, for a special meeting taking place at 1.30pm in the community garden. Over the last 2 years we have transformed a derelict gap site into a thriving community garden and a popular space for learning, sharing and growing. Hundreds of people have visited the garden, taken part in our communal garden sessions and joined us at our carbon reducing events, workshops and classes. During this time our main funding has come from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF).
We found out yesterday that our application for funding from the Climate Challenge Fund for 2012-14 has been turned down and this means that our main source of current funding will end in just over two weeks time (31st March). Although we have some contingency plans and are waiting to hear about other funding applications, the loss of our CCF funding will result in a reduction in our paid staff and will limit us in taking forward our plans until other funding has been secured..
The meeting on Sunday will allow us to explain our current situation more fully to our many friends and supporters and to discuss ways in which you may be able to help us with our fundraising efforts and activities over the coming weeks and months.  We urgently need your support to help us survive and grow.
To cheer ourselves up, our regular garden meeting will follow at 2.30pm where we will mulch over ideas for further developing our garden site and you can help us finalise a series of garden workshops we have planned over the next month.
Also on a more positive note attached is a poster for our Taste Not Waste recipe book launch event taking place on Weds 28th March at 6.30pm at the Albany Centre. Given the current uncertainty over our longer term funding, we are hoping for as big a turnout as possible at this event to show that the local community is fully behind us- so please spread the word!
I'll be in the garden on Sunday from 12 for the start of our regular communal work session, so also happy to chat to people individually ahead of the meeting.

Tim Cowen Project Manager (p/t) Woodlands Community Garden and Climate Action Hub

Presbytery Plan News

From the Presbytery Plan Forum on Facebook 13th March 2012:


"The Presbytery of Glasgow at its meeting earlier this evening rejected the first draft of the Presbytery Plan by 115 votes to 106. As a result the Convener and the members of STAG submitted their resignations. The imminent local area meetings are cancelled. The Presbytery Council will be meeting soon to decide what to do next."


I do not know what to think, what to make of this, what to do or how to respond. Wait, watch and pray is the best I can do ...

Friday, 24 February 2012

Lent at Lansdowne

Over the next few weeks our Sunday morning worship will explore what it is to be Church, here, now, today. We'll pause and reflect together in worship services entitled: Calling, Feeding, Welcome and Praying.
"Lent, we discover, is Easter in disguise." Harry Williams - The True Wilderness

Thursday, 16 February 2012

International Welcome


Wellington Church's  INTERNATIONAL WELCOME CLUB will be holding an en Fete evening on Friday 24 Feb from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. This is a chance to 'mix and mingle' and find out what all the different groups who use the church halls, actually do. They are very informal, informative and fun evenings.  
 

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

With Lent not far off ...

.... have a wee look at Christian Aid's 'Count Your Blessings' for a seasonal dose of perspective. Oh, and I saw Susan Boyle on the back of a bus the other day....

Draft Presbytery Plan

This is a big undertaking. Many of us will have questions, concerns and thoughts of our own.
The Strategy Advisory Group is hosting two coffee morning cum question and answer times. They are on Saturday 19th February at Rutherglen Stonelaw Parish Church and on Tuesday 21st February at Govan and Linthouse Parish Church. Both begin at10 am and end at 12 noon.
Also - there will be a meeting of interested congregations on Sunday the 4th. March at 2.00pm in Cathcart Old Parish Church 119 Carmunnock Road Glasgow G44 5AA, to discuss the Presbytery Plan. This is an open meeting and any interested parties will be made welcome. Should further information be required on address, route, parking etc. please contact 0141 637 4168 or go into Presbytery Web Site for Map. Hospitality will be provide for anyone who comes early or direct from their own Church Services.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Monday Morning...

... there are lots of things lining up in wait this week. 'Sufficient unto the day' and all that!

Meanwhile, thanks to Malcolm for his splendid guitar in yesterday's church service and to the congregation for, as ever, entering into the spirit of things with typical generosity. Appreciation and respect too, to the usual suspects who keep our little show on the road. Tis mercy all!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Souper Sunday

Well done and thanks to all who took part in Souper Sunday. With the help of pals from St Mary's Cathedral we raised over £300 for the HIV/AIDS project ...

Presbytery of Glasgow

Facebook users who are interested in the draft Presbytery Plan should follow this link to the Prebytery Plan Forum. This important matter has far reaching implications for the churches within the Presbytery area.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Trivial news, I know ...

... but my heart-broken laptop is all better now. Which might not have stopped the world spinning, but phew!

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Presbytery Plan and Creativity

Creative Options for Presbytery Planning – Information Evening
Partick Trinity Church (20 Lawrence Street, G11 5HG)
Thursday 19th January, 7.30-9pm

Friday, 13 January 2012

Contextual Bible Study

Have a peek at the CBS blog to see what they are up to along with Christian Aid Scotland. Oh, and there is a Christian Aid, Poverty Over Burns Supper On Friday 27 January 2012  at Partick Thistle Football Club in Glasgow.

Work* Prayer* Thought

See Local News Glasgow for news of a gathering in Stirling this March

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Rev Bill Christman

On January 10th the Herald and Scotsman newspapers carried obituaries of the late Rev Dr William (Bill) J. Christman, former minister of Lansdowne Church. In the United States The Joplin Globe writes warmly of Bill who is of course much missed and well remembered here, in and around Lansdowne Church and community.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012