Letter from the Manse – May 2020

Dear Friends

I hope this letter finds you all well and surviving the Covid 19 lockdown. This is a strange time for us all, and I am missing seeing you all on Sunday’s as well as other events in our church, such as the Bible Study, Prayer Meeting and the Thursday morning café.  

So many events have had to be postponed. Our Lent Study was abandoned and I hope we pick up on this next year. Our Holy Week and Easter services didn’t happen although I hope we all marked Easter in our own way. I posted a message each day of Holy Week and we recorded an Easter service for our Facebook page and Website. I am also posting Sunday services on our F’book page and Website every Sunday, as well as posting video messages on F’book on Tuesday’s and Thursdays. We have held the prayer meeting via Zoon, so please take time to join us during the lockdown.

I am missing the work I do in Thornliebank Primary School and many of their events have had to be postponed. Hospitals and care homes are closed to visitors so I haven’t been able to visit people either. I am trying to contact people by telephone and I’ll continue doing this until the lockdown is lifted. If you need anything, please give me a call – 0141 880 5532.

That said, this lockdown has brought us opportunities that would not have possible in normal circumstances. Thornliebank Togethers food service has been based in the church and we’ve been running a service to deliver bags of food to people. This has allowed us to meet people who don’t come to church, and we are able to speak to people as we deliver the food bags. We tell them we are from Thornliebank Parish Church and I have placed a Mark’s gospel in each of the bags. When we do things like this, we are representing Christ and we never know the impact we may be making. Remember, God calls us to sow the seeds, but He is the Lord of the Harvest!  

I look forward to an end of this time and us meeting again, but until then; please stay safe and know that you are in my prayers. And if these times are causing you to worry please remember Matthew 6:34 - Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

With God’s blessing,.

Mike

Mike Gargrave, Minister

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