Sherwood Greenlaw Parish Church
Farewell to Wes
On Sunday 14th July, on completion of his year with us, the congregation said farewell to Wes with a lunch and a presentation to Wes.
During the year, Wes was a much loved and respected member of our Ministry team and will be much missed.
He goes however with our best wishes for God's richest blessing on the next stage of his Ministry, in Buckte.
A selection of photos from the lunch can be found on the "News Photos" page, via the menu.
On behalf of Wes and Myself, can I express our thanks for all those who participated in our daily prayer services throughout lent. We averaged around 12 people each day, and there were many interesting discussions and thoughtful questions raised during our time together. Thanks especially to Wes who prepared the liturgy each day, and for sharing them with me. This is becoming a regular event at Sherwood Greenlaw and many people look forward to participating.
Our Lenten daily Prayer was
followed by our holy week services under the banner theme “Mounting Pressure”. Morning reflection took Place on Monday,
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, with evening worship on Maundy Thursday and
Good Friday. Our Maundy Thursday service
took place around a large table in the hall and we shared in the bread and
wine, reminiscent of the Last Supper. On
Good Friday we enjoyed reflection and Music on the Passion Story, which moved
some folk to tears. Thanks to Donald
Kennedy for the music throughout the w
eek and for Barbara Ramsay on the Wednesday. We sang unaccompanied on the Saturday morning which added to the ambience of the sombre day. Our Easter service in the park followed by a good breakfast was warm and sunny, and our morning worship on Easter Sunday was a real celebration of life, even if the kids did keep all their chocolate eggs to themselves. Thank you to all who helped make this season so spiritually refreshing and enjoyable.
Rev Wes Brandon
Wes Brandon has succeeded in passing his
familiarization placement and has now been approved as a minister in the Church
of Scotland. He is now on the lookout
for a congregation of his own, and he will be pursuing several possibilities
over the next couple of months. He will
remain with us until the 14th July.
I am sure everyone wishes him well, and he will be in our prayers as he
seeks God’s calling on his life.
SHERWOOD GREENLAW WALKING MINISTRY
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognising him.
17 He asked them, ‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’ - Luke 24:13-17a
They say it is not about the destination, but the journey we take. Our journeys become more enjoyable and meaningful when we walk with others.
At the heart of Jesus’ ministry was walking with people from shoreline to countryside and village to village. They talkedabout life. They talked about death. They talked about pain. They talked about love. They talked and walked together.
As God’s beautiful creation begins to bloom, we invite you to join us in a new walking ministry here at Sherwood Greenlaw. From our beautiful parks to some of our historic landmarks and surrounding nature trails, Paisley and Renfrewshire offer plenty of paths to enjoy. As we nurture our mind, body, and spirit, these walks will remind us that no matter where we are going, we need not walk alone. Whether recognised or not, Jesus walks alongside us.
We meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 9am at the church, unless otherwise previously notified. We will read through the Gospel of John (a pericope at a time), lift a brief prayer for our journey ahead, and start our walk for the day.
It is hard to believe my year with Sherwood Greenlaw is nearly over. At moments, it feels like I just arrived to Scotland. And in others, my life in America seems like a distant memory. This whole process of placement and being familiarised to a new country, culture, and people has been exciting yet overwhelming at times. Things and practices I once knew and accustomed to were met with new and different ways to do things. At times, challenging, but nevertheless rewarding. I find it important for all of us to challenge ourselves, see things through different perspectives, and to understand we all are just one part of a larger community.
I am thankful the Ministries Council placed me with you here in Paisley Sherwood Greenlaw. To be honest, while I did know quite a bit of Scottish history, I didn’t know much about Paisley. There were those who were concerned about me coming to Paisley due to some unwarranted reputation of the town and its people.
I have found this furthest from the truth because I have been met with nothing but kindness and generosity… not just from the town streets, the shops, and the primary schools, but most especially from this particular congregation. You have opened your homes to me; shared your lives and hospitality with me; and fed me with not just biscuits and sweets, but a spirit filled with Christ. When Paisley is brought up to me, I now tell others, yes, it is full of history and culture, but it is the people who make Paisley such a wonderful place to visit.
I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life in a new region of Scotland and new faces and names to learn. My destination of Buckie and the Moray coastal area has raised a few questioning or concerned eyebrows, much like when I first announced coming to Paisley; yet I am confident I will be embraced by a warm and welcoming community as I have here. Paisley and Sherwood Greenlaw will now forever be a part of my life story, and for this I am thankful to you. And should you find yourself in or around Buckie after July, please do not be a stranger. Swing by Buckie South & West Parish Church or the manse for a friendly conversation and a cuppa.
The house groups have been well attended this session and indeed both are at capacity! Should you be interested in finding out about the housegroups then please have a chat with Winnie Duncan or Linda Murning in readiness for joining us in Autumn 2019. You will be made most welcome.
Tuesdays continue to be in Winnie Duncan’s house and Wednesdays are at the home of George and Norma Murray.
Thank you. Winnie and Linda
TIME OUT GROUP
The ‘Time Out’ Group meets on a Friday evening monthly in the Manse. It is open to any female in the congregation. We have coffee/tea biscuits and a chat. The dates throughout the summer are:
Friday 31st May
Friday 28th June
Friday 26th July
Friday 30th August
We meet from 8pm – 9.30pm. Should you wish a lift please call the Manse 0141 316 2678. Look forward to seeing you there.