PATH OF RENEWAL
Path of Renewal is a Mission Renewal movement within the Church of Scotland. Sherwood Greenlaw was among the first group of congregations to get involved in 2015, and these past few years we have learned to journey with God and join in the work that he is doing in this place.
Path of Renewal has encouraged us to be more experimental, to take risks and not be afraid of failure. We have sought to become more prayerful and spiritual, through our 40 Days of Lenten Prayer, and our sharing of God’s love in housegroups and our worship services. We have reached out to the Community, and have established close links with Woman’s Aid, The Renfrewshire Foodbank, and Williamsburgh Primary school. We are also now part of a multi-agency team seeking to work and support the Homeless in Renfrewshire.
Path of Renewal recognises the need for change in the Church of Scotland at both local, regional and national level change, and we are currently shaping our future, with several teams exploring what our future with God might begin to look like. The teams are listed below:
1. WORSHIP AND SPIRITUALITY
Seeks to explore the ways we worship today and how we develop a deeper spirituality. It is currently considering the styles of worship, the music, and the ways in which we can develop our faith, and to explore what changes might enable us to be a better worshiping congregation.
2. MISSION: Is about how we engage with people and share our faith story. This group is looking at the ways we communicate via social media, and how we communicate our story of Jesus in the public arena, so that all that we do is about Jesus.
3. VALUES AND CULTURE: Is exploring the values and culture of the part of Paisley in which we serve. They are also looking at the many other groups who use our premises, and other groups that share similar values in our community, and to build stronger relationships with them. They intend to carry out a community survey to identify the needs and gaps we could help to fill in this part of Paisley.
4. ROUTINES & COMMUNITY: is about discovering what is essential in the life of our congregation to enable it to thrive as a missional community. They are considering how we care for one another and will also be doing a congregational survey about pastoral visiting and church membership, to identify what people want or expect from the church via the Minister and the eldership. They are also tasked of exploring what other projects might be possible for the church to be involved with such as; access to a teacher, a community garden, the school breakfast club, or acting as a mentor reading or helping children in schools.
5. STRATEGY TEAM: Will look at how we implement any change emerging from the groups, and will explore issues such as church management structures, personnel and buildings. This will include thinking about whether a youth or family worker might be a useful addition to our staff.
Underpinning all this thinking is the belief that we all have gifts and talents to use in the upbuilding of the church, and this list of gifts and talents are found in Ephesians 4v11-13
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Perhaps you can identify where your gift and talent lies, and where you might be able to play your part in the life of Sherwood Greenlaw as you journey on the Path of Renewal with us.
TIME OUT GROUP
Is an informal gathering of ladies in our congregation and meets at the Manse the Last Friday of the month from 8pm – 9.30pm
Any female of any age wishing a cuppa, some cake and chat are welcome to appear when they can.
Are you interested in compiling a bi-monthly prayer notice? You may be someone who is already involved in church activities or you may be someone who, due to commitments, is unable to attend/be involved in activities.
This is a project which is important to the life of Sherwood Greenlaw.
Everything which happens within the church and the links made within the community is directed by God. We are His servants.
The plan is that someone would coordinate the collation of prayer requests for organisations, for events, for our church in the community, our schools…to name but a few examples. The prayer notice would be available on Sundays at the ends of the pews, be included in the newsletter and be prominent on the noticeboard in the Welcome Lounge.
The Minister is happy to support whoever may be interested in this venture to get started and maintain the notice in the first instance.
Please contact John Murning if you are interested.