Wednesday Lunch Group

The Wednesday Lunch Group restarts on Wednesday 20th September at noon in the Drymen Hall.

As ever, come along for home-made soup, filled rolls and home-baked cakes in the company of convivial friends. We aim to meet very Wednesday until Christmas with a similar period of lunches between Christmas and Easter.

Please pass the word around to all past attenders, and do bring along any other friends who you think might enjoy the food and the company.

The usual quota of special events will be included in the programme, including a variety of speakers and the Christmas party in December.

On a first Wednesday of the month you are warmly invited to attend a short Said Communion service in church beforehand at 11.30am.

 

Farewell to Jeremy

We said a fond farewell to our magnificent organist and choirmaster Jeremy Wan on Sunday, August 20th, as he left us to head south to Guildford Cathedral to be organ scholar.

Jeremy, who is from Hong Kong, has been the Lafine Organ Scholar at the University of Glasgow. He restarted the All Saints church choir, which stopped during lockdown, and has been a considerable, enthusiastic asset to our church during his time with us.

During the service we sang one of Jeremy’s favourite hymns, For the fruits of his creation, with a tune by Francis Jackson.

Rev David presented Jeremy with a book about English Church Music, money and a card signed by the congregation during the service, then members of the choir presented him with another “liquid gift” and card in the church hall afterwards.

Eucharistic Assistants Renewal

Several of our Eucharistic Assistants and Rev David went to St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday (August 19th) for the diocesan service celebrating lay ministries.

People from across the diocese gathered together for the service of Celebration of Lay Ministries with the Renewal of the Ministry of Eucharistic Assistants led by Bishop Kevin at the Cathedral.

The sermon was preached by the Rev Canon Gordon Fyfe, Bishop’s Advisor in Lay Ministries.

Pictured after the service are Louise Benson, Rev David, Hanan Atalla and Jennifer Thompson. Unable to attend were Celia Fisher and Graham Caie. The certificates signed by the Bishop giving our Eucharistic Assistants authority to carry out their ministry are being presented to all of them again by Rev David in church so the congregation can express their thanks for all the hard work they carry out during the year.

We give thanks for the ministry of lay people across Glasgow and Galloway, and we pray:
Heavenly Father, your Son Jesus Christ came among us in humility and brought with him your promise to pour your Holy Spirit on all who are called to minister in your name: give your grace to these your servants; inflame them with the fire of your love; enlighten their minds and grant them a vision of your will and purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Organist required

The Vestry of All Saints is seeking an Organist to play the organ and direct the choir for Sunday services, main festivals and occasional services.

The post will be vacant from September, when our current organist, Jeremy Wan, departs to take up the organ scholarship at Guildford Cathedral

You can read the advertisement for the post here: organist ad

30 years of Priesthood

Members of the congregation surprised the Rector, Revd David, after the morning service on Sunday July 2nd, with a cake to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

David was ordained priest by the Rt Revd Michael Baughen, Bishop of Chester, on July 4th, 1993, in Chester Cathedral, having been ordained deacon there the previous year. He celebrated his first Eucharist at St Stephen’s, Prenton, the same evening.

 

COP26- The Primus



“Listen to the quiet voices” – The Primus, Bishop Mark Strange, looks at the hopes and expectations around COP26 as we seek to care for God’s creation

As I write this, I’m sitting watching the leaves changing colour outside my office window. There’s a tree which is just at the corner of the churchyard at Arpafeelie which always begins to turn first, its leaves slowly, then quickly, becoming golden before plunging to a striking mix of reds then browns.

As I have watched the autumn begin, the plants begin to bed down for the winter in this changing of the season; I remember that once the bare winter is over then the cycle will come round again. We will have the cool, clear spring and then the joyful warmth of summer. So it has been for much of my life. Yet as we have stayed at home over these past months because of the pandemic, I have appreciated the slow but ever-moving changing of the seasons in a new way.

But just as I can anticipate the leaves coming back on that tree, it is becoming clear that in other places around the world many others no longer know what their seasons will hold. People can’t be confident that the rains will come, or know if their land will flood. People can no longer be confident that their crops will grow, or know if they will have the time and energy to harvest. People and places are struggling and dying now because of the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. People are increasingly anxious and increasingly fearful, and there is growing anger and concern for the future.

In Scotland we have a stable climate. As is so often the case, the worst affects of climate crisis will be felt that much more strongly in places where their climate is not so stable. So the changes that I can see, and the emotions which flow through me as I know they flow through many in our Church, are much more pressing in other parts of our world.

I’ve been thinking about those emotions and reactions as we all prepare for COP26 in Glasgow. The hopes and expectations of so many people are that  political leaders will listen to the voices of people around the world who are simply frightened for the very ground they stand on and the lives around them. The Scottish Episcopal Church has put in place and will continue to develop processes which enable us to have a much lighter footprint on the ground, and will enable us to make a better use of the resource we have so that we don’t contribute to stripping the environment of those things which produce the very air that we breathe.

There will be moments of tears, moments of anger, and moments of laughter in Glasgow, but I hope there will be moments of prayer. Why are we going? Why is our Anglican Communion delegation gathering? It is because as a church, and as people of faith, that’s what we do: we pray. Our prayers are to God who created this beautiful little planet we all live on. Our prayers are that God will help us to do everything in our power to protect the environment we live in.

With prayer, with conversation and simply by being visibly present, we can use the time to push home the point to political leaders that this crisis is real and that people of the world, especially those with the least ability to affect change, are being impacted by our continual drive for greater consumption, greater profits, and greater power.

We will try and insist that they listen to the quiet voices, voices that might not be physically present, and we will pray again that world leaders make the right decisions for our planet.

The Scottish Episcopal Church will be there along with old friends and hopefully new friends. We will spend our time carefully encouraging, noisily supporting and – I suspect – sometimes loudly reacting to what is happening because to honour God means caring for God’s creation, not simply for what it gives us but so that we can pass it on, healing and restoring, to those who will come after us.

Please pray for all who will gather in Glasgow, for the leaders of the nations and those of us who will bring hope and prayer.