From The Manse

 

Dear Friends,

As part of a Presbytery initiative called Local Church Review, the Kirk Session has been doing some self-reflection. This has involved us thinking about our work in St Ninians Old under the following headings;

Worship; Evangelism; Service; Discipleship; Fellowship.

We have also reflected on our relationship with the wider Church, the resources we have (people, buildings and money), the way we communicate our vision and mission and leadership within the congregation.

In addition, we have been asked by the Presbytery to set goals for the future. These goals are, at the time of writing, being formulated and, once finalised, will be shared with you.

As we set our goals we have been asked to imagine how we would like our Church to look in five years’ time and then work out how we might get there!

The process is certainly challenging and has involved a lot of thought, prayer and discussion.  We have recognised areas in our life as a congregation where we need to ‘up our game’ as it were while also acknowledging those areas where we are doing well.

In a recent sermon, I spoke of the privilege that is ours in sharing in the work and ministry of Jesus Christ. Our worship and participation in the groups and organisations of the congregation is vitally important but equally so is our work and witness in the parish and beyond.

Being with people and offering them our time and a listening ear can lift a burden and make people feel valued.

Seeing others as Jesus sees them will impact on our outlook and affirm people, especially those who have a lack of self-worth and who feel they do not count.

Sharing a ‘word’ about Jesus in our place of work, leisure centre, the hospital, school or in our neighbourhood can make all the difference, a difference we ourselves may not fully appreciate.

In reflecting on where we are and where we might like to go in the coming years, I believe that it is our individual response as well as our response as a congregation that will benefit the Church and the wider community, and ensure that the work and ministry of Jesus Christ continues in St Ninians Old and far beyond!

I finish by quoting from a Prayer of Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582);

‘Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people’.

 

Every good wish,

Your Friend and Minister,

Gary J McIntyre