On Sunday 24 March this year we set time as a
congregation to Celebrate church: in Worship we saw that many people had known
different churches the length and breadth of Scotland and as far flung as
Malawi and visitors from Australia. In a sense this could have been any Sunday,
as barely a Sunday goes by, but we welcome visitors from around the world.
Sometimes too we welcome visitors and the good thing is that they are able to
stay. All of this is happening to and for us in Kelvinside Hillhead and there
is no reason why this should stop.
As part of our Celebrating Church we took time
out from our coffee and hot cross buns, to write down what is good about our
Church. People recalled significant life events in a congregation of young and
old alike and across the generations. And so one lady recalled the memory of
her youngest being baptised 52 years ago. Others said they enjoyed the baptisms
of older children and adults.
All this is captured in a sanctuary that
enlightens our spirits with colour and detail and the illuminating light
shining through the stained glass. Young and old described it as a place of
calm and tranquility. A place where people’s souls were fed spiritual fruits.
Underpinning all this was the social friendships
that we enjoy with one another. Delight at home baking and the opportunity to
drink cups of coffee. Examples of people’s skills at making jam and chutney and
knitting church mice and more.
But ours is not a church that looks inward- we are here for our community and that may be you. So please do visit – and even come to stay!
Rev Marian Cowie