Tag: Deacons

Ask not what your church can do for you…

Ask not what your church can do for you…

Taken from the intimation sheet: 15 March 2015

Ballot papers for the Deacons’ election are out today. Have you ever wondered why we handle these elections in the way we do? Why do we govern Congregationally? Why self-nomination, and why ask the membership to vote? Isn’t it inefficient, divisive, unspiritual? Continue reading “Ask not what your church can do for you…”

Through the Curtain

Through the Curtain

Taken from the intimation sheet: 8 March 2015

Hebrews 10:19-25 

19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,  20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,  21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,  22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another– and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

There’s a police station in Govan, not too far from where I was brought up. I remember when it was built being told that it would be a special, secure, station. Sure enough the first thing to go up was the wall around the periphery. The rest of the building was constructed in secrecy so that no one could see the layout. It’s now the most secure police station in Scotland, one of only a handful of stations in the UK allowed to hold top-level terrorist suspects. Continue reading “Through the Curtain”

Learning to Love our Leaders

Learning to Love our Leaders

Taken from the intimation sheet: 1 March 2015

By the time you read this you’ll probably have heard me preach on the qualifications for deacons from 1 Timothy 3. The standards are high and every church Fellowship ought to hold its deacons to them.

That said, the work of all leaders within the church should be respected and members should be a continual source of encouragement to them. We ought to read 1 Timothy 3 and think “How can I help my leaders to live up to that?” Continue reading “Learning to Love our Leaders”

Dates for your diary

Dates for your diary

The Summer break is nearly over and there are a few notable events coming up.

Prayer Initiative

You may remember that this renewed commitment to prayer was discussed just before Easter. We aim to commence this on 5 September. More details will follow closer to the time.

Deacons Election

This election will take place on Sunday 11 September during the Morning service. More details will follow closer to that day.

Home Fellowships

These will resume on 5 October.

Election of new Deacons

Election of new Deacons

We are conducting an election for new deacons and are seeking nominations. The process is simple and we would ask you to prayerfully consider if you feel able to serve the Church in this way.

All members over 21 years of age and who have been members for at least three years are eligible.

If you are willing to serve you will have an informal interview with two of the deacons. This will simply be to clarify the role and ensure you understand the commitment. Your name will then go forward to the membership on a ballot paper.

We are seeking an additional three deacons, therefore the three candidates who receive the most votes will be elected, providing they also achieve at least 50% of the votes cast.

Please approach any of the existing deacons if you need to understand the process more or have any other questions.


4 September 2011: election announced

11 September 2011: self-nomination letter distributed

9 October 2011: deadline for returned nomination papers

9 – 23 October 2011: all candidates informally interviewed by two deacons

23 October 2011: ballot paper given to all members, asked to vote for maximum of three deacons. To be returned by 6 November 2011.

13 November 2011: results announced