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Dalmuir Barclay is opening a Food Pantry shortly which will focus on Food Poverty and Food Waste in the Community and will be open to everyone.   This will run alongside our Drop in Cafe which is free for anyone to come along to and have tea/coffee and a chat. 

I am asking all the Local Churches to intimate this to their congregations  to ask if they  could support  us in some way.  
 
This may be volunteering to help out at the Food Pantry, donating food stuff or toiletries or monetary donations.  Perhaps you know of someone with a  Food Hygiene and Prep Certificate who could make soup that we could freeze in individual containers and hand out.  Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. 
 
There is such a great need in the whole area of people needing help with food, utility costs etc.  We are starting this outreach project to reach out to those who need it most.  We shall be approaching supermarkets etc seeking support and to hopefully supply us with Best Before and Use By food. By giving it out at the Food Pantry not only are we helping alleviate food and fuel poverty in the community we are saving perfectly good food going to landfill.  
 
We have registered with Food Share and Asda Clydebank, we realise though that Asda supports other Charities also and we may not get supplies every.
 
Please get in touch with myself  or Fiona if you have any questions and if you would like to help. 
 
Liz Stewart   07903489912   or  Fiona Hennebry   07305039910 

Pastoral Letter

Dear Friends,

It was a pleasure to lead worship at the Communion service in Waterfront on March 6th and see some of you there. Though I was there because I could not find a minister to lead the service it was nonetheless my privilege to be there. Of course, since I had to rush back up to Faifley to lead my congregation’s communion, I am indebted to their Session Clerk, Fiona, for finishing the service. Should this be necessary in Dalmuir Barclay I know there will be members who could step up to read and pray.

The Scottish Government are making significant changes to the regulations and laws that have guided the conduct of services in many ways. Much of the pandemic guidance will be removed which will be largely welcome. The Kirk Session will now consider how it will respond to Scottish Covid conditions on a voluntary basis. It might, for example, retain an area of the sanctuary for masked worshippers. A great many of us will be pleased to remove our masks but some among us will still be nervous about the impact Covid might have on their health. Do speak to your Elders and let them know what you think.

Before the end of the month, the Presbytery will have paid a visit to Dalmuir Barclay to consider the place and condition of the building. Is the building well placed in the parish, is it in good condition, does it have space that can cope with various types of use and is it big enough to host another congregation? These are among the many questions that will be asked by the representatives making the visit. Your Church has been well maintained and is the main road; but I have no special insight into the work of the Presbytery’s decision making. There is a still a deal of work to be done by Clydebank and Old Kilpatrick’s Local Mission Group (LMG) to propose how the work of the Church will be focussed and managed in the future.

I encourage you to prepare for Easter with the services as they move to Dalmuir-Barclay and I will see you for the Good Friday afternoon meditation service.

God bless,
Gregor.

Pastoral Care

Hello Everyone,

It is a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon as I wander around the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow. There are so many signs of Spring surrounding me, people are stopping to stare at the crocuses which are like a blanket of colours, purple, white and yellow, so bright, so vibrant, a sign of hope and a source of joy. Strangers are engaging in conversation to remark on the beauty surrounding them and appreciating the hard work of the gardeners who planted seeds long ago in the faith that they would flourish. 

In this time leading up to Easter, Gillian and I Iook forward to travelling with you during our Lent Reflection on Zoom. We will explore the journey of Jesus as he is regarded as a hero by some and a heretic by others.
How quickly the hosannas fade and the heckling begins.
Friends betray and enemies bay for blood.
His followers feel hope ebb away and fear engulf them.
All emotions are experienced in a week of highs and lows, praise and persecution.

There are two gardens in our journey to Easter Sunday, the first being the Garden of Gethsemane where on the night before he died Jesus prayed that there might be another way to fulfil God’s plan yet accepted God’s will be done. Friends fell asleep, one betrayed and another denied him; it seems as if all signs of hope had withered in that garden, never to bloom again.

On Easter Sunday we are in another garden but not a place of hopelessness and broken dreams but the scene of hope and light bursting out of an empty tomb, Mary Magdalene mistakes Jesus for a gardener but is it such a big mistake? Is it not from this moment that we are asked to scatter seeds of faith, to tend to others, to help us grow closer together and closer to God? To cultivate an atmosphere of hope for today and strength for tomorrow. 

Whilst we travel through Lent may we especially think of the people of Ukraine who are having to journey to unknown places far from family and friends to seek a safe haven as their country and lives are torn apart by war. God be with them and may they see hope in the welcome they receive, the aid they are given and the knowledge that a caring world reaches out to them in their hour of need for hope is renewed in the kindness of others.

Love and Blessings to you all
Lorraine 
Pastoral Assistant.