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A letter from our ministers…. (February 2021)

Friends

You will be aware of the announcement by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, on February 22 of the provisional opening for churches for physical worship on April 5, a date to be confirmed nearer the time.

While we are all anxious to be back in our church buildings, especially during the Easter period, we are unable at this time to confirm what the arrangements will be for worship at that point.

We are guided by the advice from the Scottish Government and the Church of Scotland as to when and how our buildings will open, and we will continue to monitor this advice as it is issued. The health and safety of everyone – staff, volunteers and members – remains our top priority.

In the meantime, please keep being patient! Our buildings WILL reopen at some stage, but it is currently too early, given the provisional nature of the government’s proposed relaxation of restrictions, to make definite plans.

We will keep you full informed as the weeks progress.

With every blessing

David and Tina

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The theme of the Church of Scotland’s Advent campaign this year is “Bright Hope For Tomorrow” (#BrightHope) – from that wonderful hymn Great is thy Faithfulness, which includes the line “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow”. In the difficult times we face, and knowing that Christmas will be different this year, that line sums up what we all need just now. We have two particular ideas that pick up on the “Bright Hope for Tomorrow” theme, and that we hope will appeal to the whole of our community.

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Help us Light up Christmas in Rhu and Shandon

Businesses and Charities across the country have all been under severe financial pressure as a result of the restrictions on everyday life that the pandemic has caused. Our church is no exception to that. We have worked hard to manage our costs, and drawn down on government funding where possible. In particular, we have made savings on our energy costs, partly because of the extended closure and consequential reduced activity in the church, but also because we have switched off the floodlighting of the church.
Our church building and, in particular, its tower is a prominent landmark within the village. However, we estimate the energy costs and routine maintenance costs for the clock and the floodlighting amounts to approximately £1,300 each year. We have identified some ways in which we could reduce these costs, maybe by as much as 35%, but this would involve significant investment in new energy efficient bulbs and modifications to the clock to be able to turn off the chimes at night,
So, to light up our Christmas and hopefully through into the New Year will you donate to our Light Up Christmas Appeal? As soon as we reach £300 we will switch the floodlighting on. If we reach £1,500 we will invest in energy saving lights.

Our Prayer Gates

To donate click on the donations link at the foot of this page…….
If you would prefer, you can send a cheque, please contact Andrew Nisbet our Treasurer on 01436, 820993 for further details.
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Bright Hope For Tomorrow

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If you’d like to sign up to our weekly e-Bulletin, which not only is a guide to our weekly worship but contains important information, then please email office@helensburghcos.org

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If you would like to support the work of the church, you can make a donation by using this link. Your support will be gratefully received.

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