Ministers Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  Philippians 4.6 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5.16-17 By my reckoning we are now into the fourteenth week of the ‘lockdown’ and gradually both the Holyrood and Westminster governments are easing … More Ministers Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks

Evening Prayer

Lord You bless us as we restRestore us as we sleepYou care for us as we drift offAnd make our dreaming sweet You are the safest placeYou are the God of GraceForgiven, loved and held by youIs each small seed of faith You know our thoughts and feelingsYou see our deep desiresYou understand our wearinessAnd … More Evening Prayer

Juneteenth: A day to celebrate, A day to be inspired

It wasn’t until I moved to North Carolina in 1999 that I realised that Juneteenth wasn’t ‘a thing’ anywhere but Texas.  It stands to reason, I suppose.  It is the celebration of the day (June 19th 1865) the news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas (two months after the defeat of the Confederate States and Lincoln’s famous speech in April), but Juneteenth had been such a big deal, so obviously worthy of celebration, that I had assumed the whole country would celebrate.  … More Juneteenth: A day to celebrate, A day to be inspired

This is my prayer – that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight (Letter to the Philippians 1.9)

A blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks These past weeks Zoom has entered the lives of many of us in a big way!  Of course not everyone is into computers and social media and Zoom meetings are no substitute for direct face-to-face interaction; but, for those concerned, it has proved a helpful way of … More This is my prayer – that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight (Letter to the Philippians 1.9)

Invitation to Iona Online Worship Sunday 7th June 7pm

From the Iona Community  Dear friends, We are joining together in worship at 7pm on Sunday 7th June (this coming Sunday) online.   In this service we say farewell and give thanks for our current leadership, Christian MacLean and Kathy Galloway and we welcome our New Members, finishing their 2-year programme, our new transition manager, Caro … More Invitation to Iona Online Worship Sunday 7th June 7pm

The UK Blessing — Churches sing ‘The Blessing’ over the UK

By The UK Blessing submitted by Roger Sturrock At this unique and challenging time in the United Kingdom over 65 churches and movements, representing hundreds of others, have come together online to sing a blessing over our land. Standing together as one, their desire is that this song will fill you with hope and encourage … More The UK Blessing — Churches sing ‘The Blessing’ over the UK

Welly Garden Update

Thanks to the use of technology – such as ZOOM – Wellington Church has seen an increase in the number of people spending time on our website. And thanks to Rebecca who has put her technical knowledge to the service of the church, that website is refreshed frequently with newsy, interesting and uplifting articles as well as a totally different – and very inspiring –  Sunday service. … More Welly Garden Update