Congregations are all about people getting mixed up with God. Everyone is as important as everyone else, however here are a few of the folk who help run the congregation you will probably bump into if you find yourself around the congreation for any length of time.
It's a funny thing being a minister when you find yourself always learning far more than you offer. Roddy Hamilton is the minister and finds himself in exactly that place with far more questions now than he's ever had, but within a community that appreciates questions more than answers.
But these are not individual questions. These are community questions: what does it mean to be church...? In what way can we engage with our neighbours...?
Roddy suggests it is these kinds of questions that make ministry ministry rather than offering solutions. It is like being in the middle of town and wondering which road to take. You can sit an analyse it and work out statistics and risk factors and chances of finding the right route, or you can get up and follow your instinct to travel. There is no Kingdom of God at the end of it. The Kingdom of God is all the way along whatever route you take.
That's what being the minister in New Kilpatrick is like: risk the journey and be amazed at what you find.
Rev Bill Ferguson is our Pastoral Assistant who takes on the resposibilities, along with Roddy, for visiting housebound, nursing homes and other pastoral visit. He also pops up in the Sunday services regularly too with his sense of humour mixed with great experience.
Bill is retired from Broomhill Parish Church in the west end of Glasgow and before that, from Annan in the borders.
You'll see Bill at Coffee Pot and around the parish as well as regualrly on a Sunday morning. If you need to contact him you can do so by email or through the church office.
In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we?
So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.
Catherine Frew is the wonderful secretary who keeps everything (and everyone) together. The office is all about coffee and contacts and putting different people together doing all the things we do as a church from Nursery to Parents and Toddlers to Session to pastoral visits, parties (we do quite a few of them) to new folk and old folk and in between folk. It's a busy place but Catherine remains cool througout it all - or seems to anyway and if she's calm, we're all calm.
Please contact the office for any of your needs as Catherine will redirect messages to whoever is responsible.
If you want to contact the minister or pastoral assistant then you can phone or email Catherine. Or if you want to find the timing of an event or find the person who runs Daybreak or the Ramblers or Country Dancing or Sunday School, or buy a ticket for something or let us know any news this is your main contact.
And we love hearing from you. Just pop in too and find yourself in the centre of the known universe.