St Luke's Church
20 Neilston Road, Paisley Renfrewshire PA2 6LN

CHARITY NO. SC000558       Within the Presbytery of Greenock and Paisley

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ST. LUKE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL

Our Sunday School welcomes children and young people from three years old to teenage. We aim to make children of all ages feel a valued part of our church family.
On Sundays, we gather just before 11.00 a.m. and go into church together for the first part of morning worship. Then our experienced and enthusiastic staff provide a range of Bible-based stories and activities which suit the varying ages of the children.
We also have willing and capable volunteers who can provide a crèche for babies and toddlers in a safe environment to allow their parents to attend worship
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BIBLE STUDY GROUP


The Bible Study Group meets every second Tuesday, from 10.00 a.m. -11.00 a.m. in the Galbraith Hall. We are a small group, all finding our way through Scripture and looking for  its application to modern living. All are welcome.


  We resume on Tuesday 24th January 2017 at 10.30am. (note new start time) in the Galbraith Hall.  
                                                




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THE WEDNESDAY BREAK

The Wednesday Break meets weekly on Wednesdays at 10.30 a.m. from September till May - an hour of worship, music and fellowship.
We have a cup of tea and lots of chat and support many charities including Mary's Meals, Erskine, Accord Hospice and Mission Aviation Fellowship.

This new Session, September 2016, gets going on Wednesday 21st September.
Between now and Christmas there will be a programme of music, film, aspects of the Christian faith and two speakers, one on Malawi and the other on some aspects of child trafficking.
We look forward to Ian, our organist, playing for us most Wednesdays.
Our new term started on January 18th and was taken by our minister, the Rev'd Ritchie Gillon, who retires next Sunday 29th.He spoke about the problems of moving house and of disposing of some of the clutter acquired over the last 20 or so years and likened it to some of the baggage we all gather during our lives and how it may hinder our growth as Christians.
We had a cake and it was both a sad and one marked by gratitude for all his support over the years.
Next week a celebration of Robert Burns and the next, A trip to St. Kilda.
Our Wednesday Break is not restricted to our church members. If you live in the vicinity, feel free to come and join us.

















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THE FOODBANK

On Wednesday 23rd October 2013 The Wednesday Break hosted, on behalf of the Outreach Group, a talk from Sandra Chrichton of the Johnstone Food Bank which operates from Johnstone High Church. It works under the auspices of The Trussell Trust.

She gave us a graphic account of the reasons people have for being unable to feed themselves and, in some cases, unable to afford even the electricity to cook the food when they do get it.

"The Trust says:
1 IN 5 PEOPLE ARE LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LINE IN THE UK.

Today in Renfrewshire there are families struggling to put food on the table. For people on low incomes, a sudden crises- redundancy, benefit delay or even an unexpected bill-can mean going hungry. Every day parents skip meals to feed their children and people are forced to choose between paying the rent and eating.

Renfrewshire foodbank provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis.

For more local information go to: www.renfrewshire.foodbank.org.uk
                                                       Or Tel. 0141 889 7999

Or if you are outwith this area, go to: www.trusselltrust.org/foodbank-projects
Please watch MISSION on this site for further action.


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The Thirsty Thursday Café




                                                                   






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The Thirsty Thursday Café is open weekly from 2.30 - 4.00 p.m in the Galbraith Hall. It is a drop-in café, reaching out to the local community, somewhere to simply come along for a cup of tea/coffee and a chat. A nominal £1 is asked for tea/coffee and biscuits

The Cafe has operated all summer with numbers varying according to who is on holiday, but still is very much on the go.

The first Thursday of every month is now a Home-Baking Day, when the proceeds go to a designated charity.

Woman2Woman

The Woman to Woman Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 2pm in the Galbraith Hall. There is usually a talk which follows a theme preceding a cup of tea.
The 2016 Session commences on the 13th September with guest speaker Mr. Ron Pettitt, telling about "an Expat's life in the Middle East".
All welcome.
                                                                   






















Fitness on Friday
Fitness on Friday is a gentle exercise class run by Sharon Campbell,a member of St. Luke's congregation. It will run from 10am till 12 noon weekly in the Galbraith Hall. If you see us all running nimbly for buses from then on, you'll know where we've been!
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The Choir
  
The Choir meets for Choir practice every Thursday evening (apart from the summer months) in the Church Hall at 7:30 p.m. There are about twelve members but they are always on the lookout for more.
The choir is ably and enthusiastically taken by our organist,Ian Munro.
 
                                              There was a regular Cleaning team which operated every second Thursday at 2.00 p.m. and which kept the Sanctuary sparkling and the brasses polished!
Unfortunately, however, dwindling numbers of volunteers have obliged us to employ a professional team of cleaners. Let's hope they come up to the standard of our volunteers!
Many thanks to Morag and Alan and the team who have worked so hard over the years.


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The garden is tended by a small but dedicated group of members and is often commented on by passers-by, especially when the daffodils are out


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SAFEGUARDING  in the CHURCH OF SCOTLAND and at  ST LUKE's


WHAT IS SAFEGUARDING?

Safeguarding is about protecting children and adults at risk in or known to CHURCH CONGREGATIONS  or using CROSSREACH SERVICES.

It is about

RECOGNITION and AWARENESS  through Safeguarding training programmes for Volunteers,  Kirk Session members and paid staff  which covers  child and adult protection issues.

POLICIES and PROCEDURES through Human Resources and Disciplinary Processes including the covering of the safe inclusion of convicted sex offenders in congregations.

PREVENTING and RESPONDING TO HARM AND ABUSE by having policies and procedures in place to protect children and adults at risk and having structures in place such as a CHURCH SAFEGUARDING PANEL and a SAFEGUARDING COORDINATOR with support and advice available through the CHURCH OF SCOTLAND SAFEGUARDING SERVICE.

LINKS WITH OTHER AGENCIES such as the Police and Social Services

SAFE RECRUITMENT and SELECTION via PVG checks for church staff and volunteers working with  children and protected adults, coupled with safe recruitment of paid staff .

At St Luke's  all of the above points have been considered and addressed with appropriate training in place and being carried out with PVG check procedures in place. These have been in place for a considerable number of years and are well tried and tested

The CHURCH of SCOTLAND is committed to comply with the appropriate legislation and have all volunteers and paid staff PVG checked by OCTOBER 2015

At St Luke's we have a SAFEGUARDING CORDINATOR appointed, ALAN MORRIS, who took over from IRENE CRAWFORD in 2014. We also have a SAGEGUARDING PANEL in place.

Alan's job is to ensure that the CHURCH of SCOTLAND's CODE of GOOD SAFEGUARDIG PRACTICE is effectively implemented in the congregation. He is the recognised person for receiving reports of any witnessed, suspected or reported harm or abuse of children or adults at risk. There are quite specific legal and working definitions of the people covered by such actions.

Alan  receives opportunities for initial and further training in PVG matters for staff, volunteers and Elders from the Presbytery and these can be held  from Greenock to Paisley. The Church of Scotland has an annual event on PVG and SAFEGUARDING and in 2014 Alan attended at the POLICE SCOTLAND training centre at Tullieallan, Clackmananshire.

Do not hesitate to contact Alan for further information, advice or to express any concerns of a relevant nature. He can be identified via his  photograph on display in the large hall in the montage with all other Church office bearers and functionaries.








                                                 




















December meeting was a combined lunch with the Wednesday Break at the Watermill Hotel. This proved to be most successful with a lovely meal and enjoyable company. A nice start to Christmas.

February 14th was the start of our session for 2017 and we had a most interesting talk and powerpoint presentation from Susan Mackle on Dementia.
Susan is a member of St. Luke's and was delighted to come along to speak to the ladies. She is also a "Dementia Ambassador" and works in a local Care Home which has a unit for Dementia.
We all felt the benefit of this presentation by Susan as she is so enthusiastic and not in the least cheerless regarding this illness. This was a great help to some of the ladies who are at present dealing with family with Dementia.
So many thanks Susan for an uplifting afternoon.

March 14th we enjoyed a talk and presentation by Stephen Shirres from Poppy Scotland.
This was something different again as we were given an insight into the work that is carried out by this organisation and also the making, by hand, of the poppies which are sold in Scotland. We hope at some point to visit the workshop in Edinburgh (maybe a wee trip!)

We are looking forward to our April meeting when our Organist Mr. Ian Munro will visit.