New Time For The Partick Congregation
After nearly four years of having their first Lord’s Day service at 1:00pm the Partick Free Church (Continuing) congregation are delighted to announce that from Sunday 1st January their new regular times of Sabbath worship will be 11:00am and 6:30pm. Also from the same date the congregation will hold their two Lord’s Day services in the church hall.
Session Clerk Mr. Norman Smith said, “To be fair the members and adherents of Partick FC(C) have got used to the unusual 1:00pm service and have managed to work their day around it. But we realise it was a stumbling block to visitors and any potential newcomers.” Mr. Smith commented further, “Meeting in the church hall during the winter makes sense as it is much easier to heat and access is easier for some of our worshippers.”
“Through no fault of our own the 1:00pm service was a condition we had to accept when we agreed to share places of worship with other congregations,” said Partick’s minister Rev Andrew R Allan.
From January 2013 to the end of May 2016 Partick FC(C) shared premises with the Church of the Nazarene at I Norby Road. From June 2016 the congregation have been sharing premises with Partick United Free Church of Scotland, at 2-4 Thornwood Terrace.
Recently Partick UF have decided to disband due to declining attendances. This means that Partick FC(C) are now free to hold their first Sabbath service at 11:00am.
Mr Allan went on to say, “We are genuinely sorry that the Partick UF congregation have voted to dissolve. Since contact was first made between the two congregations we have enjoyed an harmonious relationship with their Interim Moderator Rev Douglas Campbell, the Kirk Session and congregation. It is sad to see a congregation fold which only reinforces the evident decline in church attendances in our city and nation. We trust and pray that the Partick UF worshippers will find a new congregation where they can continue to worship God and feel at home in.”
“This new time will help to normalise our services and we hope that we will see an increase in our attendances as a result. As we begin a New Year and a new phase in the life of the congregation we are delighted to have a permanent place of worship and to be meeting at conventional times. Come what may we are determined to continue to reach out to our community with the good news of the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” said Mr. Allan. “Holding forth the word of life” Philippians 2:16