Rev Shelley Marsh and MU leaders, Esther and Irene welcome new member Brenda at our
meeting on 8th February 2016. A good night!
Members celebrated the start of 2016 by sharing hospitality and fellowship with
friends and families at Bishopbriggs Golf Club.
The focus for our December 2014 meeting was our overseas links. It was a wonderful
evening organised by Esther Muchena and Irene Fitchett who provided a variety of
foods from Africa and Europe. Members dressed in outfits as a mark of appreciation
to our Overseas Links who had gifted the costumes.
Please click here to read more about the evening, including a response from one of
our links, and to see many more pictures from it.
Members of Bishopbriggs Branch hold a fortnightly workshop when members sew and knit
items to be used for outreach to the community or fundraising for MU projects.
Their skills are developing and they enjoy spending time together, praying, sharing,
some teaching, some learning.
There’s more about this and lots more pictures available by clicking here.
Help at Lowmoss Prison
Here are some reflections on why we want to help at Lowmoss:-
The suffering of a prisoner's family are greater than those of a prisoner themselves
Most prisoners live for visits - they are the connecting point between incarceration
and the hope of freedom - the bridge between the inmate and his family, a link with
friends and a window to the outside.
All prisoners, especially the untouchables need to feel the warmth of human kindness
(expressed by a senior prison officer)
To be humbled by God is painful, but it is a sure sign of his love for you.
‘God breaks us down, remoulds us and builds us up again so that we can go out and
serve him in different ways from anything we had imagined’
God changes lives - not humans (Aitken 2005)
Charity as part of the Christian praxis of love must be seen and developed within
the framework of faith in God’s grace and of hope for God’s emerging reign on earth.
Motivation for mission, therefore requires spiritual nourishment and discernment:
There is a need to be needed
Seeing Christ in the other (Matthew 25:31-46)
A missionary call (Matthew 28:18-20)
Out of love for the other (Luke 10:25-27)
The ultimate criteria for mission: a willingness to serve human beings, while respecting
their dignity as God’s creatures.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
No hands, but yours, No feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he must look out
Christ's compassion on the world.
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good,
yours are the hands with which he blesses now.
(St Teresa of Avila)
The ethos at HMP Lowmoss is to be professional with prisoners, but also welcoming
to visitors and responsive to their needs.
Staff welcome input from the community to help create an encouraging environment,
between the hours of 1-4pm and 6.30-8pm by:-
Helping with crèche
Helping children and fathers with homework
(5-6pm Mon- Fri)
Resource centre - opportunities galore!
Preparation for roles will be undertaken by Families Outside and the Prison Staff.
The Prisoners Week Prayer 2011
Lord, you offer freedom to all people.
We pray for those who are held in prison.
Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist.
Support with your love: prisoners, their families and friends, prison staff, chaplains
and all who care.
Heal those who have been wounded by the activities of others, especially the victims
Help us to forgive one another, to act justly, to love mercy, and walk humbly together