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Knightswood St. Margaret's Church
We are a warm and welcoming congregation in the west end of Glasgow. We are part of the Church of Scotland, in the Presbytery of Glasgow. We have been at the heart of Knightswood Community since December 1925. Knightswood St. Margaret's can be seen from all around, sitting proudly at Knightswood Cross.
We invite you to browse our website and join us for worship. Whether you are visiting or beginning to reside here, we will welcome you most warmly.
We have plasma screens to project the words of the hymns but if you prefer to use a hymn book please ask for one at the door.
Worship is evangelical in content. We use the New International Version of the Bible and the page number of the church Bible is read out so that you can follow it. Bibles are available at each of the doors and the hymnbook we use is CH4. Tea and coffee will be served in the large hall after worship.\r\n
There is a crèche for babies and toddlers under thee, and Sunday School for children from four years upwards. Pram and disabled access is available through the choir door at the front of the church. Should you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to speak to the office bearers at the door.
In my last congregations one Sunday a young lady came into church and sat down 9in the back seat. She didn’t sing any of the hymns and just sat the whole time. She listened intently to the sermon. At the end after almost everyone had left but she sat on. I went and sat beside her and asked her name and where she lived. She told me the area where she lived and said she was driving through and heard the bell and came in. I asked her where she was going and her reply was (I’ll never forget it) “I was looking for a place to be!” She told me her story and I began to realise what she meant. She was looking for a place to belong.
She is not the only one and indeed almost everyone needs to belong somewhere. Having a sense of belonging is a common experience. Belonging means acceptance as a member or part. Such a simple word for a huge concept. A sense of belonging is a human need, just like the need for food and shelter. Feeling that you belong is most important in seeing value in life and in coping with intensely painful emotions. Some find belonging with friends, some with family, and some on Twitter or other social media. Some see themselves as connected only to one or two people. Others believe and feel a connection to all people the world over, to humanity. Some struggle to find a sense of belonging and their loneliness is physically painful for them.
Some seek belonging through excluding others. That reflects the idea that there must be those who don't belong in order for there to be those who do. Yet a single instance of being excluded can undermine self-control and well being and often creates pain and conflict.
A sense of belonging to a greater community improves your motivation, health, and happiness. When you see your connection to others, you know that all people struggle and have difficult times. You are not alone. There is comfort in that knowledge.
I was glad she came in that day because a church is a place where people should feel they belong. It does not matter whether they are a member or not what matters is that they feel they belong.
One of the sad things about Jesus was that quite early on in His ministry he was excluded from the synagogues. He did not fit in with their view of being a Jew and worshipping God. He did not belong.
I am also reminded of the woman at the well incident. She came to get her water at the hottest part of the day, midday. Why did she come at that point? We know that she has had 5 husbands and the man she was with at the present was not one of her husbands. She did not feel because of her lifestyle that she belonged with the other women who came at the cooler part of the day to draw water.
When we were in Morar during the summer we went to the church in Mallaig. What a welcome we got. Inside a few minutes we really felt we belonged there.
On Sunday night at the farewell service to the Moderator’s visit to Glasgow Presbytery we were all made to feel very welcome.
Rabbi Johnathan Sachs said, “In thinking about religion and society in the 21st century, we should broaden the conversation about faith from doctrinal debates to the larger question of how it might inspire us to strengthen the bonds of belonging that redeem us from our solitude, helping us to construct together a gracious and generous social order.”
You know when people come to church whether for the first time or other times we should go to them and make them feel they belong in our midst.
Blessings on you all
Our Worship for November
5th. November 2 Kings 1: 1 – 12 Elijah calls Elisha
12th. November Remembrance
19th. November 2 Kings 2: 1 –6 Elijah takes his leave
26th. November 2 Kings 2|: 7 – 18 Elijah is taken
The congregation of Knightswood St Margaret's was formed in 1925 from those living in the new housing area of Knightswood and worship took place in what is now called the 'small hall' which, from the beginning was a scene of unceasing activity of Sunday School, Girl Guides and Boys' Brigade as well as organisations for adults such as the Woman's Guild.
In 1928, the first steps were taken towards the building of the church as we know it today and the members were much involved in fund raising, e.g. garden fetes, and the 'St Margaret's Market' took place.
On 5th May, 1931, the children of the congregation (for a small sum) were allowed to lay a brick and thus have their place, literally, in the building of the church. The architect of the building was Sir Robert Lorimer, who, unfortunately died in 1929 and so this church remains as one of the last examples of his very distinguished work. The sanctuary of Knightswood St Margaret's Church was dedicated on 2nd April, 1932.
In May, 1982 a union took place between the congregations of St Margaret's and Netherton: St Matthew's, this building becoming the place of worship for the new charge of Knightswood St Margaret's Parish Church.
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Knightswood St. Margaret's Church
2000 Great Western Road,
Glasgow G13 2HA
Tel. (+44/0) 141 959 7075