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Welcome to
Knightswood St. Margaret's Church
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11: 25 - 26
 

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.

Join Us for Worship

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.

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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.

From the Manse
Rev. Sandy Fraser
 
 

Dear Friends,

It is now the first day of February and the snowdrops are out showing that Spring and Easter are not far away! One of my presents at Christmas was a FitBit. A FitBit is a watch pedometer, Pulse monitor, stop watch and many other things that you can wear. It tells me my heart rate at any one time and how many stairs I have climbed. It is synchronised with my main computer and stores all the data for me to look at if I so choose.

As I was thinking about that I read that because they send out a signal to try and connect with my computer people, with the right equipment, can monitor where I am at any given moment. I was sharing that thought with a friend but he then informed that we all devices that people can monitor if they wanted. When my smart phone is on people can find out where I am. If I walk around with my tablet and it is on they can monitor where I am. My understanding is that if you walk around the city center of Glasgow for a couple of hours you will be caught on CCTV about 300 times.

In 1949 George Orwell wrote a book called “1984”. It was novel about how the state had taken over the running of everything and how all the citizens were under surveillance, even to the extent that all our thoughts were monitored by the ‘Thought Police’ .

I read the novel when I was at school and we hadn’t reached 1984 but it was a scary thought then. We are now over 30 years beyond that but as I was thinking about the above it is still quite a scary thought. Not only is it a scary thought that people can monitor where I am but they can also hack into my computer and find out all sorts of things. My voicemail can be hacked to see what I’m saying.

Then my mind was drawn to Psalm 139 where the first few verses read, “O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.”

I have to admit that sometimes I wish God didn’t see and hear everything but it is a great comfort to know that He is always there. He is watching over me and you. Is that not a wonderful thought that God is always there. The little hymn we used to sing,

God is always near me,
Hearing what I say;
Knowing all my thoughts and deeds,
All my work and play.

God is always near me,
In the darkest night,
He can see me just the same
As by midday light.

God is always near me,
Though so young and small;
Not a look, or word, or thought,
But God knows it all.

May the Lord bless you all

Sandy Fraser
The Minister

Tour the Church

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.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11

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We are delighted you have looked at our site. If you would like to contact us, please use the form on the Contact page, or you can send mail to our postal address below.

 

Knightswood St. Margaret's Church
2000 Great Western Road,
Glasgow G13 2HA

Tel. (+44/0) 141 959 7075

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