Congratulations to Ann Glen-Esk on her award of a British Empire Medal in recognition of her prison and community work.
A spokeswoman for The Scottish Prison Service said:
“Ann has been involved with HMP Low Moss since its opening back in 2012 and it is those in our care, as well as their families, who benefit from her hard work and long-standing dedication which this award recognises.”
The British Empire Medal in my name represents the willingness of a host of folk to come together, to have fun and at the same time do a wee bit of good – often difficult to quantify, but reassurance comes in spades from the most unlikely sources. Victims of crime deserve justice, perpetrators of crime deserve punishment from courts. Rehabilitation, support for families in prisons can be aided by a friendly smile, chat and a willingness of us all to notice and respect our neighbours in whatever context.
Thanks to Scottish Episcopal Church, Mother’s Union and the amazing Low Moss Volunteer Group and staff of HMP Low Moss.
Shelley – the outgoing Rector writes:
Thank you for all the fellowship, friendship and support over the last ten years as together we in St James the Less have done our best to worship and serve God as best we are able and as we believe we have been called. Thank you for your generosity as Pete and I move on to the next stage of our life in retirement. May we all find the road ahead brings with it new friends along with new depths and strength to our faith and trust in the Lord.
Handing over the church keys to the two wardens toward the end of the service,
Shelley and Pete having a go at cutting the amazing cake.
Sunday 20th November was Shelley’s final service as Rector of St James the Less. A wonderful congregation of St James the Less members, family and friends gathered for worship followed by great fellowship and celebrations in the hall.
On Sunday 20th November there will only be one service in St James the Less at 10.30am. This is the Rector’s final service prior to her retirement. The music group in its current form will be playing for the last time as the keyboard player will be leaving too – he is married to the Rector!
A great night at St James the Less Ceilidh on Friday 11th November. Lots of dancing, great buffet in the break and some singing then too! Beginning of the countdown for Shelley and Pete – Shelley’s last service being the 20th November.
St James the Less are having a Ceilidh on
Friday, 11th November, 2016
Starring the fabulous…
John Burns Ceilidh Band
Cadder Freestone Social Club,
5 St Mungo Street, Bishopbriggs G64 1QT
A relaxed evening where we begin to say farewell to Shelley and Pete
Contact: Church members for tickets if you wish to join us.ceilidh-poster
It was a very interesting, helpful, positive and informative event in the hall on the afternoon of Saturday 1st October giving those of us present an insight into dementia. Well worth considering another such event and encouraging others to attend and grow in awareness – for the good of our wider community. The home baking which followed was amazing – thank you to all who did the baking.
St James the Less Chalice Golf Competition took place on Friday 9th September on what proved to be an extremely wet afternoon – they all deserved a medal for participating. Many thanks are due to Bishopbriggs Golf Club, all the participants and donors as the fantastic sum of £695 was raised for East Dunbartonshire Women’s Aid. The winners of the Chalice were the four man team from HMP Lowmoss – well done to them.
The Bishop came to St James the Less for a visitation on Sunday 4th September. After he celebrated and preached at both morning services we all enjoyed fellowship over soup and sandwiches in the hall. Bishop Gregor enjoyed a number of other activities throughout the day which was concluded by joining in with ‘Tunes and Chat’ during the early evening.
There were 26 folk stayed for the meeting after worship on Sunday 17th April. There was a great buzz from the four discussion groups with lots of contributions from everyone present. The comments fed in to the vestry meeting which finalised the Year 3 Mission Action Plan which was signed at the end of worship in May. Ideas will continue to emerge from the meeting as seeds sown bear fruit in the longer term.