We are open……

For Worship…
For Cafe…
For Kids….

Thank you for dropping by our website….

After months of ‘lock down’, we are open again, albeit in a limited way…

We are open for Worship at 11am on a Sunday morning. We’re using a cafe style with refreshments. Masks still need to be worn during worship, but not when eating or drinking. We are keeping a register of attendance with contact numbers, asking people to sanitise their hands and taking your temperature on arrival.

We are open for Tuesday Cafe…. Come for a chat and a ‘roll ‘n sausage’, or soup etc… 10:30am to 12:30pm – with appropriate safeguarding measures.

We are open for kids….
Sunday School is happening during Sunday morning Worship
And our Kids Club for primary ages (and their parents) is open on a Wednesday between 6:30 and 7:30pm
All complete with appropriate safeguarding measures.

 

We look forward to seeing you join us…..

Food glorious food . . .

“Our Father in heaven,

may your name be kept holy.

May your Kingdom come soon.

May your will be done on earth,

as it is in heaven.

Give us today the food we need . . . ”  (Matt 6:9-11)

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, Pollok Baptist Church had a weekly free cafe and foodbank for local people.  Relationships had been built  in particular with  Waitrose and Tesco, and we were able to serve some of the most vulnerable folks in our neighbourhood.

As concerns around COVID-19 grew, so did the anxiety that most of the population – which led to some of the most bizarre panic buying I think the nation has ever seen. (Toilet rolls?!) The harsh reality of this hysteria led to empty shelves and left some of the most vulnerable people even more vulnerable.  When the lockdown was announced on the 23rd March, I remember thinking “Now the supermarkets can breath again”

And breath they did!  But what about those who now found themselves shielded or quarantined?  What about those who were already struggling  or those newly unemployed who found a 5 week wait for Universal Credit with no savings to fall back on?  What about those who felt totally overwhelmed and unable to get out?

The links that the church had built with the health centre, social work, housing associations the supermarkets were just about to become a vital source of support for the greater G53 area.

The cafe closed, the foodbank switched from a “collect a bag of food” on a Tuesday, to home deliveries (from referral only) twice a week – Tuesday and Friday.

It was obvious very quickly that demand was far outstripping our ability to supply, and so several applications were made to some of the COVID-19 response funds.

The response has been beyond anything we could have imagined: finance, food donations, volunteer support – collecting food, sorting it, packing bags and delivering to people’s home.

 

 

We are now delivering to over 90 homes and feed around 400 people per week during this crisis.

 

 

 

And so a huge thanks to:

SWAMP Community Development Trust

 

 

 

 

 

And to everyone who has donated food, toiletries, disposable gloves, bags, time – anything that has made our food delivery project possible during this unprecedented time.  Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Through all of you, we can truly say that God has provided all that we need to serve those in greatest need right now.

“Thank you so much for the food you gave me last week, every single thing in the bag was what I needed”  *Irene, G53.

*not real name

The Church is not the building . . .

A few weeks ago I was listening to a radio phone in programme.  It was the week after the government introduced “social distanicing” – and the morning just before they instructed a full lockdown.  (It all seems so long ago now doesn’t it?)

Anyway a rather irate caller was bemoaning the fact that a church near her had flouted the rules and had met as normal the previous day.

The host said “It’s funny, I’ve been wondering if people would turn to God during this Coronavirus – often things like this make people question things, and seek out God.  And then I realised all the churches were shut, and they wouldn’t be able to go there with their questions!”

Sadly she was the last caller of the hour, so there was no opportunity for anyone to respond.

But it made me think, what would I have said if I had had been able to speak up?  Quite simply this, the buildings may well be closed, but the churches are very much open and God is very much at work!

Like many churches across the nation / world – Pollok Baptist has decanted and taken up residence online for the time being.  Yes we are doing things slightly differently, meeting on Zoom at 11:00 on a Sunday.  It’s often messy, and the technology doesn’t always run smoothly, it can take 20 minutes for the congregation to gather – but  we have the joy of seeing  people brought together.  After an initial call to worship, prayer and some teaching we have the opportunity for everyone to catch up with each other.  We always have tea and coffee after our regular services and our Zoom service is not different – we just make it ourselves and drink in the safety of our own homes.  And yet it’s very different . . . instead of just speaking to one or two people, now everyone is sharing together and oh how special that is!  We meet with those who are “shielding” and we hear from those who are juggling child care and home working, and still others who are essential workers and what this crazy time is like for them.  Some folks express their worries or concerns, and those with knowledge are able to reassure them and allay their fears.  We’ve welcomed visitors and in an amazing way they too have become part of our family.

If you would like to join our zoom service, we’d love to see you!  Just send an email to secretary@pollokbaptistchurch.org.uk.

We have kids’ zoom on a Saturday  and our virtual prayer meeting  is busier than ever, so now we’re now looking at adding on a weekly Bible study.

By the time we come out of lockdown, we’ll all be experts at the this virtual malarkey!  It’s certainly helped us be mindful of those in “far flung” places, who only have worship via technology, who never get to meet in person.

The one thing that the building opens for is food.  How blessed we are to be supported by several large supermarkets, including Waitrose and Tesco. Their generosity has enabled us to provide fresh fruit, veg, meat, milk and eggs (along with our regular donations) to over 70 families this week!  Our foodbank will continue to operate on a referral only system, serving the people of Greater Pollok Area, with food deliveries twice a week for as long as the lockdown continues.  (Referrals can be made through local housing associations, the health centre, social work or any church member.)

On this Easter weekend as we contemplate the sacrificial death and triumphant resurrection of our Lord – it’s going to be a bit different this year, but His resurrection gives us our confident hope -ultimately He has conquered death and one day the darkness will have to give way to light and life!

Busy Sunday @Pollok

This Sunday we have our AGM at 1pm all church members are welcome.

 

This Sunday join us for our worship service at 11am as Mark leads us through Ephesians.

 

 

Sunday night see’s our final café church this session as we head into the summer months. We will close with Christianity Explored and resume after the summer. Stay tuned to our Facebook or twitter pages for what’s happening during the summer at Pollok Baptist.

https://www.facebook.com/Pollokbaptistchurch/

 

busy weekend at PBC

This Saturday

church on the go this weekend with our away day to Blair Drummond safari park. This event is full and we cant wait!  Bus leaves at 10:30am

 

Sunday at 11am we continue with our walk through Ephesians with Mark leading us.

 

Then we join the Friends of Househill Park for our 2nd community clean up from 1-4pm.  Everyone is welcome and what a great chance to meet people from the local community and make an impact in our community park. But that’s not the best bit. From 3pm we are having a free BBQ.  Feel free to join is and hear what we are doing in the community. 

Events in June for your diary

Saturday 16th June we are heading to Blair Drummond Safari Park. Ask through your usual group contacts for details. No children or adults will be fed to the Lions!

 

Remember our community clean up day? Well the friends of Househill Park are doing it again + throwing in a FREE BBQ!  Sunday 17th June 1pm. Come and make a difference to our community and park.

Sunday’s coming

 

This Sunday Dave leads us in Ephesians at 11am as he asks the question what alternative can we show the world that is driven by sexual immorality, greed and slander?

 

Join us at 6:30pm for our Christianity Explored Café Church. Did someone say cake!

 

Pollok Baptist Church exists to glorify God through our worship and witness – showing the love of Jesus in our community.