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LETTERS

Church Needs To Change

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the Very Rev Dr John Chalmers for his challenging and inspiring series in Life and Work where he calls upon the Church of Scotland to modernise and make radical change or else face ‘drifting into irrelevance and obscurity’.

We are women who bring along our young children to church on a weekly basis and involve our families in all aspects of church life. We have such a strong desire to see the Church of Scotland flourish and grow and therefore we meet on a weekly basis to pray for the church, minister and Kirk Session. We are always open to how God may lead us and we have had the privilege of being involved in a women’s ministry that really is flourishing and growing.

Whilst there are many important activities within the Church, the reality is that our “traditional Sunday worship” is becoming less and less connected to modern day living.

This coincides with the continual decline in church membership.

Where are all the under 40s? Where are all the teenagers and children? The reality is that the traditional service is “alien” to people our age, young people and children who may never have had any experience in church.

We have both been brought up in the Church of Scotland and are passionate about seeing the Church fulfil the purposes God intended, however as we look back over the last 20 to 30 years we have to question why so much has remained the same when there has been so little growth over the years. In fact, we see so much loss.

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