As a congregation we aim to be open, friendly and welcoming to all who may come to worship, those who are committed Christians and any who are seeking faith. We invite those who may wish to explore membership further to become part of the wider life of the congregation.
We meet for the main service of worship at 11.00 a.m. on a Sunday morning and welcome all ages. Youngsters (age 3 - 11) leave the service to attend Sunday Club, and there is crèche provision for wee ones (birth - age 3). Provision is made for youngsters’ activities during the Sunday morning service throughout the year including summer holidays.
Communion is celebrated quarterly as part of Morning Worship, in March, June, October and December. In addition, on the first Sunday in the remaining months a short informal celebration of the Lord’s Supper is held immediately following the service. Three times a year on a Monday afternoon a Communion service is held with transport to and from the church provided, having in mind those less able to get to church regularly. It is of course open to anyone who may find it a more convenient time or format, and is followed by tea in the hall and an opportunity for a get-together.
All-age services are held to mark the opening and closing sessions of the Sunday Club and the youth organisations, and to celebrate other important dates in their calendars. Needless to say, representatives of these organisations, such as Brownies and Guides, and members of the Boys’ Brigade, are welcome among us at any time of the year.
We also conduct short monthly acts of worship, with support from members of the congregation, in the care homes within our parish, and have a close and happy connection with the local Primary School within our bounds. The staff and youngsters are made welcome in the church for their Christmas, Easter and year-end prizegiving services.
Once a year, on the evening of the Sunday closest to All Saints Day, we host for the West End Parish Grouping of churches, and for anyone who feels they may benefit from a quiet reflective service, a Service of Gratitude and Grieving, with those who have been bereaved in mind.
As well as regular worship, we host throughout the year, apart from in the summer, a bible study group, currently meeting through the day; an evening discussion group, during which we have been watching a Living the Questions
DVD programme, and discussing the issues raised; we have run a course entitled Exploring Prayer, and will be looking to run in the future a variation on this, using different media resources.
As a response to worship, and in all our activities, we encourage open questioning and discussion, and aim to inform and stimulate rather than prescribe and dictate. We are a mixed group, as in most churches, but manage to conduct all our business in a friendly and tolerant way.
While we celebrate weddings and baptisms, and conduct funeral services for members within the congregation, and welcome approaches for all these occasions from the wider parish, our building offers a special and stunning venue for weddings and other occasions of celebration for those who may wish to hire it. We warmly welcome enquiries regarding the baptism of youngsters from families who may wish to be associated with St John’s-Renfield Church. Please get in touch with the Minister to discuss these kind of services or the Hall Lets Convenor to enquire about the availability of the building for hire. Contact us by clicking here.
We are a member of the West End Parish Grouping within the Church of Scotland, which currently includes Wellington, Partick Trinity, Kelvinbridge Parish, and Kelvinside Hillhead as well as ourselves, and we have a good working relationship with Hillhead Baptist Church, and share services at certain times of the year with our parish partners and neighbours. We belong also to the local West End ACTS (Action of Churches Together in Scotland) group, which is ecumenical in constituency and outward-looking in ethos.
Coming to Church
You will be welcomed at the door by a member of the congregation and given an Order of Service. Please sit wherever you choose - only the first few rows at the front of the church are reserved for the children of the Sunday Club.
Hymn books and Bibles are available in the pews. If you would prefer a large print or words only (lighter and smaller) hymn book, please ask the office-bearers at the door. The church is fitted with an induction loop for the benefit of hearing aid users and the church and facilities are fully accessible.
The Sunday service lasts approximately one hour and is followed by tea and coffee in the Large Hall.