John’s Blog


Just back from Rosshall Academy Easter Service.

The theme this year was Perseverance & Compassion and a bit of Hope.

The head teacher, Alison Mitchell, spoke of compassion and she mentioned some people, whom she has recently encountered, who have shown these values– in particular, her teaching staff,  who have had a challenging year, she spoke highly of the lolly pop lady, called Christina, who helps our young people cross the busy Crookston Road.

Christina along with the head teacher and captain of the school

 Christina sets a great example to the young people of cheerfulness and helpfulness, to all who meet her and Alison spoke of the Dr Harvey who has retired and who has given 28 years of service to Penilee Secondary and Rosshall Academy. He has been a source of strength to the school over many years.

 The service had great singing from two young girls who could easily win X Factor and there was readings of the Easter story from pupils and excellent powerpoints that spoke of Christ`s compassion for us.

 One of our chaplains Jay Thomas,  gave an inspiring talk of his recent visit to Palestine and the hardships and challenges that the people of that land face.  He finished with a message of hope – saying that the Palestinian Christians hold onto the Easter story and make it their own in the face of great challenge. The cast from the school play, sang a crazy little thing like love and Cindy, our own Youth developer from HP and myself were able to finish the service off with a reflection about Simon of Cyrene who carried Jesus` cross and so the message of perseverance, compassion and hope was weaved through the whole service.

Well done again to Rosshall Academy…

Rev John

07 April 2014