Visit to Denmark
CELEBRATING PENTECOST WITH
SOME GREAT DANES!
For many years,
East Kilbride has been twinned with Ballerup,
a community in the greater Copenhagen area. Strong ties have been forged through mutual
visits of all kinds, with a Twinning Association operating in both towns. In recent years, the Old Parish has been in
contact with one of the churches in Ballerup – Skovlunde Kirke – and last
October, one of Skovlunde Church’s choirs, a superb girls’ choir, came on a
visit to East Kilbride. While they were
with us, their Minister, the Rev Henriette Ringaard, told us that at Pentecost
2012, Skovlunde Kirke would celebrate its 40th anniversary. And she
issued an invitation to us to come to Denmark
on that special occasion.
Thus it was that
on Friday 25th May, a party of eight, led by our Minister, the Rev
Anne Paton, flew from Edinburgh to Copenhagen.
We had a splendid time with some “ great Danes”. Saturday was spent on a
guided tour of Copenhagen itself, with Winnie and Johannes Joergenson as our
guides. They were the essence of
kindness and practical helpfulness. Of
course, we saw only a fraction of the city, but the weather was superb, and
what we did see – including a boat tour around the harbour area – has certainly
encouraged us to think about going again.
Our evening meal was provided by Mie Korp Sloth, who is the conductor of
the girls choir, and the Church’s full-time organist and music director.
brought us to Pentecost and the Service of Thanksgiving for these past 40
years. The day began (early!) with breakfast for us and the whole Congregation.
This was when we presented a model of one of the Iona Crosses – the St John
Cross – as a symbol and sign of our Christian friendship.
version of the same cross sits on our own Communion Table). The service included the Sacrament of Holy
Communion, and Anne was invited to share in distributing the Elements. Although
our knowledge of Danish is distinctly on the short side –( in fact, non
existent!), we could relate very well to
the Communion part of the service.
In the evening,
the Church Choir, musicians, soloists and the Girls Choir combined to sing
excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah”. Two of our party being choir members
themselves, joined the Danes for the Hallelujah Chorus. And then it was time to go home. Two members
of the congregation had been at the airport on Friday to welcome us and
shepherd us across the city to Skovlunde.
On the Monday morning, another lady took us back, on these amazing
computer controlled trains – no driver! We were back in Scotland by lunch-time,
and the sun was still shining! Now the
question is – what is the next step in our “church twinning” journey?
Community Arts Exhibition
The 10th Annual
Community Arts Exhibition held over 27 and 28 October proved once again how
popular this event is for local artists to showcase their work and for the
local community to enjoy this breadth of talent whilst socialising with
There were over 150 entries
covering skills as diverse as painting, embroidery, pottery and photography as
well as some more unusual entries in glass, giclée, hand-painted silk and melt
art. Commission on the sales of entries and tearoom tickets resulted in over
£2000 being raised for the ongoing restoration work of the church buildings.
The guest judge for the exhibition
was Theresa Talbot from the BBC
and Potting Shed programmes who complimented all the exhibitors on the quality
of their entries before announcing her choice for The Bill MacKinnon Award for
the best exhibit as a hand-painted silk by first-time entrant Lilias Conroy. The
Edward Marle Award, for the most promising Arts Centre student, chosen by Ted Marle,
was awarded to Karin Hecht for her oil painting Midnight Iris. The exhibition
was then formally opened in a witty and entertaining way by the Depute Provost
The final award, for the Most Popular
Exhibit, was chosen by visitors’ votes at the end of the 2-day exhibition and
was also awarded to a new entrant, Maire Colston, for her painting of Winter
Dawn (East Kilbride).
In Touch - Publications
EKO MAGAZINE DEADLINE
ARRANGEMENTS: This is
to clarify the arrangements for editing and producing the EKO Magazine. The
system works well and most of the contributions are received during the week
prior to the deadline and are sent by e-mail; this is very helpful and the
editor would be grateful to anyone who can follow this procedure, the rule is
‘the earlier the better.’
The final editing and layout of the magazine cannot be
completed until the last item is received so in practice the Sunday deadline
means after the service. This allows time for the magazine to be
finalized and a master produced in time for printing to start early on Monday
(printing can take up to 7 hours).
The reason for the tight schedule is to avoid printing on
the Tuesday when the office is open and Wednesday does not allow time for repair
should a breakdown of the printing machine occur (Folding and collation takes
place at Thursday Coffee). Thanks to everyone for cooperation in the past. .
ELECTRONIC COPIES OF THE EKO MAGAZINE: Every now and again there are requests to
continue delivery of the EKO magazine to members who have moved away but who
still want to keep in touch with our church, its work and the congregation. These
members, their friends, or in some cases, the church, have borne the
cost of postage, which as we all know, has recently increased. Given
that more and more people have email addresses these days, we thought
we would offer to send the EKO out by e-mail where appropriate. If you would
like to receive an emailed copy of the EKO magazine, or would like a friend to
receive one, please contact Christine Bayfield at
Note: this service is
also available to members who are current members of the congregation and live
locally but who would prefer to receive the EKO by electronic mail.
A GREETING FROM THE
The EKO Magazine Publications
Committee would like to wish all our readers a ‘Happy New Year’ and all the
best throughout 2013.
We would also like to take this
opportunity to thank the team of dedicated volunteers who make it possible to
get the EKO out to you each month, the editing and printing team; the Thursday
Coffee team of assemblers and the monthly distributors who deliver your
magazine. Once again many thanks and very best wishes to all
Christine Bayfield, Publications convenor.
This ever popular annual Burns Supper
was once again a resounding success when a large company of congregation and
friends celebrated the 254th anniversary of the birth of our
National Bard in the Glebe Street Hall on Saturday 19 January.
From the piping in of the haggis by
Alistair Robertson, right through to the conclusion of the evening by the
company joining in Auld Lang Syne, everyone enjoyed a most sociable evening of
traditional fare, Scottish songs, recitations, witty toasts and humorous
The occasion was in the capable hands
of chairman Ronnie Niven, who in addition to delivering a superb Address to the
Haggis, linked the evening together nicely with his amusing introductions of
the different speakers. The Selkirk Grace was given by Alice Beaton, while the evening’s
musical entertainment came from wonderful renditions of Burns songs by Elspeth
Shearer, Christine Tweedie, and Colin and Richard Thomas. Once again a
light-hearted contribution from Roger Lewis with his quirky rhymes and pawky
stories proved very popular. Catering
was provided as usual by McCallum’s who excelled in the preparation and service
of the customary Burns Supper meal.
The principal toast, the Immortal
Memory, was given by the evening’s guest speaker, Ian H Miller, a retired
minister and good friend of our own minister. This toast skilfully combined a
deep appreciation of Burns’ life, songs and poetry with a great selection of
most amusing reflections and anecdotes from the speakers own ministry and experiences
The toast to The Lassies and the Reply
came from the husband and wife team of Tom Moan and Anne Paton. This proved to
be extremely entertaining with Tom describing men’s bafflement at many of
women’s sayings and expressions while Anne took the opportunity to reflect on some
of men’s curious responses to domestic responsibilities. Both used Burns’
quotations and light-hearted examples in support of their position all of which
provided great amusement to the company.
This first-class celebration of the
life of Robert Burns was brought to its conclusion with a comprehensive vote of
thanks from the indomitable Angus McConnell.
Many thanks are also due to the
members of the Kirk Life team for all their hard work in organising this most
Sunday 5th May Morning Service
Sunday 12th May Morning Service
(Rev. Stewart Smith)
Wednesday 15th May
Kirk Session 7.30 p.m.
Sunday 19th May
Sunday 26th May
Morning Service 11.00 a.m.
Sunday 2nd June
Morning Service 11.00 a.m.
Sunday 9th June
Morning Service 11.00
ANNUAL STATED MEETING
The Annual Stated Meeting was held after the service on Sunday 28th
April. During her short introduction, the Minister assured the
congregation that, while times are hard for so many churches across
Scotland, our Church is thankfully not in decline, but stable in terms of
membership and finances. The Financial Accounts for 2012 were then
presented by the Treasurer. The Session Clerk invited questions and
responded to two that had been submitted prior to the meeting. As the
meeting drew to a close, Angus McConnell led a vote of thanks to the
Minister for her hard work over the last year.
Allan Cowan, Session Clerk
Coalburn Silver Band go ‘Top of the
Coalburn Silver Band plan to take their spring audiences on
a musical journey through the ages as they present their ‘Top of The Pops’
The concert will feature popular music from the long running
BBC show, and promises to give the audience a real treat this May.
The concert will feature the award winning Silver Band and
2012 youth championship band, Coalburn Bronze Band as well as the wonderful
voices on Kirsty Coulter and Ross Mclean, a real musical extravaganza.
The concert will be on Friday 24th May, 7.30p.m.
at East Kilbride Old Parish Church, Montgommery Street, The Village, East
Kilbride. Doors open at 7p.m. admission is on the door and is £6 for adults and
£3 for children.
For more information on the Coalburn bands please visit our
website at www.coalburnsilverband.co.uk
FROM THE SESSION:
Elders are reminded that there is a Session Meeting on Wednesday 15th
May at 7.30p.m. This meeting is to be largely devoted to planning for
the future of not only the Kirk Session but for our whole Church
Jim Ballantyne, Depute Session Clerk
of the EK News will have learnt that South Lanarkshire has gained Fairtrade
Zone status, which is a great step forward on Scotland's progress towards
becoming a Fairtrade country. (Wales has already reached that status).
Our own commitment in the Church to Fairtrade is part of that bigger
picture. So, well done, all the helpers each month who staff the stall in the
hall (sounds poetic!), and well done all who are regular customers.
There is also a town Steering Group who are helping to keep the
Fairtrade cause in the public eye. The Group is quite small and could do with
some new helpers. Is there anyone from the congregation who would be willing to
join that quite small Steering Group and help this vital work to
continue? For more information, contact Stewart Smith on 226718.