I am pleased totell you that the recent malfunction on our What's On/Calendar is now fixed!
Here is our Weekly Activities Schedule to guide you on regular activities anyway. Details of special events and dates appear here and in 'Special Notices' as usual.
22/9/19 EKO Magazine Deadline for submitting material for the October edition (hand/type written scripts). Deadline for electronic scripts is 25/9/19.
22/9/19 Family Film Afternoon showing Disney's Inside Out, 2pm - 4pm, Glebe St Hall: £2, includes popcorn and refreshments. All welcome - contact Iain Shaw.
24/9/19 ClickIt Open Day 10.30am - 12.30pm, Lower Hall. See their page (under Activities for Adults) as well as 'Special Notices' below for more for more information.
26/9/19 MacMillan Coffee Morning 10am - 12 noon, Glebe St Hall including great bakes and items for sale.
6/10/19 Communion Services, 11am and 3pm. See also 10/10/19 below.
6/10/19 Messy Church 4pm - 6pm, Glebe St Hall. See 'Special Notices' below for more.
7/10/19 Carpet Bowling Club 2pm, Glebe St Hall, fortnightly. This club is for everyone, irrespective of age, gender, or skill level. New members welcome. See their page (under Activities for Adults) for more information.
9/10/19 Guild returns for Winter session, 1.30pm, Glebe St Hall, with our guest being our church organist Colin Thomas, who is also a singer. New members most welcome. This is a fortnightly group. See their page (under 'Activities for Adults') for more - including full year's programme.
10/10/19 Short Communion Service at 12noon, followed by lunch for the congregation in the Lower Hall at 12.30pm.
13/10/19 Harvest Service, 11am.
14/10/19 Men's Association Restarts after Summer 7.30pm, Upper Hall, Montgomery St. This is a fortnightly group, and tonight's talk is from Kevin Smith's “A Trip Down Memory Lane”.
See their page (under Activities for Adults) for more information, including full year's programme..
14/10/19 - 18/10/19 October Week Events for PS children 10am - 12 noon. Organised by Youth & Families Worker. See 'Special Notices' for more.
26/10/19 Autumn Craft Fayre 10am - 4pm, Glebe St Hall. Admission £2 which includes refreshments including baking. See 'Special Notices'.
27/10/19 Close of list for Church Christmas Card scheme. See 'Special Notices'.
Early warning of future events (more details later):
8/11/19 Family Beetle Drive and Bingo Night, 6pm - 8pm, Glebe St Hall: £2 includes refreshments. Everyone welcome. Organised by Iain Shaw, our Youth and Families Worker.
10/11/19 Remembrance Sunday: Service at the War Memorial 10.40am, then procession to Old Parish for service at 11.45am.
28/11/19 Bruce Davies In Concert. Organised by Kirk Life (Helen Stevenson).
8/12/19 Service led by Coalburn Silver Band (TBC)
24/12/19 Christingle Service 7pm, 11pm for 11.30pm Watchnight Service.
25/12/19 Christmas Day Service 10.30am
29/12/19 Joint Service at the West Kirk
31/12/19 Hogmanay Ceilidh - Glebe Street Hall. Organised by Kirk Life (Helen Stevenson).
Thank you for your patience while we waited for our 'What's On Calendar' to be fixed. It is now up and running as you will have seen. 'Listen to a Service' recordings are now sorted too (note: only our Minister's services are uploaded).
Click-It Winter Session : Open Day and Weekly Sessions
Commencing with an Open Day on Tuesday 24th September for adults who are interested in joining us. A cup of coffee with a pancake awaits those who call in for information, to volunteer and/or to sign up between 10.30am and 12.30pm in the Lower Hall (on the right as you go through the church gates).
Our free, weekly, one-hour learning sessions with a one-to-one tutor will start on Tuesday 1st October between 9.30am and 1.00pm. We offer help and advice for adults in our community who would like assistance with adult literacy and numeracy, or with basic computing, phones or tablets etc. See the ClickIt page in 'Activities for Adults' for more information. (Beth Clark)
☕️ Coffee Morning News
> On Thursday 26th September our Coffee Morning will be held in aid of MacMillan Nurses. It is hoped that we will have jams, marmalade and chutney for sale as well as some home baking.
Please come along and support this most worthy of causes. A donation of £2 would be greatly appreciated. (Evelyn Brownlie)
Autumn Events from Youth & Families Worker
Iain has organised the following events for Autumn.
- Messy Church Sunday, 6th October 4pm - 6 pm, Glebe St. Hall. Teamwork, Gifts and Talents. Everyone welcome for worship, games, arts & crafts, food and much more. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Family Film Afternoon – Disney's Inside Out, 22nd September, 2pm - 4pm, Glebe St Hall: £2 includes popcorn and refreshments.
- October Week event for Primary School children. If enough interest, events each day 14th -18th October, 10am - 12noon.
- Possibly a 'Light' party - alternative to Halloween.
- Family Beetle Drive and Bingo Night - Friday 8th November, 6pm - 8pm, Glebe St Hall: £2 per person, includes refreshments. Everyone welcome.
Be sure to contact Iain if interested (either at church/office, or use our 'Contact Us' button, or his contact details are in the church EKO magazine, Order of Service and on publicity posters.)
Autumn Craft Fayre - Saturday 26th October
Our Autumn Craft Fayre is set to take place on the last Saturday in October. It will be wholly in the Glebe Street Hall and will run from 10am until 4pm.
The Stalls are as follows:-
- ·Joan Gray - Textiles
- ·Cathy Gibson - Ceramics
- ·June Henderson - Pottery
- ·John Adam - Glassware
- ·The Church Choir - Artisan Baking & Sweets
- ·The Church Flower Group - Flowers - artificial arrangements and plants (real or otherwise)
- ·David Kent - Woodwork
- ·Our Church Artists - Artwork (paintings etc.)
- ·The Church Arts & Crafts Group - all arts and crafts made by the group who will also sell all other craft work donated by members of the church and friends.
There will be an area in the hall where teas, coffees and soft drinks will be served with quality home-baked cakes etc.
Admission costs £2 per person and covers the cost at the tearoom. One will just hand over the ticket when ordering refreshments.
Note on Pricing of Goods
Buyers: Because this is to be a ‘craft’ fayre, prices of all these hand-made goods should reflect the time, care and artistry used to create them. As a result, prices will vary from pocket money right up even into three figures. A booklet will be produced well in advance of the Fayre which will give greater detail of the kind of goods which will be on sale at the time.
Donations: For people donating goods for sale at the Fayre, please price them appropriately before handing them in. All goods which are not for Cake & Candy or Flowers will be sold by the Arts & Crafts Stall.
The hall will be set up during Friday 25th October and goods can be handed in until 8pm that evening.
Any questions? Contact David Kent using 'Contact Us' (only if advance), or his details as given in the EKO magazine, or speak to him at church.
✨Christmas Card Scheme✨
Anyone wishing to participate in the Church Christmas Card scheme, by having their names added to the card, can do so now: names and donations will be accepted until the last date which is the 27th October. No latecomers will be accepted! See Kirk Life table in Lower Hall after church. Helen Stevenson
General Assembly Notices
Please now see 'Regular Notices' and 'News' for this important information.
General Assembly 2019
Please go to our 'News' section for information and links to important reports from the Assembly.
To quote the Life and Work Team: "Decisions taken at the 2019 General Assembly have the potential to reshape the Church of Scotland at every level".
Reminder: Feed back on your visits to other churches over the summer
In response to the long-term trend of declining membership and shortages of ministers, the 2019 General Assembly agreed on a radical Action Plan to re-energise the church and, among other things, to share good practice and encourage innovation. Our Kirk Session will have to develop its own local plan to engage with the reform process.
Over the coming holiday months when members of the congregation may be at services in different churches, there is an opportunity for the congregation to help the Kirk Session by spotting aspects of mission or different initiatives which might be worth thinking about and bringing back to East Kilbride Old. This can be done by leaving a brief message using our 'Contact Us' button, or by speaking to the Minister or any member of the door duty team.
Tea, Coffee, Chat.....Thursday Coffee Mornings
Why stay at home by yourself on Thursday mornings? Now the weather is better, why not come along to the Glebe Street Hall, any time between 10am and 12 noon, and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee or tea, a wide selection of biscuits, served by cheerful waitresses who always have a kind word for people? Where else would £1 get you all of that? There’s also a stall with things for sale, often including home-made jam or even freshly picked stalks of rhubarb. And there’s a wide selection of second-hand books to suit all tastes – all for a few pence. So, come along yourself and bring a friend, or even more than one! Everyone welcome, men and women alike.
Church of Scotland Special Prayers
See our Faith Matters page and the Church of Scotland website for prayers, including one written by Moderator Rt. Rev. Susan Brown - A Brexit Prayer for Peace and Unity. As our political leaders continue to wrestle with divisions over Brexit and our changing position within Europe and beyond, a series of Brexit prayers is being published on the Church of Scotland website each week, calling for congregations to "come together" in prayer and reflection. Click Here to link you to them.
Please note that nothing further should be stored in the 'dunny' without permission. Check with Jim Ballantyne or Jim Colthart. (Kirk Session)
Anyone interested in becoming a member of our church, or just finding out more about what it involves, is invited to speak to the Minister as we are hoping to get a group together to explore this.
Welcome to East Kilbride Old Parish Church!
Join us for worship on
Sunday Mornings from 11am – 12noon.
We hope you will feel a warmth and friendliness and that your experience of our worship together is enjoyable, meaningful and encouraging. Please also look out for activities you could be a part of during the week – there are lots of opportunities to meet with a friendly crowd! East Kilbride Old prides itself in being known as a welcoming church.
From the church of the past to the church of today…
“This website includes a section on the history of the church and its graveyard because we know may visitors are interested in this. The current building dates back to 1774 (though there has been a church on this site since pre-Reformation times).
When today’s church was built, it stood in the midst of a small village. Today it stands in the midst of a large new town with a population of around 75,000 people.
Beautiful as it is however, our church is not the building, but the people. Within that building, there is a warm church family. People of all ages meet together, all striving to reach out to the community we serve in the Village area and East Mains.
We have active organisations for children and adults, giving a wealth of opportunities for fellowship and sharing, and everyone is assured of a warm welcome.”
Rev. Anne Paton