Sunday School's Lent Challenge Sunday 26th March
We are 'Doing Something Funny for Money' when we arrive at church, in aid of Comic Relief. Please support us by buying a Tombola ticket in the Lower Hall after the service.
Members of the Church are discussing starting up a Prayer Group - to pray for the Church, society, the world, and to remember people for whom a prayer has been asked. A preliminary meeting wll be held in the Lounge Area of the Church Halls at 1.30pm on Tuesday 28th March. Please join us if interested.
Holy Week (9th -16th April)
Please see the 'What's On' Calendar on the Home page for details of events and Services during Holy Week (9th - 16th April).
(Please see also items on the Home Page Noticeboard next to 'What's On')
VoiceZone Concert in Church Friday 7th April, 7.30pm
From Ballerup in Denmark, VoiceZone is a mixed amateur choir of ambitious and experienced singers who meet to sing contemporary rhythmical music. Founded in 2006, their repertoire features some of the greatest hits from the recent decades and they perform ‘a cappella’ or accompanied by backing tracks produced especially for them. Entry to this event is by donation at the door.
Note: The choir are also performing in conjunction with the Scottish Jazz Choir in the Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow during their visit to Scotland. Jim Ballantyne (28/02/17)
Fairtrade Fortnight Coffee Morning
The East Kilbride Fairtrade Group organised a Coffee Morning to mark Fairtrade Fortnight in Claremont Parish Church on Saturday 11th March. In previous years, the Coffee Morning has been held in either the West Kirk, or in the Old Parish. This year, we decided to expand a bit, trying to strengthen the idea that East Kilbride is a Fairtrade TOWN.
There were various stalls, pancake making on the spot, and at least six Primary schools took part in the Poster and Poetry Competition. The winning entries were on display that morning, and the prizes awarded. Fairtrade Fortnight ran from 27th February till 12th March. Be sure to look out for Fairtrade products in the shops, and let us know what you find and where - Stewart Smith (updated 13/03/17)
Youth and Family Project
On 26th February after church, Graeme McMeekin, principal researcher, gave a presentation on initial findings regarding our proposed Youth and Family Project, and also conducted a consultation exercise. The event was well attended and Graeme took away details of the congregation's views. More to follow. (26/02/17)
World Leprosy Day Collection Total
The total collected for The Leprosy Mission through Gift Envelopes issued on World Leprosy Day was £1167.97. Thanks to all who contributed so generously! 26/02/2017
Youth Club Quiz Night
The fundraiser Quiz Night on January 29th was a great success, with 18 teams of four (all ages) competing. £371 was raised, a healthy contribution to our funds, thank you everyone! (28/02/17)
Burns Supper 2017
Not only a great success thoroughly enjoyed by all, children and adults alike, but also raised £740+ for church funds! (updated 28/02/17)
Pastoral Letter for March
"This year, Lent begins on Wednesday 1st March. The journey towards Easter begins on Ash Wednesday, and it’s a time of reflection and preparation for the events of Holy Week and Easter.
For the last few years, I have taken up several different disciplines, including not using my car except when I had to, and making food as cheaply as was possible. (No prepared ingredients!) This coming Lent, I am going to use the material provided by Christian Aid, which encourages us to “Count our blessings.” It’s based on the hymn “When I needed a neighbour, were you there,” and there is a discipline for every day. Some days it might be praying over a particular situation, on others it might be counting the number of glasses in our cupboards and giving 5p to Christian Aid for every one, as we give thanks for the fact we can turn on a tap. And we are reassured that all money Christian Aid receives will go to help those in need.
This year, they are telling the story of Michael: When soldiers started murdering and looting in his village, Michael had to flee to the swamps with his family. That would be frightening for anybody, but for Michael it was even more traumatic – because his eyesight is very poor, he had to be guided through the water to safety. When Michael returned home, he found that everything he owned had been stolen or destroyed. But Christian Aid’s local partner organisation was there. It gave Michael new fishing hooks so he could feed his family. Now he’s teaching them how to catch fish, so that if the worst of times comes again, they’ll have skills to support themselves. Michael’s got more rebuilding to do, but they’ve given him the helping hand he needs to thrive, not just survive, in the years to come.
I wonder what you will do this Lent?"
Yours in love,