The Mission Group has two main aims - one to work with organisations within Kilsyth Burns & Old and secondly to reach out to the local and worldwide community. At our meeting on Wednesday 8 May, we gave a very warm welcome to two new members.
Coffee, Cake and Choir Concert
Saturday 26 April 2019
Our Church Choir accompanied by James, our talented organist, showcased their wonderful musical abilities during an afternoon of music and singing to raise funds for our Church. An enthusiastic audience warmly received the varied programme from the timeless pieces of "Over the Rainbow" and "Que Sera Sera" to the beautiful "Be Still" written by our dear friend and valued Choir member, the late Maureen Divers.
The Mission Group and friends were very happy to support the choir in this venture by providing teas/coffees and home baking at the interval. All in all, it was a great afternoon and we thank all those involved in making the day such a success and helping to raise the wonderful total of £1,100.
The Mission Group last met on 12 June 2019 and we had a busy meeting forward planning for the events to be held over the autumn/winter period. Yes, we had hardly started to enjoy the summer when we were looking ahead towards the end of the year.
We also planned the clearing out and deep cleaning of the kitchen over the summer months and we are really pleased to let you know that we accomplished the huge task in July with help from the Fabric Convenor and friends of the Mission Group. We are delighted with the result and now ask all kitchen users to ensure that the standard of cleanliness we have achieved is maintained. In addition to our cleaning duties in July, we also served teas/coffees after morning service.
We will be supporting the Mary's Meals team in the Backpack appeal over the next few weeks. Full details of this will be found under the "Mary's Meals" page and also in the this month's edition of "Contact".
We look forward to your continued support as we return to our projects after the summer break. If you have any ideas you would like us to pursue, please ask any of the Mission Group members.
Easter Sunday breakfast
Our congregation began their celebration of Easter Sunday, the most important day in the Christian calendar, by accepting an invitation by the Mission Group to sit down and share breakfast together. The menu consisted of breakfast rolls followed by warmed hot cross buns, all washed down by any amount of tea and coffee.
There was such a happy atmosphere in the hall as folk enjoyed chatting to one another before going into the sanctuary for Easter Sunday service. During the service, the children enjoyed an Easter Egg hunt round the chancel area of the church. This was followed by egg rolling in the hall. The children also handed out Easter Eggs to everyone in the congregation. There was the usual tea/coffee and biscuits after the service. All in all, it was a great way for our church family to celebrate Easter Sunday.
Pancake Coffee Morning
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Pancake Coffee Morning we had on Shrove Tuesday. The inviting smell of pancakes provided a lovely backdrop to a very enjoyable morning.
The wonderful sum of £300 was raised for Church funds. Thank you again to everyone who contributed to making the morning a success.
Celebration of Youth Service - Sunday 24 February 2019
Our Youth Service on Sunday 24th February 2019 was a wonderful gathering and all of our young people had a great time and really got involved in the games, the singing, and in the readings.
A huge thank you goes out to everyone
who was involved and another huge thank you to all who came along and made Sunday worship a bit different from our usual gatherings.
We will certainly be doing something similar in the future but we meet every Sunday at 11 am to worship together, in some form or another, and a warm welcome awaits anyone who wishes to join us.
If you are not familiar with the buildings please introduce yourself to our Elders at the door and they will ensure that you are made comfortable for the service.
Our Scottish themed lunch after morning worship on Sunday 20th January was a resounding success. It was a great opportunity for the congregation not only to celebrate the achievements of 2018 but also to bring in the New Year as a Church family.
Everyone was piped into the church hall by the very talented and accomplished musician, Luke Shearer.
Before lunch, Ross Chalmers led us in the Selkirk Grace. Afterwards Anne Russell kindly read from the Glasgow Bible, reminding us of Jesus feeding the Five Thousand.
We had delicious haggis, neeps and tatties followed by shortbread and tablet. Andrew Paterson raised a laugh with his recitation of "The Ballad of Janitor MacKay" by Margaret Green.
Our talented choir added their own signature to the day by giving us a few Scottish numbers and after a vote of thanks from the Minister, we rounded off the event singing Auld Lang Syne, accompanied by our organist James Greechan.
A guid day had by all!