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A great afternoon of music, friendship and fellowship was enjoyed by all who came along to support our Church concert. The Harmony Group entertained us and we all clapped and tapped along to their tuneful singing. This was complimented with tea, coffee and delicious home baking. A very big thank you to those who contributed to making the afternoon such a success. The wonderful total of £1,000 was realised for Church funds. Many thanks again for your support.
This year's Reflective Service was held on 1 December 2019. We hosted our first Reflective Service last year. We recognise that at this time of year in particular, many of us can feel quite isolated when we are struggling with different types of pain, loss or other challenges in our lives.
The service was very well received with short readings, music, prayers and time for quiet reflection. We sat in candlelight and everyone had the opportunity to light candles during, or at the end, of the service.
Tea and coffee was provided for everyone in the hall to round off a wonderful evening together.
July & August (summer)
The Mission Group met on 12 June and had a busy meeting forward planning 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. 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.
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 during our Coffee, Cake and Choir concert on 26th April. 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.
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 with 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. All in all, it was a great way for our church family to celebrate Easter Sunday.
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. A big thank you to Jeanette Marshall on the hot-plate, who did a great job of keeping up with the demand!
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
Our Youth Service on Sunday 24th February 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.
Once again, we have started a New Year in our Church life by bringing everyone together for a Scottish-themed lunch. We were delighted that so many of the congregation were able to join us.
Our lunch began with Victoria piping a greeting to the congregation as they entered the hall. After a warm welcome from the Minister, Ross led us in the Selkirk Grace. We then enjoyed wonderful haggis, neeps and tatties, followed by oatcakes and cheese, crusty bread with shortbread and tablet to follow - a genuine Scottish feast.
Anne kindly read from the Glasgow Bible, reminding us of Jesus Feeding the Five Thousand and our talented choir once again added their own signature to the day by giving us a few Scottish numbers. Victoria then had us toe tapping and clapping with a selection on the pipes. After a vote of thanks from the Minister, we rounded off the event singing Auld Lang Syne, accompanied by James on the piano; finally the Gaelic Blessing from Ross before we departed - a guid day had by all!
We are indebted to the many people who contributed to make the day such a success. In particular, we thank Anne who set the scene for our lunch by decorating the hall in wonderful Scottish style. To all those who provided, to the many who served the lunch to ensure it was piping hot and to those behind the scenes working away as well. A great team effort as always.
On Sunday 9 December 2018, the Mission Group arranged a Christmas Reflective Service. This was a first for Burns & Old and took the form of readings, lighting of candles, music and time for silent reflection. The response from those who attended was very positive. This is an event the Mission Group will look to repeat next year.
At the Christmas Fayre, we held a "Guess the Name of the Reindeer" competition, the name being Sugarplum and the prize a lovely Christmas hamper. Along with this and home baking that was sold on two Sundays, we generated enough funds to provide our free New Year's Lunch. Thank you to everyone who baked and supported us.
During 2018, the Mission Group supported the 'Mission of Love Project' with the aim of raising £4,518 for Mary's Meals to sponsor Chambawa school in Zambia and feed 325 children for a year.
Amazingly, we overshot our target for the year in just 8 months of fundraising, raising in total £5,231.25. We have had wonderful support from the congregation and friends in our community and beyond. This shows how working together for a common purpose brings us even closer to one another.
We also supported the Backpack Appeal with a total of 355 backpacks being filled and sent off to children. Often these backpacks are the only 'gift' that these children will receive. The Mission Group extend their thanks to everyone who has contributed - both time and items - to this cause.
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 this particular time, our main focus is to help the Mary's Meals Team to achieve their goal of feeding 325 children who attend Chambawa school in Zambia for a year.
At a local level, Mission Group has co-hosted Family Film Nights with the Junior Section of the Boys Brigade and also worked together to cook and serve breakfast prior to services, all of which have been very popular.
We re-started the Bible Fellowship which meets weekly.
We have also started a Walking Group encouraging anyone to come along and enjoy easy walking for just over an hour. We usually stop for tea/coffee either during the walk or at the end. We meet once a month on Saturday mornings setting out around 10:15-10:30am.
At all our recent meetings, we have taken time to discuss ways of encouraging and supporting our young people and this will be an ongoing project. We welcome ideas from our congregation and will continue to work dilligently towards achieving our aims.