Mission Group

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 Morning

To mark Shrove Tuesday, we will be hosting a pancake coffee morning on Tuesday 25 February from 10.00am until 12.00 noon. The cost will be £2.50. Please come along and bring a friend or two to enjoy tea/coffee and lovely pancakes and other goodies. We look forward to seeing you there.

Future Events: We have some other events planned and details will be in future issues of Contact, Orders of Service and here on the website but we would really welcome ideas from any of the organisations or members of the congregation. Please feel free to pass on your ideas to any Mission Group member; we will be delighted to hear from you. We invite you to use the link - contact us where your request will be forwarded to the members of the Mission Group.

Happy 2020 from the Mission Group

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.

Back in October, the Mission Group bought bulbs which the Sunday School kindly planted for us. The children enjoyed a busy morning planting them and we were able to hand out the pots to the congregation at the end of the lunch. Thank you to the Sunday School for bringing some lovely color to many of our homes.

Sunday Lunch 26 January 2020

Please come along after morning worship today to join us for lunch while enjoying the friendship and fellowship of our church family.

We will be having - wonderful Haggis, Neeps and Tatties* ..... wonderful Pipes, Poetry and Praise.

* Alternative available

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.

Harvest Festival/Youth Service

We all agreed that the service went really well, with great participation from the leaders and children of the youth organisations. Several people had commented on how informative and emotional the Mary's Meals presentation was. Overall, it was a great way to celebrate harvest and the work our leaders and young people undertake in the various organisations.

Reflective Service

This year's service will be held on 1 December 2019. Last year was the first of this kind, offering a time for quiet reflection in the run up to Christmas. 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 last year and it will be along similar lines with short readings, music, prayers and time for quiet reflection. We will sit in candlelight and there will be an opportunity for anyone so wishing, to light candles during, or at the end, of the service. Teas and coffees will be available for anyone wishing to continue our time together in the hall. We hope you will put this date in your diary and come along to share a very special time together as we approach Christmas.

Invitation to Lunch:  The Mission Group, in recognition of the generosity of our congregation, invite you to lunch after the service on Sunday 26 January 2020. We will be serving haggis, neeps and tatties followed by oatcakes and cheese and some other goodies. Please put this date in your diaries and come along and enjoy a meal together at the start of a New Year.