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.
Hi, everyone, time for an update on the recent developments of our Peace Garden. The groundwork has been completed which includes a slabbed pathway from the driveway to the bench allowing easy access for all. At the side of the bench, a large pot was installed to which the "Perfect Gentleman" rose has been added. You may remember that this was planted to commemorate Bill Gracie's 100th birthday.
Sadly the poor weather has had a detremental affect on the rose's bloom but the plant itself is a hardy soul (just like our Bill!) and will come to flourish again in time and bring us all great pleasure. Another flower bed has been added to complement the one which is already in place and now with the garden well and truly established and the care and attention which has been given to the pathways, the Church grounds are looking very much cared for. Those of us who have worked in the Church grounds have enjoyed the positive comments from those who pass through or live by the Church. We even had offers of tea, plants and work! It has made it all the more worthwhile.
We still have some work to do but in the meantime once again thank you for the many wonderful donations, the beautiful bench, lovely plants and money towards the Peace Garden project. We do hope you will visit and enjoy the garden and the view of the "Old Lady of Backbrae" through the branches of the cherry tree. It is a lovely spot to sit and find comfort and peace in familiar surroundings during these trying times.
PS - click on each photograph to see the full picture.
Good progress since planting was done in the garden in July. The paving is now complete and the rose "Perfect Gentleman" put in place beside the garden seat. All looking very neat and tidy; come along and enjoy the peace and quiet.
During these trying times, many of us who have been lucky enough to enjoy outdoor time in our gardens have greatly appreciated the benefit of it. With that in mind, the Mission Group are going to create a small, simple Peace Garden within the Church grounds to afford people the opportunity to stop, pause and reflect in what is becoming an increasingly lengthy period for all in connecting with the physical Church. We know the Church is not the building but the people; however, for many a walk to the Church grounds brings a great deal of comfort. While this will be of great value in this crisis, it will continue beyond these times to provide a spot for quiet reflection.
In the first instance, the Mission Group will create a flower bed but it is hoped through time, we will fund-raise to purchase a garden bench and develop the space in making it accessible to all.
We also hope that in the future, our many new friends who will join us on a Sunday morning, will visit us and can find comfort in this new space too. We are fortunate that already we have had donations of plants, etc to get us started and we will undertake the work over the next few weeks in small groups while adhering to social distancing measures. The Mission Group is always open to help and suggestion and welcome you if you wish to participate in this project.
We take inspiration from a quote from the late Audrey Hepburn - "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow". As a congregation, our tomorrow will come but in the interim, we plant together, we sow together and together we continue to flourish. Thank you.
The rose on the right is aptly named "Perfect Gentleman" in honour of Mr Bill Gracie's 100th birthday.
This has been placed in the Peace Garden next to the new bench.
Pancake Coffee Morning
Thank you to everyone who supported the pancake coffee morning on Shrove Tuesday. The inviting smell of freshly made pancakes complemented the warm and friendly atmosphere enjoyed by all who came along. 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 £355 was raised for Church projects. Thank you again to everyone who contributed to making the morning such a success.
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.