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.
We hope everyone is feeling cautiously optimistic as we come into summer. If we contine to follow the guidance we are given to protect ourselves and one another, we can hopefully look forward to better times ahead.
Spring Event: It was great to have so many folk dial in, especially since it coincided with further relaxation of restrictions. The event focussed on new beginnings. Thomas Chalmers spoke to a farmer, a gardener and a student. Each one came from a different background but all were focussed on new beginnings and see Easter as a time of anticipation for what lies ahead. We also had readings, poetry and song and all in all it was very well received. Thanks again to all who were involved either by taking part or listening in.
Peace Garden: The garden is now well established with some additional seasonal planting. All that is required now is some light maintenance, and keeping things in trim.
We are really indebted to the congregation for the generous financial support we have received. The garden belongs to the congregation and what we would really like to happen now is for the congregation to become actively involved. We already have a small gardening group to help with the light maintenance but we are looking for more people to join us. It would be great to see the gardening team expand with people who want to help, or just share their ideas. You may not have a garden or any gardening experience but would like to become involved and if so, please contact any Mission Group member or your elder. The garden is for all to appreciate, so come along and get involved and enjoy the gardening experience in the company of friends.
The Mission Group has decided to take a break over the summer months. We hope and pray that life may be a bit more normal in the months ahead but whatever the future may hold, we know we are assured of God's presence and with that knowledge, we hope everyone enjoys the summer of 2021.
24 June 2021
Happy Easter from the Mission Group.
We hope you have managed to visit the Peace Garden over the last week or two and enjoyed the splashes of spring colour which have appeared. We are sure you will agree that the new growth is very much a welcome sight this year in particular.
As we celebrate Easter, a time of renewal, our thoughts turn to new life and new beginnings. We all hope for and anticipate brighter days ahead and with that in mind, the Mission Group and friends warmly invite you to a Spring Event on Conferoo, on Sunday 18 April at 3.00pm.
We bring together some well known Church friends to chat and discuss the new beginnings in their lives at this time of year. In addition, there will be readings, poetry and song along with a time for prayer.
We hope to put a spring in your step as well as in your hearts and minds. We look forward to you joining us on Sunday 18 April at 3.00pm on the usual number, dialling in 10 minutes before for a blether together.
Update on Peace Garden. Thanks to Anderson McMillan Memorials, the plaque has now been installed, making a finishing touch to our Peace Garden. 10 March 2021. With the addition of some daffodil bulbs, the area is looking especially bright in spring. Snowdrops have also been planted - here's looking forward to the early months of 2022!
31 March 2021
Well folks, 2020 is now behind us and most of 2021 lies ahead. We now have a vaccination programme which gives us another layer of protection from Covid-19 and we look forward in faith to hopefully a little more normality in our lives.
Reflectitve Service: In December, we arranged a Reflective Service where we shared our thoughts on the challenges and opportunities 2020 brought to us and we are very grateful to the congregation and friends for their support with really high numbers dialing in.
Bold Inspirational Event: Covid-19 may have put paid to us all joining together for our New Year lunch of haggis, neeps and tatties but it certainly did not stop us coming together on Sunday 31 January with the help of Conferoo to share a very special time. Our event featured a variety of great songs from our very own Margaret Wren and James Greachan as well as poetry and prayer from the Mission Group. Our good friend Arthur Stewart joined in for a chat with out Minister Bob when they gave a mixture of humorous and serious thoughts on the past year and also inspiration for the year ahead.
Bob rounded off the afternoon by saying "With God by our sides and hope in our hearts, nothing can break the bonds that exist between us all. Here's to 2021, whatever it may bring" and w all echo those words.
Peace Garden: In the 8 months since the idea of the Peace Garden first took root (!), our generous congregation, as well as donating our lovely bench, pot, plants and soil, has given the fantastic sum of £1005 in monetary donations. To date, we have spent £739 on ground works, plants and shrubs and bark. This leaves us with a healthy balance of £226 moving forward into the spring.
In the first instance, it is our intention to add in some welcoming spring flowers. Now that the garden is more established, we can see better where these flowers would be placed. We all look forward to seeing bursts of spring colour to mark the changing of the seasons and new beginnings. We also intend to add more plants where needed and hope that, as we come about the garden again, e will see where possible additions and changes can be made to further improve the area. We hope and pray that it won't be too long before it can be used again as a meeting place for friends. In the meantime, it is a lovely area to visit individually for a time of quiet reflection.
We are indebted to Anderson McMillan Memorials who have kindly offered to donate an inscribed stone to formally mark our Peace Garden. At the present time, they are waiting for materials to come in but they hope to have this installed by late spring/early summer. This is extremely generous of the and again highlights community and local business coming together to support one another during these difficult times.
Thank you again to everyone for supporting us in the creation of the Peace Garden.
Wishing everyone Peace and Joy this Christmas and every blessing for a brighter year ahead.
Bold Inspirational New Year Event
Sunday 31 January at 3.00pm on Conferoo
For the past two years, we have come together and enjoyed a Scottish Lunch with entertainment to herald in the start of a New Year. We can't physically meet up this year but what we can do is still come together thanks to Conferoo. On Sunday 31 January at 3.00pm, the Mission Group and friends invite you to a BOLD inspirational event featuring songs, poetry and chat focussing on the year ahead.
We might not be able to share our usual haggis, neeps and tatties but we can share some warm-hearted fellowship and some positive messages for the New Year.
The usual Sunday morning phone number applies and you can start phoning in from 2.50 ahead of the start time of 3.00pm.
Hope you can join us.
Peace Garden: An additional flower bed has now been planted under the new Notice Board and the area is looking really good. After expenses for the new bed, we have around £180 remaining from all donations received. This money will enable us to maintain the garden and complete the area with the installation of a plaque or stone. We are in the process of sourcing something suitable and hope to have it installed soon.
Mary's Meals: The back pack programme is still suspended due to the pandemic but we are very grateful to those of you who still shop for bargains and to those who store items for us. (See separate item under "Mary's Meals".)
Donations to Organisations: Prior to lockdown and, as a result of our Pancake Tuesday coffee morning fundraising event it had been our intention to donate to the Sunday School, Rainbows and Brownies. We had previously given £100 to the Anchor Boys and £100 to the Junior Section from earlier fundraising events. We have only now been able to hand over £100 to the Sunday School, £100 to the Rainbows and £100 to the Brownies. We know that this will be very useful to the organisations in the run up to Christmas.
Reflective Service: This year the Reflective Service will be held over "Confereoo" at:
3.00pm on Sunday 6 December 2020
This can be accessed on the usual telephone number. If you have not used this service before and wish to join us, please dial in anytime from 2.50 to 2.59 using the number: 033 00 88 34 34 then, when prompted, enter the pin no: 462824. You can then either say your name or remain silent and wait for the service to begin.
We have held this service over the last two years and those who attended found it to be very meaningful. We look forward to sharing with you our reflections on the exceptional year that has been 2020. You will find the Order of Service as an insert to "Contact" and also here on the website. Please invite your family and friends to join us. All are welcome.
Thanks and good wishes: The Mission Group members thank everyone for the support we have received in so many ways, but particularly enabling us to make the vision of a Peace Garden a reality during these very strange times when our church as been closed and our activities have been curtailed. We hope it has brought a degree of peace and calm to those who have been able to visit the garden. We also know that the pictures of the garden in the last issue of "Contact" were enjoyed by many.
We wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and we look forward to the day when we can meet up in person and enjoy the fellowship and friendship we have missed so much at Burns & Old.