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.
Mission Group Members:
Bob Johnson, John Comrie, Evelyn Hay, Janet Kidd, Lora Morrison and Mary Paterson
The Mission Group met socially distanced in the large hall on 8 November 2021.
Mary's Meals. The Mission Group continues to support the Mary's Meals team. The Backpack programme is still suspended due to the global shipping crisis but we are ready to assisst filling the backpacks whenever the situation is resolved.
Peace Garden. The gardening group met recently to tidy up the garden by removing the remaining summer bedding plants and adding some winter heathers. They also had another meeting over Conferoo to discuss and plan bulb planting. We are already looking forward to the turn of the year when we hope to see a lovely display of snowdrops which we planted earlier this year all round the perimeter wall.
Walking Group. The group had a very enjoyable walk on 30 October (see separate article). The next walk is planed for Saturday 27 November. Anyone wishing to join the walks will be made very welcome. Forward notice will be given in the Sunday morning intimations as well as here on the website.
Reflective Service. Over the last few years, we have arranged a service of reflection prior to Christmas and we warmly invite you to this year's service which will be held on Sunday 5 December at 3.00pm via Conferoo. Dial in on 0345 388 7442, followed by pin number 462 824. In addition to messages of positivity and hope, there will be readings time for silent reflection ad singing from Margaret.
For a number of reasons, we have decided that the service this year will be solely via Conferoo and you will find an invitation in the current issue of "Contact".
Good Wishes. The Mission Group would like to take this opportunity to pass on our thanks for your support throughout the year and to wish everyone a very Happy and Peacefu Christmas.
The Mission Group met for the first time since March 2021 in the large hall on Monday 11 October 2021. Conferoo has served us very well over that time but it was good to "see" one another, while observing Covid guidelines.
Mary's Meals. The Mission Group continues to support this most worthy cause. Later in this edition of Contact, there is a full update on the situation of the Backpack Programme under the "Mary's Meals" heading.
Peace Garden. Over the nexr few weeks, the Gardening Group will remove the last of the summer bedding and add seasonal planting where required. The Group will meet on an ad-hoc basis over the winter months. They have also been making use of Conferoo to plan visits to the garden and discss the most appropriate planting.
Walking Group. On Saturday 2 October 2021, nine members of the Walking Group met for the first walk since February 2020. The weather forecast was for heavy rain but we were very lucky to wake up to a dry morning with even a hint of blue sky. We walked from the church to Colzium House before making the return journey. A number of us then went to the Scarecrow for tea/coffee and scones. It was just so good to meet up in person and enjoy a lovely walk in the company of friends we had not seen for a very long time.
Our next walk is planned for Saturday 30 October and we will meet near the Mosque in Craighalbert Drive, Cumbernauld at 10.00am for a new walk in that area. You are very welcome to join us and if anyone requires transport, please contact any Mission Group member.
Future Plans. Our activities are very much influenced by the Covid situation. We have some tentative plans which we hope to share with you in the next issue of Contact.
Please remember that this is your Mission Group and we welcome suggestons and ideas from any member of the congregation. If you would like to join us in person, you will be made very welcome. Any member of the Mission Group will be delighted to give you additional information on the format of our meetigs or take your ideas to the next meeting.
The Mission Group members hope everyone has had a chance to enjoy the lovely summer weather which has been particularly welcome this year with the ongoing pesence of Covid. We met on 15 Septeber 2021 for the first time following the summer break.
Mary's Meals: The Mission Group continues to give our support to all we do here at Burns & Old for the Mary's Meals charity. You will be able to read about the 2021 Backpack Appeal under their separate page.
Walking Group: We plan to get the Walk Group back up and "running" on Saturday 2 October 2021, meeting outside the church hall at 10.00am. When we say "running", we plan a local and very leisurely walk as our first outing. It will be lovely to meet up again after such a long time and hopefully we will be able to welcome some new walkers. If you have enjoyed some pleasant walks during lockdown, or perhaps would like to join the Walking Group for some gentle exercise, please come along and enjoy lovely walks and a bit of fun and chat as we go along. We normally have a coffee or tea at some point during or after the walk!
Peace Garden: The gardening team has looked after the garden well during the very dry summer. As we come into autumn, we have added some seasonal planting and this will continue over the next few weeks. We are really keen to have others enjoy being part of the gardening team. We usually meet every second Thursday at 10.00am for about an hour and a half. If you want to come along for even part of that time to help with some light gardening maintenance or for some gardening chat, please speak to any member of the Mission Group or contact us. You will be most welcome.
Publicity: The new Communications Officer at Glasgow Presbetery was very keen to hear more about the Peace Garden and hopes to add or story and some photos to the Presbetery's newly updated website. Not quite Monty Don's Gardener's World but we are on the right "path" so to speak.
Future Plans: Caution and keeping everyone safe will always be at the heart of our future plans. We will, of corse, be delighted to receive ideas for projects you would like us to take forward from any member of the congregation.
The Mission Group has not had any formal meetings over the summer months, but we contine to keep in touch via email, etc.
Peace Garden - we now have a small gardening team which meets fortnightly to do some routine maintenance - weeding, edging, dead-heading etc. If you would like to come along and join us for a chat, give or receive some gardening advice or do some light gardening duties, then please contact any of the Mission Group members. We would be delighted to have others join us.
Mrs Agnes Bingham celebrated her 100th birthday on 12 July 2021 and in recognition of this, the Mission Group planted a small acer in the centre of the larger of the two beds of the Peace Garden. This is a slow growing, colourful shrub and Agnes was very touched to hear of this recognition of her 100th birthday. Sadly, Agnes passed away on 8 August 2021 and we extend our deepest sympathy to all her family.
Walking Group - Although social distancing is no longer required, the group members would rather err on the side of caution and wait a bit longer before resuming our walks together. We will review this in a few weeks time when we decide to start up again. We will let everyone know via the intimations, the website and Contact.
Acer shrub planted in honour of Mrs Agnes Bingham's 100th birthday
During the pandemic, you may have taken up walking and would now like to continue walking in the company of others. If you are interested in finding out more about the group and would like to join us please speak to any Mission Group member. We would love to have your company when we resume easy walking in our lovely surrounding area.
The Mission Group will resume their meetings in September and if you have any ideas you would like us to take up, please contact us. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the new freedoms we have while remaining cautious and looking out for one another.
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.
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.
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