NEWS & EVENTS

The 'News & Events' page has been added to provide a page to detail additional news and events connected to our Church.

This will include information on people and places with connections to Kilsyth Burns & Old.  We will also use this page to detail upcoming events within our town organised by people and groups other than our Church.  Might not be much for 2020 due to the Covid19 virus restrictions but hopefully 2021 will make up for this.  We do hope you enjoy!

OUR CHOIR ANGELS

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On the 1st Sunday of Advent the church was delighted to present Cathy McFarlane and Margaret McKenzie with Long Service Certificates for 60 years and 50 years respectively of being at the heart of the choir.

The minister thanked them and acknowledged the importance of all the many roles within the Church, and the people who fill them joyfully and faithfully. Without true servants like Cathy and Margaret there simply would not be a church.  

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After the service tea, coffee and a delightful celebration cake was enjoyed by our wonderful 'Choir Angels'.

ENQUIRY FROM QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

A recent post on "Old Kilsyth Facebook" has sparked some interest. A lady from the gold coast in Australia has been researching her family tree and discovered that her 6x great grandfather Patrick Rankine was appointed to receive the collection funds for two new communion cups. This was in June 1731 - 290 years ago!

Here is an extract from her enquiry. "For the last 20+ years, I have been tracing my Scottish Rankin ancestors, who were all natives of Kilsyth for over 400 years. Unfortuntely the parish records have only survived from the year 1619 with many records lost or too damaged to be scanned for public viewing.  I was very excited to recently discoveer my 7x great grandfather Walter Ranking and his eldest son Patrick have been an important part of Kilsyth history. During their lifetime, they were mentioned and recorded Kirk Session minutes of Kilsyth, as parish elders and attending to the regular Kirk Session meetings with the Minister and Deacons of Kisyth, attending to treasury responsibiities and attending the Synod meetings in Glasgow. These 17th and 18th century Kirk Sessions recorded the discipline handed out to errant parishioners for offences such as drunkenness, swearing, fornication, breaking the Sabbath, quarrelling, sexual misdemeanors and other notworthy conduct in the parish."

From Andrea Rankin, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

If you look closely at the above photographs, you will be able to see the engraving on the two communion cups. Also shown are two extracts from "Scotlands People" archives.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2021

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The Remembrance Day services started at 11am at the Cenotaph on the Burn Green.

Wreaths were laid by representatives from many organisations including the Royal British Legion and the youth organisations.

There was a wonderful turn out of local people at the Cenotaph.

Our Remembrance Sunday Worship commenced at the later time of 11:30am so people could attend the Cenotaph service.

Our minister Bob presented a wreath to our Remembrance plaque in memory of all those who fought for their country.

Also on the Sanctuary were pictures created by some of the children for Remembrance Sunday.

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Our Organist James Greechan - BEd (Music) Hons

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How fortunate are we at Kilsyth Burns & Old to have such a talented young pianist, organist and singer. 

James has recently obtained his degree - BEd (Music) Hons. Today he donned his robes for the service.

Congratulations James!

Sunday 1 August 2021

James at the keyboard

Agnes Bingham - 100th Birthday, 12 July 2021

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Well, we have another centenarian - Agnes Bingham from Queenzieburn is 100 years old today. An acer tree has been planted in her honour in the peace garden. Agnes is seen here looking lovely and very proudly showing her card from the Queen. Her son Jim sent a letter of thanks to Bob, the kirk session and members for the many cards, gifts and good wishes Agnes received on her special day. 

Acer for Agnes' 100th birthday

NEW ZEALAND ENQUIRY

An enquiry was received via e-mail recently from a lady by the name of Penny Kidd who lives in New Zealand. She had read our website as she is researching her family story. She wanted to make sure she was in contact with the correct church as a distant relative, the Rev Duncan Cameron, had been a minister at Kilsyth Parish Church. Again, via our website, she had read that there is a dedication plaque for him. 

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The photograph on the right of this page was taken and sent to Ms Kidd who quickly replied that she was delighted with this. Rev Cameron's eldest son emigrated to the US and her research and photo will be shared with his family there. Isn't modern technology wonderful?                                                                           (25 November 2020)