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REMINDER to all knitters and crocheters! Please come along to the session house on Monday 19th November at 2pm to help create stars and snowflakes to decorate the church at Christmas. Wool and patterns supplied – please bring needles. Tea and cake supplied too!!

Nursery Ragbag . . . Our nursery is having a ragbag collection this week. If you have any unwanted clothing/household items please bag them up and bring them to nursery by Friday 23rd November. This raises essential funds for our nursery activities.

Fairtrade – look out for little sheep coming to the stall soon! Sheep are made in Bethlehem using the wool from Bethlehem sheep and come in 2 sizes. Perfect stocking fillers!

Green artificial trees wanted! . . . Do you have a Christmas Tree you no longer need? We could give it a good home and use it as part of the decorations in the Church. Size does not matter, but it must be green and not Fibre Optic. If you can help, please contact Garry Burns, Fiona Leishman, or Jen Biggans.

Church Souvenirs . . . which make good stocking fillers and small presents, will be on sale before and after the Services from Sunday 25th November until Christmas.

Church News

Open Minds . . . A welcoming Church . . .

It has been amazing to see how the Open door Open heart Open mind group has welcomed so many folk over the past few months into St. Mary’s. This has enabled many people who may not have crossed the threshold to venture into the church. People who have enjoyed cups of tea and coffee; listened to organ music; found a friendly face; someone to talk to; watched 35 teddy bears parachuted from the steeple; discovered a very busy cafe while 180 folk entered the church during the Canal Festival. This is hospitality at its best and this welcome is at the heart of who we are and what we are about. In the next few weeks it would be good to explore, expand and be part of Open Hearts . . . how we open ourselves to each other and those we don’t know. This would be achieved in a group meeting regularly to have a vision for the way ahead. Themes for each session have yet to be decided. If you are interested to find out more, please come to the new Ladies Room after the morning service at 12.15pm on Sunday 14th October to discuss this further.

Festival of Remembrance . . . The church will be holding a Festival of Remembrance to commemorate the end of World War 1 on Saturday 10th November at 4.15pm followed by refreshments in the hall.

Fair Trade Week

Fair Trade week commences on Monday 01 October and the Church will be open every day (with the exception of Tuesday morning), from 10.00am – 3.00pm, There is also an exhibition about the work of Fair Trade and on Monday evening a reception is taking place to which the public are invited. Tea / coffee and home baking will be served.

Prayer Meeting..

The Prayer Group meets again in the meeting place on Tuesdays from 7 – 7.30 pm. If you would like prayers

said for someone or a situation in the world, or if you would like someone

to have a visit, please write their name address and telephone number on a piece of paper and put it in the box marked Prayer Time. The box will be on the table in the vestibule near the front door of the church.

Deputy Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire ..

Picture here are members of the Strathkelvin Battalion Boys Brigade receiving their Presidents and Queen Badge Awards at Torrance Parish Church, the awards were presented by Rev Mark Johnstone, Deputy Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire and Mr Alan Brown, Provost, East Dunbartonshire Council.

Charities….

Charities . . . As we only had seven charities nominated this year it was decided no ballot should take place and that all seven will be put forward for support over the next three years.

The schedule drawn up is as follows:

2018 Christmas Motor Neuron Disease Scotland

Glasgow Children’s Hospital

Women’s Aid Kirkintilloch

2019 Christmas Water Aid

Strathkelvin Talking Newspaper

2020 Christmas Samaritans Glasgow

Seagull Trust Cruises Kirkintilloch

 

Open days at St Mary’s

The Church will now be open on the first Wednesday of each month, between 10 am and 3 pm

Everyone in the community is invited to visit our beautiful and historic building; all are welcome
Tea, coffee and biscuits (or occasionally home baking) will be available
Why not drop in and see us if you are in town and have a little time to spare
The dates for 2018 are:
Wednesdays
2nd May    6th June    4th July    1st August    5th September    3rd October    7th November    5th December.