The first social event of the year is
Friday 01 February, which is a film night, accompanied by a choice of a fish supper, pie supper or sausage supper. Tickets cost £7 and will be on sale from Sunday 13th January.
The Parishioner . . . The next issue will be February and copy for this should be handed to Sandra Burns, left in the Publications pigeon hole in the Hall vestibule or sent by e-mail no later than Sunday 27 January.
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 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.
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.
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 . . . 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
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:
2nd May 6th June 4th July 1st August 5th September 3rd October 7th November 5th December.
At last some pictures from the celebratory lunch held after the service on 3rd December when the roof was rededicated are now on the site; have a look on the Roof Restoration Project page – at the bottom of the page. Sorry for the delay.