Mission & Discipleship News – July 2012

The July 2012 edition of the newsletter from the Mission & Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland has details of around 20 events and resources of interest to church people throughout Scotland. They include retreats with the titles ‘Adventures in Worship’ and ‘Letters from John’, a conference in Glasgow on the topic of ‘Sharing Faith in a Post-Modern Age’ and early-bird booking details of a National Music Event, called ‘Different Voices’ being held in March 2013. click here for more

Church and Society News – Summer 2012

The latest edition of the newsletter produced by the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland contains a welcome from the new Council Convener, Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, news of a symposium on euthanasia and assisted suicide being held in September, celebrates the work of congregations in promoting sustainable agriculture and looks at how the church can respond further, and how churches can use the relaunch of the film Chariots of Fire to reach out to their local communities. Read about all these and more in their Summer 2012 newsletter.

Condorrat Church News

Noah’s Ark, a piece of art work organised by Condorrat Residents and Tenants Association, beautifully painted by members of the Sunday School, the Boys Brigade, Girls Brigade and their leaders, now adorns the front of our Church.  A big ‘thank you’ to all involved.

Noah's Ark, Condorrat

We have adopted a Bible Verse and a Vision Statement appropriate for Condorrat Parish Church: Everything is possible for the person who has faith (Mark ch 9 v 23). Our Vision is to be a Church which seeks to inspire the people of our community and beyond with the Good News of Jesus Christ through enthusiastic worshipping, witnessing, nurturing and serving communities.

Christian Aid

Just over £300 was raised at the summer Fete and the following Sunday for Christian Aid, so thanks to everyone who contributed to this worthy cause.


The Social/Sanctuary Refurbishment Fundraising Committee is organising a Car Treasure Hunt on 11th August and a Fashion Show  on 6th October.    The cost of the Treasure Hunt is £10 per car and includes food at the end of the event.

The Fashion Show will be held at The Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld at 12 for 12.30.  Tickets are £25 for a three course lunch followed by the show which is being staged by Innovations of Perth, the dress agency that sells new, worn and vintage clothing.  Once again Westerwood have donated a 3 month membership to the Golf Club and two 6 month Membership to the Fitness Club.  Entries for these are open to anyone without having  to attend the show itself and will be £5 a go.

The Guild

The Guild’s annual outing on Saturday 2nd June was a great day of fun and fellowship.  On 7th June eleven members attended the Summer Rally at Abronhill Parish Church.  The new General Secretary’s address was based  on the last part of The Guild’s theme ‘to walk humbly with our God’, reminding of the contribution that the Guild has made to the life and work of the Church in our local communities.  This year The Guild celebrates 125 years nationally with 28,000 members.  Over  the last three years they have raised £727,756 for their 6 projects.

1st Condorrat Boys / Girls Brigade

Fifty-two boys and girls from our church youth organisations, plus 11 adults, attended the annual weekend camp held from 25th-27th May in Dalguise, Perth.   Activities included climbing, survival, giant swing, fencing, archery, zip wire, challenge course and problem solving.  All courses were given by fully qualified instructors and a full induction/instruction lesson was given before anyone was allowed to take part in an activity.  Of course there was the inevitable campfire when everyone sat around reminiscing about the day’s activities and ‘belting-out’ a few well-chosen choruses learned from Sunday School days.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and voted it as one of the most memorable camps they had ever had.  Next year’s is already booked!

Doors Open Days 2012

Kildrum Parish Church is one of 26 properties in North Lanarkshire participating in Doors Open Days 2012. This year’s event will be held over the weekend of 8/9 September and the church will be open to the public from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 8th September as well as for Sunday worship at 10.30am on 9th September.
Our sister congregation of Sacred Heart RC Church will be open from 10.30 – 5pm on Sunday 9th September with services at 9am, 10.30am and 5.30pm. Further information about Doors Open Days in North Lanarkshire (and across Scotland) is available from the DoD website. Please mark the dates in your diaries – we’ll post a wee reminder nearer the time!

Weapons for Bibles

The latest newsletter from the Scottish Bible Society has news of an innovative project in the Dominican Republic. They write, “Working with the police and local churches, the Dominican Republic Bible Society is encouraging gang members to exchange their weapons for a Bible and to accept a life of faith.” Read more about this initiative, and how you can help, here

Government gives £5m to Christian Aid

The following article appeared in the Summer 2012 edition of Christian Aid News.

Across the UK , Christian Aid supporters went the extra mile to raise money for Christian Aid Week 2012 – walking across country, living on £1 a day, holding church services and, of course, going out house-to-house collecting. And their efforts received a tremendous boost when it was announced, on the eve of the event, that the first £5m in donations would be matched, pound-for-pound, by the Department for International Development (DFID).

This gesture, known as match-funding, will mean that the efforts of all those thousands of Christian Aid supporters will go further, enabling us to help more people in poor communities around the world work their way out of poverty.
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