This year our Guild is celebrating 95 years of worship, prayer and action. They have a full programme ahead and held a celebratory birthday evening on Wednesday, 26 October. Many congratulations Guild!
Thank you to the crafters, all who attended and everyone who helped in any way to make our Craft Fair and Coffee Morning on Saturday 22 October such a success. We raised over £700 for church funds. Likewise the annual Ladies Lunch and Fashion Show held at The Westerwood Hotel on Saturday 15 October was a most enjoyable and successful event raising £3,700. Thank you to all. Our next social event is the Christmas Fayre which will be held on Saturday 26 November. More details in a future posting.
On Sunday 4 October we are holding our Dedication Service where all the different sections of our church – the Guild and youth organisations – come together and dedicate themselves anew for the coming session. Sunday 18 October is our Harvest Thanksgiving Service and all donations will go to the Glasgow City Mission.
Social events: The evening with the Massai Warriors was a huge success and was the first ‘social event’ to be held in the Sanctuary. The Ladies Lunch and Fashion Show at The Westerwood Hotel will be held on Saturday 10 October. There are a few tickets still available from Margaret McCallum tel: 01236 728086 / 07799281876. Our Autumn Craft Fair and Coffee Morning is on Saturday 24 October from 10 am – 12 noon – £2 entry for adults, £1 for children which covers the cost of coffee/tea and goodies. There will be many crafters, new and old so please do come along – everyone is very welcome.
Everyone is very welcome to ‘Afternoon Tea at The Ritz’ to be held in the Church Hall on Saturday 7th March from 12 noon – 2pm at a cost of £3 which can be paid at the door. Proceeds are for Dementia Scotland.
The Annual General Meeting of the Communicants on the Roll of this Church will be held on Sunday 8th March immediately following the 11.00am worship service.
The Guild‘s Daffodil Tea will be held on Wednesday 25th March – tickets on sale shortly.
Last Saturday the Girls’ and Boys’ Brigade did a ‘bag pack’ at ASDA and made an amazing £1,200 towards the cost of the next camp. Congratulations to them and a big vote of thanks to parents, shoppers and to anyone who helped to make this possible.
Finally, we are pleased to report that our recent Beetle Drive / Fish Supper was a very enjoyable evening and raised £500 for church funds. Thanks to all who helped to make it such a success.
Sanctuary Refurbishment Project Update
We are now approaching the final stages of the refurbishment and are very grateful to the generous grants from WREN and EKF, along with The Church of Scotland General Trustees and others. The floor has been completely replaced; internal doors and lighting renewed; under-floor heating installed and a doorway now leads to a new fire corridor; externally a ramp and steps have been constructed and there is new lighting at the front entrance with new entrance doors. When the floor around the former Sanctuary vestibule was being dismantled, the remains of a newspaper called The Glasgow News dated 19th/20th November 1879 was discovered. This will be tidied up and framed for everyone to see. We now begin the ‘decorating and finishing stages’ of the project along with the refurbishment and re-installation of the Organ.
‘Condorrat Has Talent’- Friday 28 February at 7pm
Rehearsals are well underway and a group of young people from the Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades are practising in preparation for the show which is to be held in the Church Hall on Friday 28 February at 7pm. Tickets are now available at a cost of £5 adults and £2 children (includes tea and biscuits) – proceeds in aid of the Organ Fund. Do come along for a great evening of entertainment.
Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Brigade
Plans are underway for a Boys’ Brigade reunion on Saturday 8 March at 7 pm in the Church Hall. Their Captain writes “Along with pictures, trophies and various bits and pieces of BB interest there will be an opportunity to see a DVD of the 50th Anniversary Show which was held at Greenfaulds High School. Please try and spread the word as I am sure there will be a lot of ex-members who would love to meet up again.”
This year the Girls’ Brigade is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Company.
The Sunday School has restarted for the new year and welcomes all children between 3 and 11 years old. They would like to thank everyone who supported the children at the Nativity Service and say the £60 received from the tea and coffee served afterwards will be used to buy resources for their work.
At their meeting on 5 February The Guild will have a visit from our local Librarian and on 19 February they have a joint meeting with Abronhill Guild to hear more about one of their projects ‘Out of Africa into Malta’. On 5 March they will have a ‘Daffodil Tea’ and will be entertained by The Sweet Harmony Barber Shop Group. Tickets, priced £3 will be on sale shortly.
A Group for Carers commenced on 30 January at 10 am at the Manse. Anyone interested in joining the group can obtain more details from the Minister.
The Social Committee has organised a varied programme of events for the year. Following ‘Condorrat Has Talent’ there will be the ever popular Fish Supper / Beetle Drive on Wednesday 12 March. The first Craft Fair of the year will be held on 26 April and our Annual Summer Fete will be held on 17 May. There will be more details of these in a future posting.
As in previous years our church will soon be decorated with a beautiful Christmas tree given by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous and the three primary schools in the area will help to decorate the windows.
- Our Carols by Candlelight on 16th December will be a perfect opportunity to come together to sing all our favourite carols. It is always a warm, welcoming service which conveys to all the message of love towards one another.
- The service on 23rd December will be led by our Sunday School and we look forward to the children of the church leading us through the nativity.
- Our Watchnight Service on 24th December starts with community carol singing at 11 pm.
- The service on Christmas Day starts at 10.30 am – please note the earlier time.
The monthly services in the McAuley Hall are to be suspended until nearer to Easter to avoid those who attend (mainly the elderly) having to come out in the worst of the winter weather.
The Guild Christmas Party is on Wednesday 5th December and a warm welcome is extended to everyone wishing to join in the fellowship and fun. There will also be an informal evening on 16th January 2013 to which everyone is welcome.
The Girls’ Brigade recent Sleepover raised £202.50 for the Sanctuary Refurbishment Project. The next event for this important project is a Dinner Dance at the Westerwood Hotel on Friday 15th February. This will be a 3-course meal and a Ceilidh Band. Tickets are £25 and can be booked now.
The year 2012 marks the 125th anniversary of the Church of Scotland Guild. The Guild branch in Abronhill is marking this momentous occasion with an evening of celebration to be held during Guild week on November 21st. We would like to extend a warm invitation to all past and present members of the Guild to join us for this celebration. We look forward to seeing many past, present and future members of the Church of Scotland Guild in the Church hall at 8pm on Wednesday 21st November.
The Girls Brigade had a sponsored sleepover in the church hall last Saturday. They had great fun (but probably little sleep) and monies raised will be divided between the Company and the Sanctuary Refurbishment Project.
On 7th November The Guild had a speaker from ‘Mary’s Meals’, one of their projects. They have a ‘Fund Raiser’ evening on 21st November in aid of the Guild Projects when ‘Kilsyth Close Harmony’ will be entertaining them. Tickets are now on sale at £3.
The Minister writes in this month’s Parish News that the Sunday School are planting two trees on Communion Sunday to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee. It is hoped that as many folk will stay to watch the ceremony and join us for coffee afterwards. It is great that the young people of our church have made such an effort for they bought the trees and have arranged for their planting. So well done Sunday School.