The ladies meet at 7.30 pm on Monday 26th January, when they have their Burns Night and are entertained by Clan Ross.
We celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper at the start of February. Service times are:
Preparatory Service: Saturday 31st January 6.30 pm
Morning Service: Sunday 1st February 11 am
First Tuesday Service: Tuesday 3rd February 2pm
All who love the Lord Jesus are welcome to share in the sacrament. If you would like more details contact the Minister.
Next week, 25th January, everyone’s welcome to attend Mass at 9.30 in St Matthew’s Church, which lasts until 10.30. Then, everyone is welcome to worship here where we will welcome, along with Fr Martin from St Matthew’s, Joel Githinji who is our Presbytery Mission partner. Joel will share something of his work in Nepal and there will be an opportunity, over lunch, to hear more from Joel. To help us cater for lunch can you complete the sheet in the foyer, please, if you’d like to come along? Joel may have a few items from Nepal such as scarves, to sell If you’d be interested in purchasing one, do bring money.
Also on 25th January at 3pm is Kilmarnock’s service for Christian unity, held this year in Central Hall on John Finnie Street at 3pm. All are welcome to attend.
Celebrating Diversity Weekend
The Community Council have finalised the details for a ‘weekend celebrating diversity,’ running from Friday 30th January until Sunday 1st February 2015.
On the Friday evening, a Community Conversation will be held in the Charleston Function Suite for invited members of the local community and others to discuss diversity in our community.
On the Saturday we will have a full programme of events in the Community Centre firstly from 10-4 pm, when there will be something for everyone including workshops on songwriting, dance, photography, etc as well as display stands from local organisations and agencies.
Camera Club – 10.30 – 12.30 and 1 – 2.30
Music Workshop with Scott Nicol – 12.30 – 2
CPR Workshop – 10.30 – 12.30
Street Dance Group – 12.30 Performance from Take a Bow
Indian Dance Group – 2 Performance by Ihayami
Line Dance Group – Performance from Still Water 1 -2 2.30 – 3.30
A cafe will be available all day run by pupils from St Josephs and James Hamilton Academies.
From 4-6 pm there will be Line Dancing in the large hall and in the evening from 6.30-10 pm a Rock Concert involving musical talent from the local community and beyond.
The Rock Concert will feature a Dhol Drummer and Piper, Scott Nicol, Daniel Johnston, Strawberry Jam, Parallel Spec, Stay Gold, Lungs like Gallows and No Guts No Glory. Entry is by ticket only – £2.
On Sunday there will be an ecumenical service in St Kentigerns to round the weekend off.
We hope that members of the local community will attend one or more of these events to celebrate the diversity of our community and nation.
Here are key areas where we can grow in our faith in Christ and in serving others because of our faith. We can do this better together than on our own. What would you like to take forward? Complete the form below as the first step:
Exploring what it means to pray in greater depth. There are historic, traditional spiritual practices for Christians which we do not all find easy, but which have invigorated the spiritual lives of millions. Would you like to find out more?
Discovering more about some person or group doing something to advance the kingdom somewhere in the world. We might then be able to support them, even if only through our concern and interest. It has never been easier to find out what people are doing, but we do need to try. We might even find something that excites us as a congregation so we can put our collective weight behind it.
Sensing where and in what way God is calling us each to serve him. There has never, in the past hundred years, been both a greater need nor a greater recognition of the importance of the ministry of all God’s people in the Church of Scotland. Full-time paid service is fast disappearing; if any widespread ministry will remain, it will be carried out by people like you. What is God calling you to do?
Taking early steps towards commitment. Jesus expects people will say they are his followers. What does that mean, what will it involve and how can we do what he asks us in today’s world? This foundational thinking supports all the rest and may lead to church membership or a renewed commitment to vows taken before.
Developing what we are doing together as God’s people to serve our community. Let’s not downplay our role – we are here, and we provide worship and activities for people of all ages, we give a bit to all our local schools and we share our premises with others. However, are struggling to keep doing all we do, and it may be we need to check that we are doing the right things, and encourage others to join in.
Where will you begin to explore your part in this?
No strangers here, only friends who haven’t met!’
We meet on a Tuesday afternoon from 1 – 3 pm for a time of friendship and fun. All those who are aging or aged are most welcome to come along for a cuppa and a blether. We next meet on 20th January.
Junior Church is back this Sunday 11th January at 11 am. Hope to see all the young people back after the Christmas/New Year break.