The 27th Annual Scottish Reformed Conference
14th May 2016, Hamilton College, Hamilton, ML30AY
The SRC will bring believers from all over Scotland the rich blessing and encouragement of inspiring biblical truth and warm conference fellowship. We are all one in Christ Jesus and Scotland needs the witness and testimony of a growing and strong Scottish Reformed Conference!
The conference is only three weeks away! If you haven’t already registered, then you can register online. You can of course just turn up, but it helps us if you register in advance, especially if you are bringing children who require supervision.
The 2016 Church Census takes place this Sunday 8th May at our morning service. All members of the congregation in attendance that morning are asked to fill in a census sheet and return it to the Our Church Session Committee that morning.
From Hampden Park to the Callanish stones in Lewis, ideas for where people would like to see the church hold its new Take A Pew discussions have been pouring in. More than 100 locations and topics have already been submitted since the initiative was launched at the weekend.
The two church pews are being taken around Scotland this summer, to locations where invited guests will ‘take a pew’ with a Church of Scotland minister to talk about some of the big issues facing us today. Videos featuring the conversations will be shared online and across the church from later this month.
You can register online to be the first alerted when each new Take a Pew film goes live. And when you subscribe, you can also submit a topic you’d like to hear discussed and propose locations for our pews to visit in future. The diverse range of subjects already submitted online include how best to engage young people, how to maintain relationships with our older people, how we tackle poverty and inequality and how to maintain our historic buildings.
Rev Neil Glover, convener of the Ministries Council, says he is delighted at the warm reception the initiative is receiving.
“Thousands of people are watching the short introductory Take a Pew video and we have had a huge amount of fantastic feedback already. I realise people in the church are discussing these big ideas among themselves already, but I hope Take a Pew will inspire people to open up these conversations with much wider audiences. Some have already asked me if they can use this idea at a local level, so it’s great to see its already capturing the imagination.”
The redundant pews in the video were donated to the Grassmarket Project in Edinburgh, who refurbished them specially to make them more portable for filming in unusual places. The first Take a Pew video conversation will be released later this month before the General Assembly, and the pews themselves will feature at the Heart and Soul festival in Princes St Gardens on May 22nd.
We have times for fun, worship and friendship for preschool children and parents or carers on Tuesdays at 1:00pm. The next meeting is on Tuesday 10th May from 1 – 2.30 pm.
This is a chance for children to learn through play and crafts, work together as they are able and enjoy songs and stories connected with faith. Parents and carers have a chance to play with their children and talk to each other over tea and cakes and worship with their children. It is open to all preschool children and parents/carers. Hope to see you there.
On Sunday mornings we will have books in the large hall. All we ask is if you take a book you leave a donation. All money raised will go to our project in Rumania, in helping the elderly. We hope to refresh the books every month or so, so please bring some books next Sunday 1st May.
The Presbytery Guild Rally is on Monday 9th May at 7.30 pm in St Andrew’s & St Marnock’s Parish Church. The guest speaker is the Very Rev. Dr Lorna Hood. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served in the church hall after the Rally.