Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of our BuildingMay 24, 2016
Our church building opened for worship on Thursday 15th November 1866 and the Kirk Session have agreed to celebrate this anniversary with a special Church service and celebration in the afternoon of Sunday 20th November 2016. This will be a Songs of Praise service to be held in the afternoon with special guests invited and afternoon tea served in our halls at the end. The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has accepted an invitation to participate in this service. It was also agreed we should mark our 150 years with gifts being made to local charities, demonstrating a meaningful acknowledgment of our thanks to God for our building and acknowledging that it has in fact been a gift to us.
After discussion it was agreed that we should seek to benefit the work of the Salvation Army, the work of the charity Quarriers and the work of the First Base Foodbank Charity.
The Salvation Army has asked for donations of men’s and women’s toiletries and woollen socks, hats and winter gloves.
First Base (Foodbank) has asked for the following items to make up food parcels:
cereal, UHT milk, margarine, tinned meat, jam, savoury rice, baked beans, tinned pasta, tinned rice pudding , packets of instant custard, pot or packet noodles, biscuits, cartons of orange juice.
Quarriers would be able to use a financial donation to help their work locally with young people. Details of how this can be donated will be made available closer to the date of the event.
Although we are only now in early summer, November will soon be upon us and so we’re asking you now for your assistance in donating the necessary materials. This will mean that on the day we can present invited representatives from these charities with these gifts.
Storage facilities for the Salvation Army gifts and the First Base gifts will be made available in the Church building immediately after the summer holidays and for further information, updates will be appearing in the weekly Order of Service, in the next edition of Contact, on the Church website and of course good old word of mouth is always available!