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Excerpts from our ‘Taste of Ghana’ evening

The video below will give you a flavour of our recent ‘A Taste of Ghana’ evening.  We are very grateful to our minister, Dolly, to our presenters Ian, Neil, Vicky and Nicolle and to all who contributed to the wonderful Ghanaian food we had for supper.

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A Taste of Ghana

Ghana MapAn evening with Neil, Vicky and Nicolle, our 2014 Ghana ambassadors, when they will tell us about their experiences and show their photographs. Supper will be served.

Friday 7 November 2014 7.15 for 7.30pm
Tickets, priced £2.50, are available from the Church Office.


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Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal 2014

Blythswood 2014The Old & Abbey will again be filling shoe boxes for this year’s Blythswood Appeal.  Donations of toothbrushes & toothpaste, soap, hats, scarves and gloves, small toy cars and dolls, stationery (such as pens, pencils, notepads, colouring books, rubbers and rulers), make-up, combs, brushes, shampoo, deodorant, …….. would be very much appreciated.  The boxes will be filled on Sunday 2nd November.

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October Edition of the Church Magazine

The latest edition of the O&A Factor along with our Eco Newsletter is now available for download from the Congregational News page.

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August Edition of the Church Magazine

The latest edition of the O&A Factor along with our Eco Newsletter is now available for download from the Congregational News page.

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Book Group Update

book clubThe latest information about the Book Group has been published at the Book Group Page.  New members always welcome!

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We ‘Blasted Off’ in Style!

The 2014 Holiday Club was a brilliant success – largely thanks to IMG_2084the incredible ‘Captain Nutter’ (Rev Dolly Purnell).  The space-themed, fun-filled five days was a great success with the children totally engaged with the wide variety of activities on offer.

Each morning started with ‘keep fit’ and a session with Rookie & Debris (Sean & Ellen), the trainee astronauts who always seemed to be up to some kind of mischief but managed to plan
t the seeds for the day’s Bible story.  This was followed up with games – outside for much of the week and very ably organised by Bruce Taylor, one of our Boys’ Brigade leaders.  Snacks of fruit, crisps, biscuits and juice were always very welcome after the energetic games and we are so grateful to everyone who provided these and to Muriel Whitton, Mary Carswell and Rosemary Menmuir who prepared them.  Elizabeth & Seonid Cunningham were our brilliant craft ‘experts’ with the children producing some fabulous spaceships and push-up rockets amongst other impressive articles during the week.  Each morning finished off with a video of the day’s Bible story, reinforced by Dolly and by worksheets that the children completed before a final get-together for a messy game (courtesy of Jackie Crichton), a reminder of the day’s ‘Memory Verse’ and some more singing.

IMG_2088Parents and friends joined us on Saturday for our final session and then for a buffet lunch – thoroughly enjoyed by all!  Many, many thanks to the group leaders Jackie Crichton, Helen Muir, Margaret Tulleth, Avril Muir, Jean Glass & Fiona Wilson.  Thank you, too, to our young helpers Faith Herron, Abbie Gillan, Ellen Birse and Owen Jacques and also to our ‘stars’ Ellen Wilson and Sean Crichton – you were all fabulous!

Sunday Morning Worship gave the congregation a flavour of what had been happening during the week.  Dolly took the opportunity to introduce Lt. Data (Carole Munro) and Cyber Sandra (Sandra Ferguson) who had helped to make the whole week such a huge success.

A gallery of photographs taken by Bruce Taylor is on the Congregational News page – please have a look at them.

See you all next year !!!!


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Abbey Playgroup entertain at Tuesday Coffee Morning

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The children of the Abbey Playgroup entertained a large crowd at the last Coffee Morning before the summer break on Tuesday 24th June.  The Coffee Mornings will resume again in August.

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Blast Off 2014! – Holiday Club

Blast offThis year’s Old & Abbey Summer Holiday Club will run from Tuesday 8th July through to Saturday 12th from 10am to 12.30pm each day and is open to all children who have completed P1 up to P7.

The theme of the week will be ‘Space’ with space-themed crafts and games and bible stories about the disciple Peter.

Parents and friends will be most welcome to join with us at 11am on the Saturday to find out more about what the children have been doing and to enjoy a buffet lunch.

To register for the Club, phone the Church Office on 01241 877068 between 12 noon and 3pm Tuesday to Friday or come along to the Church Hall on Staurday 5th July between 10am and 12 noon.

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Church Picnic 2014

A large group of people gathered to enjoy this year’s Commonwealth Games-themed Church Picnic & Barbecue held in the Church Complex after morning worship on Sunday 22nd June.  The burgers and sausages were well cooked by chefs Trevor, Ian & Sean and the children had plenty of games to keep them amused organised by Sunday School Leader, Fay Forge.  Lyla’s ice cream with lots of toppings proved particularly popular.  Thanks to everyone involved in the organisation and to all who supported the very enjoyable afternoon.

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