Sunday 14 December at 3pm – ‘A Quiet Space for Christmas’ – an opportunity to escape the pressures, quietly worship, think, remember and give thanks for the gift of Christ coming into our world. Join us for refreshments after the service.
Friday 19th December 5.30 – 9pm – Advent Labyrinth – follow the star like the wise men of old to find the child in the manger, the Saviour of the world.
Sunday 21st December at 11am – Family Nativity – “T’was the Night of the Census” – involving all our Sunday School children.
Wednesday 24th December at 6.30pm – Let’s get ready for Christmas – a family service for young and old alike.
Wednesday 24th December at 11.30pm – Watchnight service.
Thursday 25 December at 10.30am – Come and celebrate Christmas Day.
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.
The 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.
The 2014 Holiday Club was a brilliant success – largely thanks to the 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.
Parents 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.