Our annual Rainbow Service was on the afternoon of Sunday 14th December.
During the service we invited those attending to tie a coloured ribbon to a branch of a tree in memory of someone who had died and whom they wished to remember. What had started out as bare branches soon became a riot of colour as more and more ribbons were added, each one remembering someone special.
The Rainbow Tree will remain in church, with another at the Forge Centre in Balloch, through the winter months and you are welcome to add ribbons to it any Sunday before or after our worship services.
On Easter Day 2015 the ribbons will be removed, ironed and used to make something beautiful for the sanctuary or for other people who have been bereaved.
In August this year, a new stained glass window was installed in the gallery above the east aisle of the Parish Church.
Designed by the artist Colin Stevenson and donated by Mr & Mrs Hamilton of Dullatur in celebration of their Golden Wedding Anniversary, the window takes its inspiration from the ‘Rainbow Window’ in the church vestibule and represents the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove. A colourful, powerful and welcome addition to our church, I’m sure you’ll agree!
Our services on Sunday 23 November were led by Rev Alan Gibson, Head of Stewardship for the Church of Scotland. After the services he asked if he could take a photo of the congregation to post on his Facebook page. Here he is, then, taking a photo of us after worship at the Parish Church in the Village.
We’ll soon be making a temporary change to the way we post our news: rather than updating our main website each week, we’ll be putting our church news here on our blog page.
If you want, you can sign up for email updates so you don’t miss anything that’s going on – see the link on the right – or you can just visit us here whenever you wish. And, of course, we’ll have a link on our website so you don’t have to worry about where to find this blog if you are new to it.
We hope to resume our usual website updates in November, as well as updating our blog as required.
Next Sunday afternoon (14th September) sees the return of Messy Church at the Forge Centre, Balloch after our summer break. The fun starts at 3pm and this month we’ll be looking at part of the story of Moses – the baby in the bullrushes – and there will be songs, stories, crafts, activities and finishing with a meal together. Messy Church is for everyone and we look forward to seeing you there.
Our groups and organisations restart this week after their Christmas and New Year break:
On Wednesday 8th January the Men’s Group meet at 7.30pm in the Roadside Hall in Cumbernauld Village. The guest speaker will by Jimmy Rexter who will be speaking about the humour of the Fire Brigade.
On Thursday 9th January the Ladies’ Group meet at 7.30pm in the Roadside Hall for a Beetle Drive. All ladies are welcome to come along and blow away any January blues.
Also on Thursday 9th January the Boys’ Brigade Anchor, Junior, Company and Senior Sections resume at their usual times in the Forge Centre, Balloch.
Looking slightly further ahead:
Our first Messy Church of 2014 takes place next Sunday 12th January in the Forge Centre, Balloch with a new start-time of 3pm and aiming to finish around 5pm. We’re starting off the year by looking at some people and stories from the Bible – January’s theme will be ‘Noah’ so expect some animal-themed crafts and songs, and perhaps even a wee surprise with our food near the end of the afternoon.
The Ladies’ Circle restarts on Wednesday 15th January at 7pm in the Forge Centre, Balloch with a Games Night. However, don’t panic – these are all table-top games and nothing strenuous will be involved!
The April 2013 edition of the Church of Scotland’s Church & Society Council newsletter looks forward to some of the issues that will form part of the Council’s report to this year’s General Assembly of the Church, which convenes in Edinburgh in May.
As the newsletter states: “Our work and prayer, action and reflection are seen through the lens of priority to the poorest and most marginalised. The General Assembly is a chance for the Church to debate political, economic and social issues, and to set the direction for future thinking.”