Scrapbook - 2009 January through May

New Front Doors

We’ve talked about this for years (decades?) and you may have seen the mock-up on the News Page.  Well, the new doors are now in and working - though there is quite a bit of finishing to do.  We really hope you find the new layout more welcoming and easier to invade!

Home Group Social

The Anniversary Avenue home group had their social on 14th January.

Liz Heath writes,

‘We had a great time an evening of fellowship with a Country theme: France.  Everyone brought a dish with some French association.  We had French onion soup as starter, a choice of casserole dishes with potatoes and veg for main course, two French desserts and bread and different cheeses from France.

Each person had to come with 3 facts about France and it was amazing what we found out!!’

Find out more about Home Groups

Climate Change Rally 22nd April

Andy and Juliet Neal were across at Holyrood - along with more than 500 others - for the Climate Change Rally organised by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland.  Several organisations were represented, including Tearfund and SCIAF.  MSPs from each of the Green Party, the SNP, Labour, Lib Dem and Conservatives addressed the gathering - the Labour speaker even referred to Andy’s placard!

If you get the opportunity to see the movie ‘Age of Stupid’ don’t miss it.

Band Night 26th April

This was our second band night and we had a great time.  The bands from East Mains Baptist church and from our own church played and the new PA equipment got a good airing!  Ryan and Irene spoke about their experiences at Soul Survivor last year and Greg Fourie, who was also leading the Westwood Band, talked about how to make our own priorities line up with God’s priorities.

Darren organised the evening, Stary was MC and more than £120 was raised towards the bus to Soul Survivor this summer.

The whole evening was recorded so if you’d like to hear more of it contact Andy Neal.  Here’s a wee clip.

Irene’s Suprise 50th

The Youth Fellowship had invited their leader, Irene Campbell, to a supper at the church on 30th May - and since the lads were to be preparing it she was expecting pot-noodles!  But when Irene arrived the hushed hall was already full of folk there to celebrate Irene’s 50th and express our appreciation of all that she has been to us, and all that she has done in the fellowship over the years.  Darren and Stephanie presented a brilliant ‘Irene Campbell - this is your Life’ with family and colleagues from Lesmahagow High School.  We enjoyed an excellent buffet and then went on to ceilidh dancing, games and a performance of ‘One Way - Jesus’ by Hannah and Sarah.  We finished with Runrig’s ‘By yon bonnie Banks’ and eventually set about putting things back together for Sunday Morning.

Thanks to Nikki, Gavin and all who made it happen - and thanks Irene, may you know God’s continued blessing in the second half!