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Church Family Outing - Calendar Park 13th July

The sun was shining on the morning of Saturday 13th.  One bus and several cars set out for the annual outing for the children and young people.  Having arrived safely we picnicked on the beautiful grassy area in front of the restored Calendar House.  The young people began their fun activities by following a trail, which had been laid with flour.  A front runner (The hare, aka Ryan) set of first with the rest of the young people and one or two not so young (The hounds) following closely behind.  Ryan was dutifully caught about half round the trail which skirted the house and was laid through the magnificent woodland areas.  With visits to the house, boating, pitch and put, bouncy castle and play park there were lots of things to do for everyone.  The sun continued to shine for the whole day and it was a great opportunity for families to get together.  We rounded of the day with obligatory races and a game of rounders.  All had a great day and there were a few sleepy children - and more sleepy adults - on the bus for the return journey to East Kilbride.

Men’s Weekend at Capenwray

Eight guys from WBC headed south on Friday 13th September to join about 130 others at Capenwray for their annual Men’s weekend.  Capenwray Hall and it’s grounds are just beautiful and the weather showed them at their best.  The singing in the times of worship was quite an experience.  Rob Whittaker, the College Principal, taught a series called ‘From Average to Awesome’ on how God uses  hard times to build us into the men he wants us to be, and how we can best cooperate in the process.  It was very wise, very practical and very entertaining.  Borrow the talk recordings from ones of the guys, (they are just as relevant for women).  On Saturday afternoon  there was target practice, archery, kayaking and clay pigeon shooting, and swimming, tennis, table tennis, snooker were available much of the time.  Saturday ended with a choice of a movie or the rodeo.

The food and the company were great too!

Women’s Retreat

On the 16th October 33 women from the fellowship ‘retreated’ to the Thornleigh Hotel in Grange over Sands for the weekend.

The weather was exceptionally kind to us so we had a great start with both accommodation and weather.

Our speaker was Sue Gilmour from Capenwray Bible School who lead our sessions very ably.  Her theme was ‘Under His Wings’ and she reminded us from scripture of the benefits of taking refuge under His wings in all the circumstances of life - using various women from the bible to illustrate her points.

Her friend Kim, also from Capenwray, was with us too and it was a joy to have both of them there.

We had good teaching, a lot of laughs and great fellowship and ministry times together.  Many of the group have spoken of how they were touched by God and blessed.

We are hoping to build on this with others times of getting together throughout the year.  So, if you missed out on the retreat watch out for more events.

The Wave - Climate March, Glasgow, 5.12.09

Ten folk from WBC - with an age range from 10 to 65 - joined with about 8000 others for the march from Bellahouston Park to Kelvingrove Park.  Marchers included Andrew Rollinson of the Baptist Union of Scotland, Cardinal O’Brien and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.  The message to the world leaders at the Climate Summit in Copenhagen was: Share Scotland’s ambition; Protect the Poorest; Act fair and fast.

Jeanne Neal set up the Tearfund stand for the rally in Kelvingrove park where church leaders and climate campaigners addressed the gathering and pipe and samba bands played.  It was a great display of public support and understanding for this vital campaign.