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St Nicholas Parish Church Prestwick Newsletter October 2009 Dear Friends, We are back into the swing of things as the summer is well and truly past and the autumn, and a new session is upon us. As I write this newsletter we have just finished our parish visitation and I would like to say a word of thanks to all those who were involved to the Mission Committee and particularly Pam Ellis and Isobel Fisher for their organisation, and to the many visitors who went out in the name of the church and of Jesus to knock on doors. It is never an easy task to go knock doors and especially in the first week when the rain was torrential; the folk who went out in such terrible conditions deserve a special commendation. It is good for us to be involved in the parish and to let people see that we have some sort of concern for them and that they might just realise that they are actually in the parish of St. Nicholas Church. I think it is good for us as a church to be in the habit of going out beyond the walls of our church and making representation to our community. I also honestly believe that many people, even though they never darken the door of our church, are glad to see us going out and undertaking a visitation. Things are changing in Prestwick and we will be seeing the departure of the minister of Monkton & Prestwick North Church, Rev Arthur Christie, as he goes off to pastures new to be minister of Anstruther and Cellardyke in the Kingdom of Fife. I am sure he will be greatly missed by his congregation and by the town as a whole, for all the work that he has undertaken in the tenor so years he has been with us. We wish Arthur and Grace God’s lessing as they start a new chapter in their ministry in hrist’s church. One of the things that is ongoing in the church is the flower ministry where flowers are in the church every Sunday. We are grateful for those who regularly donate, or arrange or deliver flowers on a fairly regular basis. We are fortunate on many occasions to have flowers left for the church service after weddings. After the service the flowers are distributed to those who are perhaps ill or elderly, or had a bereavement or perhaps just need something to brighten their day. The gift of flowers can really be a great joy to those who receive them and I would say thank you for your help and support in this work. If you would like to be involved then the flower list is on the notice board in the corridor and you can leave your name and telephone number on the list. You can either donate or arrange or help with the delivery, any or all. I might make an appeal particularly for help with the delivery as it is something that can be done quite easily, but at present is something that I am finding myself more and more involved with Sunday by Sunday. We look forward to our Harvest Thanksgiving at the end of this month and another Family Service. We really are so blessed at St. Nicholas to have so many young people in our church and, to have so many people who regularly attend morning worship, apart from being a great blessing it is an encouragement to me and a testimony to people who visit St Nicholas to see such a vibrant worshipping community. Your servant in Christ, 1 the Church. A few of these photos are now on our own church website. As not everyone has access to our website, we are setting up a wall board in the old hall where we will share information and photographs for those who are interested in finding out more. Our Women’s Guild has written to the Phiri Women’s Guild in the hope of building friendships and support systems. The Women’s Guild in Phiri is instrumental in ‘care in the community’ and, as such, we wish to provide them with spiritual and practical support. Malawi is desperately poor and sadly lacking in even basic health care - almost nine million children die every year before reaching their fifth birthday. The situation very much requires our prayers as well as our tangible support so we encourage you to please remember the people, and their state of affairs, in your prayers. Please check the website Coffee After Church (http://www.stnicholasprestwick.org.uk/malawi/ We are very please to advise that the malawi_intro.htm) or contact any member of donations received at our Coffee After Church the committee if you would like any further over a six months period amounted to over information about this initiative. £500. All money received (after expenses) will be Sandra McCall (Chair) divided equally between Malawi and Blythswood, and we have sent £250 to both. Thank you all for your support, and hope you Sunday School continue to enjoy your time of fellowship. Hello again, Bob Smillie What a great start to our new session - all those children and haven’t they all have grown over the Summer! Malawi Committee We are now just settling in to our tasks for this Things have remained busy for the Malawi new session - and already it’s October! Time Committee over the last month or so. certainly does not stand still where the Sunday We continue to work closely with The Against School is concerned an on the premise that Malaria Foundation and the District Health time flies when you are happy then… we are Manager for the Nkhata Bay District of having a ball!! Being happy in no way detracts Northern Malawi, to establish the most effective from the important work that our teachers and way to implement a malaria prevention helpers are doing - in fact it is part of our programme. This is a long term project through philosophy “of learning the Bible can be fun.” which we hope to provide long lasting insecticidal mosquito nets and a carefully In the next newsletter I will give you more monitored local programme for correct use and specific information on our lessons. care. We have also been in contact with two nursing We had our first Activity Sunday School a few lecturers from Inverness College who visited weeks ago and although it was a holiday Phiri Church during their sponsored cycle weekend a large number of children (22 in all) through Northern Malawi during the summer. received their Christian instruction in an They have helped us to pinpoint it on the map, informal way under Andrea Hammond with confirmed conditions there, and even brought help from Robert (Andrea’s husband), Clare back some photographs of Rev Chimembe and 2 Fraser and Irene Holt. A great time was had by looking for a volunteer – or a few volunteers to all. form a rota – who would be willing to spare these two hours, from 7-9pm, on a Wednesday night. If you feel you could help, please speak Andrea has asked me to pass on this message to George or contact Laura at church or via to you – Activity Sunday School is calling all email on firstname.lastname@example.org helpers!! Would you like to be part of the By the time this issue is printed we will have Activity Sunday School Team? We are returned from our weekend away to Barcaple planning a get together meeting to discuss Adventure Centre. At the moment, we are how best to approach the Sunday School looking forward to this with great anticipation. during the holiday periods so if you are With 15 of us sharing in this adventure interested in being part of it then please call together, it promises to be a great weekend! Andrea Hammond on 471176. (Don't worry - we won't throw you in at the deep end!). It’s only with the valued assistance of you, the congregation, that we are able to provide such opportunities for our young people and I wish Finally, the Calendar for the Session 09-10 is to thank you, once again, for your support. Our on page 7 of the newsletter. Please note our last fundraiser – soup after church on Sunday end date is 27th June – a week later than usual. 13th – raised £170 which has greatly aided us in covering costs for this weekend. Many Keith Lyons (Superintendent) thanks go to all those who showed up to support this venture, as well as to those who ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺ took the time to cook and prepare the soups. Your efforts do not go unnoticed. With many thanks, In:Spire Youth Update: Laura Bridge Youth activities have continued in their usual Youth Worker flow since our last update, with those in S1 and above meeting on: Sundays @ 10am, for Bible Class Sundays @ 6pm, for a time of musical worship Sundays @ 7-9pm, for youth group Astley Youth Band Concert Wednesdays @ 7-9pm, for youth club The concert by Astley Youth Band on 29th August raised the sum of £555 which will be Numbers have continued to increase since the donated to Blythswood Care. Sincere thanks to start of the new school year and we now see all who contributed to the success of this event. approximately 15 young people meeting together each Sunday night. Things are very lively and very loud! Amongst all the bustle and St Nicholas Outreach activity, we have been exploring issues of identity and where our faith fits in to this. It has Thanks to the continuing generosity of been really encouraging to hear the young yourselves, a sum of £2000 has been donated people opening up and grappling with some of to Blythswood this year. This sum has been these issues. raised through events, coffee after church and the Humber van. The committee is also grateful Wednesday nights have also grown and for the donation of £3203.65 sent to continue to provide a more informal session in Blythswood directly from the Centenary Fund. which our young people meet together to chat, entertain themselves with various games and Bryce Wilson activities, and generally enjoy each other’s (Secretary) company. With numbers increasing, we now find ourselves in need of some fresh adult blood to assist us by simply spending these 2hours in the young people’s company. We’re 3 Financial Report Thank You For several months now our collections have I would like to thank everyone for their loving been falling well behind budget and at the kindness during my recent stay in hospital. All beginning of September offerings totaling your prayers, cards, gifts and flowers were very £59,636 were some £1,700 down on the much appreciated and your visits were so corresponding period of 2008. Comparison with enjoyable and a great source of last year, however, may be misleading when encouragement to me. the many Centenary events, special services and an increased number of visitors no With love doubted resulted in higher than usual offerings. Another reason for the decrease in giving will Nancy Borland have been the ‘Credit Crunch’ which will have had an effect on members’ savings, investment Thank You income and employment. We would like to thank our many friends in St Whatever the reasons for the shortfall the trend Nicholas Church for all the flowers, cards and is worrying and will be monitored closely for the expressions of good will received on the remainder of the year when more definite occasion of our Golden Wedding on 12th action will be taken if the situation has not September. We feel greatly blessed for all the improved. love shown towards us from our Church family here in St Nicholas. Many thanks to you all. Apart from the above, however, other aspects of our finances are in good order - income from Alan and Nina McGregor other sources (weddings, hire of halls etc.,) is ahead of last year, expenditure is being Thank You contained generally within budget and our I would like to give a big thank you for all the reserves were greatly increased in May by a prayers, cards, gifts and thoughts that came generous legacy of £46,000 from the late Miss my way after my operation. I am feeling much Hanson. better and will be heading back up to Aberdeen The latter funds have gone a long way to for uni life. replacing the substantial outlay on the vestibule last year. It is also relevant to record the The flowers from the church were a nice excellent continued support, financial and surprise and brightened my morning. I would practical, given by the congregation to outreach like to thank Mr Fiddes for being able to look at projects such as Blythswood and Malawi. my swollen face as he delivered them as I know that can't have been a nice sight to see. Bill Jackson Treasurer I hope I will be back down in Prestwick soon Thank You and see you all. On behalf of the Renovare Group I am writing to thank you for the wonderful donation of £250 A Big Thank You once again, received from the “Coffee After Church” fund. Rachel Forbes xxxxxxxxxxxx Thanks to those in our congregation who provide and support this enjoyable time after Shoebox Appeal 2009 morning worship and contribute so generously Our final “event” for 2009 is the annual to the fund, we in turn are able to continue to shoebox appeal and appreciation is expressed support the Presbytery initiative to Malawi in anticipation of any contribution you can through our “Moment for Malawi” appeal. make. A leaflet accompanies this newsletter Everyone’s generosity continues to encourage with details on it, which is similar to before. us and is greatly appreciated. Kind regards, Best Wishes Janette Morrison Bryce Wilson (Secretary) 4 Guild No personal explanation from God ever seems to be forthcoming for inexplicable adverse The Guild meets every Thursday at 2.15pm in experience which befalls a Christian, not for the Old Hall. It was good to welcome back Job, not for Joseph, not for the blind man in familiar faces at our opening meeting and to John 9, not for Paul; only an assurance that welcome some who have just joined us. If you ‘My grace is sufficient for thee’. are free on a Thursday afternoon why not come along? If you are a bit shy bring a friend Basing counsel and advice, however well- and just make your way towards the noise and meaning and sound, on appearances is laughter. inappropriate. We neither see the full picture Here are some dates for your diary nor know the whole story. The words of Jesus Thursday 8th October Mauchline Ware, Mr J to Peter: What I do thou knowest not now’ are McGhee very relevant to these situations and so it is Thursday 15th October Mr Robin McGinlay will dangerous to presume. give us hints about Fire Prevention. What is made clear is that this – and related Thursday 22nd October Mary’s Meals – bringing human experiences of a similar nature – are much needed help to the under privileged not divine punishments but in fact divine Thursday 29th October Mrs Julie Shaw shares demonstrations. God Himself initiated this her experiences of The Great Wall of China incident by ‘boasting’ about Job’s Thursday 5th November Guild Lunch. This righteousness to Satan. He had confidence in takes place in the New Hall at 12.15pm for Job and twice removed the protective barriers 12.30pm. One of our own members, Mr Howell to let Satan attack him. Jones is our speaker this year and the title of his talk is “With a Bible in the Balkans” The church and individual Christians are God’s demonstration models in a fallen world. Isaiah Advance Notice Our Annual Morning Market talks of ‘a people planted by the Lord for the will take place on Saturday 14th November from display of His splendour’ and Paul says in 10am until 12noon. Tickets will be on sale in Ephesians that the wisdom of God is made the near future. manifest by the church’, just as Jesus Himself was the ‘express image of His person’. It is part of the cosmic purpose of God and He depends on ‘faithful witnesses’. Unlocking the The key to such experiences is trust. It is not Bible (25) the justification or explanation of adversity but Praise the Lord O my soul: how we respond to it and behave during it. The Books of Experience Paradoxically, although naturally seeking relief and some explanation, deep down Job knew - The first of the “Books of Experience” outlined and trusted, as expressed in the declaration: I last month is the Book of Job with its strange know that my Redeemer liveth and though He story of undeserved deprivation and suffering slay me, yet I will trust Him. confounded by the lack of opportunity to defend his cause and further aggravated by In the end, all was restored. Though he inappropriate ‘advice’ from his friends. But the suffered devastation - of possessions and book, unlike the experience, provides the health - he lost nothing but gained so much in context and with it the explanation of what is experience and assurance. And God was happening, and why. vindicated. At face value, Job is suffering unjustly and That is an encouragement as we face the expresses the equivalent of, “Why is this rigours of seeking to live righteous lives in our happening to me, I don’t deserve it and want contexts: families, home, neighbourhoods, an explanation.” Yet, that is precisely what he work, even ‘church’, knowing that we are part is not given, neither during the experience, or of God’s great and deliberate experiment of later when it is all over. entrusting believers to respond in such a way that speaks of His glory, continuing the So, what can we learn from this remarkable effective ministry of Jesus on earth. It is not book? Here are some suggestions. only the heavens that declare the glory of God, 5 but also human believers as they constitute the ‘church which is His body’. What a privilege; Church Office and what a responsibility. Job’s only real The Church office is operating from the mistake was to become too self-important, an Crawford Room, and the opening hours are attribute that merited the rebuke of God at the 10.00am to 12.00noon Monday, Tuesday, end. We have the added example of Jesus, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The telephone ’meekly enduring sorrow’ as our inspiration to number is 01292 671547 and the e-mail be ‘faithful witnesses’ in whatever situations we address email@example.com. find ourselves in or what circumstances we are called to encounter and respond to. Intimations If you wish to have an intimation added to the Coffee after Church weekly Order of Service, please send the Volunteers are required for October and details by e-mail to November. firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Please add your name against the dates you the Church office. are available to the sheet on the notice board. All intimations should be submitted at the latest by the Friday prior to the Sunday you require Biggart Hospital the intimation to be announced. The Biggart Hospital urgently needs volunteers. Can you spare 3 hours a month to work in their cafe, shop, or take the trolley Newsletter Articles round the wards? Please be advised that any If you are interested, please contact Alison articles for the church Craig on 01292 479954. newsletter should be submitted by e-mail, whenever possible. Please Church Newsletter forward articles for the We need another person to distribute the newsletter to the following e-mail address church newsletters. If you are able help, please email@example.com contact Kenneth or Helen Johnston on 01292 471980. All articles must be submitted by the 20th of the month. CD Recordings Recordings of the Church Newsletter (recorded by Mrs E. Gulland and Mrs M. Robertson) and the Sunday Service are available free of change on CD to anyone wishing a copy. For example, if you are housebound, ill, on holiday, or if you were at church and wish to listen to the service again. If you wish a copy of the Sunday Services or Newsletter, or if you know of someone who would benefit from this service, please contact the Church Office. Bob Smillie Hospital Transport Those requiring help in visiting local hospitals can contact Mr A. Johnston, on 477172, or Miss M. McIntosh, on 470161, who will make the necessary arrangements 6 Office Bearers on Duty October: D. Shepherd, S. O’Neill, M. Shepherd, S. Waddell Counting Duty: A. McIntosh November: A. Wilson, R. McMeechan, J. Macphail, J. Orr Counting Duty: R. Taylor Beadle Rota October November 4th H. Gorman 1st A. Wason 11th E. Provan 8th D. Gulland 18th R. Smillie 15th A. McGregor 25th J. Hope 22nd H. Gorman 29th E. Provan Recording Rota October November 4th I. Moffat 1st H. Gorman 11th I. Moffat 8th H. Gorman 18th A. Wason 15th R. Smillie th nd 25 A. Wason 22 R. Smillie 29th A. Wason Car Pool Rota October November 4th Mr D Gulland 478317 1st Mr A Henderson 477811 Mrs. B Bickerton 475287 Mr W Leslie 470812 11th Mr J Telfer 478090 8th Mr D Gulland 478317 Mr E Provan 476594 Mrs B Bickerton 475287 th th 18 Mr. R Ellis 470321 15 Mr J Telfer 478090 Mrs. J Smith 476229 Mr E Provan 476594 th nd 25 Mr. A Horsburgh 478754 22 Mr R Ellis 470321 Mr. J Anderson 470936 Mrs J Smith 476229 29th Mr A Horsburgh 478754 Mr J Anderson 470936 For further information contact E. Provan 476594 8 Parish Register Baptisms September Romy Ellen Watson, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. I. Watson, 35, Teviot Street, Ayr Weddings August Amanda Bennet, 53, Honeybag Road, Glasgow to Nicholas Francis, 19b, Waverley Grove, Portsmouth Jenna Picken, 135, Adamton Road, Prestwick to Niall McCrossin,135, Adamton Road, Prestwick. September Jan Paton, 4, Kidlaw Crescent, Alloa, to Ian McCall, 4, Knoll Park, Ayr Funerals August Martha Mairs, 16a, Ardayr Road, Prestwick. Thomas Kennedy, 5, Alvord Ave., Prestwick. 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We stock a wide range of art & craft materials including Canvas, Decoupage prints and tools, Card making supplies, Needlework materials and threads etc. We run CRAFT WORKSHOPS Monday, Wednesday & Thursdays Cost £6.00 for 2 hours (refreshments provided) Come along, have fun and make new friends Tel: Eileen on 01292 479225 70/72 Waterloo Road, Prestwick (2mins from Aldis) 11 Advertisements Help Prevent accidents in the home. Have your electrical installations checked. All types of electrical work carried out. For all those odd jobs about the house that need doing give me a ring. Jim McLoughlin TROON 315 927 MOBILE 07803590552 ELECTRICIAN Frances Coid Dressmaking & Alterations 01292 478448 Advertisements If you wish to advertise your company or organisation through the newsletter, please contact the Church office on 01292 671547 or e-mail email@example.com for further information. 12 Church Contacts MINISTER Rev. George Fiddes The Manse, Bellevue Road 477613 SESSION CLERK Margaret McIntosh 6 The Riggs 470161 ASSISTANTS TO SESSION Pam Ellis 18 Ayr Road 470321 CLERK Kerr Morton 65 Ayr Road 470894 KIRK TREASURER Bill Jackson 90 Stobhill Crescent, Ayr 280410 GIFT AID SCHEME Stanley Smart 33 Fullarton Road 478792 FREEWILL OFFERING William Ritchie 32 Overdale Crescent 479651 ROLL KEEPER David Bowman 4 Highfield Avenue 474067 CLERK TO THE Rosina Purdom 8 Capper View 470152 CONGREGATIONAL BOARD FABRIC CONVENER Alan McGregor 43 St. Andrew’s Avenue 479549 PRESBYTERY ELDER Elizabeth Lyons 4 Craigneil Drive 476607 ORGANIST Isobel McIlwraith 58 Doonfoot Road, Ayr 441966 CRADLE ROLL SECRETARY Karen Provan 61 Ayr Road 471969 SUNDAY SCHOOL Keith Lyons 4 Craigneil Drive 476607 SUPERINTENDENT HALL KEEPER John Grant 36 Templeton Crescent 471615 ORGANISERS OF ‘L1FE & Ken & Helen Johnston. 2 Ryelands 471980 WORK’ DISTRIBUTION Jennifer Clow 13 Castlehill Road, Ayr 265646 NEWSLETTER EDITOR Ian Kirkpatrick 17 Ardfin Road 479702 Church Organisations Organisation Time of Meeting Contact Telephone Beavers Thursday 6.15 – 7.30pm Colin Risk 477338 Bible Class Sunday 10.15am Alec Milne 478566 Bible Study Wednesday 7.30pm Rev. George Fiddes 477613 Brownies Thursday 6.30 – 8.00pm Lisa Tierney 475142 Choir Friday 7.45pm Isobel McIlwraith 441966 Cubs Friday 6.00 – 7.30pm Scott Frew 470013 Guild Thursday 2.15pm Ella Young 479609 Jolly Tots Tuesday 10.00am Clare Fraser 471278 Rainbows Tuesday 5.30 – 6.45pm Jo Forman 263705 Scouts Friday 7.30 – 9.30pm Nigel Cochrane 677898 Sunday School Sunday 11.00am Keith Lyons 476607 Youth Group Sunday 7.00pm Laura Bridge 475690 Church Office telephone: 01292 671547 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.stnicholasprestwick.org.uk Church of Scotland No: 100589 Reg. Charity No: SC011750 13
"St Nicholas Parish Church Prestwick Newsletter October 2009"