CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
THE DIOCESAN GATHERING 2017 - SATURDAY 27 MAY
Over the last few years The Gathering has been a great opportunity for church members across the diocese to exchange ideas and experiences, to learn something new together, to worship at our Cathedral and to be re-energised in ministry and mission. This year's event on Saturday 27 May will be no exception.
John Bell of the Iona Community, the inspirational Christian speaker, hymn-writer, and broadcaster has been invited to help us to think afresh about worship and about the way we view Jesus. There will be opportunities during the day to meet friends old and new, to find out what is going on in other churches and to explore the Cathedral.
Have fun learning new songs from all over the world, trying out a wide range of prayer activities and taking part in hands-on workshops - you may learn some new skills and perhaps discover hidden talents! The event is designed to appeal to all ages and is a family-friendly day out. If you are interested, please look out for booking forms which will be sent to all the churches soon after Easter.
Armed Forces Day - 17 June - 2 pm - 4 pm
We are looking for helpers to assist with our Cream Teas to be served in the hall on the above day. If you can help with any of the following, please speak to:
Lorna Martin - supplies or donations to pay for scones, jam and cream
Helen Kemp - helping to serve or prepare teas
Claire Brims - if you have plants to donate to an accompanying stall.
Our Christmas Fair (and 'second chance' stall on Advent Sunday) raised around £600. Many thanks to all who contributed, ran stalls, served refreshments and, of course, to all who came along and bought.
The every-popular cake stall continues again after the service on the first Sundays of April, May and June.
Mothers Union Update
We ask you to keep collecting and donating flip-flops for us to give to the Street Pastors. They give them out to the youngsters who have had too much to drink during weekend frivolities in the City and can no longer walk in their high heels. This small intervention prevents numerous admissions to A&E to have cuts stitched up after having stepped on broken bottles.
We also ask you to keep donating knickers so that we can give them to the women who find themselves in Cornton Vale with no change of underclothes. There is a basket at the back of the church for these items.
You may also be interested to know that last year members and friends knitted 60 matinee jackets, 68 wee hats, twelve shawls, as well as bootees and mittens for the premature baby unit at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert. The staff are extremely appreciative and find these donations invaluable. If anyone is interested in knitting for us please get in touch with Helen Kemp or Mary Kenyon. All meetings are open to non-members. You will be most welcome.
As others see us…
Comments from visitors who attended on Doors Open Weekend
- "Very interesting and well explained visit."
- "Good informative talk and well presented."
- "Have learned a lot of history! Very good tour!"
- "We were honoured to receive such a warm welcome and private tour. Thanks"
a couple from California who attended our Sunday 10.30 am service and were given a tour before the church was opened again on Doors Open Days.
Start Up Stirling
Dear Supporters of Start-Up Stirling,
A big THANK YOU to all who have helped us in the past.
We presently need the following:
- meat/fish/veg/beans/soup/fruit (ring-pull tins)
- dried foods
- ready meals
- cooking sauces
- breakfast cereals
- UHT milk
- cleaning products
- household goods - crockery, cutlery, towels, pots and pans
Strong bags to carry groceries are always welcome!
Towels can be new or of good quality, previously-loved bath/hand/dish towels.
Many of those who visit our unit are often surprised that we recycle cutlery, kitchen utensils and mugs, so if you are having a clear-out, please keep us in mind.
Or make a financial donation via our online giving page - this can be a one-off donation or a monthly donation
Linda and the team at Start-Up Stirling
UNIT 9, Springkerse Industrial Estate, 10 Munro Road, Stirling, FK7 7UU
General enquiries: 01786 561027
Items can be dropped off at the warehouse at Unit 9 from Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 4.00 pm. Alternately, we have a number of public Donation Stations where donations can be left. Please see our website for a full list of locations.
Explore the Diocesan website, which has lots of up-to-date news and photographs.