The Auction of Promises raised £706, and our thanks again to everyone who took part. Along with the donations received for the refreshments at the 'Music for a While' concert, nearly £1,000 was raised, which compares quite well with what the Christmas Fair raised in previous years.
The cake and produce stall will continue on the first Sunday of each month, including Easter Sunday on 1 April.
The fundraisers are always happy to hear suggestions for activities that might help raise funds for the Church's benefit, so please speak to any of us if you have a bright idea. The Fundraising Group
Mothers Union Update
Forth Valley Branch continues to meet monthly with a regular attendance of 12 people out of our membership of 23. We have enjoyed what have now become annual events such as a Strawberry tea which raised £192 for AFIA (Away From it All) which gives grants to those in need but can't afford a holiday - please spread the word); our Thanksgiving service in October 2016, a Celtic Eucharist taken by Jeanette Allan - only a few of us were there but it was very special; and in January Mothers Union members and friends gathered for our annual lunch outing at The Riverside Restaurant.
The Branch has had some really interesting meetings which have included a talk by Rev Val Nellist - "Four Nights at The Golden Turtle", a presentation about her experiences in Kerala, India where women and men from churches in Brazil, India and Scotland came together for a colloquium on gender justice and the safeguarding of children. A truly thoughtful and memorable Easter Reflection was led by Rev Christoph Wutscher accompanied by his wife, Ulrike, who together introduced us to and made us think deeply about the mystical written and sung works of Hildegard of Bingen. We felt very honoured to be given a role to play on Mothering Sunday as we helped the children to do the Intercessions. Another memorable evening was presented by Volunteers from Stirling Citizens for Sanctuary where we learned about the resettling of Syrian refugees into the Stirling area. Also, Mary Kenyon shared her experiences from Worldwide Council at An Grinana, Ireland.
We are trying to encourage new members to join us because we are all getting older and it is not so easy to get out to meetings for various reasons. Despite this we have many friends and our members continue to knit for the Premature Baby Unit at The Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert, where the wee matinee jackets and tiny hats are very much appreciated. Tea and toast at Dunblane continues, and members continue to take care of the children at Glenochil Prison crèche. We still collect knickers, flip flops and have now added handbags to this list - all to help the women who find themselves at Cornton Vale.
For further information, please contact: Margaret Slater on 01786 822893 or Helen Kemp on 01786 479400.
As others see us…
Comments from visitors who attended on Doors Open Weekend
- "Beautiful church full of character and history."
- "Steeped in history, beautiful stained glass."
- "Good memories."
- "Thank you for the guided visit. Very beautiful church."
- "Beautiful pictures in the windows and lovely welcome, thank you very much."
- "Peace be with you."
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