Messy Family Fun Holiday Club “rocks” at St. Columba’s!

  1. Messy Family Fun Holiday Club “rocks” at St. Columba’s!


St. Columba’s Parish Church, Stewarton held its annual Summer Holiday Club for children in early August when over 70 children attended – bringing lots of parents with them, for this year’s was a very different style of Club. Billed as Messy Family Fun, (001 logo attached) parents were actively encouraged to come along with younger siblings of the primary schoolchildren. This meant various new challenges had to be met, taking in account a wider than usual age-spread with its variety of expectations. It worked well. All who attended enjoyed taking part in the daily programme of games (002 pictured), crafts, music, aerobics, film clips, story-time and refreshments.  This year we put out “feedback forms” encouraging families to mark us of out 5 in five different categories and to tell us what they each got out of the experience. The response was mainly very positive. There is strong interest among the families in being part of a monthly “Messy Church” mid-week after school event which we hope to progress this autumn.  One of the older boys chose to decorate his Messy Family Fun Tee Shirt with his “feed-back” slogan “Summer Club Rocks” (003 pictured). That slogan said it all! The Holiday Club All-Age Celebration Service in Church was highly participative and ended with cake and juice – and the surprise presence of a bouncy castle in the Church Hall (004 pictured). The Minister and MFF Team are very grateful to Annick Art for its generous discounts and to all the families for their enthusiasm and donations. We look forward to staying in touch.


  1. Our autumn programme includes:


Sunday 4th – 11 a.m. All-Age Harvest Festival.

Monday-Friday 12th-16th Senior Citizens Holiday Club in the Hall.

Sunday 25th 11.a.m. Communion in Church and at 3 p.m. in Lochhead Court.


Sunday 1st “Crossreach Sunday” and at 2.30 pm. in the Hall: Pastoral Care Communion

followed by Afternoon Tea.

Sunday 8th 10.45 a.m. in Church (note earlier time) Remembrance Day Service followed by Joint

Service at the War Memorial. 3 p.m. that day Lochhead Court Remembrance Service.

Sunday 15th 11 a.m. Service marking the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

Sunday 22nd 11 a.m. Guild Awareness Sunday

Sunday 29th 11 a.m. Stewardship Sunday followed by Stewardship Campaign Event at Café Time in the Hall.

002 Balloon game