St. Columba’s Church
St. Columba’s Church Stewarton
Landlubbers @ St. Columba’s Summer Holiday Club for children
We held our annual Summer Holiday Club for children in early August when upwards of 40 children in total attended and were delighted to welcome nursery-age siblings of the club children. We were greatly helped by a team of P7 and secondary school pupils. Thanks to generous anonymous donations we were able to provide tee-shirt uniforms with the Landlubbers logo. Through games, songs, arts & crafts, drama and story we searched for hidden treasure on a desert island, discovering the greatest treasure of all – knowing Jesus and learning how to live God’s way. The Holiday Club All-Age Sunday Celebration Service was a happy and participative affair as led by the children, team and Interim Moderator, ending later in the Hall with refreshments. The team of helpers is very grateful to all the families for their enthusiasm and donations.
Farewell Celebration for Rev. George & Mrs. Rae Lind.
Rev. George Lind’s final Service before retiring as Minister at St. Columba’s Church was on Sunday 30th April when a large turnout of members was joined by children of the Sunday Club for an all-age Communion Service. The following Saturday evening saw us bid farewell to George and his wife Rae at a family Ceilidh in the Stewarton Centre. It was a terrific night attended by many well-wishers from the church, local churches, community, family and colleagues. Between songs by Joe & Liz Auld and a few Reverends in fancy dress, George’s many pet quips and foibles were brilliantly played out to the audience. George & Rae were presented with a superbly decorated cake, beautifully engraved bowl and a most generous cheque – the result of a special collection from among the congregation. Many gifts and cards from other friends including the congregation of John Knox Church were presented too. The Linds have now moved to their house in Newmilns. They left with mixed feelings as they have greatly enjoyed their life and work among in the Church, parish and wider community, but look forward to George’s(semi) retirement which will afford much more time for fishing, golf and more frequent breaks in their caravan on the Solway Firth.
the Future for St. Columba’s is secure in God’s hands. In his leaving speech, George reminded the congregation that the Church is never vacant for the presence and work of God goes on, with or without its own Minister. Until the future ministry is settled, the day to day work of the Church, Funerals, pastoral care and arranging for guest preachers will be overseen for Presbytery by Rev. Eddie Marshall of Crosshouse who has been appointed Interim Moderator. His telephone number is 01563 524089.
This monthly after-school Club is normally held on the first Monday of each month from 3.30-5pm in the Hall and is being well received. It starts with snacks and games and leads into a time of arts and crafts, singing and reflecting on the Christian message usually with the help of film clips. This is led by a team headed by Mrs. Annette Waddington and the next one is Monday 4th Sep. All families are most welcome.
Friendship & Faith is held on the last Tuesday monthly 1.30-3 pm in the Hall for (mainly) Senior Citizens, although it is open to all with activities which include arts and crafts, tables games, quizzes etc and talks on interests and hobbies. It ends with a short Act of Worship. This is led by a team headed by Mrs. Ruth Nicol. Friendship & Faith resumes on Tues Sep 26 from 1.30 – 3 pm. All are welcome.
Sunday Service – each week at 11 a.m. The Service begins with relaxed family-friendly worship and flows into a more classical style once the children leave for Sunday Club in the Hall. A crèche is available too. There’s always a welcome for you and your families