St. Columba’s Church Stewarton Press Release

St. Columba’s Church Stewarton

Press Release to The Review, Feb. 2015

Christmas at St. Columba’s  went very well indeed, with good attendances and participation at the various acts of worship and celebrations.  The annual family party was a happy afternoon of fellowship and fun which engaged the excitement of lots of children not only from our own Church but from wider afield.

Our Sunday Club children, Choir and Music Group did a great job of leading worship at the musical Nativity Play (the Bossy King), which took place on the Sunday just before Christmas.

We had lovely turnouts at the Christmas Eve All-Age Celebration and also on Christmas Day at the joint Service where the children displayed some of their presents and the Ministers tried to connect these to the Christmas story.

On Christmas Eve, we collected £522.97 (including Gift Aid) for Ayrshire Cancer Support and at the joint Service on Christmas Day £256.24 (including Gift Aid) for the Ayrshire Hospice.

At the Joint Watchnight Service on Christmas Eve in John Knox Church, the offering came to £630 of which £210 went to Stewarton Academy Band and £420 to the Ayrshire Hospice.

In the run-up to Christmas, the children and congregation took part in two annual Appeals. They filled 84 Christmas shoe-boxes for the Blythswood Care Appeal and these were all sent to Eastern Europe in time for Christmas.

They also produced 95 parcels for East Ayrshire Churches Homeless Action Appeal. This year the Minister led a “Light up a Life” Service in Church on the Sunday afternoon before Christmas. This attracted and helped many people whose bereavement issues at that time of the year are difficult to handle.

The Minister will be running a 6-week DVD-led series called the God Question, commencing Saturday 14th March at his “Coffee & Questions” encounters in the Church Hall on Saturday mornings, 11-12 noon.

This is aimed at friends who struggle with what they see as tensions between science and belief in God.

The opportunity is given to weigh up the evidence for themselves. World renowned contributors from both sides of the debate will unpack the key issues that bring alive for the viewer the cosmos, the natural world and the hidden depths of mind and consciousness. All are welcome.

As for “what’s on when” at Easter, these activities are as follow:

Palm Sunday, 29th March at 11am in Church: All-Age Service.

Thursday 2nd  April (Maundy Thursday) at 7.30pm in Church: Maundy Thursday Communion followed by the annual Service of Tenebrae (darkening)

Good Friday, 3rd April 2 – 3pm in Church: “Last Hour at the Cross”.

Easter Day, Sunday 5th April at 8.30 a.m. on Gameshill, Stewarton there will be a short all-age inter-Church Easter Celebration, followed by a painted egg competition before the children roll their eggs.

Breakfast will follow this year in St. Columba’s Church Hall. This increasingly popular event attracts around 150 people.

Easter Day, Sunday 6th April at 11 a.m. Easter Celebration in Church.