St. Columba’s Church Stewarton

Stewarton Churches Together at Easter: friends from the Churches in Stewarton celebrated Easter morning with an Open Air Service on Gameshill. This Open Air Celebration has been marked since 2010 thanks to an idea by Rev. Gavin Niven and has been well supported over the years by Church and community alike.   After the Service, the children’s decorated eggs were judged, prizes awarded and the eggs rolled before we all set off for breakfast together in St. Columba’s Church Hall where £70 was collected for the work of Stewarton Churches Together.

Farewell Celebration for Rev. George & Mrs. Rae Lind  (002 & 003 pictures attached jpeg file). 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 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 will live on in the manse for a few more weeks until their house in Newmilns is ready.  They leave with mixed feelings as they have greatly enjoyed their life and work among us 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… George reminded the congregation that while the manse will soon become vacant, the Church is never “vacant” – the presence and work of God goes on. Until the future ministry is settled, the day to day work of the Church and arranging for guest preachers will be overseen for Presbytery by Rev. Eddie Marshall of Crosshouse who has been appointed Interim Moderator. Bereavement Care will be provided by our elder Mrs. Catherine Hay.

Messy Church , (004 logo attached)

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 5th June. All families are most welcome.

Friendship & Faith  (005 logo attached)…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 and the next one is Tuesday 30th May.  All are welcome.

Primary School children’s  summer Holiday Club 2017

Will be run Monday 31st July –Friday 4th August 10.30- 12 noon in the Church Hall. This will be led by a team headed by Mrs. Annette Waddington. Flyers will be handed out on Bonnet Guild Day. Meantime you can start registering your families with Annette on 01560 482770.

 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.Stewarton Gameshill Easter Service 2017