Sunday 23 July 2017
For those people who are unable to attend details of the Service are available here.
Holiday Visiting Cards are available for anyone who will be visiting another church while on holiday; a simple way to pass on greetings from Laurieston Church. Offering Cards
News from South Africa, June 2017
Rev. Graham Duncan is now officially retired, but seems to be working as hard as ever. On 13 March, the opening of the Centenary Year of the Faculty of Theology, he presented the Vice Chancellor and Principal with a copy of the Centenary book he has edited. That same afternoon, at a symposium in his honour, Graham was presented with a Festchrift (a collection of essays) written by over 60 colleagues from South Africa and around the world. At a conference on 'Deconstructing the Past', he presented a paper on the complicity of South African Presbyterianism with apartheid', and he has been commissioned by the church to oversee production of a history of Presbyterianism in South Africa, to mark the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in 1999. He still teaches, and does research, and was proud to see two of his students awarded doctoral degrees. Sandra continues to offer hospitality to the many guests who come to visit, and works with Violet Mashao at Mamelodi, helping with the orphaned children's feeding project. More news and photos in the Newsletter, available from the minister
As a church, we already have a number of fundraising efforts and support various charities throughout the year. From time to time, members also ask to be allowed to raise money for their own preferred charities on a Sunday morning. To keep this within reasonable limits, the Board has decided that all such requests should be directed to the Clerk, Mrs Margaret Ferguson, who will give permission for no more than 3-4 appeals each year, with certain restrictions: people will be given the opportunity to contribute at coffee time after the service, but must not be put under any pressure to do so; and no raffle tickets will be sold. This policy will be kept under review and may be changed at a later date.
Church Maintenance- We are looking for volunteers for ongoing church maintenance tasks (eg gardening, painting, tidying) in the church and church hall. If interested could you please add your name and contact number to the list in the informatrion area.
Cafe Area- the recently refurbished cafe area is now open for tea, coffee, biscuits and chat after the Sunday Service. Photographs of it in use and under construction are available here. Many thanks to all those who donated their time and enthusiasm allow the project to go ahead.
Volunteers Needed: Polmont Young Offenders Institution Tea Bar are looking for people who can spare a couple of hours to help serve teas, coffees, soft drinks and snacks to visiting family members, many of whom have long distances to travel.
New Elders and Board Members: We are becoming very short of office-bearers in both Laurieston and Redding & Westquarter Churches. If you would like to find out more about what is involved in being an elder or member of the Congregational Board, please speak to the Minister or Session Clerk; likewise if there is someone whose name you would like to suggest. There may also be people who would be happy to visit elderly and housebound members without taking on the full responsibilities of eldership: please let us know if that is the case.
New members: If you are already a member of another church and wish to transfer your membership here, this is very straightforward: just let the Minister or one of the elders know.
Morning Worship next Sunday will be held at the usual time of 10a.m
Hospitals Please inform the Minister if you know of anyone who is hospitalised. Give her their names and ward number if known.