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LAURIESTON, REDDING AND WESTQUARTER PARISH CHURCHES

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News

Sunday 24 September 2017

For those people who are unable to attend details of the Service are available here.

the Braes Churches are having a joint Harvest Celebration in Brightons Church on Friday 29 September at 7 p.m., with a combined choir and a speaker from the Falkirk Food Bank.  Donations of money and non-perishable food items will be given to the food bank.  Tea, coffee and home baking in the hall after the service.

If you wish to be part of the choir for this event, rehearsals will be held in Brightons Church today and next Sunday, 17th and 24th September, from 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.  You can, if you wish, bring a packed lunch to eat with others from 12.45 to 1.15 p.m.  Teas and coffees will be provided.  Please bring a copy of CH4 if you want to sing hymns in harmony.

Laurieston Primary School is holding a McMillan Coffee morning on Friday 29th September at 9.30 a.m

Falkirk Presbyterial Council of the C of S Guild invites you to attend its ecumenical meeting in Grahamston United Church on Thursday 19th October, 7.30 to 9 p.m.  to hear about the work of Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees.  Speaker:  David Bradwell

Bereavement support groups for adults are offered at Falkirk Trinity Church using the Seasons for Growth programme, which allows you to reflect and share with others, supported by a trained companion.  The groups are free of charge.  To find out more or to reserve a place, phone the church office

Hall Programme

See Organisations for full details

2016 Accounts

A copy of the accounts is available here

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

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.

Freewill Offering - Have you ever noticed that there are a few people in the Church who put nothing in the Offering on a Sunday and simply pass the plate to the person sitting next to them? Don`t worry as this is because more and more members are making their offerings direct to the Redding and Westquarter Church bank account. If you would like to make your offering in this way please contact the Treasurer who will give you all the details.

Church website Our website is up and running and is constantly being updated the address is, www.laurredwest-churches.org.uk. If you have any information, photos etc. for Redding and Westquarter page, please pass them to William Scott.

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