Sanctuary First is a Pioneer Ministry being developed by the Church of Scotland through Falkirk Presbytery. The concept was originally developed out of the congregation of St Andrew’s Parish Bo’ness but has transitioned into what might be described as a fresh expression of church under the direct governance of Falkirk Presbytery. Albert Bogle was appointed in April 2016, as minister of Sanctuary First with the aspiration that Sanctuary First will become a worshipping congregation of the Church of Scotland on the internet.
17th Dec – Choir Sunday at 10.30am
24th Dec – Family Service with Sunday School Nativity at 10.30am
24th Dec – Watchnight Service at 11.30pm
All are welcome at any or all of these services!!
Soup Sunday – The amount raised for the Church on Communion Sunday was £121. Thanks to all involved.This will be held on the FIRST SUNDAY of every month with funds raised going to the Church. Soup and rolls are being donated by the Carrick Centre. Please stay for food & fellowship.
Remembrance Sunday – The Open Plate Offering taken at our service last Sunday amounted to £300 and this amount has been sent to Combat Stress (Hollybush House).
Fundraising Team – A Scottish Entertainment Night is being organised by the Team on Friday 17th March at 7pm. Tickets, priced at £1.50 inclusive of refreshments, can be purchased from any of the Team or at Carrick Centre reception. There will also be a lucky programme and entertainment will be provided entirely by children and CCTV. This is a joint fundraiser so funds will be equally divided between the Church & the Carrick Centre.
Fundraising Team – The Team would like to thank everyone who gave of their time, effort & cash over the past year. The amount raised for 2016 was £5250 and, as always, this amount has been divided equally between the Church & the Carrick Centre giving £2625 each. A big “THANK YOU” to the team. It’s not easy trying to think of new fundraising ideas so if you have any, please speak to any of the Team. Your ideas would be greatly appreciated as we still have a substantial amount outstanding on our loan from the Trustees.
Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal 2016 – A huge thank you to everyone who helped in any way to send 4,500 gift boxes to Moldova and a further 1,900 to Romania. This year has seen the greatest number of gifts ever sent from our base in Ayrshire! Additionally, more than £10,000 was donated to be used to offset the huge cost of transportation. What incredible generosity from South West Scotland! Amazing to see this increase year on year! Thanks to the Church & Carrick Centre for providing a total of 20 filled shoeboxes and £20.
Charity Shop – As you know the Fundraising Team were in the Charity Shop last week and after paying rental of £120 the amount raised was £752. As this was a joint effort with the Carrick Centre this amount has been divided equally between them and the Church. A big thank you to all who gave donations of goods, gave of their time and effort and to the customers who purchased items.
At the Remembrance Day Service on Sunday 13th November, the collection raised £350 which has been given to Hollybush House.
Hollybush House is run by Combat Stress.
“Combat Stress is the UK’s leading veterans’ mental health charity. We treat a range of mental health conditions including PTSD, depression and anxiety.
Mental health issues can affect ex-servicemen and women of all ages. Right now, we have more than 6,000 veterans registered with us for support. We’re a vital lifeline for these veterans, and their families.”
Youth Choir – meets on Mondays at 6.30pm in the Church. It is mainly aimed at over 8 age group but no one will be turned away. Musical Director is Deirdre Cuthbertson so come along and join in the fun.
There will be a Harvest Supper in the Carrick Centre on Sunday 23rd October at 6.30pm. It will be another bring & share meal (hot or cold dish) which is always a great success & food can be heated in the kitchen. Please come along (with your food) and support this venture. Good food, good company……what more could you ask for?
Adella McCulloch- Nepal trip 2016
My name is Adella McCulloch, I live in Maybole and I am a second year student nurse at Glasgow Caledonian University due to qualify in 2017. In October 2015 I signed up to a volunteering trip to Nepal to promote health care for three weeks. In order for me to go on this trip the charity (Challenges abroad) asked that I raised £2000 in order for me to gain their full support. Due to this I came to the church to ask for your help and support. The churches kind donations raised £365. I cannot thank the congregation enough for this help as money like this goes a long way in countries like Nepal.
Whilst in Nepal I visited five different school both private and government schools. All of these schools had different levels of English however as I met the children I soon realised their English was better than mine.
Prior to going on the trip I was able to buy supplies with the money raised. I bought things such as first aid boxes, growth charts, toys, cleaning supplies and much more.
Whilst in Nepal I was able to teach these children about basic life support and the importance of washing your hands along with sexual health and physiology. These children were so eager to learn and always had a smile on their face no matter what. The school curriculum in Nepal is very basic and most of these children had never learnt any of these skills before.
During the first week in Nepal I really struggled to adapt to my surroundings. At my accommodation there was no toilets, no electricity, and no beds. I also developed a stomach infection from the dirty air I was breathing. I quickly realised I was far away from home and wanted to give up. However, I met a little girl who was four years old called Shaira. This little girl had lost her home and her family in the earthquake in 2015. She was now living with her sister in a tent who looked after her. After finding this out I quickly raised my spirits and got on with the task I had come over to do. I found myself making the most of my surroundings by washing my clothes in buckets and showering in the heavy rainfall.
During my time at the schools I met a little boy who was behaving differently to others. I assessed this little boy and was able to diagnose him with ADHA and Autism. I then supplied information to the schools and to his family on how to deal with him. Without my help this little boy would have been isolated from society and from the other children in the schools.
I also tested the eye sight of all the children and came across a little girl who severally needed glasses. Her mum and dad couldn’t afford to buy her glasses so I personally took her to the opticians and bought her a pair of glasses which only cost me £6. I requested that some of the money raised was put towards buying children glasses who needed them.
One little girl wrote me a letter saying ‘Dear Adella, I am very proud of you and I am forever grateful, please do not forget me’ Although I was the one teaching these children I learnt a lot from them too. I got to learn about new cultures and religions and I also became aware of how lucky I am and how I should never take the simple things in life for granted.
A key message that I have learnt from this experience is, the main reason we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful, we let what was a miracle to us become common. We become so accustomed to the simple things in life it becomes routine to us. Never forget how lucky you are in life and how simple daily routines to us can be miracles to someone else.
Thank you once again for your kind support and help I could not have done it without you.
Shhh! – Fancy a night out with a difference then why not try our SILENT AUCTION Fundraiser for The Carrick Centre and Maybole Parish Church. Take a look round and bid on what you fancy (remember don’t let anyone see!!) It’s lots of fun.
Friday, 23rd September Starts 7pm. Tickets £10pp includes buffet supper.
On Sunday 27th March 2016 Rev Jim Guthrie welcomed Adella McCulloch to our Morning Service and invited her to tell us about her forthcoming adventure.
Adella told us about her family background, and how her Gran and great Uncle, who are both members of our church, are sponsoring her.
The trip is being organised by Challenges Abroad and Adella has been selected to take part in this needy cause.
To show her commitment Adella has been asked to raise £2,000 to help fund this visit.
Adella asked that the Church support her in this life changing experience with financial assistance.
The congregation gave generously and raise the sum of £355 on the day.
Our best wishes go with Adella and we pray that she will be richly blessed for the commitment she has shown and takes the Churches good wishes to Nepal.
Elders and Office Bearers conference on April 29th and 30th, held at Tulliallan Police College, Kincardine. Where there will also be the opportunity to attend workshops and a keynote about the church and the law. More details and booking can be found at https://www.resourcingmission.org.uk/events/office-bearers-and-elders-conference-april-2016
The team desperately need new members due to several retirements this year. It is very difficult to sustain the level of fundraising (well over £20000) without new ideas and new members and if no one volunteers, the team may have to consider whether they are able to continue or not. this would be a great loss to the Church and the Carrick Centre so please have a think about it and give your time and talents. It is FUN. Please contact the centre for more information on 01655 883222