CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION

Flowers in the sanctuary today are provided by Michael & Joyce Bowyer.

Our organist this morning is Jonas Cedervall.

Thanks to all those who contributed to last week’s offerings:
Freewill Offering £434.50
Open Plate £149.00
Total £583.50

Welcome Desk:
If you know of anyone who is in or just out of hospital or who needs an elder or staff member to call, please leave the information at the Welcome Desk. We would also appreciate suggested names to receive flowers after today’s or a forthcoming service – call at the Welcome Desk.

The monthly Prayer Diary
is included with the update on the last Sunday of every month, and also available on tables in the vestibule. The prayer diary team would appreciate any items for prayer. These can be handed to Myra (Goodwin), Christine (Knox) or Hannah (Shanks). There is also a pigeon hole in the Elders room where you can leave a contribution anonymously if you prefer OR contact us at prayer@claremontparishchurch.co.uk.  God hears our prayers and does answer them. Pray without ceasing.

Holiday:
Gordon is on holiday until Monday 17th August. Any pastoral matters etc should be referred to Philip Wright.

Evening Services:
Summer pattern for evening services will be:
Sundays 16th and 23rd August will be Joint Services at Claremont and
Sunday 30th August will be “Last Sunday at 7” at Calderwood Baptist Church.
All services at 7.00 pm.

John Collard:
our previous minister has been working as ‘Interim Minister’ which means a series of short term posts (usually 18 months to 2 years) in different congregations. John has finished his time in Mull & Iona and is going to be interim minister in the linked charges of Coatbridge: Middle linked with Blairhill Dundyvan. There is a service of introduction for John at Blairhill Dundyvan on Thursday 13th August at 7pm which anyone wishing to support John in this way is welcome to attend.

Ladies Circle:
A meeting of committee members will be held on Tuesday 18th August at 2 pm in the Sawers Room.

Safeguarding Training Volunteers:
A volunteers/introductory event has been organised for Wednesday 26th August 7-10 pm at Mossneuk Church. Anyone interested in attending please speak to Moraig Drumgold or Mary McKinlay.

Data Protection:
We are now obliged to follow data protection guidelines from which Churches had previously been exempt. This is a change in government policy, not something we are Claremont or the Church of Scotland are choosing to do. We are no longer allowed to keep personal information without express, written permission being given. Personal information includes eg name and address & so the only way we can keep a congregational membership roll is with folks cooperation in filling in a card that gives us permission to keep your details on a roll. We have, in line with Church of Scotland recommendations, produced cards for members to fill in – these are available at the table at the rear of the sanctuary on Sundays. If you have not yet filled one in, please do so.

Holiday Club:
Holiday club is over and was a great success! A big thank you to all of our volunteers!

Crossword:
Monday night at 7.30 pm there will be a planning meeting for this term for Crossword which is a group for secondary school students that meets at 7.30 pm on Wednesday nights. If you are a Crossword leader, you need to attend this meeting. If you’d like to be a Crossword leader, talk to Zach and attend this meeting. We will meet in the Library area on Monday night at 7.30 pm.

Autumn Carnival!
With last year’s success this year we’re looking forward to our autumn carnival being bigger and better than last years. If you’d like to have a hand in helping the carnival, or if you’re interested in seeing what might happen this year, please contact Zach and plan to attend the meeting on Wednesday 19th August (please note change of date from notice in MM) at 8 pm. This meeting will hopefully be in the Sawers room but may be moved to another location in the church depending on hall availability!

Focus Group Leaders:
There will be a meeting of Focus Group Leaders in the church on Thursday 20th August at 7.30 pm.

Saturday Coffee Morning Rota:
The new rota 2015/2016 for the coffee mornings on a Saturday is now on the Notice Board.

Safe Families Needs You:
A church movement to care for children whose own families are going through a hard time. Could you host a child for a while to take pressure off parents, befriend a family in need to stop a crisis getting out of hand, give practical help with basic items? Safe Families for Children are starting in the Glasgow area and looking for volunteers. An information evening is on Thursday 20th August, 7.30 pm at Connect House, 42 Hollowglen Rd, G32 0DP. More info from Mhairi Philipson who is able to provide transport on the night to anyone interested in finding out more.

Off to Uni this Autumn?
Wondering how to make your money last the term? Fed up with beans on toast? Then have we got a course for you! CAP Money EK is running a special CAP Money course specifically designed for students. This 3 week course starts on Tuesday 25th August at 7.30pm in the Village Centre Cafe. Book by visiting the CAP website www.capuk.org

Thank you:
Janette and Barney Spence would like to thank our Church family for all the lovely cards, gifts and best wishes on the occasion of our DIAMOND WEDDING with a special thank you to Avril for making the day itself so special. We would also like to say a big thank you to the church for the magnificent flower arrangement delivered to us by Myra Goodwin which lasted almost a month. Once again thank you to everyone. Janette and Barney

Church Website: www.claremontparishchurch.co.uk