Flowers in the sanctuary today are provided by Cathie McDougal in memory of Cathie and Bill McAdam 

Music today is provided by the band

Thanks to all those who contributed to last week’s offerings:

Freewill Offering  £424.40

Open Plate                                           £163.14



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.

Holiday:  Gordon will be on holiday from 3rd to 23rd September.  For any pastoral matters please contact Ali Scott.

The 2018 Scottish Deaf Choirs Festival will take place in Dalziel St. Andrew’s church, 47 Merry Street, Motherwell, ML1 1JJ on Sunday 16th September at 2pm. Entry free. All welcome. Members of EK Deaf Church will be taking part along with Choirs and soloists from all over Scotland. All welcome. Further information from Anna Weir.

Focus Groups:  Our next Focus Group Series started on 9th September. This series will be focusing on some of the themes which have been considered throughout our 50th Anniversary year and will offer an opportunity to consider what it will look like for us as a congregation to move forwards into the next chapter of our lives as a church. This then makes it the ideal opportunity for anyone who is not yet a part of a Focus Group to get plugged into one of the groups and start meeting regularly with other folks in the congregation to think more about the sermons, about the Bible and about how these things can (and do!) impact and affect our daily lives.  Our Focus Groups meet at various points during the week: some in the morning, some in the afternoon, some in an evening. Some use a room in the church buildings, others meet in someone’s home. All members and friends of the congregation will be made welcome and are encouraged to take part. The church meeting in both larger and smaller groups is like the two wings of a bird. The two ways work together and the God-given pattern is for the Church to meet in both larger and smaller units – just as the God-given pattern for the bird to fly is to use both wings. More information is available via the Church Office. Leave a message with your contact details, asking about “Focus Groups”. Or get in touch with Ali Scott, his mobile number is: 07763112600 and his email is:


Calling all knitters and people who crochet: This year marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and like a number of other churches, we would like to make a display of knitted poppies outside the building somewhere as something visible to the community. This only gives us a couple of months to do a lot of knitting, or crochet, so it would be good to have a lot of help. If you could contribute would you please let me know. Patterns will be available from today. Kathryn McLaren.

Community Food Bank:  We are looking for a few more volunteers to help out at the food bank on a Monday morning. The work involves picking up the donations from the church, taking them up to the unit at the NEL, stacking the shelves then making up bags to give out to those in need. We work in small teams of 3 or 4 and folk are usually needed about once a month. If we had a few extra helpers it would mean we could cut back on how often we have to ask everyone to help out. If anyone thinks they could help out please speak to me or get in touch and I can give you a bit more information about what’s involved (230277 / 07749 266800). Many, many thanks. Helen Morton

Save the Date:  The band, “Ashton Lane” will be having a concert in Claremont Parish Church on Thursday 20th September at 7.30 pm.  Tickets costing £8 are now available.  “Ashton Lane” are an upcoming local Glasgow band…great songs and beautiful voice of Esther…the daughter of Wet Wet Wet’s Graeme Duffin…with 25000 albums sold so far.  The Herald says…Esther has the best voice heard in some time…And Jeremy Vine said …Fresh, self-assured and original. Esther’s music just makes you happy to be alive.  What a great new talent.  Davy Jones and friends will open concert.

The South Parish is going to mark its 60th anniversary with a concert by the local singing group ‘Octave’ on Saturday, 29th September at 7.30pm. Octave performs a variety of music styles and genres: solos, duets and ensemble work; from West End and Broadway classics to popular music – so something to suit everyone’s taste. Tickets will include refreshments and will cost £10. Proceeds will be split between the church and Alzheimer Scotland, which is the charity Octave is supporting for 2018. If you’d like tickets please contact Barrie Crawford (email: / phone: 01355 239850 or 07505 870112)

Glasgow Childrens Hospital Charity:  It’s been 30 years since Yorkhill Hospital saved my life (Susie Jones), so as a thank you, on this anniversary year I thought I’d give something back, so I’m running a coffee morning in aid of The Children’s Hospital on 22nd September 2018. There will be home baking, guess how many sweeties in the jar and guess the teddy bears birthday, a very small craft table and rolls & sausage for sale on the day. Can I make a plea please for people to bring home baking for the home baking table please, thanks. Tickets can be bought from Anne, Davy or Susie Jones.

Growing Claremont Healing Hour:   With reference to the above article in the August Clarion.  The date for the first Healing Hour is Monday 29th of October 2018 7.30-8.30pm in  the Williams Room.  All are most welcome.  Should you require any further information my home telephone number is now 01355513434, NOT as stated in the Clarion.  My mobile telephone number is 07353063823 or speak to any of the core group – Martin Russell, Moraig Drumgold, Helen Walton.  Blessings Anna Corlett and Marianne Lamb. 

CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Events

CAP Life Skills Course – Taster Sessions (Elissa Leatham & Morag Macdonald)

Calderwood Baptist Church – Wednesday 26th September – 11am – 1pm

Westwood Baptist Church – Sunday 30th September  – 2:30pm – 4pm

East Mains Baptist Church – Mon 1st October  – 10:30am-12:30am.

Followed by an 8 week course starting on Tuesday 9th October at Claremont Church at 12.30, following the regular Café Clare / Foodbank.

CAP Money Course – Taster Sessions (Fiona Lamont)

Claremont Parish Church – Tuesday 2nd October 10am – 12pm.

Followed by a 3 week course during the Foodbank time. 

CAP Fundraising Ceilidh :  Being held on Friday  12th October at 7.30  in the Murray Owen Centre to raise funds for the  5 CAP services offered by local churches in East Kilbride. It features the Jiggered Ceilidh Band and tickets priced £10.00 include a buffet supper. Tickets and more information available from Elissa and Morag.

Elders room:  The Elders room has now been tidied up.  All unidentified miscellaneous items are in a box outside the office.  These items will be kept for two weeks.  If not claimed by that point they will be disposed of.  So, please have a look to see if anything belongs to you. 

Ashton Lane Concert:  Can you help to serve tea and coffee on the evening of 20th September?  Also any offers of home baking would be greatly appreciated.  If you are able to help, please speak to Anne Jackson or contact her on 07740554623.

Path for Renewal Conference:   If anyone can help to provide lunch (soup, sandwiches and home baking) for this event, the hospitality team would be very grateful.  Please speak to Anne Jackson or contact her on 07740554623. 

Copy Date for NOVEMBER Clarion – Tuesday 9th October 2018

A reminder that the Copy Date for the November Edition of the Clarion is Tuesday the 9th of October. If you already have items in mind for the November edition please submit these as soon as possible, but no later than the above copy date.  If your item is in electronic form please e-mail it as an attachment(s) to, otherwise please place items into the Clarion pigeon-hole, or hand in to the church office.  Many thanks, Tim Ward [01355 224162 or 07588 783305 (mob.)]