CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION

Flowers in the sanctuary today are provided by Nancy and George MacFadyen

The organist playing for us today is Marsh Burke

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

Freewill Offering £314.60
Open Plate £126.05
Total  £440.65

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.

Death:
Margaret Thomson, of Thornilee, died on Sunday 9th. There will be a funeral service at Claremont on Wednesday 19th of December at 11am. The day after the funeral service, Margaret is to be buried, in Millport, which is where she was from.
We commend both families to your thoughts and prayers.

Kilbryde Hospice Events for December:
Light a Light community service – Sunday 16th Mossneuk Parish Church 6pm.
Volunteering Opportunities – You don’t need to be an official volunteer to help out! We generally ask volunteers to commit to a 2/3 hour shift between 10am and 4pm at our bag packs, stalls and collections.
Friday 21st December – gift wrapping in EK Shopping Centre
Saturday 22nd December – bucket shake at East Kilbride Shopping Centre

Food Bank Christmas Hampers:
We are once again hoping to provide a Christmas Meal hamper to our Food Bank users. Please consider donating to this appeal – a list of suggested items is available in the foyer. If you would prefer you can donate online; www.justgiving.com/campaign/EKfoodbankChristmashampers. As always your continued support to the food bank is very much appreciated. Last day for donations 16 December.

Claremont Congregation’s Big Christmas Card:
The opportunity to post a greeting to others at Claremont on the card in the vestibule. It should save you money by not having to send cards to all your friends at Claremont, and if you wish, that saving can be donated in the box beside the card. This year, proceeds are going to the Ukrainian Children’s Orphanage.

Nativity Service – 23rd December:
Our Nativity Service will be taking place on 23rd December. As per last year, this year’s nativity is a ‘no-rehearsal’ nativity, and therefore, we would love for as many people in the church as want to (both children and adults!) to come dressed as a character for the nativity! We are looking specifically for: Mary, Joseph, donkeys, shepherds, sheep, angles, a star (or two) and some wise men. Part of the beauty of the no-rehearsal nativity is that we can have more than one of each character, so do feel free to dress up and to join in the nativity story! If you have any questions please contact Ali (alasdair@claremontparishchurch.co.uk or 07763112600).

Holiday Club 2019:
We are starting to look at preparing towards our holiday club for summer 2019. This might seem like a long way away, but we do need to begin putting plans in place in order to make Space Academy 2019 as successful (and hopefully more so) than our previous holiday clubs. Given the great response and enthusiasm towards our holiday club from schools and families in the area, our team for 2018 was operating at capacity, with around 50-60 young people attending each day. In expectation of even greater numbers this coming year, we are hoping to see an increase in the number of people on the team in order to allow us to welcome even more children! We realise that not everyone is comfortable working with children directly, therefore, if you feel that you could help at holiday club by being involved in the registration of the children or making up the snacks for each day or indeed, being a group leader/team helper then please do contact Ali Scott (alasdair@claremontparishchurch.co.uk or 07763112600). If you have any questions about what any of these things would look like or what would be expected of you then please do get in touch.

Calderglen High School Annual Music Concert:
It’s that time of year again and I’m looking for drivers for my Seniors to take them to the Calderglen High School Christmas Concert which is being held in OUR church. It is on Tuesday evening 18 December. Pick up time 6.20pm for 6.30pm start and then 9.15 – 9.30pm returning home. Members can pay at the door Seniors are VIP’s. Appreciate all the help you can give many thanks! If you are able to help, please speak to me or call the church office. Many thanks! Avril.

Organisation Treasurers:
Please prepare your accounts for the annual external audit. Do not forward the books etc to Tom Gordon until requested.

Thanks:
We would like to say thank you for all the prayers and support during Jim’s illness and for the prayers, all the cards, flowers and phone calls after Jim passed away. Thank you Gordon for the lovely services and tribute to Jim’s life. The donation at both services for Beatson Cancer Research amounted to £512 which is amazing. Stephen and Shona delivered it to the Beatson and it was gratefully received by them. We would also like to thank Karen for looking after Chloe, Charlotte and Matthew. They had a lovely time with her. With love from Sheila, Stephen, Shona and Bryan.

Free Will Offering envelopes:
Please note that the free will offering envelopes are on the table at the back of the church meeting room.

Copy Date for FEBRUARY Clarion:
A reminder that the Copy Date for the FEBRUARY Edition of the Clarion is Tuesday the 8th of January 2019. If you already have items in mind for the February 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 claremontclarion@hotmail.com, 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.)]

Please note:
The office will be closed from Monday 24th to Thursday 3rd of January.

Christmas Services:
Sunday 23rd 10.30am – Family Service
6.30pm – Christmas in words and music
Monday 24th 6.30pm – Christmas Eve Family Service
11.30pm – Watchnight Service
Tuesday 25th 10.30am – Christmas Day Service

On Sunday 30th December, there will be morning service at usual time, 10.30am but no evening service.

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