CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION

Flowers in the sanctuary today are provided by Mary McKinlay

The music today is provided by the Band

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

Freewill Offering £288.00
Open Plate £177.50
Total   £465.50

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 congregational prayer meeting:
will take place TODAY Sunday 24th February in Primrose room 15 minutes after end of morning service. Please note slightly earlier time so feel free to bring your tea/coffee with you. We will be focusing on prayers for our local community and how we can reach out to them with the Good News of Jesus. All welcome.

World Day of Prayer:
“Come – Everything is Ready” – The local annual service will take place at Claremont Church on Friday 1st March at 1.30 pm. Representatives of St. Leonards, Calderwood Baptist, Moncrieff and Claremont Churches are taking part.
This year the service has been written by the Christian women of Slovenia.
All Welcome!

Growing Claremont:
After his resurrection, Jesus gave his followers (the Church) their marching orders – to make disciples. Discipleship is simply learning about & following Jesus, what it means to call him “Lord”. Growing Claremont is a series aimed at doing just that – working out what it means to be disciples of Jesus today and facing up to the task of being his Church in today’s world.
Having run this series last year, we began the series last week, but there is still opportunity to begin, as long as you are on board before February’s meeting. A series of 10 meetings over the year, meeting on the last Thursday of the month (apart from July), and finishing in November. If you are interested in taking part, or if you want more information, contact Ali Scott – alasdair@claremontparishchurch.co.uk or on 07763112600.

Andrew Morrison:
has been elected to the charge of Arbuthnott, Bervie and Kineff. The ordination and induction service, will be in Inverbervie, at 7pm on Thursday March 7th. Anyone interested in making the trip should speak to Gordon asap to see what transport arrangements we can make.

Stephen Hay:
is running the London Marathon next April and raising funds for the Beatson, he has set up a fundraising page on Virgin Giving to allow Gift Aid to be recovered. His page can be found through the following link:- https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephenHay

Climate Events:
The Church of Scotland and Christian Aid are members of “Stop Climate Chaos, Scotland” who are involved in organising an event on
Saturday 23rd February 2pm at EK Bus Station – a family friendly march around the town centre to raise awareness of climate change.

Save the Date:
Thursday 9th May, 7.30 pm – Studio 32
This local young, talented Musical Theatre group will be performing in Claremont Church on Thursday 9th May.
There will be excerpts from Les Miserables, West Side Story, Sister Act ,Mary Poppins, The Greatest Showman and the brilliant play the ‘Steamie”. Tickets will be available soon… at £5 each ..a great price for a great evening .
All proceeds will go to the church and a charity of our choice.

Christian Aid:
Count Your Blessings – Once again Christian Aid will be launching their Count Your Blessings Appeal for Lent. As we follow Jesus’s journey through Lent, let us confront the wildernesses in our own world and explore the stories of people who have had to deal with the reality of having to flee their homes and country and leaving loved ones behind. The Lent Calendar will guide you through Easter with daily ways to Count Your Blessings and help raise funds for this deserving charity. Copies of the Count Your Blessings are available on the table at the back of the church from this Sunday or you can download your own copy from the Christian Aid website.

Flowers:
Please note that amended Flower Delivery Rotas up to the month of June are available on the notice board in the corridor. Likewise, the Flower Rota which shows the donator, arranger and deliverer are also available.

East Kilbride Rotary Club:
are embarking on a project to commemorate the 100 years since the end of the first World War.  The Poppy Pledge, an initiative by Poppy Scotland, encouraged groups and individuals to raise £1,918 to enable Poppy Scotland to provide much needed support as they continue to help many ex service personnel. The Rotary Club, in conjunction with South Lanarkshire Council, have identified an area of land within the Ballerup Recreation Area which will be planted with 1918 young native saplings 15 – 30 mm high to create an area of diverse, natural woodland and create a more bio-diverse environment.
To enable the £1,918 to be raised, the saplings can be purchased (or sponsored) by local businesses, individuals, schools, youth groups etc at the cost of £1 each.  The hope is that groups will also assist in the planting of “their” tree(s). Planting is scheduled to take place late February to early April.  For further information, email 1918trees@gmail.com, visit the East Kilbride Rotary webpage at www.ekrotary.co.uk or contact Rod Shanks on 07753 295109.

Afternoon Tea:
There will be an Afternoon Tea complete with traditional sandwiches, scones and cakes on Saturday 30th March from 2.00 till 4.00pm. Tickets, priced £5 with all proceeds going to Christian Aid, are now available from Joan Thomson and Kathryn McLaren. All tickets should be purchased in advance to assist with catering arrangements.
Please note that there will be no coffee morning that Saturday.

Eco Info and Recycling Morning:
An opportunity to get accurate information, buy re-useable items, and hand unwanted and broken electrical items in for recycling ( no fridges, freezers, dishwashers, washing machines, cookers). We hear a great deal about plastic pollution and the damage it does, but how can we do anything about it? Here is a great chance to find out about easy ways, that don’t cost any money, but which can make a big difference. Come and hear from the council about how to make the best use of our recycle bins, and from a zerowaste wannabe about simple changes we can make to reduce our household waste. Come and meet our amazing stall holders and support them if you can: On Saturday 2nd March 9.30 – 12.30.
Society Zero – the zerowaste pop up shop
Oh Sew Quirky Sam – hankies, re-useable cloth wipes, Japanese knot bags, cutlery wraps, unpaper kitchen towels.
TCS eco – re-useable sanitary towels
RSPB, Lanarkshire Real Nappy Project, Ecobricks.
Meet the politicians, talk to them about what they are doing, and how we can be involved in effecting change. And! – get rid of unwanted/ broken electrical items which will be recycled by LAMH, a social enterprise, and kept out of landfill ( see below for details). All welcome. No entry charge. Donation box for tea and coffee. LAMH can take: all computer equipment including printers, monitors, keyboards, cables, screens, scanners, modems. Irons, kettles, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, paper shredders, fans, sandwich makes, lamps, DVD players, TVs, electric foot and bath spa equipment, coffee machines. No dishwashers, washing machines, cookers, fridges or freezers.