There is a new project starting in East Dunbartonshire between the churches, the council, Women’s Aid and Scottish Churches Housing Action. The aim is to provide NEW goods for the women leaving the refuges in this area. The attached poster gives details of the kinds of goods needed. If you feel you can donate some things there will be a box at the back of the church in St James. This is an ongoing project so in future there may be other things we can do. If you wish further information regarding donations please use the contact form on the church web site to get in touch.
Now the Christmas season is behind us and we move steadily into 2014 may you know the ongoing light of the love of God in your life whatever the year ahead may bring. Life is full of ups and downs and whether we are aware of it or not God is there loving us through it all. Sharing and rejoicing with us in our joys, comforting us is in our sorrows. May we have the eyes, heart and mind to recognise this and thus find strength for the good and not so good challenges that may come our way.
The family fun night on the 27th October raised £ 415. 20 for Happy Days (Bulgaria). Thank you to everyone who came along and supported what was a great fun evening and to everyone who worked hard to make it such a success.
It really was a fun night in St James hall on Sunday evening; 27th October as the eight teams of six took on a wide variety of challenges in a close fought battle to the end. The team who stayed just ahead most of the evening and did win through was: ‘The Buskers’. Congratulations to them and to the team who organised the evening.
The more serious aspect of the event was hearing about the challenges faced in Bulagaria by those families who have children with severe disabilities. The small charity ‘Happy Days Play and Therapy Centre’ currently supports families as and when it can but has big dreams for the future. They face many challenges ahead before these can come to fruition. We will post the amount raised for them from the ‘Opening Doors’ evening when we have a total. In the meantime they ask for our ongoing prayer support.
The next event happening in St James the Less is on 27th October at 6pm at which there will be fun and food whilst also raising awareness and funds for a play and therapy centre in Bulgaria. Do contact us if you would like tickets for what should be a good early evening out.
A great day out was had by all who took part in the battle for ‘The Chalice’. The team from HMP Lowmoss: Sam, Ricky, John and Robert won this great accolade and many others won various prizes. Thanks go to Elliot Glenesk for organising the event which raised £470 for McMillan Cancer Care.
Those of you who are actively part of St James the Less church family and like to have a glimpse from time to time at the posts on this page this is for you! We hope you will make a special effort to join with us for worship on Sunday 20th October as our Mission Action Planning facilitator is going to be with us and we will be doing some work together over soup and sandwiches immediately after our 10.30am service.
The Rector ran a 10K ealier in the year in support of Springburn Acadamy startng up a link with a school in Malawi. The formal launch night for the link took place recently and this is the link to the facebook page that will keep anyone interested in touch with news and fund raising events as they occur. https://www.facebook.com/SpringburnAcademyMalawiProject
Katherine King from the Community Church in Bishopbriggs stitched the contributions from the 12 MU branches and Diocesan members of the Glasgow and Galloway Diocese to create the wonderful Wall Hanging seen below.
The individual cloths which illustrate the witness and mission of Mothers’ Union across the diocese of Glasgow & Galloway were offered to support one of the strands of mission of St James the Less, where the Mothers’ Union Festival Service was held earlier year.
It is hoped the Wall Hanging which has been blessed and prayed over will be a potent symbol of God’s unconditional and transformative love in HMP Low Moss.
It was a good summer weather wise, fantastic for everyone who stayed in this country over July and August. Schools are back now though and for some of us at St James many meetings are back on the agenda. We do our best to keep the church calendar on the web site under: ‘what’s on’ pretty well up to date so if you want to check out dates do have a look there.