AcousticSunday@The MeetingPlace with Peter Hagenbuch

Come along and enjoy a short, informal time of worship @ the Meeting Place on the 3rd December at 6.30pm. The theme is 'Road less Travelled'. 

Our invited guest is Peter Hagenbuch. Peter plays in a bluegrass band called Albakirkie who regularly play at festivals, clubs and churches. 

Peter was born in Cambridge in 1954 and moved to Canterbury when he was 10. He started playing guitar when he was 12 and learned to fingerpick, playing songs by Ralph McTell, Al Stewart, Michael Chapman and others. In his 20s he started to play mandolin and flatpicking bluegrass guitar.

At university he got interested in pig breeding and went on to work on pig farms in Stoke Mandeville and Switzerland then with the Meat and Livestock Commission in Bletchley. Around this time, he became treasurer of Milton Keynes Guide Dogs. As the group were discussing fundraising ideas Peter remembered being inspired as a teenager, reading about a 50-mile walk in the Kentish Gazette, from Margate to London. He did his first 50-mile walk from London to Milton Keynes in 1982, raising £159 for Guide Dogs and a deaf charity – his sister has two deaf children. He got married in 1983 and in 1986 accepted a job with a chicken breeding company and moved to Uphall in West Lothian.

Peter and Wendy have two daughters. The oldest runs a cat sitting business called Team Feline. The second has cerebral palsy. Through her he has been involved with disability sport, especially the game of boccia, which is a Paralympic sport – Peter is a qualified referee.

He was brought up in the church but I stopped attending when he left school and home. Nearly twenty years later he returned to the church and came to faith at the age of 37, on Easter Day 1992.

 In 2005 he went to Honduras for two weeks with the Christian charity Tearfund on their Transform Programme. The idea is that you spend time in a developing country and are transformed by the experience – it changes your outlook on life. After he returned from Honduras he started sponsoring a child from Honduras with the charity Compassion. Since then he has sponsored many other children. Peter currently sponsors 29 children.

His trip to Honduras was the start of a Latin American adventure which took him back to Honduras, then to the Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Brazil. He’s also been to India and Kenya. All these trips were in connection with child sponsorship, charities and projects that he supports.

Peter continues to do 50-mile walks, nearly every year. This year will be his 29th 50-mile walk and has raised around £50,000 for various charities from these walks.

Hope to see you on the 3rd!

Louise Mairs

Church of Scotland National Prayer Day

Stonelaw Church is joining with other Church of Scotland congregations in having a Prayer Day on Saturday 25th November 2017. The day will start with a prayer breakfast at 9am in the hall, continue all day in the church where there will be four prayer focus areas and conclude with a brief 7pm service. We're not expecting people to attend everything all day but we do hope you will join in as and when you can during the day. 

We are sending written invitations to the whole Stonelaw church family so please pass the word on to groups you attend and extend a warm invitation to get involved. As the day is all about praying we are specifically asking for prayer requests. Where appropriate these will be displayed in one of the four prayer focus areas in the church. Please pass your prayer requests to myself, Alistair May or drop them in the prayer requests box at the front of the church. If you have any questions or comments about this event, then please do get in touch. 

David McTaggart  Session Clerk   07825137168

Christian Aid News

Thinking ahead to Christmas already?

Would a Christian Aid charity gift be perfect for a friend, or someone in your family? 
Go to or call 0333 555 2025 Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

To find out more about Christian Aid’s work, you can go to or call support worker Juliet in the Glasgow Office on 0141 221 7475.

Jean Miller and Jean MacKenzie,
Stonelaw Church representatives on the Rutherglen Christian Aid Committee

Tuesday Chat Table Top Sale

We are holding our annual Table Top Sale with Tearoom on Saturday 11th November from 10.30 am - 1 pm.

As usual, we hope to have a wide variety of goods on sale including home baking, jewellery and crafts.

If you have anything to sell and would like to book a table, at a cost of £10.00, please contact Jill Rennie - 07751 896009.  

We look forward to seeing you there. 

Acoustic Nights @ The Meeting Place

On Friday 30th June 2017 at 7:30 pm it is the Ian Walker Band - Scottish contemporary, traditional and original songs.

On Friday August 25th 2017 at 7:30 pm the two guests are Laura Beth Salter and Jenn Butterworth.    Fantastic guitar and mandolin duo featuring an eclectic mix of Celtic and bluegrass music.

£5 suggested donation with tea/coffee & cakes.    See you there!

For further info contact Louise or Alan


The Kirk Session has agreed that Stonelaw Church can raise money to support the Salvation Army’s work with people in poverty and the homeless in Rutherglen.  So, the National Mission Team is holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday 10th June and we hope you will be able to come along (between 10:30- 12:30).  There will be tea, freshly brewed coffee and delicious scones / tea loaves and cakes!  You will also be able to buy from the Home Baking Stall so you can enjoy the goodies beyond the event.

Tickets (£2.50, £1.50 for under 16s) are now on sale - just ask any member of the National Mission Team or, pay at the door.

We will be delighted to accept donations of home baking; please bring it along to the hall any time from 9am onwards.  Thank you in advance for your support for this very worthwhile cause.  


Senior Strollers Walking Group is run by Friends of Overtoun Park volunteers and is part of 'Paths for all' a national charity which manages the Walking for Health programme in Scotland.

How to Join  
Group is open to over 60's of all abilities. Contact Lesley Robb (0141 562 4709)

Tuesday mornings 10.30am - 11.30am

Meet at Overtoun Park fountain followed by tea/coffee in the Meeting Place in Stonelaw Church. Come along, make new friends and feel part of your local community.