FRIENDS of OVERTOUN PARK ~ SPRING 2017 PROGRAMME

SENIOR STROLLERS ~ TUESDAYS from 14th MARCH         10.30am

Senior Strollers walking group begins again after a winter break on Tuesday 14 March.  The 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)

Times: 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.

SPORTS in the PARK                    SATURDAY 25th MARCH 1-3pm

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA      SATURDAY 22nd APRIL 1-3pm

Coffee Morning for The Well – 18th March

Last year we were delighted at your response to the Coffee Morning we ran to raise funds for The Well.  A total of £600 was raised – which was so much appreciated by everyone at The Well.  (If you don’t know about this wonderful organization, a multi-cultural resource centre in Govanhill, then find out more at: www.thewell.org.uk.)  So, we’ve decided to do the same again.  Please come along on Saturday 18th March from 10:30 – 12:30. You will find a very warm welcome.  Tickets, priced £2.50 for adults and £1 for children are available from members of the NMT.

So that we can provide a great selection of home baking – to eat, and to buy and take away, we would really appreciate it if members of the congregation could help us by making donations of home baking.  Bring it along on the Saturday morning when you come to the Coffee Morning or hand it in before then – the NMT will be there from 9:30 am.

Thank you again for your support; without you, organisations like the Lodging House Mission and The Well would not be able to do their valuable work.

Lou Fellingham Concert

Live on Saturday 18th March 2017 @ 7.30pm in Clincarthill Church, Cathcart.

This is a great opportunity to hear Lou Fellingham on a rare trip to Scotland. She is a Christian worship leader, singer and songwriter from Brighton who has worked with other Christian artists such as Matt Redman, Graham Kendrick and Stuart Townend. She sings with Stuart’s band as well as doing solo work. Lou is married to Nathan whose father David Fellingham wrote many Christian songs e.g. ‘Shout for Joy and Sing’ which has become a favourite here at Stonelaw. She has made several appearances on the BBC’s Songs of Praise and is going to be one of the worship leaders at Spring Harvest this April.

Tickets priced £10 are available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/clincarthillchurch (with 50p per ticket booking fee) or to buy tickets with cash or cheque, email events@clincarthill.org.uk or phone 07754353782

It promises to be a terrific evening of music and song.

Lent Talks on Church History

2017 sees the 500th anniversary of the European Reformation, when the Church in the West split over key aspects of our Christian faith. To mark this, and to bring local Christians together, Rutherglen Churches have arranged for a series of short introductory talks on Christian history during Lent. These will be given by Father Frank Dougan, Parish Priest at St Anthony's and St Mark's, and Rev Alistair May of Stonelaw Parish Church. They will be held in St Mark’s Church, Fernhill Road G73 4DA at 7.30pm, each talk will last an hour or less with time for discussion (and tea) afterwards.

Thursday 2nd March – The European Reformation (Frank Dougan)

Thursday 9th March – The Scottish Reformation (Alistair May)

Thursday 16th March – The “Catholic Reformation” (Frank Dougan)

Thursday 23rd March – The Church in Scotland since 1560 (Alistair May)

Movie Night - Friday 3rd February

This month's film is 'The Artist' which is a 2011 romantic comedy-drama in the style of a black-and-white silent film. It was written, directed, and co-edited by Michel Hazanavicius, produced by Thomas Langmann and starred Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo.

Cannes film review: 'I managed to catch a screening of this at Cannes, and if you're thinking about skipping this film because it's silent and black and white, you're going to be missing out on a very special experience’.

Everything about this film is exceptional. The acting is top-notch, the story is intriguing, and despite being black and white, the film is visually appealing. The filmmakers really make great use of the medium, and even though there are no voices or color, my interest was never lost - highly recommended!

Rated PG 13
Date - 3rd February 2017@ the Meeting Place
7.30pm start. 
Entry £2 (donation)
Popcorn and ice cream included
Children under 16 free. 

Thursdays@Stonelaw (Meeting Place 7.30)

During February, our evenings will explore further the complex life of the prophet Elijah. Here was God’s bold prophet, who had to learn to trust as well as confront, and struggled with exhaustion and depression as well as physical danger and opposition. There is much we can learn together.

In March (for Lent) we will be doing something a bit different. To mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Rutherglen Churches are holding a series of four introductory talks on Church history. These will be accessible to all, and will be given by our minister and Father Frank Dougan of St Mark’s and St Anthony’s – so we will be exploring our history from an ecumenical perspective. Keep your Thursdays free. Details will follow. 

January 2017 - Letter from the Minister

C.S. Lewis described a dystopian Narnia under the grip of the evil witch as being a land where “it was always winter, but never Christmas”: a bleak world of cold, where all the hope had been sucked out.  Sometimes, January can feel like that. December’s darkness is mitigated by the expectation of Advent and Christmas festivities, but January has only punishingly short days, and endless weeks stretching ahead before spring. And with the news doubtless full of Brexit and the inauguration of President Trump, there can seem like little to be cheerful about.

So, what is the antidote to January’s gloom? It surely must still be Christmas: no, not the depressing number of shopping days until the next one, but the fact that the incarnation of the Son of God changed our world, not just for a day or a season, but for ever.

The Church’s liturgical calendar follows Christmas with Epiphany the Christian feast that celebrates the “shining forth” of God’s revelation to humanity. What happened in Bethlehem didn’t stay in Bethlehem, as the shepherds were told, this news was given “to you and to all mankind” and the song would resonate around the whole world. If Epiphany provides a liturgical excuse to light a candle in January’s darkness, it also serves as a reminder that God with us is indeed, and for the whole year.

What will 2017 bring? Well, we shall pray for peace in Syria and Yemen, for wisdom and less divisiveness in politics, for justice for the excluded, and a warmer welcome for Europe’s refugees. And as for the Church in 2017, where we will mark 500 years since Martin Luther set Europe ablaze with a rediscovery of the Gospel of Grace, let us pray that we will see this Good News of hope and joy in Jesus shine forth, that many may hear and believe, perhaps for the first time.

And may God fill your year with his light,

Every blessing,

Alistair