Acoustic Nights @ The Meeting Place - 24th May

We are delighted to be hosting a special extra acoustic night show on Friday the 24th May. Leon Hunt and Jason Titley, from Bath, are a duo not to be missed!

This musical partnership started way back in the early nineties, at some truly unforgettable late-night festival jams. The magic of those early sessions inevitably led to the formation of a band, the groundbreaking and hugely popular ‘progressive’ bluegrass outfit, Daily Planet no less. Numerous projects and years later, they’re back as a duo, making the very most of the musical chemistry they always had but with the addition of decades of experience.

An evening in the company of Leon and Jason is a rare treat, more a musical conversation than a rigid performance. Playing guitar, banjo, gourd banjo, and percussion, these old friends will most likely confound any pre conceived ideas you may be harbouring as to what these instruments can (and should) do. As well as leaning heavily on traditional music from the US and The British Isles, their own compositions take on musical references from just about everywhere else.

Time - 7.30pm

Entry - £5 (donation)

Tea/filter coffee and home baking included.

Children go free.

Limited seating.

Come early to avoid disappointment.

Acoustics Nights @ The Meeting Place - 31st May 2019

On Friday 31st May, Acoustic Nights@the Meeting Place presents Ian Bruce, with support from Miriam Erasmus from South Africa and the Mairs Family Band.

CELEBRATING OVER 40 YEARS IN THE BUSINESS, Ian Bruce is one of the best known faces on the Scottish folk scene and a wonderful ambassador for the Scottish singer/songwriter genre,all over Europe and beyond.

Lose yourself in the majestic and lilting singing and playing of this big man originally from Rutherglen. Renowned as a stirring songwriter, he also covers traditional Scottish pieces and is rightly proud of his work on the Burns repertoire.

Time - 7.30pm

Entry - £5 (donation)

Tea/filter coffee and home baking included.

Children go free.

Limited seating.

Come early to avoid disappointment.

Faith on Fridays - Messy Church

Faith on Fridays is a new type of service that will be held on a Friday afternoon, once a month in the Meeting Place.  The leadership team have chosen to use Messy Church materials and extend an invitation to you all to join us! 

So, what is Messy Church?  Faith on Fridays is church, but not as you know it. 

It welcomes everyone – all ages, abilities, backgrounds, journeys of faith – and each element aims to be relevant and accessible for everybody.  Faith on Fridays welcomes adults and children and creates a space where we can all come together to learn from each other and grow in our relationship with Jesus. 

Messy Church reflects the creativity of God and Faith on Fridays will allow those who come to explore their own creative spark, imagination and uses hands-on activities to explore the Bible.  It’s not a craft club and you won’t (always) go home covered in paint and glitter!

Messy Church is about the church being outward-facing, welcoming our community to enjoy the hospitality and unconditional love of Jesus.  At Faith on Fridays we’ll be serving simple food to all who join us.

Messy Church includes celebration and reflects a God of joy who wants His people to have life in all its fullness.  It says to each person, ‘You matter, you are loved, just as you are.’  Faith on Fridays will celebrate each individual and family who join us. 

When will it take place? We will be having fun on the second Friday of every month, so, the 8th March, 12th April, 10th May, 14th June, 12th July - from 4 - 5:30pm.

 So come, join us, we’d love to see you there! Any questions? Get in touch: messychurchstonelaw@gmail.com

Acoustic Nights @ The Meeting Place

Posters of forthcoming events are posted on the Meeting Place boards and also on the dedicated Facebook page and by group email. Entrance is £5 (donation) All proceeds pay the headlining band and the rest go to church funds. Children under sixteen go free.

The evening finishes at 9.30pm with everyone having enjoyed a great sense of community and a special night in Stonelaw Church!

For further info contact Louise or Alan Mairs, 07516372322

Acoustic nights@ The Meeting Place Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/groups/722794921148229

Email - Louise: purewhite167@gmail.com

On Friday 29th March at 7:00 for 7:30 pm the feature group is The Mairs Family Band.

The Mairs Family Band are Alan, Louise and Hazel Mairs. The band features all instruments and all styles from contemporary to traditional with full bluegrass vocal harmonies including a gospel repertoire. All members of the band have had many years experience in the live music scene and have toured three times in the USA.

Alan Mairs, a fiddler, mandolin and guitar player, was one of the founder members of 'Old Hickory,' which was the very first bluegrass band to be formed in Scotland. Louise Mairs played double bass with Old Hickory during the 1980's. Her main instrument with the Mairs Family Band is dobro. Hazel Mairs is the daughter of Louise and Alan. She provides a rock steady rhythm on double bass and mandolin and sings wonderful lead and harmony vocals.

Faith on Fridays

Faith on Fridays is a new type of service that will be held on a Friday afternoon, once a month in the Meeting Place. The leadership team have chosen to use Messy Church materials and wished to share what Messy Church is and extend an invitation to you all to join us!

So, what is Messy Church? Faith on Fridays is church, but not as you know it.

It welcomes everyone – all ages, abilities, backgrounds, journeys of faith – and each element aims to be relevant and accessible for everybody. Faith on Fridays welcomes adults and children and creates a space where we can all come together to learn from each other and grow in our relationship with Jesus.

Messy Church reflects the creativity of God and Faith on Fridays will allow those who come to explore their own creative spark, imagination and uses hands-on activities to explore the Bible. It’s not a craft club and you won’t (always) go home covered in paint and glitter!

Messy Church is about the church being outward-facing, welcoming our community to enjoy the hospitality and unconditional love of Jesus. At Faith on Fridays we’ll be serving simple food to those who join us.

Messy Church includes celebration and reflects a God of joy who wants His people to have life in all its fullness. It says to each person, ‘You matter, you are loved, just as you are.’ Faith on Fridays will celebrate each individual and family who join us.

So come, join us, we’d love to see you there!

Acoustics Nights @ The Meeting Place 22/2/19

Acoustic nights @ the Meeting Place has been running since 2009. It is hosted on the last Friday of every month by Alan and Louise Mairs.

Different bands are booked to play each month and our audience ranges from 6years to over 60! Musicians love to play here. They find a good listening audience, who enjoy the variety of entertainment and high musicianship.

The home-baking and tea and coffee are provided free of charge during the interval, allowing folk to meet the musicians and get to know one another. Entrance is £5 (donation). All proceeds pay the headlining band and the rest go to church funds. Children under sixteen go free.

The evening finishes at 9:30 pm with everyone having enjoyed a great sense of community and a special night in Stonelaw Church!

On Friday 22nd February at 7:00 for 7:30 pm, come and meet REED-ISLAND-ROUNDERS.

For further info contact Louise or Alan Mairs, 07516372322

Acoustic nights@ The Meeting Place Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/groups/722794921148229

Email - Louise: purewhite167@gmail.com

Christian Aid News

Two Dates for your March 2019 diaries!

The Gathering, Friday 1st March 10:00 am - 1 pm at Wheatley House, 25 Cochrane St, G1 1HL

The Gathering is an event for anyone who supports the work of Christian Aid; they’re being held all over Scotland in the next few weeks. If you’re free on Friday 1st March, why not come along and hear Jeanne Kamara, Christian Aid’s country manager in Sierra Leone, telling us how her team is transforming people’s lives by standing up to poverty and injustice? There will also be a Christian Aid Week 2019 preview, workshops on advocacy and fundraising and a chance to hear supporters’ stories. Refreshments will be provided.

If you’d like to go, please sign up by email: glasgow@christian-aid.org or by phoning the Christian Aid Glasgow Office on 221 7475. Or contact me – details below – and I’ll get you registered.

Thursday 28th March 7:30 pm: An Evening of Music with the Stonelaw High School Ensemble.

Venue: Rutherglen United Reformed Church, Johnstone Drive. Not an evening to be missed!
This event is Rutherglen Christian Aid Committee’s spring fundraiser.
Tickets: £5 for adults and £2 for children, from Jean MacKenzie or Jill Rennie from the end of February.

And finally, an appeal to anyone who is interested in the work of Christian Aid and who can spare one Thursday evening a month to join me in representing Stonelaw on the Rutherglen Churches Christian Aid Committee. A lift can be provided to Burnside Church where the meetings are held.

If you'd like to know more, please just ask!

Jean MacKenzie, Mobile 07771817954 Email hjmackenzie27@btinternet.com

Mid Week Fellowship - New sessions to start 2019

Talking Jesus

Conversations with Christians are one of the most important influences in bringing people to faith or even just to church. But talking about Jesus, or just inviting someone to find out more is hard. Most of us avoid it.

These meetings will inspire you to share your faith (even just a little) and will give you practical suggestions to help you to be natural and relevant as you talk about Jesus with the people you meet.

There are six encouraging, video-based sessions with short films, inspirational, short testimonies, real-life examples from people who are talking Jesus, and a short, easy-to-follow course book.

We start on January 17th at 7.30pm in the Meeting Place.

Acoustic Nights @ The Meeting Place - Charity Christmas / New Year Concert

Friday 28th December 7:30–9:30pm

We have a charity Christmas/ New Year concert with various artists performing.

Funds raised will be split between Lupus UK* and Grow 73**.

Doors open 7pm. Entry £5 (donation). Tea/filter coffee and home baking included.

Children go free. Limited seating. Come early to avoid disappointment!

*LUPUS UK

Lupus UK is the national registered charity supporting people with lupus, assisting those approaching a diagnosis and funding research and specialist nurses.

**GROW 73

Grow 73 is a local charity which aims to create a Community Garden in Overtoun Park in Rutherglen: a place where all generations can work and learn together to grow fruit, vegetables and plants. A place to meet new friends, to come together with the common purpose of making a positive impact on the environment and the local community by transforming an unused piece of land.