Stonelaw’s Big Bake Off – Saturday 3rd February 2018

It's just over a year since our last Bake Off which was a great success, so we decided to do it again. You do your baking at home, bring it in the morning and then everyone can come and sample the results. There will be various categories again e.g. sponges, loaves, pancakes, biscuits, preserves, children's section, men's section, under-fives. This year, we are going to have a 'Signature Challenge' where there will be a set recipe that everyone has to follow and we can all compare the results. We hope to have some judges from the local community again with various prizes for the best entries. This should be a fun event for all ages, even if you can't bake, come along and enjoy some of the entries with a tea, coffee or juice. Any proceeds that we make are going to support Cambuslang and Rutherglen Reachout Trust who work with local schools and churches to spread the news of Jesus amongst young people in our area. Look out for more information over the coming weeks, but in the meantime - "On your marks, get your recipes out BAKE!!!" 

If you want to know more, please contact Jennifer Menzies on 647 4664 or menzies06@btinternet.

Caledonia Voices Christmas Concert

Andrew McTaggart and Caledonia Voices will be here in Stonelaw for their ever popular Christmas Concert on Monday 18th December at 7:30 pm. With beautiful music by Rutter and well known carols it promises to be another wonderful evening. Definitely an opportunity to invite your music loving friends along to Stonelaw. Tickets, priced £10, please pay at the door.

Pyjama Service - Sunday 24th December 7pm

Don your pyjamas (or onesies) and join us for the Christmas fun. You don’t even have to be a child. We are delighted that more and more folk without a regular church connection are coming to these very short services – so it is good if you can come along and meet with them. Yes, ok, the pyjamas are optional – as is making a Christingle (you can just bring a candle). But here are the instructions anyway:

You will need: 1 orange, 1 small candle (a birthday cake one works), red ribbon to go round the orange, 4 cocktail sticks, a few sweets or some dried fruit.

What you do: Put sweets or dried fruit onto the cocktail sticks, and put the sticks into the orange in four different directions slightly above the fattest part of the orange and pointing slightly upwards. Make a small hole in the top of the orange and put the candle in it. Tie the ribbon round the orange and fasten with a bow, or secure with a pin. Done.

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