StonelawChurch

Pyjama Service - Christmas Eve at 7:00pm

Don your pyjamas (or onesies) and join us for the Christmas fun. You don’t even have to be a child.  Yes, ok, the pyjamas are optional – as is making a Christingle. 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.

We hope to see you there - with or without a Christingle!

6th Rutherglen Girls' Brigade

All three sections have now completed their badgework so for the remaining few weeks of this session we will do some crafts and have some fun. 

We had a visit a few weeks ago from Brenda Diamond who is the Commissioner for Greater Glasgow Division of Girls' Brigade Scotland. She was very interested in the Monopoly game that the Junior Section had created featuring landmarks of Rutherglen and places in the area that were important to the girls so she asked me to send her photos of it and some of the other crafts that we have been doing. She posted on Facebook about her visit to us and included some of my photos. She didn't include one of the Monopoly board (probably because it had the girls' schools and home streets on it) but this is what she had to say: "Visited 6th Rutherglen on Monday evening. Girls busy making crafts. So well behaved. Juniors had made a monopoly game based on Rutherglen which looked great and they had fun making and playing it." 

We will finish up this year on 6th June with our annual parents' night and awards presentation at 6.30 pm and if any of the congregation would like to join us on that evening, we would love to see you. 

Elaine May (Captain)

Monthly House Groups - 5th May

Next House Group 5th May 2016 We hope that House Groups can provide a relaxed and informal opportunity for fellowship where we can support each other with the day to day challenges of life and faith. There are now lots of study materials available which work well in a house group setting and focus on helping us to think together about the application of scripture in day to day living without getting too theologically challenging.

The groups meet on the First Thursday of each month.

We want to ensure that all the groups feel supported and connected to the wider church family. David Barr has agreed to coordinate the House Groups and will therefore also be happy to hear any feedback or answer any questions you have about how this is working.

For more information on house groups Contact us.

Contact the Elderly

Isaiah 46:4 'I am your God and will take care of you until you are old and your hair is grey. I made you and will care for you; I will give you help and rescue you.' 

Whilst having a conversation with Healthy n Happy, I was made aware of the loneliness experienced by many elderly people within our community. I was genuinely moved by some of the stories I was told and felt compelled to do something. That’s when I found out about ‘Contact the Elderly’ and wanted to volunteer as a ‘host’.  

One Sunday afternoon a month, throughout the country, Contact the Elderly groups meet for tea and companionship. These groups are a lifeline of friendship for older, isolated people. Each group is made up of 5 or 6 older members and their volunteer drivers. Each month this group visit a different host in their local area for Afternoon Tea. The host provides tea, coffee and, more importantly, cake! 

Stonelaw have kindly granted permission for me to use ‘The Meeting Place’ on a Sunday afternoon to host afternoon tea. At the moment, there are 3 other hosts in the Rutherglen area, so I would be hosting afternoon tea every 4 months. 

If you would like to help me host afternoon tea in Stonelaw and offer a warm welcome to elderly members of our community, please telephone me on 0141-579 8086. 

‘Contact the Elderly’ are also looking for new elderly members who live in the Rutherglen/Cambuslang area. If you know of anyone who meets any of the criteria below, please let me know and I can pass their details to the area co-ordinator. 

Do you know someone who... 

  • lives alone
  • is generally well into the 80s and 90s
  • is unable to get out without a little assistance
  • is without friends or relatives nearby
  • feels very lonely and lives an isolated life 

Elaine Devlin

Stonelaw's Sunday Lunch Bunch

Next Dates 29th May & 26th June

AN OPEN INVITATION TO YOU to join Linda Alison and me (Therese Reid) for lunch at the Lee Burn, East Kilbride, on the last Sunday of every month immediately after church, especially if you are going home to an empty house on a Sunday and would enjoy some company occasionally. Costs no more than £15. The surroundings are clean and pleasant, the staff are lovely and the food fresh, hot and well presented. 

This is an 'opt in' lunch, an open invitation. Above, I have given all the dates up to summer and all I would ask is that if you wish to join us please call or text Linda by the last Friday of the month so we can book ahead, especially if 25 of decide to appear at the one time.! Might give them a fright. You may of course extend this invitation to family and friends, it is not exclusively for those home alone. Please let us know if you need a lift, we have plenty of spaces in cars. Linda Alison 07503 976486

Therese Reid

Thanks from Friends of Overtoun Park

On behalf of the group, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Jane and Sandy Paulsen, Marlene Galt, Ricky Taylor, Moira and John Shaw, and Lesley Kelly for helping at our Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday 26th March and keeping everyone supplied with tea and coffee. Due to the bad weather, we held the event in the church and it was extremely busy. We raised over £600 for the group. We could not have done that without you – thank you! 

Elaine Devlin

Thursday Nights

On Thursday nights we will be following Tim Keller's six-week series on 'The Prodigal God'. In this six-session small group Bible study, pastor and bestselling author Timothy Keller uses one of Jesus’ best-loved parables – the Prodigal Son – to illustrate the depth of God’s love and how his grace extends into some very unexpected places.

Taking you beyond the traditional focus on the wayward younger son, Keller helps you glean insights from each of the characters in Jesus' parable: the irreligious younger son, the moralistic elder son, and the Father who lavishes his love on both. Whether you're a devout believer or a skeptic, The Prodigal God will challenge you to see Christianity in a whole new way. 

These videos can be used for personal reflection or group discussion with the companion participant's/study guide (which is sold separately). Tea, coffee and discussion as usual. Looking forward to seeing you! 

Louise Mairs

Coffee Morning - Saturday 7th May 2016

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Coffee Morning in the Main Hall from 10:30 – 12:30 on 7th May. This will be in aid of The Well, the multi-cultural resource centre, located in Albert Road, Glasgow. We are looking forward to welcoming representatives from The Well; both staff members and those who benefit from the services on offer. In addition to enjoying our tea / coffee and delicious scones, cakes etc. you can buy from our Home Baking stall. There will also be face-painting, nail art and (temporary!) glitter tattoos on offer – at an additional cost! Tickets are £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for children (under 16). 

Janis Neil Convenor, National Mission Team

Letter from the Minister

In the last month we have enjoyed the dubious privilege of reading the tax returns of our nation’s leaders, which has sparked a healthy national debate about taxation and its avoidance. I am spared the moral dilemma of whether to deposit my wealth offshore in Panama – it just goes round the corner in the Royal Bank. But it has left me thinking about our attitude to taxation. 

In Matthew 17, Jesus doesn’t have the money to pay his taxes. But, despite suggesting to Peter that the Messiah should get a tax exemption, he duly finds the wherewithal. In Matthew 22, when Jesus is asked about evading paying taxes to the Romans, he famously responds: “Render to Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's”. This is often as the Christian tax ethic - we must pay our taxes, if somewhat reluctantly. 

However, it is wrong to compare the taxes of Jesus’s day and those we pay today. Roman taxes were regressive. While they might have paid for roads, the bulk funded the military occupation and the lavish lifestyles and building of emperors. They were inflated by corrupt tax-farmers like Zacchaeus. They were a constant contention and a burden to the poor. Our taxes today pay for hospitals, schools, police, welfare, defence and overseas aid. They are designed (or should be) to ensure the richest make the largest contributions and the poor benefit. Imagine living in a society which lacked tax and welfare. 

Of course, there are valid economic discussions about the level of taxation, and it is not for a minister in an election month to stray into such. But perhaps, before we point fingers at the evasion of others, we might look to our own attitude, and be thankful for the privilege of paying tax. Perhaps we should be grateful that when we are able to earn more we are able to contribute more to our community. 2nd Corinthians 9:6-7 suggest that “the Lord loves a cheerful giver”. Again the context is different, but perhaps our attitude should be the same. Perhaps we might even cheerfully return a thank you note with a tax return. And maybe if we celebrated the paying of tax, we might discourage the selfish human temptation to avoid and evade. Let us pray for justice and fairness in finance, and give God thanks for all that is good.

With every blessing,

Alistair May