News in brief from around the local churches
Stonelaw Parish Church have announced the headliners for their next acoustic night.
The Mairs Family Band will perform at the Meeting Place on Friday September 25.
The group consist of Alan, Louise and Hazel Mairs, and they’ll be joined on five string banjo by the accomplished musician Danny Hart.
The band features all instruments and all styles, and are the regular hosts of the Church’s monthly acoustic nights.
Alan Mairs, a fiddler, mandolin and guitar player, was one of the founder members of bluegrass band Old Hickory, who were Scotland’s first bluegrass band when they formed in the 1970s after seeing The Bluegrass Boys at their one and only Scottish gig in April 1975
Louise Mairs then played double bass with Old Hickory during the 1980s, and also plays rhythm guitar.
Her main instrument with the Mairs Family Band is the dobro.
Hazel Mairs is the daughter of Louise and Alan and provides a rock steady rhythm on double bass and mandolin.
An entry fee of £5 is suggested as a donation to the church, children go free and coffee/tea and homemade cakes are provided on the night. Stonelaw Parish Church is also continuing to invite the local community into the building, with the Meeting Place door being open every weekday.
Visitors can drop in, drink coffee, browse Fairtrade products and select a secondhand book.It is open every Monday to Friday, 10.30am12.30pm, and also Thursday afternoons 2-4pm, Wednesday evenings 7.30-9.30pm and from 10.30am–12.30pm each
Saturday. Burnside Blairbeth Church will be hosting a coffee morning by the Scripture Union Lanarkshire Action Group on Saturday October 3.Funds raised on the day will go towards the two events the union holds every year for young people.On offer will be tea, coffee, juice, home baking and a stall with cakes for sale. Entry is £2 for adults and £1 for kids, and is payable on the door on the day.
Burnside Blairbeth Church continue to run their new Messy Church service in the Rodger Memorial building in Kirkriggs Avenue.
Messy Church is aimed at families and takes place on the first Saturday of every month.
It starts with an hour of crafts and games, where those taking part might get messy.
This is followed by a celebration with a Bible story and singing, finishing with a two-course meal together.
To find out more contact the church office on 634 7383.
King’s Park Church organisations are back in full swing for the new session with everyone very enthusiastic in this its 85th birthday year. In addition to the Sunday service at 11am, the weekday activities provide all ages with a place to go to enjoy good fun and friendship, while developing skills and talents.
On Mondays, the Craft Cafe meets at 1.30pm to 3.30pm in the St Mungo Hall and in the evening at 7pm to 9pm there is a chance to take part in a small group exploring Christianity; on Tuesday mornings, the charity coffee mornings continue at 10am to 12 noon with the Prayer Group meeting in the Lounge at 11.30am – (first) names of people to be remembered in prayer can either be placed on the prayer list at the front door of the church or intimated to the minister. On Wednesday evening, the Prayer Group meets at 6.30pm in the church followed, this week by Session and Board meetings. Then, on Thursday evening, all who love singing are invited to join the choir who practise at 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Lesser Hall.
For children, the Youth Club for children aged five to nine years, continues to meet on Tuesdays from 3.30pm to 4.45pm; the Junior Section of the Boys’Brigade meets on Wednesdays at 7.15pm while the company section meets on Fridays at 8pm; for girls there’s the Smurfs (Thursdays at 6.15pm), the Brownies (Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 6.15pm), and the Guides (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30).
The Ladies’Carpet Bowls club meets on Thursdays while the Gents section meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays – both at 1.30pm in the Iona hall; new members are welcome to both with no prior knowledge of the game necessary. There are also various fitness classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Monday and Wednesday mornings.
Anyone interested in any of these activities is invited to come along and try. All are welcome.
Croftfoot Parish Church Hymnathon 2015 will take place on Saturday , September 19 from 10.30am until 12.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and have their favourite hymn sung. There will be two organists on the day and as this event has proved popular in the past everyone looks forward to an enjoyable morning.
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