Knowing Christ Better
Stewardship of Prayer - Prayer for January
At this beginning of another year, when the excitement of celebrating the birth of Jesus dims, we are mindful that we do not know what lies ahead.
At every crossroads we encounter may we know that you, O Lord, will direct our path?
Bible Reading Notes
Copies of Our Daily Bread are available at the visitors stall.
Housegroup: Friday 31 January
10.00am in Room 5, Cross House. Beginning a new study: Couples of the Old Testament – Jacob and Rachel. Cuppa, cake and chat afterwards. All welcome. Contact Barbara Thomson (845705)
The Monthly Prayer Calendar
The Monthly Prayer Calendar is available here.
For more information about fellowship groups meeting within St Michael’s, please call Kathryn Young 844853, Margaret Henderson 844787 or Barbara Thomson 845705.
The Help Centre
Offers information covering many concerns. Wondering where to access support for yourself or another? Tel 842646, or look at www.helpcentre.org.uk
The Team offers confidential one to one support to help you adapt to your loss. In addition, Positive Pathways support group meets fortnightly in the informal setting of the Canal Tearoom. Contact Sheila Rae 07719966273 or email@example.com.
Making Him Known to Others
If you are at home with your wee ones why not come along instead of sitting in on your own. If you're a Mum, Dad, Granny, Grandpa or babysitter just pop along to the Kirk hall for 10 am. A really warm welcome awaits with songs,crafts, a wee prayer, lots of fun and tea and coffee too. No church connection needed at all. Hope to see you there. No cost. Please contact the office for further info, Tel: 842188.
Prayer News Bulletin
Copies of Lorna Ferguson’s Prayer News Bulletin are now available at the back of the church.
If you would like to borrow a recording of previous services, you will find CDs at the Church shop. A recording of the sermon is available weekly via podcast here.
Knitting Group - next meeting Monday 3 February
Meets in Room 1, Cross House, 10.30am for knitting, home baking and chat. All welcome.
Serving Him Together
Walk and talk − Saturdays 9.30am, meet at the Kirk Hall
This idea was successful during September and is an alternative to coffee and a chat. Anyone is welcome to come along whenever you can, route will depend on ability and numbers. Coffee and chat will be an alternative in poor weather! Any comments or questions contact Alison 844992.
Time of Stillness - Every Thursday in the Church
2pm in St Katherine's Aisle (entrance via south door during winter opening hours). Discover what 15 minutes of stillness can do for you. Tea and cake afterwards. All welcome.
Chapters Book Club - Thursday 6 February
3.15pm, Rm 1, Cross House. Book of choice for January is "Snowdrops" by A.D. Miller Further info from Sally Chambers (07732 722146).
Books can be sourced from Library, Charity Shops. Online - Abe Books (www.abebooks.co.uk)
St Michael’s Christmas Knitted Angels
It’s only January but we are already thinking about Christmas 2020! We are planning to place small hand knitted angels around the town with a message of love from our congregation, for people to take and hang on their tree. To make this happen we need around 1,000 angels to launch at this year’s Christmas Tree Festival! A simple knitting pattern is available. If you or someone you know would like to take part, please contact Trish Archibald (07746 828 279) or Margaret Henderson (844787).
The schedule for our quarterly Communion services in St Michael’s has changed.
The first main Communion service of the year will now be celebrated on the last Sunday of February, instead of at the end of January.
Communion will also be celebrated on the last Sundays of May, August and November.
Kirk Session Update - January 2020
For a look at what's been happening at Kirk session click here.
The International Team are looking for new representatives for St Michael’s on the local committees for Fair Trade and for Christian Aid. The main part of this role is to keep St Michael’s up to date with the plans and activities of these groups. Fiona Duke (Tel 842669) would be delighted to give you further information. The charity’s annual regional gathering is in Dunblane on Thursday 20 February 10am-1pm. Further info and travel arrangements from W. Ross Tel 842646.
Vennel Car Park
Work commenced on 20 January and is scheduled for three weeks. Pedestrian access to the Kirk Hall will remain open at all times and visitors are requested to follow the indicated route to the hall entrance. Car parking in the Kirk Hall car park will be available, but space is limited and is shared by our Church Elders/staff of Cross House together with the organisers with lets within our premises. Parking at the Manse is not permitted.
Cast and Crew Wanted !
Attention all players of instruments and singers
We are looking to provide a band to lead the worship at 9.30 services. If you play an instrument or like to sing please contact Alison Parkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a rota, so attendance not required every week. All ages welcome.
We need to increase our members in the team. If you feel you have the time and aptitude and would like to join us, please contact Marshall on 07967112137 or email@example.com
A picture can speak a 1000 words
We hope that the monitors and HD cameras are having a positive effect on your experience at St Michael’s. If you would like to contribute images/movie clips/PowerPoints/ideas or concerns about what we offer at Sunday worship/any other event, please email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Choir Practice: Thursday 30 January
7.30pm in the Kirk. Adults welcome. Further info from email@example.com.
Thursday for Coffee - 30 January
Come along and enjoy a cuppa, home baking and chat in Room 1, Cross House between 10–11am. All welcome.
OPAL (Older People, Active Lives)
Would you or someone you know enjoy meeting new friends, having a cuppa, a chat together and taking part in various activities? We have talks, music, quizzes, games and much more! Phone 01506 815815 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or just pop along to Longcroft Hall any Thursday from 2-4pm
Sunshine Sing-along for Memory
Takes place in the Kirk Hall on the second Thursday of each month 12–1.30pm. All those living with memory loss and their carers are welcome. No church connection necessary. Light lunch and singing. Further info from Norma Costley 01506 843255. Next Sing-along Thursday13 February
The latest edition of Crosswind Magazine is now available to download from the Crosswind page.
Every stamp is valuable! No matter how common, EVERY stamp is of use to the World Mission Council, to help the Chigodi Women Centre in Blantyre, Malawi. Please keep all your stamps and put them in the collecting box in the Church or the Kirk Hall foyer.
Gift Aid Giving
Did you know that the church can claim 25p for every £ given if the donor is a UK taxpayer and signs a Gift Aid declaration? This is true whether payments are made by regular standing order, via freewill envelopes, or by other identifiable means. For more information, or to set up/amend an existing arrangement please contact the Gift Aid Convener in confidence - Andrew Jones – at email@example.com or on 01506 840914.
The latest Crossreach Newsletter is available here. More information about Crossreach itself is available on their website.
Next sing-song at 2.30pm-on Friday 31 January at St Michael's Hospital.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in the UK on 25 May 2018. It replaces the existing law on data protection (the Data Protection Act 1998) and gives individuals more rights and protections with regard to how their personal data is used by organisations.
St.Michael's have adopted the following :
Data Protection Policy
Data Retention Policy