Just as your thoughts turn to Spring, can I take a moment to recap on what we, as a church, did at Christmas by way of ‘reaching out’ to others.
Firstly, as you know we had our Gift Sunday at the beginning of December, when we collected presents for disadvantaged children.
Between ourselves and Orchardhill Parish Church, I estimate we received over 1,200 gifts. There really were too many to count! So many thoughtful and generous presents which made a huge difference to the lives of children who would otherwise have had little joy on Christmas morning. The gifts were distributed through a long list of agencies, which I hope you don’t mind me listing:-
Quarriers in Ruchazie, Falkirk Social Services, GAMH, RAMH, Castlemilk Parish Church, Women and Children First in Paisley, Croftfoot Primary School, Crookston Medical Centre, Ruchazie Parish Church, Number 1 Glasgow Family and Baby Support, Refuweegee in Glasgow, Aberlour Trust and Women’s Aid in Paisley.
It was particularly pleasing that we were able to donate lots of warm clothing to Refuweegee as they had expressed a real need for that kind of help.
Secondly, with support from the church, wonderful cards made by Sunday Club and very glittery artwork from Mearns Nursery, we were able to put together a little gift, which was delivered by willing volunteers to around 120 of our members, who are housebound, ill, lonely or bereaved. I would particularly like to thank Mary Deas whose help with this initiative was invaluable.
Looking forward, it is hoped that we can reschedule our meeting with representatives of the Barnabas Fund sometime this Spring. Look out for
information from Joe about this.
Collections for Lodging House Mission and East Renfrewshire Foodbank will resume in March and from now on collections will be monthly. Details for how this collection will operate are included in this newsletter and will again be in the church intimations.
To celebrate the ‘resurrection’ of community life at LHM, we are invited to join in their project to donate Easter eggs during Lent. Details of this
appeal is included in this newsletter.
This gives us a great opportunity to share the Easter message of life and hope and to connect with not only those who use the services of LHM, but also with other agencies who work alongside them.
I also know that the Foodbank would be happy to receive Easter eggs, particularly from the Meaningful Chocolate Company. Since the
pandemic, chocolate made by this company has not been sold in supermarkets, but can be ordered online. Each Fairtrade Easter egg comes with a book telling the Easter story and gives us an opportunity to share the message of Easter with others. I am happy to place an order with this company for anyone interested.
Our Sharing Faith Group continues to meet on Zoom and if anyone would like to join us, they would be very welcome. It is good to come
together to think more deeply about what we believe, to discuss our doubts and to deepen our understanding of the impact faith has on the way we live. If that sounds a bit intense, I have done the group a disservice. In the midst of all that, we laugh and enjoy one another’s company. It would be lovely to welcome new members
This is my last newsletter as convener of the Outreach Group and I would like to thank all the group members for their support in recent years. I hope Mearns Kirk outreach will continue to find new ways of reaching out to those within our church community and beyond and sharing with them the wonderful love we experience through our relationship with Jesus.