Our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols was held at 3pm on Sunday 19th. December, and we welcomed lots of people to it. We were sorry that covid restrictions meant that we were unable to offer our usual hospitality afterwards. We would like to thank everyone who attended, and who gave generously to our collection for the Spafford Children’s Center, the children’s charity in Jerusalem which we support. (www.spaffordcenter.org).
Our AGM was held on Sunday 28th November after the morning service.
The church was beautifully decorated for our Harvest Festival on Sunday 10th. October.
Donations were also requested for the charity Send a Cow (https://sendacow.org), which works in several countries in Africa, training people in farming and business skills and providing essentials such as livestock to enable people to become self-sufficient and escape from poverty. Donations may be given throughout the month of October.
We are very grateful to the owners and staff of Kilmartin Hall for providing a lovely lunch for church members and a few guests after the service.
.Our Raspberry Tea was held on Saturday 18th. September, and was a great success. This has been an annual event, for both fundraising purposes and as outreach to the local community, and we were very sorry that we could not hold it last year because of covid restrictions. But we were back this year, and were glad to welcome people to tea and scones and to browse the stalls. We raised over £450, a much-needed boost to our funds. Many thanks to the Balnain Hall Commitee, and to all who donated things to sell and helped to run the event, and to all who attended.
Indian Covid Crisis Appeal
On Sunday 16th May we launched an appeal for the Indian covid crisis. Many of us have received the covid vaccine, free of charge, from the NHS, and know that we are now much safer. Most of us would have been willing to pay for the vaccine ourselves if necessary. We suggested that church members might like to donate all or part of the cost of their vaccine to our appeal, to help to get people in India vaccinated and to get covid patients the medical treatment they need. (The average cost of the covid vaccine is £15). The money raised was given to the Christian Medical College in Vellore, South India, which is a teaching hospital that provides excellent care for anyone regardless of religion or caste. CMC also has clinics in rural areas where otherwise there would be no access to medical care. It was recommended to us by Bishop Mark.
For previous years, see: 2020