THE CHURCH FAMILY NEWS

   Sunday, 18th April 2021           

 I hope this finds you and your family well and keeping safe.  

We look forward to welcoming folks back weekly to church but to comply with Covid guidelines we have a reduced capacity of 47 and pre booking of all services is now appropriate as more people wish to return to worship.  Please contact Jean Gray to pre book attendance and Jean will operate a rotation system should capacity be reached.

The Wednesday service will take place in Livingstone Memorial on 21st April at 10.00am. Again, pre booking to attend these services should be done by contacting Jean Gray.

All services will be streamed live on Facebook and will be uploaded to YouTube.  

Date of next Kirk Session meeting Monday, 19th April at 6:30pm via Zoom. 

Please find below some information regarding LMC activity with the community.  We also have a lovey Cross attached at the front our church which was part of the Bonnie Blantyre Initiative.

MEMORIAL FUND GROWS AGAIN

Fundraising for remembrance plaques for the High Blantyre Miner’s Memorial took another great step forward, thanks to a very generous donation from the Blantyre Livingstone Memorial Parish Church.

The Church is the latest in a line of community groups, businesses and individuals who have been donating to help raise £10,000 with a specific goal of remembering each of the miners who lost their lives in the Blantyre Pit Disasters of 1877, 1878 and 1879.

The project, a three-way joint venture between the Miners Welfare, James Small and Blantyre Telegraph aims for the first time to specifically name each of the miners and incorporate memorials for other Blantyre significant mining disasters.

Last week Murdo C Macdonald and church representative, Gillian Gray took time to drop by the Miner’s Welfare at Calder Street to hand over a cheque for £250.00. The kind donation was warmly received and added to the growing sum of four figures already raised. Gillian told us, “Each year we like to make a charitable donation and we felt this was a worthy cause.”

The project is well underway. Pink Granite has been chosen to match the existing memorial obelisk at High Blantyre Cemetery and with council permissions already in place, discussions are now ongoing with masonry contractors in relation to doing the work and engraving all the names and ages.

All being well, it’s hoped this respectful addition to the memorial can be unveiled in October this year, providing a long lasting and permanent legacy and significant point of remembrance for the 240 local men and boys who lost their lives during those years. The youngest just 12 years of age.

On behalf of the Miners Welfare, Jimmy Small and Blantyre Telegraph, sincere thanks are passed to the Church and congregation for their kindness and generosity.

One of our Members, Jennifer Brown and her daughter Annie are running 10K on Mayday this year for charity. Jenny’s running for MS Society Scotland, which is very close to her heart and Annie a Scottish Homeless charity, Homeless Project Scotland. Here are the justgiving pages if you would like to support Jenny and Annie in raising funds for these great causes.

  • www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jennifer-Brown45
  • www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Annieg2008

Sporting Memories continues to be very active through zoom meetings every 2nd Wednesday.  Bobby Madden will be joining us on 28th April.  If you would like to join us please feel free to contact Iain McMillan at iainmcmillan_111@hotmail.com.  You can also log on to the smfs.co.uk website to find out what is going on nationwide. 

Please take care and may God’s blessing surround us all.   


The Haven Centre:-  The Haven aims to support the quality of life of its clients supporting them to live life positively and with hope. The Haven continues to provide emotional support to individuals, their families and carers, who are affected by life limiting illness, including those who are in the Covid-19 shielding and high risk categories due to underlying health conditions. Those whose emotional health and wellbeing challenges are impacted and further exacerbated by the effects of the ongoing covid-19 crisis and who may be experiencing loss, grief and bereavement. A range of Digital Support Services, including The Wellbeing Support Line, Digital Downloads and Attend Anywhere Sessions, are available to any new, previous and existing clients. Families can access Haven services without need of medical referral and all services are provided free of charge. Our Wellbeing Support Line is open from Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Tel: 01555-811846. For more information on how The Haven can support you in your role and/or your patients please call 01555-811846, visit www.thehavencentre.com or email info@thehavencentre.com                                                                   

Representatives of the three Blantyre Churches with the moderator of the Church of Scotland :- 
Representatives of the three Blantyre Churches with the moderator of the Church of Scotland. From left to right it is: Robert Menzies (St Andrew's); Andy Williamson (St Andrew's); The Moderator (Very Rev Susan Brown); Bill Calder (Livingstone Memorial) and Ian Proudfoot (Old).



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