Sunday, 22nd November '20        

I hope this finds you all well and taking care.

South Lanarkshire has now moved into Level 4 of the Scottish Government Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions, as such, although our church will remain open for worship our capacity is reduced to 20 people. Therefore, for as long as we remain in Level 4, we will be operating a booking system for attending church.  For those who have been regularly attending in recent weeks we will be in touch with details. Anyone who wishes to attend church over the next few weeks should contact either Jean Gray or Elaine Hull and we will assist with booking a place. Please remember that if you have any Covid 19 symptoms or are living with anyone self isolating, please do not attend church. 

Our mid week Wednesday worship will take place this Wednesday, 25th November in Livingstone Memorial Church.  Doors will open at 9.40am and the Service will commence at 10.00am. As with Sunday worship please do not attend Wednesday worship without a confirmed place.

A great big thank you to all who supported the Crossreach Christmas Cards and Calendar  sales this year,  raising a wonderful sum of £255.

World Day of Prayer Scottish Committee would like to have Prayer Squares knitted for the International Meeting 2022.  If you are interested please contact Rita Calder on 079713411241.  Please see below for a copy of the pattern.

Hamilton District Food Bank have launched their Christmas Appeal and in addition to taking the normal donations of food so vital at this time of year, they are asking for the following additional donated items: New Board Games, New Jigsaw Puzzles, New Colouring Books & Crayons and New Books.  Please note they cannot accept any second hand goods.  Donations can be dropped off at 13-15 Cadzow Street, Hamilton ML3 6EE, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday weekly 11am – 2pm.  They will be so grateful for any donations.

You can still tune into Murdo’s Sunday service which is being streamed live on Facebook and recorded every week. 

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

International Meeting 2022   Prayer Square

We would like to give all delegates a prayer square to put in their bags and take away with them.  This is such an appropriate gift.  Would you like to knit some?

Prayer Square

Using needles 8 and D.K., cast on 17 stitches

Row 1 – 4 knit

Row 5 – K2, P13, K2

Row 6 and every alternate row – K

Row  - 7,9,11,13,15 – K2, P5, K3, P5, K2

Row – 17,19,21 – K2, P2, K9, P2, K2

Row – 23, 25 As Row 7

Row 27 – As Row 5

Row – 29 – 31 K

Row – 32 Cast Off

If you are interested please let Rita Calder know – 07971341241 /

Rita will arrange with you to get the Prayer Squares picked up.

When knitting, please say a prayer thinking about those who will be at the International Meeting and WDP friends all over the world.  When the Scottish Committee meet together and place the squares in the bags and baskets, they will also pray for all the recipients.

The following prayer will be pinned on the squares;

May this prayer square remind you

That in your sleeping and waking

Both in the day and in the night

God will be with you.

 With a message on the back which says; “This was made by a Scottish friend who prayed or you”.

St Andrew’s Hospice Light Up a Life 2020

YOU can celebrate the life of someone special and make a difference to the lives of our patients and their loved ones this Christmas

The Hospice is extremely fortunate that we have been able to adopt some local authority and community Christmas trees in towns throughout Lanarkshire and people can choose to dedicate a light in memory or in honour of a loved one. You can sponsor a light in a number of ways:-

  • Online at
  • Visiting one of our Hospice shops
  • By telephoning our Fundraising Department and making a payment over the phone. Please ask for Lorraine Maginnis on  01236 772042

This year, however, due to COVID 19 we will be unable to invite you attend our Lighting Up ceremony at the Hospice but would also like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to you to watch our virtual Lighting Up ceremony on Sunday, 29th November,  2020 at 7pm.  The link will be on our Hospice website and also on our Hospice Facebook page and Youtube.

We are also selling Light Up a Life badges at £2 plus postage and these can be ordered online from our website or by telephoning our Fundraising Department on 01236 766951.

This year we also have a virtual tree where you can upload a photograph and dedicate a light in memory or in honour of someone special.  This can be done on our website

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 or email                                         

Sporting Memories:- Hope you are all keeping well? Just a wee update with all that has been going on within Sporting Memories we now have launched our weekly Sporting Memories sporting weekly it is a  video/ audio session which covers our Sporting Pink, 100 Objects also some information on gentle physical activities, if could you forwarded information on to any relevant parties you feel might benefit form this, if you have any social media pages could you also share these links, thank you in advance.

Link : 

You can also find us on the Scottish Government funded Actify platform      


We also have a weekly slot on BBC radio 5 talksport which airs every Saturday and Sunday  our slot is usually between 12:30 till 1pm it is a good listen i have attached an audio from last weekend of our Sporting Memories member Phyllis who is 90 yrs young joining her is our facilitator volunteer George the love for her Motherwell football team shines through it is a good listen hope you enjoy.

Stay Safe,

Yvonne Friel

Group Delivery & Practice Co Ordinator

The Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland              

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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