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  • C r o s s r e a c h

    Week beginning Sunday 19th MARCH 2017


    Provides supported accommodation for men in recovery from drug and alcohol misuse in shared flats in central Edinburgh. Advice is offered regarding housing, welfare and a range of other support areas.

    * Give thanks for the work of Rankeillor Initiative in serving people within our supported accommodation and in their own homes.

    Give thanks for the personal growth and achievements of clients. Pray for this work to continue in the future.

    * Give thanks for an established staff team. Pray that we will continue to build a supportive and encouraging team and develop our service to best support those we work with.

    * Pray for the physical and emotional health of staff working with clients with complex needs and that staff will let God be their strength, wisdom and motivation. Pray that they will honour Him with all their actions and words.

    * Pray that staff will have continuing good relationships and communication with partner organisations such as the City of Edinburgh Council, local organisations and the consortium in which we work.

    * Pray for clients as they face challenging circumstances in uncertain times. Pray that staff will bear witness to a hope that transcends all circumstances.

    * Pray that each client would feel safe and at peace in their accommodation and homes and also within their local communities.

    Airdrie: Jackson Church of Scotland -

    Scottish Charity Number: SC004083.

  • Handbags and Gladrags Ladies Lunch

    7th May at The Doubletree by Hilton Strathclyde for 1pm start. See notice board for further details or contact the Hospice via their website https://www.st-andrews-hospice.com/event/handbags-gladrags-ladies-lunch-7-may-2017


    Next Saturday, March 25th Join us in the Church from 8 – 9.30 Programme – 8pm – send out to “chippy” (better to come at 5 to 8!) 8 – 8.30 – Songs of Praise 8.30 – 9.30 – Lights out, quiz and chips Bring your own mug!


    Make this Lent season count! Join our Olive Tree Project.

    Help to plant an olive tree in Palestine, and support the Palestinian people struggling against oppression.

    Olive trees are hugely important to the Palestinian people, a vital source of income and sustenance.

    We are adopting this cause as our project for Lent. When you feel like a bar of chocolate or some other treat over the next few weeks, stop! Think twice! And donate the money to plant a tree – and do your wee bit for peace and justice in the Middle East.

    A box will be in the vestibule / foyer till Palm Sunday April 9th).

  •  GUILD

    Closing social is Tuesday 28th March, 7.30. Our guests that night will be 'The Grace Notes' singing group. Everyone will be made welcome so please come and join us for fellowship followed by tea, coffee and home baking. Tickets are priced £3 and you can get them from Jean Cane or any Guild member.

  • SAS

    Wednesday 22nd March. 12- 1 for lunch, 1 – 1.15 for worship and 1.15-2.15 for discussion. We continue with the theme of 'Caring For Physical Needs' our reading and topic is 'The Paralytic?' using Mark 2: 1 – 12 If you cannot join us, here are a few 'food for thought' questions to enable you to think and reflect. When have you been in physical need and have been cared for by someone else?

    What evidence in our reading is there that the friends really cared about the paralytic? Of what value to the paralytic was the faith of his friends? Sometimes we need to hang on to someone else's faith. When have you needed another person to believe God for you?


    A timely reminder to start thinking about your easter egg displays and bonnet parade. As usual there will be some chocolate egg prizes but the main thing is we have some fun and share the joyous resurrection of our Lord. The past few years the BIG KIDS have let the 'show' down....the SMALL KIDS have outshone and outdone the OLDIES....so come on Team Jackson...don't be shy.. get your Easter Bonnets...decorated and don yer bonnets!! Be part of the greatest celebration on earth by parading with pride and a big smile

  • Jackson Film Club 

    The next Film Club evening will be tomorrow night, Monday 20th March at 7.15pm in the lower rear Halls. Please come along and enjoy another selection of heritage,scenic and comedy films. Light refreshments will be available


    Rev Kay was asked to intimate the following -

    The Hospice is again running it’s annual Make a Will Month campaign during March. Make or update your Will and support St Andrew’s Hospice during the month of March. Several Lanarkshire Legal Firms have agreed to write a basic Will and waive their legal fee, in return for a donation to St Andrew’s Hospice. For further information please contact Lorna McCafferty, Trust Fundraising Officer at St Andrew’s Hospice on 01236 772087 or email lorna.mccafferty@standrews.scot.nhs.uk. There is also a flyer on the notice board.


    The following is an email from this committee of the Church of Scotland:

    Speak Out: Doing Politics Differently

    Speak Out commits the church to a long term process of advocating for and delivering change, with a more intentional focus on resourcing local congregations and communities.

    At the heart of the campaign is a commitment to working alongside those on the sharp end of injustice and poverty – making real the Church of Scotland’s on going commitment to the poorest and most marginalised, not just out of sympathy but because that is the Gospel way to live. The Doing Politics Differently film was developed in response to a consultation that revealed a strong desire for more participative democracy.

    Read more and watch the film here:


    Look out for the further six films being released over the coming few months. Please do share these with your congregations – and get in touch to share any examples you may have of how our themes are being enacted in your communities. We look forward to working with you and resourcing churches and communities over the coming years as Speak Out becomes an integral part of the work of the church.


    Rev Kay URGES you to either read this magazine online or buy one from the few we get delivered to the church via George Kane. This month especially has some great articles in it pertaining to the church and how it is changing and the part we have to play in keeping the church ALIVE!! So get reading !


    To make my job easier when I am processing the accounts, I would appreciate if you could let me know if you amend or cancel your standing order.  Thanks,      Morag Hamilton


    Youth and Development worker for Presbytery sent this via Minister's mailing -

    Godly Play Discovery Day -

    I am pleased to say we are going to have a Godly Play Discovery Day on Saturday 25th March from 10am until 4pm. What is Godly Play? • Godly Play is a very different, but amazingly engaging, creative and imaginative method for exploring our Christian faith and heritage. • It is not about learning lessons, keeping children entertained or telling children what they need to know. • It’s about experiencing and exploring the sacred stories of God’s people, of knowing Jesus through his life and his parables and understanding the way in which we approach God though liturgical action. • Godly Play is one of those things that it's maybe better to experience than to read about. • Godly play assumes that children (and adults) are individuals, with different needs. That we all have different ways to learn and that play is important in all our learning. • Godly Play creates a safe and open space, allowing children the opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of God. • Godly Play has been developed over many years (since the 1970s). The well-tested story scripts are based on the bible and say only what needs to be said.

    The emphasis is on simplicity, getting to the essence of the story rather than 'exciting' elaboration. The silence and gestures are as important and powerful as the words. • Although it was originally developed as a resource for children, Godly

    Play is now being used with a wide range of age groups, in a diversity of settings. The discovery day costs £12 (bring your own lunch) and is designed to give you the chance to experience the key elements of the Godly Play approach to sharing bible stories. There is a maximum of 15 people able to attend the day to give those attending the best experience possible. If you wish to attend please email/text/phone me and I will reserve you a space. Payment can be made on the day and it is taking place at Cambusnethan North Church in Wishaw. FURTHER DETAILS ARE ON THE NOTICE BOARD.


    The creche has loads of toys, games etc for the wee ones to play with each week, some of which are battery operated. Any donation of AA or AAA batteries will be very much appreciated – even if it's the wee cheap ones that only last a few weeks. As you can imagine the kids love to play with toys that make noises so just like you do with the sweeties for Rev Kay, if you are able to pick up a few £1 packets then please hand them in to Jennifer any Sunday, thanks.


    As you know our Harvest donations  went to the foodbank. The volunteers who received it were extremely grateful and said it would help local families who are 'down on their luck' at present. Although they are grateful for all kinds of foodstuff, they are desperately needing every day toiletries e.g. toilet roll, toothpaste, shampoo etc., and especially baby nappies. To this end we are going to have a box for donations and if you are able to donate something every now and again it would be really appreciated – food or otherwise. Thanks


    This is a local volunteer organisation formed of mainly parents who have been affected by alcoholism and addiction in the community. They are relatively new and mainly self supporting. They have a small office in a port-a-cabin 1 Petersburn Road ( beside the burger van) Please support them in your prayers and Rev Kay will intimate any fundraising events as she gets them. If you want to find out more they can be contacted at loveandlight.org@gmail.com or contact their manager Jane Chambers on 07875634701 or Bill on 07483102974

  • Presbytery Facebook Page

    The Presbytery Facebook page is now live. Either use this link https://www.facebook.com/HamiltonPresbytery/ or search for Presbytery of Hamilton when in Facebook. We hope to post useful and encouraging information as well as links to events both local and national. Please “like” the page to ensure that you receive notifications


    Our Church is starting a new adventure as an Eco-congregation. This is an exciting way of showing how passionately we care about God's creation. It means we are joining with other congregations all over Scotland and the rest of the world, of all denominations, in celebration of God's creation in all it's wonderful diversity, and in making our commitment to care for it.

    We hope this will enhance our worship and our church life in lots of different ways. To start with we are getting together a group of interested people, no matter what age or whether you're a member, no restrictions, to consider how take this venture forward in our own congregation. The only qualification is an interest.

    Please give your name to the minister or Drew Main if you're interested.


    Resettlement of Syrian Refugees Andrea Sinclair, The Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme Advisor (Interim) for

    South Lanarkshire Council has asked if the churches in the Presbytery could put out a call for donations for clothes suitable to teenage children (both boys and girls) and items for younger

    children – especially girls. Some of the families who are now settled into their new homes are keen to work on their gardens. So if there are any keen gardeners, perhaps they would be able to offer spare plants/seedlings; flowers or vegetables would be most welcome.

    Rev. Maxine Buck, Convener. 01555 759063 or maxinebuck01@aol.com

  • Lost in Music

    In the Large Church Hall 

    Monday 7pm until 8pm £3.50 with every 5th class free!!

    This class is a dance fitness class that has been going for 2yrs now. We are a mixed ability/age group. If you have a love of music, dancing (even if you cant) & life you will absolutely love Lost in Music.

    Carrie Jones Lost in Music

  • Friends of Jackson Church

    Past and Present ~ The church intends to setup a Facebook page to allows us to share stories with one another of our experiences involving Jackson Church. An opportunity not only to recall joyful and uplifting times here in Jackson Church, both past and present, but also the chance to connect to old friends and former members who may have moved away from Airdrie. We need your help! We would like to start with a couple of old photographs and stories to help generate initial interest -funny, factual, uplifting, poignant etc. So if you can provide a photograph with a story then we would like to hear from you. We also have some volunteers already willing to help administer content posted to this new page but would welcome further help from anyone else who has regular access to the Internet/Facebook.

    Please contact me  (Craig Taylor)  via email ragingbull67@hotmail.co.uk

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