Achievements & Performance 2015

 
Generous Giving 


I am very pleased to present this report in recognition of our most generous and caring congregation at New 
Stevenston: Wrangholm Kirk. 2015 has been a year of continual giving, worshipping together, supporting each other 
and thinking and giving to others. Although the many people who give do not expect thanks they deserve to be 
mentioned for their generosity. This is not to boast or elevate ourselves for the purposes of this report but to show 
the significant caring that goes on year in, year out, within our church. Here are some examples: 

The Food Bank week by week; knitting and donating wool for babies born into poverty in Africa; ongoing support 
for our New Dawn refurbishment of our church building by filling Smartie tubes with 20p pieces - giving small change 
to the ‘stick on’ appeal - making jam, ginger wine, fancy goods, baking, making and embroidering Christmas 
stockings, donating flowers each week for the Sanctuary and for the community - compiling lists, donating copy 
paper, ink cartridges, stamps, wrapping paper, tea, coffee, biscuits, sugar - donating food and money for fundraisers 
- supplying sound equipment for fundraisers and acting as DJ - giving to the retiring collection for Ministry and 
Mission at the end of each month – most generous giving to our annual Christian Day of Giving - anonymous 
donations of a new fridge for our Tea Prep. Room - coat stands and door mats for the church vestibule - visiting 
members and friends and giving lifts - making numerous arrangements for fundraising events. 


 


Giving to Others 


Our prayers and support continue for the following worthy causes: 

. The Local Foodbank – tons of food donated between our two churches; 
. Christian Aid - donating during Christian Aid week itself, the Poverty Small Change Boxes and Quizaid; 
. Mary’s Meals (every child receives one daily meal in their place of education) - supported from our Harvest 
Thanksgiving special collection; 
. Shelter and St Andrew’s Hospice – via our Christmas Eve offerings; 
. CLIC – children’s cancer charity; 
. Poppy Appeal; 
. Nepal – build a house in Nepal – three year project – supported by our Christmas Card appeal; 
. Les Hoey Foundation – helping children with life threatening illness; 
. Living Wage - we continue to pay the ‘living wage’ rate for our church staff. 

We also had a special collection in aid of the plight of the refugees desperately fleeing their homes in the hope of 
finding a safe haven. 


 


New Connections 


With the finishing of our church refurbishment being our main priority at present we to plan to get more involved 
with New Connections next year. 


 


Archives 


It’s good to report that our Clerk and one of the Elders spent four backbreaking hours going through, tidying up and 
sorting our archives ready for storage in proper archive boxes. Another good job done – thanks to both! 


Sponsored Silence 


The idea of the sponsored silence fundraiser came from our Social/Fundraising Committee. The plan was that this 
would take place as part of Sunday Worship and we would seek sponsors or give a donation – all in support of our 
New Dawn church refurbishment programme. It sounded fine until we heard that we would be silent for fifteen 
minutes! That is actually a long time to be silent. However, we acomplished it and raised a good sum for our 
refurbishment. Very well done to our congregation and friends! 


 
Legacy 

We were blessed to receive a legacy after the sad death of one of our faithful and hardworking Elders of the 
Congregation. Despite ill health our kind benefactor continued to take a great interest in his church and avidly read 
the Minutes of Meetings sent to him each month. The Minister did not escape his ready questions on her visits - 
“what’s happening about this/that?” Our friend was such an authority on all things church that it was not unusual to 
hear the words “I’ll ask Charlie” if some historical point needed clarifying. This wonderful legacy enabled us to 
refurbish our very tired looking Halls and we have in addition decided to purchase something fitting and tangible as a 
reminder of our friend. 


 


Halls Refurbishment and Rededication 


It was with enthusiasm then that we made arrangements to give our Halls a facelift. Tradesmen were chosen and 
paint colours decided upon and we looked forward to the starting date in early summer. Rubbish was cleared and 
the floors and stage sanded. The walls were painted in two matching tones and our ‘royal-blue’ ceiling was painted 
out and lightened! Louvre blinds were fitted to the windows and new internal doors were fitted as well as fire doors. 
Someone even bought and fitted a new doormat at the front door – sounds simple but it had to be the right size to 
fit in the recess where the mat goes. The result was clean, fresh and uplifting. Many thanks are due to those who 
organised the tradesmen, chose the blinds and paint and cleared out rubbish and tidied the notice boards. It’s very 
time consuming waiting for tradesmen to appear on the agreed date and time. 

Our refurbished Halls were rededicated at a special service of Sunday worship held in the Halls with music from CDs. 
The service was well attended and followed by a lovely soup lunch provided by the ladies of the Guild in support of 
Guild Week (see my comments further on). 


 


Easter and Holy Week 

Our Holy Week Services rotate between our two churches and are well attended. During Lent, which is our time of 
self-examination, we take on a challenge - of taking something on, not giving something up. This discipline has 
become a good habit for us. After Communion on Maundy Thursday and the solemnity of Good Friday we enjoy the 
celebration of Easter Day. The dawn service on the hill at our Holytown Church is uplifting and breakfast in the Hall 
afterwards is kindly supplied. At our later morning service there’s always a bit of frivolity too in the form of an Easter 
Bonnet competition – supposed to be for the children but the adults compete very keenly! 


 


Pentecost 

Not all of us remembered to wear something red for our service at Pentecost but we were given Red Balloons to 
release outside afterwards, and a lovely cake to share. It was good too that some of our neighbours joined us for 
worship on that special day. 


 


Joint Summer Services 


Both congregations were invited to vote for or against joint summer services with our linked church. The outcome 
was almost 100% for and we therefore sought permission from Presbytery to hold the joint services. Services in July 
would be held in our Holytown Church and August in our church here at Wrangholm. Transport was arranged and 
tea and biscuits would be available after the services. The praise for the last service in the series would be chosen 
from our favourite hymns and we were invited to vote for our favourite hymn or hymns and to give a reason why it 
was a favourite. The whole series of services was very successful and popular and the final service was absolutely 
wonderful. Not only was the singing most uplifting but those who spoke about their favourite hymn and why it was 
their favourite gave a lovely and moving testament. This was a first for joint summer services but I feel will be a 
must in future. 


 


Fancy Dress Disco 


We were indebted to our local Bowling Club for kindly donating their premises for our Fancy Dress Disco – another 
fundraiser for our New Dawn refurbishment programme - and to two of our local take-away outlets for donations of 
Pizzas. Our Congregational Board members donated sandwiches, pies and sausage rolls, home baking, crisps and 
sweets and also worked very hard in the kitchen and clearing up after the event. Another of our Board members 
supplied the sound system and disco lights and very successfully acted as DJ. This was another example of people 
using their talents and giving their time for the church. Those who could not attend the fundraiser, either donated 
money or baked or both. Last but certainly not least – the costumes created and worn by those who dressed-up 
were superb! We had Adam and Eve, Darth Vader, witches, zombies, fairies and a steam train – complete with 
driver and passengers. Many thanks to those who donated prizes and to the organisers for a real fun night. 


 


Our Organisations: 


The Guild 


As mentioned earlier in this report, the ladies of the Guild had a Soup Lunch after Sunday Worship in support of 
Guild Week at the end of November. This was held in our newly refurbished Halls which was very nicely set out for 
the lunch. The delicious soup and baking was all home-made and done to their usual very high standard. The 
proceeds from this most enjoyable time, well supported by the congregation, were sent to St Andrew’s Hospice in 
Airdrie. Well done to our Guild people for their good work throughout the year and the enjoyment the regular 
meetings give to their members. 


 

Sunday School 


Our Sunday School started off the year with a party to celebrate the New Year and continue to enjoy their Sunday 
School classes week by week. Before skipping off to Sunday School, they enjoy their time in church and the 
Minister’s talk. Time with the Children and the ‘what’s in my bag this week’ is always fun and they are not too shy at 
answering the Minister’s questions. The Spill the Beans learning material uses Bible readings, crafts, activities and 
songs to make learning a fun time for the children and is a good aide for the teachers. The material is put together 
by a group of people, one of whom is our Minister. During the summer the children and their teachers had an outing 
to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and they made a Pyramid one Sunday – this got a mention and photo in the church 
magazine! The children also take part in leading their Prize Giving Service in June and similarly the Nativity Service in 
Advent. These services are much appreciated and enjoyed by the congregation. Well done to all the children and 
their lovely teachers. Thanks are also due to the parents/guardians who bring the children to church each week. 


 
Rededication and Long Service Award 


We had a rededication of our fellowship and Sunday School towards the end of the summer and a presentation to 
one of our Sunday School Teachers, Mrs Pamela Connacher, who had served 30 years as a Sunday School Teacher. 
This significant achievement was warmly acknowledge by the Children, their teachers and the congregation. It was 
good that this presentation had been successfully kept a secret and was therefore a huge surprise to Pamela. 


 


Girls’ Brigade 


As reported last year, our Girls’ Brigade merged with our Holytown Girls’ Brigade to form one Company and were 
able to retain their 1st New Stevenston name. We maintain our prayers and interest in the girls and their leaders. 


 


Community Fellowship Group 


Our Community Fellowship Group (non-worship) meets weekly and although the present group is small in number 
they enjoy each other’s company and have fun playing board games. The cup of tea/coffee and, most importantly, 
one of Joan’s cakes is without doubt the highlight of the afternoon. The group enjoyed Christmas and summer 
lunches in the hotel in the park and a walk during one of the nice summer days. This was followed by huge cups of 
coffee in the same hotel! The Fellowship Group also had an outing to the cinema in the autumn to see The Lady in 
the Van – followed by more food in the restaurant next door to the cinema! There is no charge for attending the 
group but the regular members have collected and given generously in support of our New Dawn refurbishment 
programme. 


 


Bible Study 


The Bible Study Group meets each week in the Manse and this popular group is open to all. The study is structured 
and there is always plenty of encouragement for participation. 


 


Remembrance 


As well as our regular services of remembrance in 2015 we had a special service of remembrance and wreath laying 
at our War Memorial in New Stevenston. This was conducted by our Minister and attended by several members and 
friends of the congregation. It was good to have this extra time of remembrance reinstated and we plan to make it 
an annual event. 


 


B
ereavement Service 


The Blue Christmas or Bereavement Service is another of our joint services with our linked charge and takes place on 
the first Sunday in Advent. Those bereaved in the community receive a written invitation from our Minister to 
attend this very special time of remembering. 


 


Advent and Christmas 


As mentioned at the beginning of the report the proceeds from our Christmas Card Appeal are going towards the 
Build a House in Nepal (three-year project). We send only one card to all our church friends and donate the money 
saved to the Nepal project. The children and congregation also very kindly donated gifts at our Gift Service towards 
the Blameless Charity – children of parents with addiction problems. 


 


Nine Lessons and Carols 


Very well done to our Elders, Board members and members of the congregation who led the Nine Lessons and Carols 
Service towards the end of the year. The readings and singing were good and the whole service flowed seamlessly. 


 


Homanay


Our Minister and her Husband very kindly hosted a Scotch & Wry themed Hogmanay Party in the Hall of our linked 
church at Holytown. They donated all the food and drink, organised transport and were first foots as well as 
organising the party itself! The verdict from those who attended was that it a huge success and thoroughly 
enjoyable evening. I’m only sorry that I missed our Minister singing Nobody’s Child!! 


 


Communication 



Our church web page continues to be monitored by our web Editor and the various details and information include 
our Achievements and Performance from the last few years. Several enquiries come our way via the web page. The 
Wrangholm Newsletter goes out to members and friends of the congregation four times each year and is a 
substantial amount of work for the Editor who compiles all the bits and pieces of news and undertakes the 
mammoth task of collating and printing the Newsletter. There is always something interesting included for the 
children. We are also fortunate to have a weekly Order of Service to guide us through the Sunday worship pattern. 
A Thought for the Week, Daily Bible Readings and Pray without Ceasing is part of the Order and much appreciated by 
all. Our Minister compiles this week by week and undertakes this significant task gladly. 


 


VIPs 


We do not forget our members of the congregation who have undergone a lot of suffering and illness in 2015, our 
housebound members and friends who miss getting to church. Our Minister, Caryl, the Choir, Christine our excellent 
Treasurer, Barbara our Gift Aid Convener, our Congregational Board and Kirk Session, those on Sunday Door Duty 
and the count, Steven and Gordon our Fabric and Hall Conveners, our Magazine and Web page Editors, our Organist 
and Clerk and all our faithful Congregation and friends. 


We are a living, caring church at the heart of our community celebrating worship and offering support. 


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Netta Lithgow 
Session Clerk