By the time this magazine reaches you, the Outreach Group in partnership with KIND (Scotland) will have held their Christmas Afternoon Tea in our beautifully refurbished Sullivan Hall. Money raised from this event will be used by KIND to provide much needed food hampers to families facing real hardship this Christmas. KIND has provided food hampers for the past 27 years. Sadly, rather than seeing a diminution of the need for this help, the opposite is the case. Each hamper contains a selection of food, which will provide families with meals to see them through from Christmas well into the New Year.
The Outreach Group and KIND would like to thank everyone who supported this event.
Sunday 8 December will once again be our Gift Sunday. The organisations we support will receive gifts for the children of families they have identified as being in need of assistance this Christmas. The organisations we will be supporting this year are - Women and Children First in Paisley, the Aberlour Trust, Glasgow Befriending, Falkirk Social Services, Quarriers Family Resource Centre in Ruchazie and The Glasgow Care Foundation.
We would ask that the gifts, for children of all ages, be brought to Church unwrapped or alternatively in an unsealed gift bag.
If you are able to stay behind after the service on 8 December, your help would be appreciated to sort out the gifts in the Sullivan Hall.
There will be no Christmas cards this year, but look out for our poster about Christmas services, which should be appearing around Newton Mearns. A copy of the poster can be found here in the magazine.
Recently Violet Fraser and I met with Claire Herbert, chaplain at the Lodging House Mission, and enjoyed a wonderful tour of the Mission meeting some of the extraordinary people who work there and who use the services provided. Claire’s enthusiasm for the possibilities offered by LHM and her desire to walk with those who find life chaotic and extremely difficult to navigate was truly uplifting and a true working out of her Christian faith. I hope we might be able to invite her to Mearns Kirk for further insight into this important outreach in our city.
In our conversation, mention was made of the need for phone chargers at LHM. Often service users are given phones by various agencies, but not chargers. So, if anyone has a charger at home that is not being used, please but it in the LHM bucket and I will see that it is put to good use.
Lastly, LHM needs volunteers to help serve lunch on Saturdays and Sundays. No need to commit to helping every weekend, just what suits you. If you can help, I will put you in touch with the appropriate person