HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!
All the church groups are restarting now so please check the calendar and come along to any that you are interested in. You will be made most welcome.
There will be a meeting at the Manse tonight (Sunday 6th) at 7pm for anyone who is enquiring about becoming a church member.
You are invited to join us in our celebrations on Christmas Eve in St. Cuthbert’s Church in Saltcoats. Bring your family! Bring a friend!
At 7:00 pm there will be a joyful Family Service and then at 11:30 pm our Watchnight Service when we remember the birth of our Lord Jesus.
Coffee, tea, juice and mince pies will be served in the hall from 10:45 pm
The Monday Club and some friends came together at the Rowan Tree in Ardrossan on Monday 10th December.
Plenty of chatter, good food and a joyful end by singing a couple of Christmas songs – to the delight of other diners!
On Wednesday 5th December Saltcoats St Cuthbert’s Guild welcomed Guilds from across North Ayrshire (Guilds Together North Ayrshire) came together for a Christingle Advent Service. We were also joined by some 30 children from the Caledonia Primary School.
We sang both traditional and more modern carols, listened to readings but also were enchanted by the children’s offering of two songs and a poem. The poem can be viewed HERE.
If you have never heard of Christingle before, you are not alone. Mrs Jean Hunter gave a small presentation explaining the significance of this tradition.
Christingles are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle (in our case a glowstick for safety reasons).
Each element of a Christingle has a special meaning and helps to tell the Christian story:
The orange represents the world
The red ribbon (or tape) symbolises the love and blood of Christ
The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations
The lit candle represents Jesus’ light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.
After the service, the children returned to school and we adjourned to the hall for a very welcome cuppa and chat (something Guild members are very good at!)