Grangemouth news from Thursday, March 19

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Zetland Church

Sunday’s service was conducted by Reverend Alison Meikle. The Social and Fundraising Committee are holding a Daffodil Tea in the hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The annual stated meeting of the congregation will be held after morning worship on Sunday and the 20-Somethings will meet in the church at 6.30 p.m. On Sunday, March 29 - Palm Sunday and ‘Souper Sunday’ - there will be a retiring collection for the Church of Scotland HIV Programme. Soup will be served in the hall by the youth organisations after the service, with donations also going to the Programme. Also on Sunday, March 29, there will be a Songs of Praise Service at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in knowing more about their faith and/or wishing to join the family of faith in the Church of Scotland should contact Alison, who intends having an Enquirers Group after Easter. Sunday’s service is at 11.15 a.m. Sunday School meets. Tea and coffee will be served after the Annual Stated Meeting. Vestry hour will be held on the last Sunday of the month. If you wish you can speak to Alison in the hall, contact her on (01324) 336729 or e-mail alison-meikle@sky.com for more information.

Zetland Guild

The speaker from Mary’s Meals came along to the Guild last Wednesday and John left us all in tears when he showed the film about the children in Liberia. Each of the ladies was so touched by the plight of these children who may never have a meal for days, but if the child attends school then they will be given one meal in the day. The Ebola outbreak of course ended some of the work in this country but it is all starting up again. Each child requires a back pack and t-shirt, shorts, soft shoes and the usual things needed for school like pencils, a ball, a spoon, toothpaste, a brush, soap and a face cloth. All this information is available on the web site of Mary’s Meals if required. The ladies were most generous in giving lots of these goods and as the charity was short of towels, the cupboards were raided. Thank you all who helped, it is appreciated.

KHR Services

The service at the Kirk of the Holy Rood on Sunday will be conducted by the minister at the usual time of 11 a.m. The KHR Women’s Association holds its Annual General Meeting and 53rd Birthday Tea on Wednesday, March 25 starting at the usual time of 7.30 p.m. The churches from Presbytery are holding a family event - Crack Open Easter – on Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m. in Hub main shopping centre Falkirk. There will be bible stories, craft tables and painting with the Brighton’s Praise Band. All are welcome. Once again the church is supporting Buskit. Please return the donations in the Smartie tubes by Easter Sunday.

Fun Food Faith

Ever wondered what to do as a whole family on a Sunday afternoon just as the shops are about to close? Come along to Abbotsgrange Parish Church, Abbots Road, on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. Get creative with crafts - paper, glue, felt pens - and go home with your finished item. Get messy with paint and leave it for others to clean up. Think about your faith in a different way. Work up an appetite and have someone else make your meal and wash your dishes.

Abbotsgrange Church

The service on Sunday will commence at 10.30 a.m. and taken by the Reverend Aftab Gohar. The Sunday School, ABC and creche will also take place at this time. The Junior Section of the Boys Brigade are to be congratulated in coming first equal in the Maze Marching competition held last weekend and the Company Section boys are through to the national finals of the table tennis. Well done to everyone who took part. The Christmas Crafters are holding a Spring Coffee Morning on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is £2 and can be paid at the door.

Rotary Club

Grangemouth’s got talent. That much was demonstrated by pupils of Grangemouth High School last week before a most appreciative audience of members of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth and their partners. The occasion was the club’s annual charter dinner held in the Leapark Hotel. The hour-long floor show followed a magnificent repast and a brief welcome from president Jim Stirling and a few words from District Governor-elect Andy Ireland, himself a former pupil of Grangemouth High School, who extended best wishes form District 1020 and RIBI. At the club meeting the previous day Rotarian Peter Russell of the Linlithgow Grange Club described his most interesting experiences as head of the Prison Service in Northern Ireland. Among the most appreciative audience was regular visitor Jennifer Kyle, a member of the Kansa City Plaza Club, Missouri, and daughter of Grangemouth member Ian Wall. The vote of thanks was offered by George Nichol.

Walking Group

A group meet every Monday at 10 a.m. at the community education unit to have a walk. This group has progressed from our health walk and now meet without a walk leader. The Wednesday walk is a health walk and Otago session run by Step Forth walk leaders it starts at 10 a.m. If you or someone you know is having problems with their balance come along to our Otago class on a Wednesday at 10.30 a.m. after the walk. All walks are free and open to all abilities. For more information on any of the Step Forth walks contact (01324) 504556/504568 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org