Maddiston news from Thursday, November 13

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Evangelical Church

The Youth Club is on Friday from 7.30-9 p.m. in Maddiston Community Centre. All S1-6 welcome. Sunday services start at 10 a.m. with Communion. The family service will start at 11.30 a.m. when the guest speakers will be Tim Oakes and Johnathan Anderson. The singers will be Vangel from Bo’ness. Children and young teens can leave the service and go into their own groups at noon - Discovery Group Extra, Creche and Youth Bible Group. The evening service is at 6.30 p.m. when Martin Boyd from Glasgow, who is a Scripture Union youth worker will speak on ‘What would Jesus Tweet?’ - Social media, blessing or curse?’ The young people will help organise and take part in these services - please come along and support them. The parent and toddler group will meet on Monday at 9.30 a.m. The Ladies Hour will be on Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. when Dr. Alasdair Fyfe from Busby will give a talk on the subject ‘Encountering God in Hospital’. Dr Fyfe was, for many years, a paediatrician at Yorkhill in Glasgow, and will tell how his faith impacted his work. The prayer meeting will take place on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.

Community Centre

Maddiston Community Centre events over the next week include - Thursday, Giggles Toddlers Group, 1-3 p.m.; Ju Jitsu, 7-8.30 p.m. Friday, Community Café, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (come along have a cuppa and something to eat meet other members of the community); Credit Union, 10 a.m.-noon. Monday, Citizens Advice Bureau (appointment to be made and can be held at centre). Tuesday, Giggles (toddlers group), 9.30-11.30 a.m.; Drop In Work Club, 12.30-3 p.m., tutor available to help with applications, CVs and interview skill. The Family History Group meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m.-noon; Ju-Jitsu, 7–8.30 p.m. We have a job club from 12.30-3 p.m., please contact the centre for further information. Wednesday, Fast Track IT class is being held from 9.30 a.m.-noon (call 501696 for information). We also have an IT suite for public use for internet access, e-mail access, filling in online forms, job searches homework and printing/copying. For any further information and opening times please call the centre on (01324) 720960.

Camera Club

Anyone with an interest in taking photographs, or photography generally, is invited to attend the above club when it meets every Wednesday in The Braes Children and Family Centre in Forgie Crescent from 7 - 8.30 p.m. The group, which has changed name to Braes Camera Club, has operated for some time at the site and the organisers would be happy to welcome new members.

Community Council

The monthly meeting of Maddiston Community Council provided the opportunity of giving an update on the issues of the trench, the proposed wind turbine, the Polmont station bridge closure and vandalism in the park. The annual Christmas Carol service will take place on December 19 at 6.15 p.m. at the primary school whilst we need help to plant tree whips in Muiravonside Park, date to be advised. The Friends of Muiravonside group is being established with support from our community and concerns were raised about the presence of Japanese Knotweed in Rumford.

Salvation Army

A warm welcome awaits you at Maddiston Salvation Army. Morning Worship is every Sunday at 10.30 a.m. in the Salvation Army Centre, Main Street, Maddiston. The weekly programme is as follows - Tuesday, Lunch Club at 12.30 p.m. (a two course meal with tea/coffee and biscuits for £3); Ladies meeting, 2.p.m.; Kids Club (5–12 year olds), 5.30 p.m. Thursday, Parent and Toddlers, 9.30 a.m.; Prayer and Bible Study, 6 p.m. Friday, Parent and Toddlers 9.30 a.m. Monthly on a Saturday evening there is a special event as advertised and all are welcome to all events. For further information, contact (01324) 711973. Meanwhile, the Parent and Toddler group wishes to thank everyone who supported the recent sponsored walk. The sum of £447 was raised and will help towards the costs of the fancy dress party and Christmas Party. The money will assist with additional equipment as well and special thanks go to Maureen’s little helpers. The organisation is always looking to develop its programme and it is looking for volunteers. Call David Robertson on 711973 for further information.

Slide Show

Maddiston & Rumford Local History Group is holding a slide show on Friday, November 21 in Maddiston Community Centre. We’re concentrating on the area from Rumford and Craigs through Greenwells past the Blocks to Manuelrigg. We’ll have a look at the new school and the sad demolition of our old, well-loved school. No charge will be made for the slide show, but donations are welcome for the cup of tea and biscuits at midway when we stop for tea and a blether. Everyone will be made welcome.

Muiravonside Church

Last Sunday, a very meaningful Remembrance Service was held in Church. This service was conducted by both our minister Rev. Louise McClements and Mrs Amanda McQuarrie. During the Intimations a warm welcome was given to Mrs Jacqueline Dignan who was our Organist for the service. During the service the appropriate Solo ‘Bring Him Home’ was sung by Miss Amy Paterson. A worthy round of applause was given to her afterwards. The ‘Two minute silence’ was also observed during the Service. A fitting service all round. This Sunday the Service in Muiravonside Parish Church will commence at the usual time of 11.30 a.m. and will be conducted by Mrs Amanda McQuarrie. The Sunday Club meets at the same time. Note: The Christmas Fayre takes place in Whitecross on Saturday, November 29 at 11 a.m. More information next week.