Obituary – Mr Arthur Lindsay

With sadness we announce the death on Tuesday 6th June of Mr Arthur Lindsay.  His funeral service will be a private family committal followed by a service of thanksgiving for everyone to attend at 11.00 a.m. in the church on Saturday 17th June.  Please remember his family and friends in your prayers.

Could anyone who is available to help at the service please inform Joanne.

Obituary – Mrs E Whitton

With sadness we announce the death of Mrs E Whitton of Larkhall.

A service of thanksgiving will take place in St John’s Church on Thursday 4th May at 10.30 a.m. followed by a burial service at Balgay Cemetery in Dundee at 3.00 p.m.

Born on 11th July 1933 to Ernest and Elizabeth Chalmers, Betty was the youngest of five siblings. Betty was no stranger to sadness in her life. Her father died in a car accident when she was just 18 months old and so childhood, particularly during war time, was not always easy even within the supportive and loving family that sheltered her. Betty was involved in the life of the church from an early age, although she acknowledged that it was actually at a Billy Graham rally that a significant moment was created, when she heard that ‘still small voice’ and committed her life to Christ and working in his service. With Jimmy she found her partner in life and their lives were woven together from the time he first arrived as the new assistant in St David’s Church in Dundee. She wasn’t very keen on him at first but he won her over and they were married in 1956. In marrying Jimmy, Betty took on the role not just of being his wife but also of being the ‘minister’s wife’ – which is another thing entirely. As wife and mother, Betty was able to create a wealth of happy memories for herself, for Jimmy and for both Thelma and Ingrid, their daughters. In terms of Betty’s service within the church, whichever church that might have been, she served within Young women’s groups, she served the Guild as president, the World Day of prayer committee as organiser, she baked, she sang in the choir, she fundraised for Well Hall Home, she took on a Social Responsibility role and is certainly famous here for selling the Crossreach calendars and for making sure (even when she couldn’t be around in person) that they were still sold on an annual basis. She also organised collections for the leprosy mission and deep sea fishermen and created an abiding memory for Thelma of opening all the envelopes and counting all the money which must have been a rather mammoth task. Betty also saw her family grow when Thelma married Stefan, and then again when Alasdair, her first grandchild, was born. Sadly Jimmy died in 1989, a loss that she would always feel, but in that same year there was also a joy for the family when Kirstin, her second grandchild was born. The family continued to grow with Ingrid marrying Phil, and then Craig, and then Inese also became part of Betty’s family. She had room for them all, love for them all, wisdom and encouragement for them all – Betty’s gifts were exhaustive and inclusive. She was interested in people, in their stories and how she could help those who needed extra support. She made an impact on so many lives that her influence will live on even as she has gone from our sight. For Betty, and for all she accomplished throughout the years of her life, we give thanks to God.

Obituary – Mr David Murray

We are sad to announce the death of Mr David Murray who died on Tuesday 8th September 2016 and whose Funeral service was held on Wednesday 14th September.
We ask that you remember his family and his friends in your prayers.

W/C Sunday 11th September

Sunday 11th September

10.45 a.m. Morning Worship 

Messy Church – A planning meeting will be held in the Church after the morning         service to organise for our next event, Messy Harvest.

3.00 p.m. Afternoon Communion all welcome.

6.30 p.m. Evening Service. Welcoming you at the door – Bill Howson & Graeme Dodds

7.30-9.00 p.m. Youth Group for young people S1-S6 meets.  Leaflets are available in the Centre. For more Information please email Lesley Auld – lesleyauld3489@gmail.com

Thursday 15th September

12:15 p.m.  Midweek Service, in the Church sanctuary. The service will last about 15-30 minutes, so please come along and invite a friend.

Sunday 18th September

10.45 a.m. Morning Worship

6.30 p.m. Evening Service  Welcoming you at the door –  A Auld & D Leslie

Centre Magazine: All material for the next issue of the magazine is to be with the Editor by Sunday 18th September – NO LATER.  Items can be left in the top right basket marked Magazine Editors in the rack outside the office, or by email to:   office@stjohnshamilton.org.uk

Upcoming dates for your diary:

 Saturday 1st October

10.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m.  Join us for Messy Harvest from 10.30am-12.30pm.  If you are able to join us please let us know.  Contact us on stjohnsmessychurch@gmail.com

 Sunday 2nd October

10.45 a.m.  Harvest Thanksgiving including celebration of Holy Baptism

5.15 p.m. – 6.15 p.m. Launch of Bible Study Material  in the Forum Café

 Tuesday 4th October   

7.00 p.m. – 9 .00 p.m.  Eco-congregation Scotland Regional Meeting, in the Millennium Room.  This meeting aims at sharing ideas with other eco-congregations in the area on how to incorporate the care for the environment in our ministry.  All who are interested are most welcome to come along.

Wednesday 5th October   

7.30 p.m. A Musical Reunion with The Motherwell Symphonic Band in aid of CLIC Sargent to be held in Motherwell Concert Hall.  The concert will also feature St John’s Singers.  Tickets £8/£5, concession are available from the box office: 01698 403120 or contact Anne MacLeod