Mary’s Meals

Sunday 14 October is Harvest Thanksgiving, and this year we are supporting the charity Mary’s Meals.

The aim of the charity is to provide a daily meal in a place of education, thus attracting chronically poor children to the classroom where they can gain a basic education that provides an escape route from poverty.  Today it is feeding over 500,000 children around the world, in countries including Malawi, Liberia and Haiti.  The average cost of feeding a child for a whole school year is just £10.70.

Mary’s Meals is the current Guild project, and since June there has been a collecting box on the tea bar for your donations of pennies and silver for this good cause.  On Harvest Sunday, you are very welcome to make a donation of money to the charity, but we would also like to ask you to bring in gifts for another aspect of the work of Mary’s Meals, the Backpack Project.

Very often parents cannot afford to buy even basic things like pens, notebooks or even school clothes to enable their children to go to school.  You can help solve this problem by bringing in a school bag or backpack (old or new) and everyday things needed for school for Mary’s Meals to send to children who really need them.  Suitable items in addition to the backpack are as follows:

  • Exercise book/notepad
  • Pencils/pen/ crayons
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Sharpener
  • Pencil case
  • Towel
  • Shorts
  • Shirt and t-shirt, or dress (suitable for children aged from 4 – 12 years)
  • Flip flops/sandals (suitable for children aged from 4 – 12 years)
  • Small ball eg tennis ball
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Spoon.

Mary’s Meals is a Scottish registered charity.

Your donations will help the charity to fulfil its vision of ensuring that every child receives a daily meal in school.  Please give generously.

New Session Clerk

Members will be aware that Alan and Morag Imrie have now moved back to Scotland although they will be returning frequently until the end of the year.  Alan has been Session Clerk for some 11 years, and has seen us through two vacancies and worked with three Ministers during that time.  Among Alan’s many achievements during his tenure has been the successful negotiation of the move to charity status with the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator.  He gave up as Session Clerk at the Session meeting on 27 September.

The Session invited the Deputy Session Clerk, Peter Esslemont, to take over the role of Session Clerk with effect from 27 September, and Peter accepted this invitation.  We wish Peter every success in his new role, and look forward very much to working with him.

Church Lighting

Over the past few months, the Fabric Committee has been investigating options for improving the lighting in the sanctuary.  We have seen two demonstrations of possible options on separate Sunday evenings, and the next step is to present a report with costs to the Kirk Session.  Subject to Session approval, it will then be necessary to launch an appeal to raise funds to pay for the improvements.  We will keep you informed of progress and developments over the course of the next few months.