Our Church Building has had a makeover, as befits every 60 year-old!
Our former slightly dull grey exterior is now looking crisp and sharp after its birthday makeover. Don’t believe it? Then judge for yourself Below:
Looking Good at 60!
Our 60th Birthday Celebrations!
Sunday 10th September 2017
A special service was held to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the 1957 dedication of our Church building on this site. The Very Rev. Dr Lorna Hood was our guest preacher; she delivered an inspiring message to the congregation and afterwards assisted in the planting of a memorial tree. A buffet lunch was arranged which was attended by many members, both past and present, along with our various guests. The lunch featured a special cake, baked and decorated by David Paton and ceremoniously cut by Sophie Cumming, representing our youngest members and by Helen Porter who represented our older members. An exhibition of photographs and memorabilia from previous events was organised by Caroline Thomson, along with fascinating entries for the Westerton Primary School Art Competition.
The following slide show illustrates images of this happy occasion.
Other 60th Anniversary events that took place :
· On 15th October the Rev Eric Hudson, our former minister, shared in the leading of worship with our own Minister. He preached a sermon which was entirely appropriate to the occasion and many worshippers stayed to enjoy tea, coffee and a chat with Eric and his wife Anne in the hall afterwards.
· On 21st October we held our 60th Anniversary dinner. This was served in our own hall, and conversation flowed round the tables, before everyone moved to the Church for the second part of the evening. The Rev. Roddy Hamilton, Minister of our "mother" church, New Kilpatrick, spoke of the joys of having a 60 year old "child", and presented us with a beautiful rose to be planted in our garden. A matching one would be planted in our "mother's" garden. Then we were entertained, and hopefully instructed, by a short one-act play "The Last Supper" written and directed by one of our members, Ian Cooper, and acted by a small group of his fellow elders. This took a wry but affectionate look at how church life might have been in Westerton 60 years ago.
· Our “Songs of Praise” service on 29th October, with music provided by Clydebank Salvation Army Band, raised the rafters with marvellous music and wonderful singing by a packed congregation of members and guests. £700 was raised on behalf of the Salvation Army
· On 5th November we welcomed our second former minister, Rev Iain Telfer, to preach, and also reminisce on his tenure in Westerton, which included providing support and guidance to a fairly promising divinity student ….. one Christine Goldie. It was once again a great pleasure to share refreshments in the hall after the service, and to catch up with a number of members of the Telfer family.
· Meanwhile, our nominated “Anniversary” Charity, Medi – Dogs, raised a total of £780.
And in Other News……
Messy Church, or as we prefer to call it, “Fairlie Messy Church”, continues with its monthly meetings
While a spot of snow caused the cancellation of our Messy March Meeting, May’s event continued with the theme of Moses, this time it was the story of the Burning Bush. As well as drawing and colouring, the children hunted around the church grounds for pictures of the Church of Scotland logo, and found our permanent reminder, for all to see. Then in June, we held the grand finale of Moses’ Journey out of Egypt – the crossing of the Red Sea, complete with passport, map and an edible picture of the parting of the Red sea, suitably garnished with fish!
The Guild’s Summer outing to Dumfries House and Largs.
The Guild went to Dumfries House and had a very enjoyable day with delicious home made shortbread and tea/coffee served at the end of their house tour. They then went on to Largs where the sun finally came out. They rounded off the day with a delicious meal in Nardinis and a very enjoyable journey home in the sunshine.
A very impromptu Barbecue!
On 16 June, after weeks of sunshine, a summer barbecue took place – in the large hall! The poor weather neither dampened spirits, nor prevented the BBQ chefs doing a roaring trade! Fabulous summer desserts washed down with plenty tea and coffee, lots of chat and an unexpected quiz completed what turned out to be a very enjoyable afternoon!
Dedication of New Windows
On Sunday 3rd December 2017, time was given over during the morning service, to dedicate the new stained glass window feature, which forms a central part of the Celtic cruciform set into the stonework above our chancel. The window is presented to the Kirk by Ian Cooper and his family in memory of his late wife Liz and it also commemorates our 60th Anniversary, therefore it is hoped that it may come to be known as The Anniversary Window. The Cooper family extends their heartfelt thanks to The Session and gratitude to all those who worked to achieve the necessary agreements and consent to allow the project to be carried out and they especially thank our minister Christine, for the sincere, personal and very appropriate tribute which she paid, during the dedication, to Liz Cooper, late wife of Ian and mother to John and David and grandmother to Ewan.
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