Please note that the Annual Stated Meeting for Skirling Church will be held after the service on Sunday 24th March.
This year the Lent Studies are on a series of films called The God Question. In six half hour episodes, world renowned contributors from both sides of the science/God debate unpack the evidence found in the Cosmos, Life and Evolution and the hidden depths of Mind and Consciousness. The films are very watchable and lead to some lively discussion. The next session will be on Thursday 21st March in Broughton Village Hall starting at 7:00pm.
The Guild AGM will take place on Wednesday 20th March at 2:30 in Broughton Village Hall, followed by Afternoon Tea. You are invited to come along and hear what we've been up to in the past year.
The Guild are organising a Quiz Night on Friday 22nd March in Broughton Village Hall starting at 7pm. This year the Guild Project we are supporting is raising money to help build a home for abandoned street children in Pune, India. The charge is £20 per table of 4 and includes a sandwich supper at half time. An extra 10 points will go to each table which has one or more person under 16. Tables can be booked by contacting Fiona on 830408 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Come and join the fun! If you can't make up a team, come along on the night and we'll make a team for you.
If you enjoy quizes then come along to the Guild Quiz Night on Friday 22nd Marchfrom 7PM until 9PM in Broughton Village Hall raising money for Guild projects. The cost is £20 per table of four and includes a sandwich supper at half time.
This year the Guild are raising money to help build a home for abandoned street children in Pune, India.
Please contact Fiona Burnett on 01899 830408 or email@example.com to book a table.
If you would like to join in but don't have a team then let us know and we'll make a team up for you on the night. Also any team with at least one person aged under 16 will receive 10 point bonus before they start!
With Rev Tony Foley's departure to be attached to the Old Parish Church in Peebles a decision has been taken to allow the Worship Workshop to cover the majority of services through January. A decision will be taken later whether to appoint a locum or to continue relying upon the Worship Workshop occasionally supplemented with pulpit supply assistance as we continue to seek a new Minister.
This edition looks back to the Harvest Supper and the activities in the parish to recognise the armistice centenary while looking ahead to a full programme of Christmas activities. More
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A Lifetime of Service
Miss Betty Eastland
As of the end of September Betty and Jessie Eastland are retiring as active elders in Skirling Kirk. They have however assured us that they still intend to be involved in the life of the Kirk and are keen to stay in touch with what is going on in the Parishes. The congregation in Skirling would expect and accept nothing less. Here are some of their recollections of their long involvement with Skirling and its church.
The sisters were both born in the village and attended Sunday school along with all the rest of the children, even those whose parents were not in church. Then when they were older it was Bible Class in the Church or in the Manse. Bible Class involved homework on that week’s text in a pink exercise book marked up each week by the Minister. Then they joined the church in their mid-teens again along with majority of the local children; they remember twelve teenagers joining one Sunday. Betty has seen ten ministers come and go in Skirling, initially Skirling Ministers, then linked with Broughton then in the 1970’s, as we are today, linked with Broughton, Stobo and Drumelzier and Tweedsmuir. Nine of those Ministers went into retirement from the charge.
The Harvest Supper held on 29th September was a huge success. Musical entertainment was provided by John (accordion) and Rebecca (violin) from Biggar, playing together for the first time, and by Strumash, the excellent ukulele band from Peebles.