Dunlop Parish Church
Sunday 10th December 2017
Scottish Charity No: 000447
Morning Worship: Second Sunday in Advent
Readings: Isaiah 40 : 1 - 11, Mark 1: 1 - 8
Praise : 334, Advent Candles, 273, 283, 472, 786
You are warmly invited to join us for tea or coffee in the servery area of the church after the service.
We are assessing the effectiveness of our sound system. If you wear hearing aids, or have difficulty with hearing, please take a few minutes at the end of the service to chat with Jim Cuthbertson about how well the sound system works for you.
Future Focus - the Minister has received the report on this from Robbie Morrison and intends to send it to everyone for whom she has an email address, and will arrange for hard copies to be available for those who aren't on email. If you would like a copy, and aren't sure if she has contact details, please get in touch with Alison and let her know.
The Guild meet this Tuesday 12th. with speaker Ivy Blair on one of the projects,Learning Difficulties.
Would those who will attend the Christmas Buffet on the 19th please bring £12 cash on Tuesday 12th.
Christmas Appeal East Ayrshire Churches Homelessness Action:
This year there will again be a collection of gifts for children affected by homelessness at Christmas.
Would you please mark the gifts for a boy or a girl and with the relevant age range.
There will also be a collection of tinned goods for the homeless hostels in Kilmarnock and Cumnock so that the residents can have a festive meal on Christmas day.
Donations of cash to help with the purchase of these goods will also be welcome if you are unable to arrange a children’s gift.
If you have forgotten today, would the gifts please be brought to church by Sunday, 17th December so that they can be delivered to Kilmarnock for distribution before Christmas. If you are unable to bring them to church, or would prefer to donate money, please contact: Margo McMurdo 01560 484824 or Lesley Beaton 01560 484989.
There will be no Wednesday Evening Worship in December and January - taking a break for Christmas! Evening Services will resume on the first Wednesday in February.
‘Exploring the Bible’ will be looking at the ‘Lessons for Advent’ over the Advent/Epiphany Season.
We will meet at 10.30 in Caldwell on 12th December and 16th and 23rd January. All welcome.
Special edition Christmas Cards featuring two of Dunlop Kirk’s Stained Glass Windows :
The Bell Tower window (shining like a beacon as you travel down Main Street on a winter evening)
The Resurrection window (depicting the elements of Nature coming to life after winter)
Both windows were designed by the famous stained glass artist, Gordon Webster.
The cards cost £2 each or £5 for a set of three (They are also available blank for your own message)
Stained Glass Booklet
The booklet makes a delightful present, easily wrapped and easily posted.
£5 per copy Available at the Church or by phoning 01560 480919
The Advent Candles
Tune: Cradle Song (Away in a manger)
A candle is burning,
a flame warm and bright;
a candle of Hope in December’s dark night.
While angels sing blessings from heav’n’s starry sky
our hearts we prepare now, for Jesus is nigh.
A candle is burning, a candle of Peace;
a candle to signal that conflict must cease.
For Jesus is coming to show us the way;
A message of Peace humbly laid in the hay.
Dunlop Kirk – Christmas Services and Events
All warmly welcomed
Sunday - 10 Dec 11.30am - Second Sunday in Advent
Sunday - 17 Dec 11.30am - Third Sunday in Advent
Thursday - 14 Dec 1.30pm - Dunlop Primary School Christmas Nativity Service
Sunday - 24 Dec 11.30am - Fourth Sunday in advent Nativity Play.
Christmas Eve: 24 Dec 11.15pm - Watchnight Service in the church.
Carols from 11.15pm; service at 11.30pm
Christmas Day 25 Dec 10.45am – short Family Service in the church.
(Please note this service is earlier than usual)
Sunday – 31 December at 11.30am - worship in the church