Dunlop Parish Church
Sunday 3rd December 2017
Scottish Charity No: 000447
Morning Worship: First Sunday in Advent
Readings: Isaiah 64: 1 - 9, 1 Corinthians 1: 3 - 9
Praise : 125, Advent Candles, 246, 192, 132
You are warmly invited to join us for tea or coffee in the servery area of the church after the service.
The Guild. Thanks to all who supported our recent coffee morning. Despite the icy start and some illnesses we raised £532 which will go towards Projects,speakers, etc.
Well done to the hard-working committee! Thanks Marilyn Bell
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.
Kilmarnock & District Choral Union Christmas concert. TONIGHT - Our carol concert is on Sunday 3 December @7.30 pm in St Andrews & St Marnocks.
Mulled wine and minced pies included in £5 ticket price. Come and join in! Tickets available from Marilyn Bell or pay at the door.
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.
Could the gifts please be brought to church by Sunday, 10th 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 5th and 12th December and 16th and 23rd January. All welcome.
A Choired Taste are presenting their winter concert in the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock on Saturday 9th December at 7.30pm, in support of NHS Ayrshire & Arran Children's Diabetes Fund and Ayrshire Cancer Support.
The programme will range from Christmas carols to Hollywood scores, and Dalmellington Brass Band will also be on stage as guest performers.
Tickets cost £8, and are available from Christine Reid, tel 01560 484672
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)
On the first Sunday of Advent
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.
On the second Sunday of Advent.., add
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.
On the third Sunday of Advent..., add
A candle is burning, a candle of Joy;
a candle to welcome brave Mary’s new boy.
Our hearts fill with wonder and eyes light and glow
as Joy brightens winter like sunshine on snow.
On the fourth Sunday of Advent..., add
A candle is burning, a candle of Love;
a candle to point us to heaven above.
A baby for Christmas, a wonderful birth;
for Jesus is bringing God’s Love to our earth.
On Christmas Eve..., add
We honour Messiah with the Christ-Candle’s flame;
our Christmas Eve candles glad tidings proclaim.
O come, all ye faithful, rejoice on this night
as God come among us, the Christian’s true Light.