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An update on the life of St Mary's Hamilton
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Thank you! 

A note from Rev Prof. David Jasper

Holy Week is the most solemn time in the Church’s year, when we walk in mind and spirit with Our Lord on his final journey to the Cross. It is a serious time, but surrounding all of our reflections is a quiet joy and a spirit of thanksgiving as we celebrate the redemption of the world by Jesus Christ. 2017 is, in many ways, a dark year in our world, full of threat and uncertainty, division and violence. Sometimes it is hard to be optimistic for the future. But the Passion and Easter are a perpetual reminder that God’s love is stronger than all human weakness, and that he is with us through all our doubts and the sufferings of the world. We live these days as a people of hope and faith, in the assurance that all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.

Holy Week & Easter

Palm Sunday 9th April   
8.30am  & 10am at St. Mary's
and 11.15am at St. Andrew's, Uddingston.


Hamilton Town Centre Churches Together
WALK WITH CHRIST
12.30pm Quarry St - churches together
Palm Sunday PraIse

6.30pm at Hamilton Old Parish Church (C of S)


Monday to Friday of Holy Week 7.30pm 
Hamilton Old Parish Church (each night).
Leechlee Road


There will be services at St. Mary's on:
Wednesday 10am - Holy Communion
Thursday Vigil Watch 9.30pm - (1 hr)
Holy Saturday 15th April  7.30pm
 The Lighting of the Easter Fire & Paschal Candle
   Renewing our Baptismal Vows


EASTER SUNDAY 8.30am & 10am Sung Eucharist 

ALL WELCOME

Just trading Scotland Challenge

We have joined the challenge to buy 90Kg of rice at the cost of £270. This is the amount of rice sold that would enable a Malawian farmer to pay for a year’s basic secondary education for one child. 
We have managed to gain the pledges of over 40 people to buty the rice; so well done everybody and THANK YOU.
We need to amplify the voices of marginalised producers as much as ever in 2017.
Fairtrade products may cost a little more but the cost is not just the price you see on the shelf. Think of the cost to the people who have toiled to bring you that product – perhaps working in places where conditions are poor and often downright dangerous and earning a pittance for their labours.
Buying a fairtrade product may mean your supermarket bill is a few pence more but it means the world to the farmers and other producers who can feed themselves and their families, send their children to school, afford healthcare and work in a safe and healthy environment.
 

Knit & Knatter or a Book Club?

Are you interested in two new groups?

If you are interested in attending either of the above on a Wednesday afternoon in the cafe area/gathering space please speak to Heather Barcroft. (01698 429895 or heather.barcroft@btinternet.com It is proposed that each activity take place once a month. It may be that the knitting could be used for charitable purposes but of course you can knit/crochet/sew (or not) anything you want and catch up with friends at the same time. No reading will be required for the first book club meeting as reading material will be decided upon then.

Volunteers Please!

Are you able to help on Reception or be a Barista!

Jenifer Strang is incapacited due to serious back problem and is unable to co-ordinate the Volunteers for the St. Mary's For All Reception. Heather Barcroft has kindly taken this on and is extremely grateful to those folk who commit to a regular session on reception and help to ensure the smooth running of St Mary’s for All: Thank you to:
Ann Gordon, George Keys, Jim MacDonald, Vanessa Philips, Dale Poad, Anne Stirling, John Stirling, Barbara Stobie and Arlene Traill.
 
There are 17 reception slots to be covered and currently there is a need for the following:
Monday morning, afternoon and evening
Tuesday evening
Friday evening
Saturday morning and afternoon
 
While we are grateful for folk offering to do the occasional slot, the need is for people to cover reception on a regular basis providing a welcoming face to visitors and ensuring those who have hired rooms have access to the premises. If you feel you can help please speak to Heather. Our wonderful facility is attracting a great deal of interest and many groups are using it on a regular basis. Please help us to reach out to our community: all that is asked is three hours of your time a week.

Do you want to be trained as a Barista? In order that we can provide a nice coffee especially to a new group on Tuesday afternoon. Again, contact Heather on 01698 429895 or heather.barcroft@btinternet.com

April Social Diary and Concerts

Daffodil Tea in Aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care: Thursday April 6th in the Hall 2pm. Tickets £6. Please invite friends and guests for this event. 

St. Mary's Concert Series - Sat April 8th 7.30pm
Admission by donation programme £7/£5
Violin & Piano Recital with Heather Macleod and Kristina Yorgova. All Welcome

More details soon - Thursday 4th May 7pm
An Evening Exploring
the Stained Glass & Art of St. Mary's
Upcoming events
Keep up to date by contacting the Chairperson Alison Plummer
Circle - supporting families
operate Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
Counselling for All - Tue & Thursday
FAMS - Wed 7pm - 9pm.

Public Events:
Mon: Rosebuds 4.30pm
Brownies 6pm. Guides 7.30pm
Wed: Beavers 6 pm 
Cubs & Scouts 7.30pm
Thurs: Choir 7.30pm
1st Dance: 7pm - 9.30pm
Fri: 7.30pm AA
Sat 10.30am AA

 
Keep updated with the news of the Diocese here: News
Keep updated with the news of the Province with Inspires Online here: Online
Please consider purchasing our recent Lent Book. You can also download it to Kindle. Thank you to all who came to the Lent Study and to David Jasper for leading it. 
Keep updated with the news of Messy Church from Kirsty & Callum Buchan Next Messy Church: April 23rd 4pm - 6pm
Keep up to date with our Bible Study Groups on Thursday Morning 10.15pm - 11.45pm and Monday evening 7.30pm - 9.30pm by e-mailing Ann or Sue
Eileen Moffat is about to begin organising the Sunday Rotas.
In the meantime pick up the April Rota at Church.
Look out for the Fairtrade Logo in Supermarkets especially this Fairtrade Fortnight.Please e-mail the Rector if you would like to purchase a 1kg bag of Rice for £3. We are trying to sell 90 bags for the Just Trading Challenge helping a Malawian farmer pay for basic secondary education to his child.
Thank you to Barbara Stobie for organising the Christian Aid Art Exhibition at St. Mary's on Saturday13th May from 10am until 4pm.
Please contact Barbara if you are, or know, a local artist. 
A percentage of the Sales goes directly to Christian Aid.
 

The Bishop’s Lent Appeal this year is for the Scottish Refugee Council.  The Scottish Refugee Council vision is for a Scotland in which all people seeking refugee protection are welcome.

It is a place where women, children and men are protected, find safety and support, have their human rights and dignity respected and are able to achieve their full potential.  Among their aims are to advocate for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum and for fair and just legislation and policies, and also to campaign for an end to discrimination, racism and prejudice.

You can check us out on social media  @stmarysforall and  
Stmarysforall.wordpress.com

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